Review by: Chelsea
Rating (out of 5): 3.5 stars
Richelle Mead lays some beautiful groundwork in The Golden Lily that left me dying to read the next novel in her Bloodlines series. Big changes are coming for Sydney and we start to see her change and evolve in The Golden Lily.
Sydney now is the head Alchemist in the Palm Springs area, which means she doesn’t have someone nearby watching her. Her superiors are impressed by the way she’s able to keep a professional relationship with the Moroi vampires she must work with. They impress upon her the importance of seeing them as unnatural, evil things nonetheless. It’s important to work with them to keep the evil Strigoi at bay, but she isn’t to be friends with them. And that’s the problem. She now cares about them.
Adrian, particularly. She still avoids touching the other vampires, but when it comes to Adrian, she sees him as a person. She’s starting to see the others as caring, innocent people — not blood drinkers. And this conflict — trying to remember not to question the teachings of the Alchemists — is what makes Sydney’s journey interesting. She beginning to question her beliefs and that can be agonizing.
Plus, everyone pushes her to date. There’s a very smart boy who is an on-paper good match for her. They have a nice time, but kissing him doesn’t evoke fireworks.
The mystery element in The Golden Lily isn’t as strong as in other Richelle Mead novels, but Sydney and Adrian’s character growth makes up for it. I love that Mead has made it so that I don’t care about Dmitri from the Vampire Academy series being on page as much as I want to see what Adrian is doing or feeling. She’s given him the depth we all knew was there, and someone to really inspire him.
While it wasn’t a single-sitting read, like many of her other novels are, I still really enjoyed The Golden Lily and based on the hints dropped in this book, I am eager to get my hands on book three The Indigo Spell.
Sexual content: Kissing