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!