The Golden Lily is the second book in the Bloodlines series. In this installment, Sydney is faced with protecting the Moroi from not only the Strigoi and those who are after the Queen's lone relative, but also a rogue group with ancient ties to the Alchemists. She discovers the Alchemists have not been telling her the whole truth and she begins questioning everything she believes in. She sees the evil humans are committing who were once part of the Alchemists, but the supposedly "evil" vampires are quickly becoming the true friends she never had.
She has been taught that magic is evil, but one of her teachers believes she has a natural ability and requires her to start learning spells. When one of her friends is in danger, she is forced to use this magic to help save them. She begins to justify why there is a greater good to what she is doing. She can no longer allow herself and her friends to become victims while she has the power to make a difference.
I can't possibly do a review of a book involving Adrian Ivashkov without giving him some attention. He was by far my favorite character in the Vampire Academy series and is still my favorite in this series. I was happy to see that he is really trying to better himself. He is still the witty Royal that you can't help but love, but he is taking life more seriously. He is attending his college art classes and is cutting back on his vices. He appreciates Sydney's intelligence and is really trying to learn from her example. The two of them become closer throughout this book and anyone can see that they would be perfect together, if it weren't for one small problem. He is a vampire and she is an Alchemist and a romance between the two is forbidden. Instead, we have to endure Sydney dating the super boring Brayden while Adrian does everything he can to get her attention.
Overall, this was a great addition to the series and I can't wait to see what will happen next. Hopefully, Sydney will come to her senses and give Adrian the chance he deserves.