3.5 starsDespite the failure of the last book in the Vampire Academy series, I kinda wanted to be back in that world! This series is a spinoff of Vampire Academy. Sydney the Alchemist seemed a bit boring of a character in VA, but I rather liked her as narrator. I liked hearing more on the Alchemists and their history. Adrian is the same and still much loved by me! He is one of the characters that actually makes the story worth reading.