Series: Bloodlines #4
Published by Razorbill on November 19th 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
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Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets - and human lives.
In The Indigo Spell, Sydney was torn between the Alchemist way of life and what her heart and gut were telling her to do. And in one breathtaking moment that Richelle Mead fans will never forget, she made a decision that shocked even her. . . .
But the struggle isn't over for Sydney. As she navigates the aftermath of her life-changing decision, she still finds herself pulled in too many directions at once. Her sister Zoe has arrived, and while Sydney longs to grow closer to her, there's still so much she must keep secret. Working with Marcus has changed the way she views the Alchemists, and Sydney must tread a careful path as she harnesses her profound magical ability to undermine the way of life she was raised to defend. Consumed by passion and vengeance, Sydney struggles to keep her secret life under wraps as the threat of exposure — and re-education — looms larger than ever.
Pulses will race throughout this smoldering fourth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where no secret is safe.
The Fiery Heart was definitely my favorite of the series so far! I am officially hooked on this series and anxious to continue.
Things have gone from zero to sixty with Sydney and Adrian’s relationship in this installment. Their forbidden romance has caused these two to live for stolen moments where they can be together without worrying how they may appear to outsiders and most importantly Sydney’s sister Zoe, who has joined the team helping to keep Jill’s whereabouts secret and safe. Their love has hit them both hard, causing them to be sloppy and careless with detrimental consequences. If that wasn’t enough, Sydney is using her powers with magic to develop new tattoo ink. One may be the key to stopping the Strigoi and the other to stopping the Alchemists from taking control of its members. And Adrian, well he’s trying to take control of his mood swings even if it means losing his skills with spirit.
I seriously enjoyed this installment a lot. There were so many swoony and sweet moments between Adrian and Sydney and I adore them together! I honestly wasn’t too sure I’d feel that way about them in the beginning because of how straight and proper Sydney came off but now she is so different and open-minded. And she wants that freedom to be and do what she wants. And that is to break down the prejudices against vampires and have a life with Adrian. The measures they both go to be together are quite admirable. I mean, Adrian goes through a major change in this book when he starts taking mood stabilizers. And he was a huge player in the steps they’ve taken with the Strigoi, which is a part of the plot I am finding fascinating I must say. I actually felt proud of the both of them while reading this book. Never would have guessed this huge turnaround with Sydney’s character so soon.
Obviously a lot goes down in this book. I had a bad feeling about a certain situation from all the foreshadowing and my fears were building and building as I read, which kept me on my seat. The ending was very exciting and changed the dynamic of what to expect in the next installment but I saw it coming, which is where this series has differed from Vampire Academy. Nothing has really surprised me yet. BUT, I’m okay with that because I had such a great time as I went. I’m currently on the hold list at the library for Silver Shadows and the wait is killing me!