As a lover of the Vampire Academy books, I was glad when Richelle Mead said she’d be writing more in the same world. In Bloodlines,we get to learn more about the Alchemists, a group of humans who act as a barrier between the vampires and humans — keeping the humans safe and unaware of the existence of the vampires.
Sydney was a fairly major character in the later Vampire Academy books, and if you haven’t read any of them I would stop reading this review now as it’s impossible to continue without giving something away from the previous books. Sydney aided dhampir Rose Hathaway in her escape from prison after her wrongful accusation of murder. For that, she was in serious trouble with the Alchemists who believe their job is merely to act as a bridge between humans and vampires — not to befriend vampires or dhampirs. Now, however, Sydney’s thrown in at the deep end again — the sister of the Moroi Queen needs protection and must go into hiding, and Sydney is to live with her and protect her.
It’s a job she doesn’t really want to take, but feels she must redeem herself somehow, as well as protecting her younger sister from a life of servitude with the Alchemists. However, things are never easy and as Sydney settles into life posing as her charge Jill’s sister, she quickly discovers there is much more going on than meets the eye, and she’s not sure who she can trust.
Overall, this was a great introduction to a new series with some characters we already know and love, as well as some new ones. As a total fangirl of Dimitri Belikov, I was disappointed he wasn’t in this book more, but there’s still plenty of action and enough going on that I didn’t mind too much. Bloodlines is a great tale of love, hate, betrayal, secrets and magic — and I’ll definitely be continuing to read this series and look forward to the next book.