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 Fiery Heart, Sydney risked everything to follow her gut, walking a dangerous line to keep her feelings hidden from the Alchemists. Now in the aftermath of an event that ripped their world apart, Sydney and Adrian struggle to pick up the pieces and find their way back to each other. But first, they have to survive.
For Sydney, trapped and surrounded by adversaries, life becomes a daily struggle to hold on to her identity and the memories of those she loves. Meanwhile, Adrian clings to hope in the face of those who tell him Sydney is a lost cause, but the battle proves daunting as old demons and new temptations begin to seize hold of him. . . .
Their worst fears now a chilling reality, Sydney and Adrian face their darkest hour in this heart-pounding fifth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where all bets are off.
In an immense show of will power I actually tried to limit myself to around a hundred pages a day in a last ditch effort to make this book last. Needless to say my efforts proved futile and I promptly devoured this book amidst squeals, giggles, cursing and anxious knocking courtesy of worried siblings.
While I remain a huge fan of Richelle Mead I will honestly say that this book frustrated me almost as much as it excited me. In the first four books we are rewarded with huge developments both for the relationship between Sydney and Adrian and Sydney and other moroi and/or dhampirs. Plus, a lot of progress concerning an Alchemist rebellion and a potential cure for Strigoi. Perhaps my expectations were too high, but I felt that this book paled in comparison.
With Sydney isolated and in rehabilitation under the control of the Alchemists our Sydney/Adrian time was seriously limited. I think we all assumed that Sydney would not go quietly. So in true Sydney Sage fashion she continues a rebellion from inside the Alchemists rehabilitation center using those resources presented to her in the hopes of escaping and aiding others to survive relatively unscathed. While her rebellions do not always prove successful Sydney continues to try and defy the alchemists while attempting to stay under the radar. A feat that proves difficult and almost impossible. Sydney’s character remains compassionate, head strong and unrelenting even when backed into a corner.
Adrian kind of went off the deep end. I think we needed to see this from Adrian as it was crucial for his character development. Before this novel we had only been in his point of view when he and Sydney were in a semi stable relationship and happy. As such, in this novel you get to really experience spirit’s side effects in full force.
In this novel we also get to meet several new characters. All were interesting though not deeply explored. We even got to read about some old favourites from the famous Vampire Acadmey series. Nonetheless, I was disappointed by how little we got to see of some of my favourite supporting characters, e.i Eddie, Jill, Jackie, Angeline etc. With Adrian focused on Sydney, and Sydney locked up far away there was no new exploration of the familiar group’s dynamics and relationships.
While there was quite a bit of action in this novel it tended to lean more towards fleeing and less towards actually fighting. I have my fingers crossed that it’s because Richelle Mead had an explosive final book in mind. She also once again leaves us with a cliff hanger that has me aching for more. Overall, I enjoyed the novel and whilst there were a lot of elements I wish had been included I remain ecstatic about the final book.
The Ruby Circle is expected to hit shelves February 10th, 2015, according to Goodreads.