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.
Richelle Mead managed to make me cry after three long months over a book.
THREE. LONG. MONTHS.
I basically just sat there with the Acknowledgements page taunting me the entire time, making me want to through The Fiery Heart across the room. There had been so much talk about the ending of this book, and I was ready and prepared going into it, but the ending still made me cry.
When I first got a hold of this book, I was supremely excited to get started – Richelle Mead has been a favorite of mine ever since I read her Vampire Academy series, whose middle books broke my heart as well. I guess I just didn’t expect so much emotion from this book because the previous books in the Bloodlines spin-off weren’t centered what what the characters were feeling, just what they were doing. I think the first book had been a bit of a bore because Sydney, the narrator, was an Alchimist and we were in her mind and reading all about her apprehensions and values, as she was newly introduced to the Moroiand Dhampir teens that she was going to be working with and protecting. The second book was good enough to keep me going, and the third was wonderful. But throughout all of these books, I think the main plot was about how the protagonists were doing what they were doing, what was happening all around them, conspiracies being revealed, that sort of thing.
But with The Fiery Heart, the whole story was about their feelings. The plot revolved around the relationships between the various characters, and even though there was still dark scheming going on on the part of Sydney, I think this book was meant to show us how far she had actually come. Sydney Sage’s character development throughout the series has got to be one of the best and most realistic changes I have ever come across. She seemed like a stuck up Alcheimist at the begining of the books, but by The Fiery Heart, she became one of the most fun and respected characters I’ve ever read about. Sydney has changed, but she still upholds her values and norms. She’s still a brainiac genius and knows where her duty lies. At the same time, she’s best friends with a vampire, and in love with one as well. I adore how Sydney handled her relationship with Adrian and her responsibilities as well. She finally knew who she was and what she wanted to do and who she wanted to be with.
Adrian Ivashkov. My dear, sweet, sexy, sarcastic, over-the-top-hilarious, swoon worthy Adrian. Insert love struck in there, actually. Because that’s exactly what he is throughout the entire novel:
Love struck. For Sydeney Sage, the lucky girl. It was definitely refreshing and exciting to read the book from Adrian’s POV, something I longed for ever since I knew that Adrian was going to be a huge part of the Bloodlines series, but I have to say, that even though I was in tune with everything that was happening and who was saying what, I couldn’t help but shake off the feeling that Adrian and Sydeney kind of sort of sounded a little too similar. I mean, I could understand who was who, and they definitely did completely different things and said different things, but I guess the way they thought was really similar. No, that’s not right, even that was different. It was just the way the sentences were worded and the way both the characters describe certain things around themselves that made them seem like the same person.
But it’s a small glitch in this wonderful world that Mead has created, and that ending…well, I really can’t say much without giving away what happened, but let’s just say that I will fight tooth and nail to get the sequel to this book as soon as I can. Release date aside and all. The truth is, The Fiery Heart was just full of love and emotion and warmth and sorrow. It was a beautiful story woven around amazing people whom I missed and respected, and with a thoughtful, adorable and sizzling romance, it has been one of the best books of the year, and it’s going to take a while for any other novel to get into my good graces and triumph that.