The Fiery Heart
By Richelle Mead
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.
I honestly really didn’t want to start this novel. Only because after finishing it, I knew I would have to wait around year for a new instalment of the series. This novel was truly a filler novel for the Bloodlines series. Most of the novel focuses on Sydney and Adrian’s relationship, as such the title is quite fitting. Steamy scenes, in depth conversations and banter were part of developing them as a couple but also individually.
We got to read Adrian’s point of view, which was great in grasping the effect spirit (a type of Moroi magic) can have on a person. The depression and sudden mood swings have always been part of Adrian’s demeanour however we don’t realise the extent until we read about it firsthand. On top of that without Adrian’s point of view we would have had little chance of experiencing certain events first hand. Sydney has become a lot more confident. More sure of what she wants and how to get there she’s definitely grown as a character. I also disliked Zoe, my reasons will become clear over the course of the novel rest assured.
Even though there wasn’t that much action, the author has clearly set us up for some major excitement in the upcoming books. Many aspects of the book are leading to major breakthroughs for both Sydney and Adrian.
Now reading a filler novel had me very, very nervous. Richelle Mead tends to lull us into a false sense of security before ripping the rug out from under us. The contentment and peace most of the characters achieved towards the end of the novel had me very suspicious. My suspicions proved correct when the novel ended with a bang. One that ripped my heart out of my chest and had my mind racing over the possibilities. I think I love the series all the more for it. I enjoy the fact that she uses the middle of a series to roughen up her characters rather than the end of the series. And even with my heart a bloody mess on the floor, that did not stop me from checking when the fifth instalment of the series will be hitting the shelves.
Silver Shadows is coming out July 29th 2014 in case anyone was curious.