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.
Okay, so I’m a huge fan of Richelle Mead. The Vampire Academy series is probably one of my absolute favorite series to ever have existed. And then when I heard that she was writing a spin-off series, obviously I flipped out. I’ve been absolutely loving the Bloodlines series so far, and I’m extremely happy to report that The Fiery Heart definitely doesn’t disappoint.
I wasn’t the hugest fan of Sydney in VA (or really in the beginning of this series either), but she’s 100% converted me. Don’t get me wrong, I love Rose. She’s probably the most badass heroine out there, but the fact that Sydney is so different, and yet still a total badass, makes me really happy. I love that she shows people that you don’t have to beat people up and be an expert at wielding a stake to kick major ass. She shows how strong she is with her intelligence, her logical thinking, her determination, and her loyalty in The Fiery Heart maybe more than ever, and I absolutely LOVE her for that! Her character development has been absolutely insane throughout the course of this series, and I’ve adored every second of it.
Another thing that I loved in this book was her relationship with Adrian. I honestly think that their relationship has got to be one of the healthiest that I’ve seen yet in YA fiction. Neither of them really have their stuff together one hundred percent, but they love each other for it. It’s repeated so many times that they make each other better, they strengthen each other. Their relationship is more than just something fueled on teenage passion and lust. They went from being true, genuine friends to something honestly so beautiful. I love that they’re there for each other for the other person to lean on, while at the same time encouraging them to be the best person they can be. I guess what I’m trying to say is that they believe in each other, and there’s something so mature and honest about that. BUT don’t worry, there’s plenty of steamy, romantic scenes too, thank GOODNESS!
Okay, but here’s the thing, right? There’s something that happens in this book that I can’t really talk about without giving away a huge spoiler. It has to do with something that Adrian did in his past, and I just want to say that I’m really NOT okay with it. A lot of people will be able to gloss over it and say, “Yeah, but he’s changed! He’s not that guy any more!” And I definitely agree that he’s not, but it’s honestly really problematic and something that can’t be overlooked. I’m not saying it changed my opinion of Adrian, but it made me take a solid step back. It just, ugh. Yikes. Gave me a very yucky feeling in my stomach, for sure.
And then the ending?! Oh my goodness, what a cliffhanger. I was absolutely SHOCKED! And I’m so scared for what’s going to happen to Sydney in the next book, oh man. Definitely prepare yourselves for this one, guys, cause it’s a heartbreaker!
All in all, I did really love this book. I thought it was maybe the strongest one yet, and I can’t wait to see what Richelle has in store for the next one!
Check out this series immediately, if you haven’t already!!
Date Published: November 19, 2013