The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead
Release Date: November 19th, 2013
Razorbill, 420 Pages
Sub-genre: Paranormal (Vampires)
Source: Bought the book
Age Group: Young Adult (14+)
Series: Bloodlines #4
Follow up to: The Indigo Spell
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.
Possibly spoilery so proceed with caution!
The Scenery: Hellooooo, Palm Springs! I wouldn’t mind some warm weather after the brutal winter we’ve had, and reading this book kept my a little more toasty with its desert setting.
The Characters: So Sydney is a total stick-in-the-mud and Adrian is…well, the opposite. Opposites attract, right? APPARENTLY. We get to reunite briefly with some old acquaintances and even have a few new characters introduced. This book is told from Adrian and Sydney’s point-of-views, and boy, they couldn’t be more different. I liked seeing Adrian’s POV this time since he is figuring out how to deal with Spirit, and even our little curmudgeon, Sydney, is coming around. We also get to meet some (former) Alchemists who are just raging against the machine. It’s magical, really.
The Plot: A lot of people want Jill dead since she is Lissa’s (the Queen’s) only living relative, which for the Moroi is essential to being able to remain Queen. Sydney has been doing an awesome job keeping her safe in Palm Springs, but since learning she can wield a bit of magic, other tasks have become priority. Basically, what Sydney can do & wants to figure out…teamed up with Adrian, is something that can bolster support for Lissa as Queen and secure the safety of Moroi and dhampirs, alike. There are just a few things getting in their way…like the Alchemists and Sydney’s newly transferred sister, Zoe.
The Love: Good grief, y’all. I never thought I would say this, but make it stop. Seriously. There is so much going on…so intensely…it is just way too much. I really wish Mead had toned down the lovey/sexy stuff a tad [Read: A LOT].
The Bad Guys: …just keep getting worse. It is hard to trust anyone and blood really isn’t thicker than water here. At least you know the Strigoi are super evil. Humans can be monsters too, though.
The Good Guys: …are really a band of misfit toys and I LOVE THEM. There are some awkward turtles, brainiacs, oddballs, wildcards, BAMFs, popular kids, and super-intense characters going on here. The dynamic sounds all over the place, but it really works for this series.
The Ending: …is not rainbows and butterflies. Sorry. I really need the next book because readers are totally left hanging. This is where the 4 star rating comes from. I needed some air and dog-snuggles after I finished this one.
Recommendation: If you loved the Vampire Academy series and the other Bloodlines books, you’ll basically need to read this one ASAP. Adrian really gets to shine and Sydney becomes a much more interesting character in this and the previous book (Indigo Spell).