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.
Bloodlines, Chapter 12
If you’ve hung in there through most of my books, you know I really dig mixing very serious elements with completely silly ones. So, a mini-golf outing in the midst of a book about secret societies and vampire assassins is inevitable in the Richelle Mead School of Writing.
This outing is good fun because we get one of those rare incredulous moments from serious Eddie: “I was practically raised at an isolated school in the middle of nowhere Montana, and even I’ve played mini-golf.” Sydney turns out to be good at this too, duh, and what I love about her continuing sports prowess is that it’s not so much a part of some superhuman athletic ability as her using nerdy behind-the-scenes calculations. “It’s simple geometry,” she tells them. Whereas Adrian advocates a far more questionable method: “I just rely on natural talent.”
Hang on to your foreshadowing hats because it’s all over the place here. Sydney’s mad because Jill knows all about a conversation with Adrian and therefore thinks Adrian told Jill everything when, really, Jill just saw it through the bond. Lee won’t use magic because, as we find out later, he’s no longer capable of doing it. (Only restored spirit users regain their magic because of the jolt of spirit used in their healing. Those who wield the physical elements lose the ability). Adrian tells Sydney she’s cute in her Count Dracula picture...little do those crazy kids know.
Finally, this chapter has one of Adrian’s slyest comments. When Sydney worries about the age difference between Lee and Jill, Adrian makes an unnamed callback to Rose and Dimitri: “Believe me, I’ve seen age differences. Theirs is nothing.”