I’m a fan of Richelle Mead and I’ve read the entire Vampire Academy Series. It’s about two main characters, Rose and Lissa. Rose is a dhampir, half human/half vampire and Lissa is a Moroi, a magic wielding vampire. The series tells the story of the struggles and heartbreak they go through trying to keep Lissa alive as she is the last Dragomir, the last Moroi of her line.
Her new series, Bloodlines, starts shortly after the VA series ends and tells the story of Alchemist, Sydney Sage, who makes a few appearances througout the VA series. Sydney is sent on a “babysitting” assignment at a human high school to ensure Princess Jill is kept safe from harm. With her sister, Lissa, ascending the throne as Queen of the Moroi, it is imperative that Jill stay safe to secure Lissa’s title. Sydney is sent along with Keith, another Alchemist, whom Sydney has some bad history with. She discovers that someone at the school is tattooing students with what looks like Alchemist chemicals and is determined to find out what is going on. It all comes to light at the end of book one with some interesting twists.
This series, so far, isn’t as action packed as Vampire Academy, but nobody is as kick-ass as Rose Hathaway. The story keeps you interested and wanting to know more, like all of Mead’s stories. I look forward to reading book two and continuing with the series and I definitely recommend reading this book. You don’t have to read the VA series to read Bloodlines, but I’d recommend you do. You’ll get the back story on all the characters and it’s a great series, so why not read it too?