Series: Bloodlines #4
on November 19, 2013
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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.
Ready for Adrian to set your heart on fire?
Although The Fiery Heart is narrated in POVs alternating between Sydney’s and Adrian’s perspectives, this is really Adrian’s story. While Sydney continues to forge a path for herself as a gifted Alchemist, Adrian’s struggle to live up to his potential while dealing with the side effects of his spirit magic are the driving force of this book. (Or at least, that’s the part I was flipping through pages and excited by.) It’s apparent that the Bloodlines series has become something of a vehicle for the author to explore some serious subjects, including eating disorders, body image, prejudice, drinking, addiction, and even bipolar mania and depression; some of those are addressed with more complexity than others, but it’s interesting to see them dealt with within the framework of a paranormal series.
Sydney, filtered through Adrian’s eyes, is very appealing. There’s a softness about her that no one else seems to appreciate; she’s grown on me quite a bit, and I like all the scenes in which she learns to work with her magic. Towards the end she also gathers her courage in an admirable way, and it’s been rewarding to watch her grow confident in herself and her abilities.
And yet…I have to confess that I still miss Rose. She and Dimitri both make brief appearances here, and when they do I was filled with yearning for the spark and fire of their stories. I still love Adrian, but even he seems to burn less brightly somehow; there’s something more muted about the feeling inspired by Bloodlines vs the passion and adventure of Vampire Academy. It seems churlish to miss the previous series so much, because I do respect the fact that the author went in a new direction and tried something different with her characters, I just still think writing assertive characters comes more naturally to her than introspective ones. (And man, at one point Adrian utters the words “little dhampir” and I practically melted into a puddle.)
Still, it’s very cute seeing Adrian fuss over a date with Sydney, and there’s some serious Sydrian chemistry that will make your temperature spike. The physical scenes between them are filled with arousal and urgency, and fulfill the promise that was built up so well in The Indigo Spell.
I brought my lips down to hers, and it was like everything that had ever happened to me had simply been a warm-up for this moment, that this was where my life truly began.
Oh, Adrian. *stares into distance*
One last quibble: I wish we spent less time with Jill and her convoluted love life, as well as with Zoe. Why are the sisters ALWAYS annoying in these books?
But other than that, The Fiery Heart is entertaining, filled with satisfying romance, and a solid entry in this series. I don’t even mind the cliffie at the end, because I know it’s all going to work out. It’s going to be interesting to see how the author ups the ante in the final two books. Me? I’m hoping for more sexy blood-drinking scenes. We get a little tease in this one, but we could always use more…
An advance copy was provided by the publisher for this review.
But seriously. What. Happened. To. Everyone’s. HAIR.