Silver Shadows (Bloodlines Series #5)

Silver Shadows (Bloodlines Series #5)

by Richelle Mead


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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.

In The Fiery Heart, Sydney risked everything to follow her gut, walking a dangerous line to keep her feelings hidden from the Alchemists.

Now in the aftermath of an event that ripped their world apart, Sydney and Adrian struggle to pick up the pieces and find their way back to each other. But first, they have to survive. 

For Sydney, trapped and surrounded by adversaries, life becomes a daily struggle to hold on to her identity and the memories of those she loves. Meanwhile, Adrian clings to hope in the face of those who tell him Sydney is a lost cause, but the battle proves daunting as old demons and new temptations begin to seize hold of him. . . .

Their worst fears now a chilling reality, Sydney and Adrian face their darkest hour in this heart-pounding fifth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where all bets are off.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781595146328
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 01/13/2015
Series: Richelle Mead's Bloodlines Series , #5
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 45,875
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Richelle Mead is the author of the international #1 bestselling Vampire Academy series, its spinoff series, Bloodlines, and the Age of X series. A lifelong reader, Richelle has always had a particular fascination with mythology and folklore. When she can actually tear herself away from books (either reading or writing them), she enjoys bad reality TV, traveling, trying interesting cocktails, and shopping for dresses to wear on tour. She is a self-professed coffee addict, works in her pajamas, and has a passion for all things wacky and humorous. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington, where she is hard at work on her next Bloodlines novel. Visit to find out more.

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"...perfectly blends romance with paranormal adventure and drama..." -Romantic Times Top Pick

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Silver Shadows 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 121 reviews.
AngelReads1 More than 1 year ago
First line: I WOKE TO DARKNESS I received a copy of Silver Shadows from Penguin Australia. This in no way has influenced my review. This review will contain spoilers from the Vampire Academy series and the previous Bloodlines BOOKS. It will NOT contain spoilers from Silver Shadows.  I love Richelle Mead. I cannot explain how much. With each book she writes everything just seems to be getting better and better and I don’t even know how. SILVER Shadows is pure brilliance and, in my eyes, a masterpiece. I cannot control my fangirling at all. But what VA/Bloodlines fan can? There were so many moments in this book that I wanted to scream and dance. I read Silver Shadows in less than 12 hours. As soon as I received it and picked it up I could not put it down. From the first page the story grips you and you cannot put it down. Richelle Mead’s writing is breathtaking and gripping. Like The Fiery Heart, Silver Shadows is told from both Sydney and Adrian’s point of view. And let me tell you, Richelle Mead knows how to write from two perspectives. You can tell who is who even without having each chapter title. At the end of The Fiery Heart we are left with a massive cliff hanger and it doesn’t get better for either Sydney or Adrian. I wanted to hug them both and cry with them. Sydney, as we know, is in rehabilitation and it’s not great, not at all. She suffers in so many ways that I cannot explain. Sydney is so strong throughout the whole series and she becomes so much stronger in Silver Shadows and I admire her so much more. Adrian, oh my poor Adrian. I wanted to hit him across the head sometimes. I also wanted to hold him in my arms. I just wanted to make everything better. We really got to see a lot more of Adrian, the real Adrian. Richelle Mead captures the true emotions of her characters so much. And we feel those emotions too and it’s heartbreaking. He made some wonderful decisions and some, let’s just say a ‘Really Adrian’ is needed. Why, why why. The romance. Oh how I feel for both Sydney and Adrian. Not even the universe wants them together. But those times, those times that I could not keep a smile off my face were brilliant. Adrian and Sydney are just so beautiful together. We get to know quite a few new characters in this BOOK. They were all very intriguing. Duncan is one of the new characters that I really enjoyed reading about. He was different, but still quite the same. Even though at times he annoyed me and got on my nerves because of things that he said and did. But I know that his intentions were in the right place. We also got to see a lot of our old characters as well. I loved seeing Rose and Dimitri. I always love seeing them and we even got to see that playful side of Rose that we haven't seen in a while. I also loved, like a lot, the scene with Dimitri and Adrian even though it might have not ended the best way, it was still nice to see. Lissa on the other hand. . . Lissa, I love you girl, but please just stop. I wanted to hit her across the face just so many times I cannot explain. Everything that came out of her mouth just got on my nerves like you wouldn’t believe. But I guess Lissa has always sort of been like this, but something just ticked me off. We finally get to see some faces that we only know names to and it’s really nice and thrilling at first, but then we see those people that we don’t want to see at all. They made my blood boil and yours will too. Okay, let me try and say something without giving anything away. Okay I can’t say anything that won’t give it away. But I know that you will know what I am talking about when you get to it and then we can all fangirl like crazy people. Because I was screaming around the house at 9 at night because of this and I just OMG. I love you Richelle Mead so bloody much. Trust me all of you will love it. Well I hope you do. Okay it is just so amazing and I cannot stop fangirling. None of you will not be able to do the same, not after you get to this bit. It’s just so cute and I cannot control myself. But, then again, I can hate you as well. Another cliff hanger. Why do you do this to us Richelle? Why hurt us, stitch up our hearts, then rip them out again? But you are the queen of cliff hangers that I can give you. There were so many times that I was on the edge of my seat. Turning one page after another, wanting to know what was going to happen next. Richelle Mead is unbelievable she grips you from the start and hold you on a leash. She doesn’t let go. You cannot anticipate what is going to happen next because she can pull something out of a hat that will turn it all upside town. Silver Shadows is utterly breathtaking, heart gripping and sensational. It’s Richelle Mead’s best work yet. It is a magical piece of work that pulls you right in, waiting for more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely adored this book. As a fan of the Vampire Academy series and the Bloodlines series, of course I do. I did anticipate the ending, but that did not in any way make it less amazing. It was awesome to experience just the same, if not more. In only a few cases have I felt as this book made me feel. I was frustrated, angry, nervous, in tears, and jumping up and down in pure fangirl excitement, and it was absolutely wonderful, though it definately caused some major stress and for me to scare my family a few times with my loud outbursts. I am very, very excited for the next one, and don't know what I'll do with myself until then.
MyndiL More than 1 year ago
Richelle Mead does not disappoint. I was so excited for this book to come out and I was more than pleased with it. I loved the alternate points of view so that we could see what was happening with Sidney while in captivity as well as seeing what Adrian was going through. I was surprised to be a bit disappointed with Lissa in this book, I thought she was more insightful than she showed here, but I'm chalking it up to her stresses as queen. The dynamic between Adrian and Sidney just has me about swooning by now, I love them together. Holy Cliffhanger though! I'm going to be anxiously awaiting the next book in February.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, read it one one day. I could not put it down, some said they saw the ending coming I did not. It was Shocking to me and I really loved it. So happy that Sydney and Adrian were able to be together, and for now have a happy moment together. Does anyone know when the next book comes out?
PrettyInFiction More than 1 year ago
Let me get this out there, right off the bat. This will never, not ever, be a sensible "review". This, right here, is a squeaky fangirl rant and I can't possibly hope for it to ever be anything else because I CAN'T with Sydrian. I just can't. My poor Sydney! And Adrian! Ugh. They've been through so much already, but this is their crucible. They're alone and hopeless and have to figure out how to survive long enough to find each other. Sydney's dealing with psychopathic Alchemists at every turn, but Adrian's spirit darkness is not making things any easier for him even though he's still got his freedom. But, that's not to say that Silver Shadows is a sad or mopey addition to the Bloodlines series. I found it to be almost exactly the opposite. I thought Sydney and Adrian were finally who they were always meant to be in this one. Sydney, always the level headed logical one, was still very much level headed and logical. But she was also sensitive and brave and funny, cracking jokes worthy of Adrian Ivashkov. And Adrian, irreverent, needy and sometimes not so reliable, was brave, strong, and did what needed to be done to save the woman he loved. He was Sydney's hero and if it's possible, I fell in love with him all over again. Richelle Mead wasn't kidding when she said this book was romantic on a while different level from the previous books. I felt like there was always a nice undercurrent of dread throughout Silver Shadows. Just enough to make you feel completely paranoid while trying to hold out hope that both Sydney and Adrian would get lucky and something would finally go right for them. Of course, things rarely go right for these two, despite their tireless efforts. But that's why their romance is so incredible in the first place. They have to fight for every moment together, so you know it's not just some fickle infatuation. These two are in it for the long haul. The ending, for me, was predictable and Mead drops big glaring hints from the very first few chapters, but that didn't make it any less exciting or remarkable. It also could be because I'd long theorized that it would end in a very similar way. I was definitely excited when it did, in fact, end the way I'd hoped and prayed for. And what made it even better was that the ending was not cheesy, or overly dramatic or glowingly romantic just because it could be. It felt like this was a natural progression to the story and even though there's a pretty big cliffhanger, I'm still very pleased with the way it left off. Though I definitely wouldn't have minded another chapter or two, just because. Silver Shadows is the shortest and most plot specific book in the series. Reading it is like being on a roller coaster and looking out at things as they whip by you. You can see side plots coming and going, but you're hurtling towards the end and can't stop long enough to really take them in. At around the seventy-five percent mark of the book, all of a sudden things get rolling and the already breakneck pace shifts to a blink-and-you'll-miss-it sort of thing. And it's also my favorite part in possibly the entire series. I could shriek and flail and fall all over myself gushing about this time in the book, but that would turn this review into a huge spoilery mess so I'm just going to finish up and then quietly flail by myself over here.  With the way Silver Shadows ended, I can only imagine what sorts of trouble my favorite romantic couple will get themselves into, and what sorts of pain, heartache, and ultimately crazy amazey displays of big romance The Ruby Circle will have in store for us. For anyone who has not yet read Bloodlines and the rest of this amazing series—it astonishes me that there are actually still people holding out on this series—I can only say, you have no idea what you're missing.
LovinLosLibros More than 1 year ago
Like most books in this series, it took me a bit to really get into the storyline. Once I got past a certain scene that I was NOT happy about, the book really picked up for me and I could fully enjoy Sydney and Adrian's POVs. Sydney and Adrian have been torn apart and now how to deal with the consequences of their forbidden relationship. Adrian does not handle this well AT ALL. I can't say it's a surprise that he has relapsed back into his pre-Sydney ways, but I was disappointed all the same. I really just wanted to yell at him to quit being foolish and to get his damn emotions under control and stay focused on finding her. He has lost faith, which is the worst thing to lose, so his actions really reflect that and it hurts to see him spiral out of control with his self-destructive behavior. I felt he was acting a bit selfishly too, as his actions do not affect him alone. I was so proud of Sydney though. She is resilient! No matter how many times people try to break her, she just won't be broken and I really admired her for the way she handled her situation. It takes her awhile to accept the fact that she needs to play the game in order to be free. Sydney doesn't want to play the game. She has finally become her own person and has her own thoughts and beliefs. The last thing she wants to do is pretend she's complacent and agreeable. Sydney is smart though and she realizes she must do what she needs to if she wants to escape. The action really ramps up in this book. The stakes are higher than ever before and Sydney, Adrian, and the others must be prepared to take some risks and make some sacrifices if they hope to get out ahead. Mead will certainly surprise you in this book too. I never thought she would take Sydney and Adrian's relationship to the level she did, but I freaking loved it. It was so perfect and just really fitting for these two. I'm still bothered by what happened early on in the book and hope that it was just a blip on the radar and won't even be a thing in the final book. I wasn't overly surprised by the very end, but it does make me eager to find out how everything will wrap up in the final book. I really ended up enjoying Silver Shadows even though I was worried at first, as I was having trouble focusing on the story itself. It has plenty of action, romance, and some heart-stopping, jaw-dropping moments that will leave you ready to see how it all ends!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a flippin' fantastic book! I cannot tell you how in love I am with this series, even more so than with the Vampire Academy books! I read through the whole book in just a couple days, only parting with it when I absolutely had to! I am addicted to everything about this series and I almost threw my Nook when I realized I'd reached the end. Now I am impatiently waiting for the next in the series just like everyone else!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Entertaining, but no more than that. Good pace, I'd bet written with a movie script in mind. Touches some important/interesting topics but very lightly; characters unexpectedly wander into cartoon land (greatly exaggerated, repeat same mistakes again and again...). The hint trail for possible new spin-off(s) is almost as prominent as the main plot. And that's part of the main problem with this series is it didn't come about organically, so to speak. Its sole purpose is capitalize on the popularity of its originator, the Vampire Academy series.The whole Bloodlines series could had been condensed into 3 books instead of the 6 it'll be when it's finished, that would had made it a much more satisfying read. I'll be reading the conclusion just because I've already read the first five, but I'm not invested in the story. I'm not dying to know what happens next, or speculating like I was right after Spirit Bound. It seemed there was a whole lot more at stake in that series, even if in the end nothing was actually resolved. Perhaps I've finally outgrown Richelle Mead's YA writing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was amazing just soooooo amazing like im crying it was brilliant like omg omg....standing ovation
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[SHADOW BASE]Danger level:4(extremely high).Supaku has many aliases including Esia.He is extremely unpredictable.He was an assassin,but he retired-partially.He still frequents the assassin camp.Be very careful when dealing with him.He is found at "phantom opera","war",and "mansfield park".His girlfriend is Chelsea.
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BookwormBrandee More than 1 year ago
Silver Shadows was an intense read. With Sydney suffering at the hands of the Alchemists and Adrian suffering at the hands of Spirit, I spent much of the book on edge. There is so much going on and so many unanswered questions. Why do the Alchemists have to be so bigoted in their beliefs? What's going going on in Adrian's head? Is there a conspiracy between certain factions? I spent the first half of Silver Shadows on pins and needles wondering how Sydney was going to survive her situation. The Alchemists are rather ruthless in their methods and Sydney broke a cardinal rule. But she is nothing if not resourceful. I shouldn't have been surprised by her logic and cunning. I also spent half the book wanting to punch Adrian in the throat. I've been enchanted by him from the beginning but his behavior was over-the-top selfish and made me steaming mad. Then, naturally, Adrian redeems himself in a grand way. *sigh* Oh, there's still much intrigue afoot and he and Sydney are far from being out of danger, but at least I was back to wanting to hug him rather than throttle him. It was exciting to have Marcus back in the mix and I also enjoyed seeing Lissa, Rose, and Dimitri - although it was far too short a time. I have a feeling they'll play a greater role in the final installment as things come to a head and everything is illuminated. One thing I really enjoyed was how Mead pulled in elements from previous installments - things that seemed innocuous or that made me wonder why they'd been included. These elements were made relevant and useful. I'm anxious to see how it's all going to play out - to have all my questions answered and to see the final image as the last brush strokes are laid. Mead certainly knows how to create excitement and suspense. It's a good thing I have The Ruby Circle lined up. ;)
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Loved it could put it down!!
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bookgeek2 More than 1 year ago
i really loved this series and im a big fan of this
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Sheri_B1975 More than 1 year ago
Originally posted on my blog: Tangled Up In Books Oh what a rollercoaster this book has been. As much as I tried to avoid seeing people discuss their feelings on this book after they read it, sometimes things like that are just unavoidable. I never saw anything spoilery, like I said, it's all just been about feelings. It was enough though to have me really afraid to start reading it. After finishing it, my own feelings are very mixed. The first half of the book was heartbreaking and torturous. The second half had me on the edge of my seat with both excitement and frustration. --She could've done the extraordinary. I couldn't even handle the ordinary. I feel like from beginning to end there was nothing but one form or another of frustration. Frustration with the characters, frustration with the situations they were in. With Adrian and Sydney being ripped apart at the end of The Fiery Heart, you had to realize that the beginning of this one wasn't going to be pretty. The only outcome of Adrian losing Sydney would be his dark slide into depression and all his old habits. Even though I knew it was coming I couldn't help but be so disappointed in him throughout quite a good chunk of it. He eventually turns things around but it still hurt to see him so out of control especially with what was going on with Sydney at the same time. --I woke to darkness. Sydney was a whole other form of frustration and heartbreak all together. Unlike with Adrian where it all stemmed from his character, with her it was the situation and what she was going through. Having to read the things she was forced to endure brought tears to my eyes. Her strength and resilience though, completely blew my mind. The average person would have cracked early on but no matter what they put her through rock star Sydney would not break. I swear this girl is my new hero. I never thought I'd grow to love Sydney's character as much as I do. --And so, it was more than a little surreal when I stepped into the store and saw Sydney... ...and time as I knew it suddenly froze. I feel like I'm making it sound like all I ever wanted to do was throw my book across the room and that wasn't the case. There were still moments of the humor we've come to expect from these characters. As well as there being plenty to swoon over...eventually, in the most unexpected and surprising of ways. It was more than I had ever hoped for and my feels are still all over the place. --And that's when things went bad. There was definitely more of a darkness to this one, so much action and danger. Every time I would start to relax something would happen and get my heart racing again. At five books now we have already been through so much with this series and's not over. There's one book left and still so much left unfinished. And that cliffhanger just added one more huge loose end into the mix. Though this was my least favorite book in the series I still, by the end of it at least, loved it. I just hope that this feeling will stay to the end.