Synopsis for The Indigo Spell: Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabbles in magic and serves to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets–and human lives.
In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she finds herself struggling to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she meets alluring, rebellious Marcus Finch -a former Alchemist who escaped against all odds, and is now on the run. Marcus wants to teach Sydney the secrets he claims the Alchemists are hiding from her. But as he pushes her to rebel against the people who raised her, Sydney finds that breaking free is harder than she thought. There is an old and mysterious magic rooted deeply within her. And as she searches for an evil magic user targeting powerful young witches, she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her magical blood -or else she might be next.
Synopsis for The Fiery Heart: 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.
Genre: Urban Fantasy – Young Adult – Vampire
My thoughts: It’s official… I am completely addicted to this series. I adore it. The first two books, Bloodlines and Golden Lily were already great but Indigo Spell and Fiery Heart were just fantastic. The plot went in a very interesting direction, one I didn’t see coming. And I can say without a doubt that I love this series just as much as Vampire Academy.
But let’s go more into details, starting up with book three, The Indigo Spell. This book might be my favorite regarding the character development. Following the events of Golden Lily, I expected a lot to happen in this one regarding the characters and their relationships. And it did not disappoint. Sydney and Adrian are both very complex characters and I love how the evolved individually and together. It’s even more striking as we know both of them from Vampire Academy and so we’ve witnessed their journey for a long time. The other characters are also really interesting, I especially love Jill and Eddie, and the group dynamic is fascinating.
Plot wise The Indigo Spell is just as good as what I’ve come to expect from Richelle Mead. In the Bloodlines series, much like with Vampire Academy, the books are action-packed, fast-paced and thrilling. Some of the plot twists in The Indigo Spell completely caught me by surprise. And as usual the last part of the book was a roller coaster of emotions. The final plot twist and cliffhanger had me literally gasping. So much so that, even though I hadn’t planned to I immediately started reading The Fiery Heart. Overall Indigo Spell in a solid third book that introduces elements that will lead to some major plot points in the second half of the Bloodlines series.
Which leads me to The Fiery Heart. Let me start off by saying that this is my favorite book in the series thus far. And that’s saying a lot because, as I am writing this I have read five of the six books in Bloodlines. This book was amazing and intense and I just couldn’t put it down. Everything in the first three books has been leading up to this one and the plot was fantastic, thrilling and overall gripping. I can’t really go into details without spoiling here, but a new character introduced in The Indigo Spell adds a lot of tension in Fiery Heart. Moreover, the entire book builds up to a breathtaking finale that left me in pieces. Which is why I immediately bought and read Silver Shadows after finishing Fiery Heart.
Finally, I’d like to comment on the change the author made with this fourth book. Indeed, while the first three books were from Sydney’s point of view only, with this one we have a dual point of view. Although I am usually not a fan of changing point of views in the middle of a series, I have to admit it works really well here. Introducing Adrian’s POV allowed us to really understand his character. Moreover, it’s the first time we get a POV from a spirit user, and I found it fascinating to see first hand the effect of that on his mind. And once we reach the end of this book, the need for this dual POV becomes clear and promising for the last two books.
To conclude, I highly recommend the Bloodlines series, especially if you enjoyed Vampire Academy. My review of Silver Shadows will be coming up soon!
The Indigo Spell: 4.5/5
The Fiery Heart: 4.75/5
Enjoy your reads,