Wednesday, November 14, 2012


By: Richelle Mead
Published By : Penguin
Released : Available Now
Details : Paperback, 418 Pages


Blurb: Goodreads

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.

Sydney would love to go to college, but instead, she’s been sent into hiding at a posh boarding school in Palm Springs, California–tasked with protecting Moroi princess Jill Dragomir from assassins who want to throw the Moroi court into civil war. Formerly in disgrace, Sydney is now praised for her loyalty and obedience, and held up as the model of an exemplary Alchemist.

But the closer she grows to Jill, Eddie, and especially Adrian, the more she finds herself questioning her age–old Alchemist beliefs, her idea of family, and the sense of what it means to truly belong. Her world becomes even more complicated when magical experiments show Sydney may hold the key to prevent becoming Strigoi—the fiercest vampires, the ones who don’t die. But it’s her fear of being just that—special, magical, powerful—that scares her more than anything. Equally daunting is her new romance with Brayden, a cute, brainy guy who seems to be her match in every way. Yet, as perfect as he seems, Sydney finds herself being drawn to someone else—someone forbidden to her.

When a shocking secret threatens to tear the vampire world apart, Sydney’s loyalties are suddenly tested more than ever before. She wonders how she's supposed to strike a balance between the principles and dogmas she's been taught, and what her instincts are now telling her.

Should she trust the Alchemists—or her heart?

BOOK REVIEW by Michelle :

Richelle shows us at the start of The Golden Lily, Keith, and what he looked like after some of his ‘re-education’. I fear Sydney is going to be caught out by her Alchemist group and be finding herself some ‘re-education’ in the near future. I can’t help thinking this. A line has definitely been crossed, whether Sydney knows how much, or not.

Adrian is that line.

I love Adrian. He still has his inability to get names right when he chooses. Ha!

Enter Brayden, or whatever name Adrian has for him. LOL! When Brayden and Sydney get together their dialogue reminded me of Sheldon and Amy in Big Bang Theory. They were a hoot to read, but ......we all know Adrian is waiting in the wings. Hence my ‘re-education’ fear for Sydney. This can’t go well, if it goes?

I loved watching Sydney show us how darn smart she is and how much she has this natural flare for caring for this group of characters, no matter whether ex Strigoi, Moroi or plain human. Her fear of vampires and everything she has had drilled into her, have disappeared.

Sydney goes beyond the call of duty, she takes it in her stride and starts sorting the problems at hand. I loved how we see a new direction that Richelle is taking with Sydney. Upping the ante with her character and some magical powers, so to speak.... the girl can, if she allows herself, kick villain ass with spells.

She is no Rose. But are we going to see a fearless , kickass chick in future instalments?

Go girl!

Trey, where am I sticking this boy? I am feeling a ‘something’ in the air. It was Adrian, Rose and Dimitri......will it be Adrian , Sydney and Trey? The fighter type character that has professed his non interest, but ???

I loved having Dimitri in this book. He is there with Sonya researching. He pops up for some Dimitri smexi saving the girls, skills, but then he glides into the background for some research and words of wisdom. OOo I love it when he calls Rose , ‘Roza’.

We had just paid the check when Dimitri’s cell phone rang. “Hello?” he answered. And like that, his face transformed. That fierceness I so associated with him softened, and he practically glowed. “No, no. It’s always a good time for you to call, Roza.”


I’m now worried about loveable Eddie. The boy has it bad. But has he become the Adrian type character?

Sydney swallows a lot of her fears in this book, maybe at the risk of getting in deep poop with her Alchemist leaders. Adrian shows us more of his pain and also his fears.

I love the guy.

He needs love. 

I know he is going to get it eventually, but I am afraid at what cost to his feelings along the way, and what the payment will be for that love, from the one who loves him in return?

Richelle is going to be putting her characters through the wringer, I can tell in future instalments. The way this book finished, the wringer has started turning.

Come on February 2013! The Indigo Spell.


“Nice blouse, Sage,” he told me, deadpan. “It really brings out the khaki in your pants.”

“Wouldn’t want to inconvenience you,” said Adrian, a bit too coolly. “ Besides, when not hard at work with this research, I’m actually conducting a side experiment on how cigarettes and gin increase charisma. As you might guess , the results are looking very promising.”

“Yes,” I said at last. “ We’re going on a, um, windmill tour later this week.”

If I’d wanted to shut them all up, I’d definitely succeeded. They all looked stunned.
Adrian spoke first. “I’m going to assume that means he’s flying you to Amsterdam on his private jet. If so, I’d like to come along. But not for the windmills.”

I got coffee. Adrian ordered a martini, earning disapproving looks from his father and me.

“It’s barely noon,” said Nathan.

“I know,” said Adrian. “I’m surprised I held out that long too.”


  1. Great review! This really was such a great sequel and I love Adrian, too!!

    1. Thanks Mandee:D This Richelle really knows how to work her characters:D



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