Series: Bloodlines #4
Published by Razorbill on 19 November 2013
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Source: Kindle Purchase
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.
The Fiery Heart exceeded all my expectations! Well written, of course, and so much character growth, but a terrible cliffhanger in the end! I don’t know how I’ll be able to wait until Silver Shadows is released in July next year! But let me start with the beginning!
At the end of The Indigo Spell, Zoe, Sidney’s sister is transferred to room with Sydney and be a second Alchemist making sure Jill stays safe. This, of course thwarts Sydney and Adrian’s budding relationship, but not as much as it could have. To see Sydney thorn between her need to spend time with Adrian, and her need to try to make her sister happy was well done, too, and I grew to really detest Zoe! She’s acting like a spoiled brat for most of the time, and while I can understand it – hey, she kind of reminds me of how Sydney was acting at times in Vampire Academy – it still grated on my nerves from time to time.
The fact that Zoe was so very Alchemist in all her ways made it even more evident just how much Sydney has changed and grown, though. I love Sydney more and more with each book, because she is both smart and capable, and she always strives to be the best she can be. Her relationship with Adrian has made both her and him completely different characters, too. They both want to be good for the other, so they are able to stand back and look at both past and future decisions in a different light. The Fiery Heart has a lot of fire, and much heart, but also some heartache and bad decisions getting dire consequences.
The suspense is well done, but then again, that’s what I expected! The foreshadowing was extremely well done, because I realized that something big was going to happen, but I had no idea how, when or because of what. So I was anticipating this for a big part of The Fiery Heart. There is a cliffhanger in the end – but it’s not one of those that might make me mad – this one makes sense, and it has me so impatient for Silver Shadows I can hardly get my heart back to it’s normal rate now.
Adrian is always a pleasure to read about, and I love his sense of humor. The fact that he can bring that humor out in Sydney as well brings him more points from me as well. While they are both busy with their own lives, they have many great, and pretty hot interactions throughout The Fiery Heart. I’m not sure this can really be called YA anymore, both because the main characters are a little older, and because of the way they act around each other. But I am all for some hotness, so this is not me complaining at all.
The writing is really good, I fell right back into the world of vampires and alchemists, and I was happy to spend some time with all my friends and frenemies again. There are some great action scenes, and I was surprised by several characters in The Fiery Heart. Some were good surprises, others not so good. But they all made the plot and the overall storyline move forward at great speed. And there are several sightings of beloved characters from Vampire Academy as well – and I loved how Adrian has come to terms with his past relationship with Rose.
If you’re a fan of Richelle Mead’s world, you just have to read The Fiery Heart, it will blow your mind in a good way.
If we ever managed some normal life together, she’d be out paying the bills while I stayed home and cleaned. And I really wasn’t good at that either. If she just wanted to come home at night to eye candy with good hair, I could probably be that reasonable well.
“Wait. How is it settled? How did we go from me declaring my love for you to me being okay with a dream?” “It’s Adrian Ivashkov logic. Don’t try to understand it. Just roll with it.”
Personally, I wasn’t a huge sports fan, though I did like Super Bowl parties, especially if I didn’t have to watch the game.
I sat beside him on the bed and helped him take off my sweater. “Who knew that escape plan number seventy-one would end up being ‘Vacation at Moroi Court.'”
I loved her for her beautiful soul and desired her for her beautiful body.