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Book Club: Golden Lily 21 & 22

The Golden Lily cover
Book Club Disclaimer:
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 21 & 22

Are you not entertained?

Admit it. You never would've guessed the uptight, paper-pushing Sydney we met in Russia during Blood Promise would be facing down a bunch of renegade vampire hunters in a makeshift arena in southern California. I'm not even sure the Sydney we met at the beginning of Bloodlines could've done that, and yet, here she is, standing up to a scary-ass mob and making a very good case for Sonya--which is totally lost on these guys, unfortunately.

And look who's here to save the day! Our favorite dhampirs show up in the nick of time. I always go on and on about how exciting it is when quiet, serious Eddie and Dimitri flip into battle mode. But you know what? I like it almost as much when Angeline does. She's been such a goofball in this book (and it doesn't stop in the next one...or the next one...), but when it counts, we have to remember that she too is a very skilled fighter. Even if she hasn't had as much formal training as the other guys, she can still kick ass when she's called upon.

But let's not fool ourselves. It's Adrian coming to the rescue here that really melts our hearts, largely because he is not a warrior, yet he still steps up and breaks the rules to get Sydney himself. I like how even in their daring escape, there's still a little of the banter we love, like this line from Sydney: "Of course I can climb it. I'm practically a prodigy in PE. The question is, can you, Mr. Smoker?" There are few situations in these books where I can't find room for a funny line. The ones that don't have those jokes are usually the spots that make you cry and throw the book across the room. So, if you don't see any jokes, be prepared.

I had to go research (i.e. ten minutes on the Internet) Sydney's method of testing the electric fence. I thought I'd seen people throw a stick against them in movies (didn't they do that in Jurassic Park?), but everything I read said that wouldn't actually work. Ah, the things I have to do to keep Sydney on her game.

Our action wraps up with a successful escape, though not without Sydney finding out that Stanton essentially used her as bait with the tracking device--and that everyone else knew. I certainly don't like to see Adrian receiving the brunt of Sydney's wrath here, but as she even notes to herself here, it's interesting that what hurts her the most is that he didn't tell her what was going on. Don't worry--she forgives him quickly, but we've now pretty much reached the ultimate level of trust between these two. They both take it as a given now that they'll always get the truth from each other. That's not exactly hawt, sexy stuff, but it's a requisite piece of love.

Tomorrow...the big ending!


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(Anonymous)
Feb. 10th, 2013 05:25 am (UTC)
Forgot to mention Sydney using the magic! Still great, can't wait for TIS <3
celester001
Feb. 10th, 2013 08:20 am (UTC)
This is one of my favorite chapters in The Golden Lily (though they are all so amazing it's hard to compare!) Once I finished The Golden Lily, I just had to go back and read this chapter again and again and again!
fousty74
Feb. 10th, 2013 02:18 pm (UTC)
I have been waiting for the big ending blog since the blog started! Can't wait! I'm on Central time. If its late, I getting up in the middle if the night to read it. Gosh I'm a slave to Richelle's books! And I wouldn't have it any other way!
(Anonymous)
Feb. 10th, 2013 02:56 pm (UTC)
I loved these chapters too. The big vampire Hunter reveal/confrontation with more info on the history of alchemists/moroi/dhampirs and best of all (for me) lovely Sydrian moments with added Sydrian escape banter!
(Anonymous)
Feb. 10th, 2013 05:55 pm (UTC)
I'm so excited! I wish the book was coming out on the weekend so I could read it all at once!
ferdybookgeek
Feb. 10th, 2013 08:03 pm (UTC)
ch 21 and 22 Adrian and Sydney
I had mixed feelings about ch 21 and 22. I really enjoyed seeing Sydney using magic to defend herself. Adrian also surprised me by acting brave and protective rather than his usual lazy and coddled manner.

I was really disappointed in Adrian overall though.. I don't think I can ever forgive him for not telling Sydney the truth.. even if he never lets her down again, I'll always remember that. It just took me by surprise that he would show more loyalty to Dimitri and the Alchemists over Sydney?? Why would he pick people he didn't even like over someone he claimed to care about? It just showed that Sydney didn't mean all that much to him.. After everytrhing she'd done for him, she'd more than earnt his trust - she had faith in him when no-one else did, she defended him, she bent over backwards for him, she would run anytime he called, she put his needs before her own.. but as soon as she needed some faith and trust he didn't give her any.. it was so disappointing.. especially when she was in such a dangerous situation, he still was ultimately okay anout leaving her ignorant.. Sydney's smart she would have completely understood what Dimitri and co wanted to do.. after all she took a risk before for everyone when she helped Rose before.. So why wouldn't she take a risk with the earrings when it was a minimal, logical and sensible risk? It kind of broke my heart.. oh and him saying he trusted her before she went was just nonsense because if he did trust her he would have told her the truth.

I hated how Sydney just forgave him and everyone else - especially after she was basically their doormat for months and months, they retuned her kindness by treating her with no trust, faith or honesty. Sydney is such a great heroine, she deserves more than what she got from Adrian and co.

I like Adrian but I'm not convinced yet about him and Sydney.. I don't I ever will be.. I hate that he has so much expericence in relationships, girls and most of all the fact that he was so crazy in love with Rose.. Sydney just seems like a consolation prize - no matter how many romantic things he says/will say to her. I mean nothing he says will really beat the 'Best. Not. Sex. Ever' with Rose. Any passion he may show Sydney won't be special because he had that same passion for Rose. It's unfair that Sydney hasn't experienced any love or even lust with any other guy.. They say you never forget your first love and Rose will always have that claim.. Sydney deserves more than Rose's sloppy seconds.. she deserves to be someone's first and only love.
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