The Indigo Spell
Official Stuff –
Author – Richelle Mead
Pages – 432
Series – Bloodlines
Publisher – Razorbill
In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she finds herself struggling to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she meets alluring, rebellious Marcus Finch–a former Alchemist who escaped against all odds, and is now on the run. Marcus wants to teach Sydney the secrets he claims the Alchemists are hiding from her. But as he pushes her to rebel against the people who raised her, Sydney finds that breaking free is harder than she thought. There is an old and mysterious magic rooted deeply within her. And as she searches for an evil magic user targeting powerful young witches, she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her magical blood–or else she might be next.
My Rating – 4 Stars
Sydney Sage; Alchemist, genius…sort of friend to Moroi and…potential witch? If you do follow along with the Bloodlines Series you know things have happened in Sydney’s life that have challenged her strong beliefs. The Moroi really aren’t that bad, the Alchemists don’t always tell the truth, and magic can actually save your life.
Oh, and then there’s Adrian. (swoooon) Resident sexy as hell, eccentric Moroi that, as much as she would like to deny it, makes Sydney’s girly bits tingle. She and Adrian crossed a big line with their kiss and now Sydney needs (wants) to avoid him as much as humanly possible.
Pfft. As if that could happen.
Sydney’s teacher/witch mentor, Ms. Terwilliger warns her against another evil witch that may want to suck the life and power out of her. Which leads to even more magical training. She also still needs to find Marcus Finch, who can supposedly answer questions that Syd has. And who does she need to help her with all that? Adrian of course.
I have to say I had a very hard time rating this book; I wavered between 3 and 4. As much as I love this world and it characters (I’m even warming up to Sydney, finally.) I felt that Marcus Finch thing was completely anti-climactic. After such a big deal being made about Sydney’s blood and the insane amount of promotion surrounding his character, I felt he was going to have some concrete answers. He was practically pointless; at least in this book, so I’m hoping that after all this “Who is Marcus Finch” stuff, he will play a bigger part in the later books.
I was also a bit disappointed about a few other small things, like the lack of Jill and Eddie and also how easily it was for Sydney to obtain a gun (which is more of a personal annoyance than a fault in writing).
However, Sydney’s growth in this book was tremendous. She’s starting to realize that maybe the Alchemists aren’t the good guys they claim to be. She proceeds with her magical training and is becoming quite talented. She’s questioning things that she never questioned before.
She has come a long way since she was introduced in the Vampire Academy Series. Honestly, I hated her character back then and put off reading this series because my dislike for her was so strong. With each book she becomes more likable and I have a feeling that the next book I will be rooting for her.
And Adrian, man. Charming as always. He was featured a lot in this book and without spoiling anything; there are a few scenes that gave me tons of happy Sydrian feels.
Overall, this was a typical middle of the series book, answers very few questions and brings up more. Bit of a cliffy ending and I can’t wait to read the next book. (Fiery Heart, expected released November 2013)
In conclusion, read this book. Read the entire Vampire Academy Series (if you haven’t yet, shame on you) and then read Bloodlines, I promise Sydney gets better and that you will enjoy!
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