This review will contain spoilers for Vampire Academy, Frostbite, Shadow Kiss, Blood Promise and Spirit Bound the first three books in the Vampire Academy series. My reviews for those can be found here.
We have now moved on from the reread reviews of the original Vampire Academy books, and entered the realm of Bloodlines – the spin-off series. This change in series means that we also get a new narrator, we’re introduced to Sydney Sage, who was minor character in the later half of the original series. The official synopsis:
Sydney’s blood is special. That’s because she’s 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. But the last encounter Sydney had with vampires got her in deep trouble with the other alchemists. And now with her allegiences in question, her future is on the line.
When Sydney is torn from her bed in the middle of the night, at first she thinks she’s still being punished for her complicated alliance with dhampir Rose Hathaway. But what unfolds is far worse. Jill Dragomir – the sister of Moroi Queen Lissa Dragomir – is in mortal danger, and the Moroi must send her into hiding. To avoid a civil war, Sydney is called upon to act as Jill’s guardian and protector, posing as her roommate in the unlikeliest of places: a human boarding school in Palm Springs, California. The last thing Sydney wants is to be accused of sympathizing with vampires. And now she has to live with one.
The Moroi court believe Jill and Sydney will be safe at Amberwood Prep, but threats, distractions, and forbidden romance lurk both outside – and within – the school grounds. Now that they’re in hiding, the drama is only just beginning.
Anyone who has ever had a conversation with me about these books knows that Sydney Sage is my all time favourite character. This also means that i prefer her to Rose as a narrator.
This also ties in with me liking the Bloodlines series much more to the Vampire Academy series. Richelle Mead grew a lot as a writer during Vampire Academy which is evident in the last books of that series, but especially in Bloodlines. The story arcs are just more gripping, the characters more relatable, and the writing more compelling.
Bloodlines I wouldn’t say as a standalone is better than the last books of Vampire academy, it is after all meant to introduce the characters and the setting as well as some of the dramas. That being said i think it did a great job at this, while stile adding to the lore of the original series.In terms of lore it also adds new elements not seen before in the original series.
It’s interesting to see the world of the Moroi and dhapirs through the eyes of a human who would rather be anywhere but with them. We get to see the customs and traditions and just general interactions from the vampiric world in a new light. It’s especially new since we through ROse’s narration never would have though twice of these things.
Bloodlines is a series I much prefer to the Vampire Academy series, but this book on its own isn’t a literary masterpiece. IT’s good but it does also have a lot of character building that results in the book not being as memorable as the last few VA books.