The Golden Lily

An Aya Hikansu Review

The Golden Lily
The 2nd book of the Bloodlines series
By: Richelle Mead

Five Stars

In this book, Sydney begins to learn magic, and feels very uncomfortable with the fact that she is now considered to be a “magic user”, which she thinks goes against the laws of nature. This is just the kind of person she is. She is very logical about every little thing. I liked this book and I’d recommend it to everyone that comes across it.

In this book, she meets the quite infamous Moroi Adrian Ivashkov, who joins the ragtag “family” as an older brother. He is also quite a drinker, which plays into the “shadow-kissed” Jill who he had brought back to life using his Spirit magic, a very rare magic that only a few Moroi possess. This also plays into Sydney’s fear of magic use. All Moroi possess a certain magical ability. The types are all nature-based magics, such as Water and Earth users, and then there is Spirit which nobody really knows anything about. Anyway, Spirit is more of a life-controlling type magic. If used in mass quantities, it can bring someone back from the dead, as was the case with Jill, but then the revived person is called “shadow-kissed”, which means that they can see, hear, and feel everything the other person is doing. This causes Jill a lot of problems, especially when Adrian gets drunk.

In this book, you get tiny hints that Adrian has fallen for Sydney. Especially when he says things like this:

“You asked about Rose? I tried to be a better person for her but it was to impress her, to get her to want me. But when I’m around you, I want to be a better person because . . . well, because it feels right. Because I want to. You make me want to become something greater than myself I want to excel. You inspire me in every act, every word, every glance. I look at you, and you’re like . . . like light made into flesh. I said it on Halloween and meant every word: You are the most beautiful creature I have ever seen walking this earth. And you don’t even know it. You have no clue how beautiful you are or how brightly you shine.” -Adrian Ivashkov

Just some of the things he says just blow my mind sometimes. Adrian is a very fun character and I’m glad that the author created a character like him to top things off. Thanks, Richelle!

 

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