Book Review: The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

Title: The Golden Lily
Author: Richelle Mead

Kindle edition, 418 pages
Published: Juni 12th 2012
Publisher: RazorBill
3/5 stars


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?


This book. This freaking book.

This freaking book is an emotional rollercoaster of sydrian.

After exposed the illegal vampire blood distribution by fellow alchemist, Sydney is praised as an exemplary alchemist. But she oftens wonder; who is the real monster? She already seen some humans do bad things, even the alchemist. But the vampires? The group she supposed to hate? Well at least her group of vampire friends never do anything bad. The more she spends time with Jill, Adrian and Eddie, the more she questions her beliefs.

Things get worse when Sonya, former strigoi, was attacked by an unknown group who knows a lot about vampire. Is it possible that the hunters are real? Who is this hunters? Do they want to kill all vampires or strigoi only?

Well Sydney has her own problems. There is new dhampir that assigned to protect Jill, and she’s having a hard time adapting with the school rules. Sydney’s friend, Trey, try to set her up with his friend, Brayden. Sydney also starts to have some feelings for Adrian. Sydrian starts to develop in this book. Sydney is torn between her beliefs about vampire, her duty to the alchemist, and her feelings for Adrian.
THE ENDING. Well if you love Sydrian this book’s ending will burn your heart into pieces and scatters the ashes into the wind.

There are other characters beside Sydney and Adrian of course. Sonya is really determined with the experiment, and sometimes can be a little bit insensitive toward Sydney. Eddie finally (almost) get over Jill, and Jill well… you should read the book yourself. Dimiti Belikov. Can we just talk about Dimitri? How badass he is in a fight? But with Rose, well he seems like entirely a different person. There are still a lot of tension between Adrian and Dimitri, but in the end they managed to work together.

This book is much lighter than the first book. It almost feel… contemporary. I mean this book focuses more in Sydney relationships with the humans and vampires, which include romance and friendship and (almost) normal school life. I’m going to start Indigo Spell right after Esther bc I can’t wait any longer for more Sydrian. (especially after that kind of ending)

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