Series: Bloodlines #3
Published by Penguin Australia on February 12, 2013
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
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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 aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she struggles to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she finally tracks down the elusive, enigmatic Marcus Finch – a former Alchemist who the organisation denies exists, and who lives in shadows, on the run. With Marcus's help, Sydney realises that the group she's been loyal to her whole life has been hiding the truth from her. Is it possible that her golden lily tattoo might have more power over her than she thinks?
As she struggles to come to terms with what that might mean, Sydney is compelled to use her growing magical powers to track down an evil magic user who is targeting powerful young witches. Using magic goes against everything she always thought she believed, but she realises that her only hope is to embrace her special blood – or else she might be next.
Forging her own way is harder than Sydney ever dreamed. Maybe by turning off her brain – and following her heart – she'll be able to finally figure out where she belongs.
The hotly anticipated third installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series.
After being consistently disappointed with one of my favourite author’s recent offerings, Indigo Spell is the book that restored my faith in Richelle Mead. I found the first two books of the Bloodlines series to be held back by the main character, an alchemist called Sydney who I have described as being too cold, scientific and prudish to be interesting. However, this is the book that changed it all for me as Sydney undergoes some pretty major character developments after she got over her major hang ups in the previous book.
There’s a lot happening in Indigo Spell, from Sydney being a target of a deadly witch, to struggling against Adrian’s affections, and finding out a conspiracy that the alchemists may be involved in that will put the very Moroi she’s assigned to protect in danger. After growing attached to Jill, Adrian, Angeline and Eddy, her vampire friends, Sydney is slowly overcoming the barriers to her rigid alchemist prejudice that she has been brought up with.
Although Sydney is confused about who she really is, this is the book where her strengths shine as she learns how to wield her ‘womanly charms’, wields some pretty powerful magic, while using her deduction and scientific skills to uncover some secrets behind the Alchemists.
Adrian is back to his old self as he resigns himself to ‘loving Sydney from afar’, and little does he know that it wouldn’t be for long. We get to see how right Adrian and Sydney are for each other as she’s pulled him out of his binge-drinking, mopey mess and uses his renewed confidence to chase after her. Even Sydney can’t resist his charm and the two finally get together in some sizzling scenes (M rated mind you).
The turning point of the book for me was when we learnt that there may be a lot more to the golden lily tattoo that meets your eye. In previous books, I blamed Sydney’s prudish, clinical personality on her strict upbringing and her identity as an Alchemist. The tattoo may have more of an impact than we thought, by constricting her thoughts and putting teachings into her mind about why she shouldn’t trust a vampire.
Should I daresay that Sydney’s clinical detachment is actually fun in this book?
Here’s some fun quotes that had me smiling:
I threw and hit the fifty-point ring. Marcus could only stare for a few seconds, his earlier smirk vanishing…
“You said you’d never played!” he exclaimed.
“I haven’t.” I threw another fifty pointer.
“Then how are you doing that?”
“I don’t know.” Fifty points again. “You just base your force on the ball’s weight and distance to the ring. It’s not that hard. This is kind of a boring game really.”
When I’d researched relationship books, I’d seen one called Bad Boys and the Women Who Love Them….I’d bought and downloaded the “bad boy” book online, but it had been completely useless in advising me. – Sydney, Page 156/173
Ian promised he’d get in touch with me in the morning about a tour of the archives. Then, weirdly, he closed his eyes and learned forward. It took me a moment to realize that he expected a good-night kiss. Seriously? That was how he went about it? Had he ever even kissed anyone before? Even Brayden had displayed a little more passion. – Sydney, Page 264.
There you have it, my fangirling pretty much speaks for itself. I’m rejoicing that I am enjoying a Richelle Mead book once again!
Rating: 5 out of 5
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