Series: Bloodlines #4
Published by Penguin Australia on 2013-11-19
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
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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 thrilling fourth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where no secret is safe.
We’ve waited four books for it, and the Sydney and Adrian chemistry in The Fiery Heart is off the charts. The Bloodlines series has been a really slow burn thus far, but this is where the romance really ramps up and they can finally be happy together in their forbidden romance.
Sydney has really changed for the better since the first Bloodlines book. You can see her
prejudice for the vampires has all but disappeared, and instead of being preoccupied with being around Moroi and dhampirs, Adrian is on her mind. Unfortunately, the thorn in her side here is Zoe who constantly monitors what she is doing and is suspicious by all her late night activities practicing extra-curricular activities (aka. magic) with Ms Trewillinger.
My heart swelled, so full of love I didn’t know how my physical body could possibly contain such power. I felt like my chest would burst. – Adrian
This is the first time we get a Moroi point of view and being inside Adrian’s head was an enlightening experience. You can see how using spirit really sends him plummeting into depression and how his cocky arrogance is a front for his darker thoughts. Seeing how in love with Sydney he was really made me appreciate their romance more. There’s a lot of kissing, touching and fantasising, here for the both of them, on the verge of too much. But unlike Rose & Dimitri, and Lissa & Christian, I get this niggling feeling here that Sydney & Adrian’s love for each other is too intense, too dependable and too deep to be able to last forever.
The two really are perfect for each other though, with Sydney’s logic and smarts really complimenting Adrian’s emotional wellbeing. I don’t want to spoil it, but the two are closer than ever before with overwhelming chemistry for each other. These two characters have been criticised in the past for not being able to stand on their own and constantly needing to rely on dhampir support to protect themselves, but not anymore. With Adrian’s ‘treejitsu’ and Sydney’s fireball summoning, they can take on anyone, even a single Strigoi.
“Practicing my treejitsu skills. You’ve probably never heard of it, but believe me, it’s enough to knock you on your ass and wipe that smug look off your face.” – Adrian
As always, Mead’s penchant for multiple converging storylines was done well in Fiery Heart, even with varying point of views between Sydney and Adrian. Between Marcus and the tattoos, Trey and the warriors, Lissa needing Adrian’s Moroi powers, Zoe craving sisterly time and Ms Trewillinger inducting Sydney into her coven, there’s a lot happening here and the side characters each have their own romances and objectives. There’s even a healthy dose of the original Vampire Academy cast here, with Dimitri, Lissa, Rose, Christian, Sonya and even Abe making an appearance.
The Fiery Heart has really taken the series to a new level with Adrian and Sydney showing the growth that they’ve went through since the VA series, and the first Bloodlines book. If like me, you weren’t too impressed with the first two Bloodlines books, I think Indigo Spell and Fiery Heart will really convert you into a Sydrian supporter. Also cliffhanger warning – Richelle Mead really knows how to leave us hanging with that whopper at the end. And now we have to wait until July 2014 to read it!
I enjoyed the book, but I’m not a fan of the cover. It just looks so awkward and kind of starey. What do you guys think?
Series: Bloodlines #4
Rating: 4 out of 5