Monday, February 25, 2013

REVIEW: "The Indigo Spell" by Richelle Mead

The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines, #3)
The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead
(Bloodlines #3)

For Ages 13+
Young Adult -- Paranormal
Razorbill -- February 12, 2013
Hardcover, 432 pages
Bought from Amazon

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.

This wasn’t the first time I’d been pulled out of bed for a crucial mission.

Warning!  This review contains spoilers for earlier books in the Bloodlines and Vampire Academy series.  There are no spoilers for The Indigo Spell.

And Richelle Mead does it again!  I am not sure how she manages to make me fall in love with her characters and storylines more with every book, but she does.  The Indigo Spell was just an amazing installment in what is already a fantastic series.  I am going ahead to warn readers that this review will contain a large amount of gushing which is exactly what the book deserves.

This book starts off pretty soon after the conclusion of The Golden Lily and throws the readers back into the action of the overall plot.  Sydney is continuing her magic training with Mrs. Terwilliger and things are getting interesting.  There is a rogue witch on the loose who is stealing the youth and powers of witches around the L.A. area and Sydney is charged with discovering her whereabouts.  Thankfully, this forces her to interact with Adrian regularly since his spirit element is essential to keeping their mission a secret.

Another major element to the plot of this story is Sydney's growing impatience with the Alchemists and the discovery of Marcus Finch and his band of dissenters.  I won't much further into Marcus's involvement in order to avoid spoilers, but I will say that his character has definitely thrown a wrench into the overall story of the Bloodlines series.  I will go ahead and assure readers that there is not a love triangle which is what I was essentially worried about.

Most of The Indigo Spell involves Sydney's growth as a character and how important she is going to be for the future of  Alchemists, Moroi, and dhampirs.  I absolutely love what Richelle Mead has done with Sydney!  She is a strong, determined heroine who has enough quirks to keep her relatable to the readers.  Sydney may not be as brash and in your face as Rose from the Vampire Academy books, but she is admirable in her own way.

And then, of course, there's Adrian! He continues to be the sexy, damaged hero that readers fell in love with long ago, but he has even more depth now. The development of his relationship with Sydney has really helped him focus on something and has also given him a purpose that I don't think he ever had before. I adore forbidden romances and Sydney/Adrian puts Rose/Dimitri to shame with all the danger these two are in if the truth is ever discovered.

There also is interaction with some of the popular side characters in this series though most of the focus is on Sydney and Adrian in this installment. I loved the cameos of Sonya, Rose, Dimitri, and Lissa and look forward to seeing them again. It is also enjoyable watching the changing relationships between Jill, Eddie, and Angeline. I will admit that I am very partial to Eddie and am praying to see him happy in the very near future.

Overall, this was another amazing Bloodlines book and I recommend it to all of Richelle Mead's fans. Now, I just have to wait patiently (HA!) for November so I can read The Fiery Heart especially since it has Adrian's point of view!!

"You're not as much of a lost cause as she was. I mean, with her, I had to overcome her deep, epic love with a Russian warlord. You and I just have to overcome hundreds of years' worth of deeply ingrained prejudice and taboo between our two races. Easy."

1. Bloodlines
2. The Golden Lily
3. The Indigo Spell
4. The Fiery Heart (Coming November 2013)


1 comment:

  1. So glad you liked it! Wasn't Adrian just awesome? I was a little disappointed with how the magic stuff kind of fizzeled in the end (not as much of a bang as I was expecting, though Sydney does seem more comfortable with it). I am VERY excited to see how this all ends up though!

    Great review!


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