Release Date: November 19, 2013
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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 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.
The Fiery Heart is the fourth installment in the Bloodlines series; and trust me, is the most romantic one yet. Six million Strigoi could of attacked and I don't think it would have been as interesting as the moments that Sydney and Adrian shared throughout this book. Well, it would have been pretty cool... but that's not the point!
Mead does not fail to reach the high bar that we have set for her novels. In this installment, Sydney and Adrian are together but there relationship is cut down to a few stolen moments when Sydney can escape the careful watching eye of her younger sister Zoe. On top of that, Zoe is becoming suspicious of what Sydney really gets up to with Mrs Terwilliger, because it certainly doesn't seem like any normal history project. It is a struggle to keep everything a secret and follow the Alchemist ways when she no longer believes in them.
First off, can I just say how much I physically loathed Zoe. She was a character who really needed a good slap and some sense knocked into her. I really wanted Sydney to scream at her and chuck her out, but she always said something like "She's my sister and I love her". The thing with Zoe is that she's irritating and close-minded. I know Sydney was like that with Moroi at the beginning, but Zoe was just over the top.
This is an unmissable installment in the series if you have been anxiously waiting for more Sydney and Adrian time, but also some more magical elements! Mead knows how to handle her cliffhangers, that's for sure... Keep Silver Shadows on pre-order guys.