The Compulsive Reader: The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

Monday, May 28, 2012

The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, and as such she is supposed to despise spending time with vampires. But after all that she went through the past couple of months protecting Jill Dragomir, sister of the queen, she can't help but feel close to the Moroi and dhampir. Luckily she has plenty to distract her from her questions about loyalty—Dimitri Belikov and Sonya Karp are in town and they've been trying to figure out how they were turned back from being Strigoi and what it means for them now. But there is another group that is making trouble for them—they're not human, nor are they Strigoi. In fact, they just might be related to the Alchemists. As Sydney tries to figure out what they want, she'll be forced to choose between what she's always known and the people who have proven to be her friends.

The Golden Lily, sequel to Bloodlines, may take a few chapters to get past the recaps and introductions, but it won't be long before it will suck readers in. Sydney makes a great narrator—she's detail-oriented and concerned about those she believes are her responsibility, and she is very loyal to her friends. Her questions about loyalty—what it means, who deserves it, and just how far it extends—are big issues for her in this installment as she decides who she wants to stand with—the Alchemists and her training, or on her own with her kind, equally loyal, and inhuman new friends. But even as the action is compounded and her "friendship" with Adrian heats up, Sydney is cautious with her relationships and how she behaves in respect to defending herself. The mystery of the story helps expand Mead's world even more, and it is interesting to gain some perspective on the history of the Alchemists, their missions, and how they operate. A few interesting discoveries involving the spirit users and magic pepper the plot but are left open to be picked up in later volumes. In addition to action and danger Mead also fills this book with lots of relationship drama—characters get together, break up, and confess long-suppressed feelings. Action and drama notwithstanding, it's this human element that makes Mead's books so engaging and hard to put down. And the ending of The Golden Lily has one heartrending relationship cliffhanger that will leave readers desperate for more of Sydney's story. It looks like the Bloodlines series is shaping up to be another winner.

Cover Comments: I'm not a huge fan of the images of the models they're using for these covers--a little too, hm...cheesy? Obvious? I don't know how to articulate it. I much prefer the Vampire Academy covers. But it's what's inside that counts, and the story is kick ass!

ARC provided by publisher.


Lauren said...

I think you might be looking for "fake", "posed" or just "awkward" ;)

I enjoyed Bloodlines but didn't love it like VA, but it sounds like the Golden Lily will be worth a read. Here's to hoping Adrian finally gets some luck in the relationship department...

Addie R. said...

So glad you enjoyed this book. I honestly didn't think the Bloodlines series would be too good, but now I'm having high hopes for it! Great review! I can't wait to get a copy of The Golden Lily!

Mary Preston said...

I like the CHEESY comment. You are NOT judging by the cover I hope??? My daughter will be after you.

Anonymous said...

Yay! Glad you liked it! I can't wait to dig into this one! I love Adrian and I think he needs a turn in the love spotlight! :-D