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Publisher Description

Sydney would love to go to college, but instead, she's been sent into hiding at a posh boarding school in Palm Springs, California – tasked with protecting Moroi princess Jill Dragomir from assassins who want to throw the Moroi court into civil war. Formerly in disgrace, Sydney is now praised for her loyalty and obedience, and held up as the model of an exemplary Alchemist.

But the closer she grows to Jill, Eddie, and especially Adrian, the more she finds herself questioning her age-old Alchemist beliefs, her idea of family, and the sense of what it means to truly belong. Her world becomes even more complicated when magical experiments show Sydney may hold the key to prevent becoming Strigoi – the fiercest vampires, the ones who don't die. But it's her fear of being just that – special, magical, powerful – that scares her more than anything. Equally daunting is her new romance with Brayden, a cute, brainy guy who seems to be her match in every way. Yet, as perfect as he seems, Sydney finds herself being drawn to someone else – someone forbidden to her.

When a shocking secret threatens to tear the vampire world apart, Sydney's loyalties are suddenly tested more than ever before. She wonders how she's supposed to strike a balance between the principles and dogmas she's been taught, and what her instincts are now telling her.

Should she trust the Alchemists – or her heart?

Young Adults
12 June
Penguin Random House Australia
Penguin Random House Australia Pty Ltd

Customer Reviews

YA-Lover ,

The golden lily

That ending. Oh my god, Sydney you crazy girl.
Overall I adored the story and basic plot. Miss mead's writing style always seems to captivate me in a web of utter amazement.
I loved the book, predictable at times yes but amazing anyway.
5 stars. Eagerly awaiting the release of The indigo spell!

Loulou:-) ,


I loved this I thought there could have been more from Adrian and Sydney's relationship but I guess that's coming in the next book. I love all of the books I've read by Michelle, she is an excellent writer and I can never put her books down I read this one in a day. Very highly recommended :-)

Susaanmc ,


Loved it!!! Worst thing about it... Waiting for the next one to come out! Richelle Mead you blow my mind :D Your books get better and better!!

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