Spoilers ahead! I'm not recapping these chapters in Bloodlines and The Golden Lily, but I do refer to some things that happen in them. These posts are to give some commentary and behind-the-scenes info for people who want to read along (or re-read) with me or walk down memory lane. If you haven't read the books, you might have some surprises ruined. So maybe go grab a copy and read along as we count down to The Indigo Spell! :)
THESE POSTS ARE NOT ABOUT THE INDIGO SPELL! You're safe if you've read the first two books in the series.
The Golden Lily, Chapter 17
Poor Adrian. He's trying to fight this Sydney thing with mixed levels of success. Getting the car as an excuse to spend time with her probably wasn't the best tactic in keeping his distance, but at least it still maintained some level of propriety. But throwing each other around in self defense class? Yeah, he's having trouble accepting that that's just platonic. After all, let's not forget that kind of thing was practically foreplay for Rose and Dimitri. So, Adrian's comically inept here as he tries to (literally) dodge her advances. Meanwhile, Sydney's all in battle mode and like, "Yeah! Let's do this fighting thing!" Aw.
More of the mystery surrounding Sydney's blood gets delved into during the latter half of this chapter, and I'll give you a heads up: very little of this plotline is dealt with in The Indigo Spell. The big running thread through the whole Bloodlines series is Sydney and Adrian's interpersonal stuff. Then we have a number of smaller action subplots: Sydney's blood, a "Strigoi vaccine," the Warriors, the inner workings of the Alchemists, and Jill's safety/exposure. It's impossible to have all of these in each book of the series. It'd be a mess, and none would get properly dealt with. So, we see each of them in varying degrees in various books. The blood thing takes a break in book #3, only to return in book #4. In book #4, the Warriors take a break. I figured I should point this out for those are like, "Hey, Richelle totally forgot about that plotline!" Nope. I've just got to jump around and give each its turn, while giving priority to the larger romantic thread. In theory, it's all going to come together and make sense in the last book...