Series: Bloodlines #4
Published by Razorbill on November 19, 2013
Genres: YA Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Source: Personal Copy
Sexual Content: Kissing, brief non-descriptive sex scene
Reviewed by: Libbie
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 thrilling fourth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where no secret is safe.
Having already gone through the Vampire Academy gauntlet, I knew THE FIERY HEART was going to be an emotional roller-coaster. I wasn’t disappointed. There was even a primal scream at the end and a depressing glance at my calendar to gauge how much time between now and July, when the next book comes out. There was also a brief mental flogging for not waiting until the series was finished before starting it to save myself these horrendous waits. Alas, I’m not that strong.
The dynamic of the Bloodlines series changed a lot with THE FIERY HEART in that, for the first time, we have dual points of view. I will admit to being very, very leery about this but that pessimism went unrewarded. I loved Adrian’s chapters almost as much as Sydney’s. I’m also thankful that Richelle Mead didn’t fall into the dual POV trap of retelling the same scene from each viewpoint. Each chapter moves the story forward. And Adrian, I’m happy to say, is just as snarky in his own head as he is through Sydney’s eyes.
This being a mid-series book, it’s very hard to talk plot without massive spoilers but I can say this much: THE FIERY HEART makes good on every expectation I had going in with the added bonus of being so much more than I hoped to get. Mead shows once again that she can move a story arc forward while furthering subplots – picking up little nuggets of information she dropped two books ago that are suddenly back to the forefront with a vengeance. Mostly, she doesn’t fall into the other long-series trap of having a middle book read like nothing more than filler to stretch a thin plot out into more books. There’s so much going on, so much movement on the chess board that you’re too caught up for a single “get on with it” thought. You just want more. And you want it yesterday.
In the end, I was left with my usual book hangover and frequent trips back into the story to reread the bookmarked sections as well as other more action-centric and plotty ones just to experience them again. THE FIERY HEART is another stellar addition to the already great Bloodlines series and one that is, in my opinion, richer and more intriguing than the precursor Vampire Academy series.Series Titles:
- Bloodlines - 4/5
- The Golden Lily
- The Indigo Spell
- The Fiery Heart
- Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead
- The Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine