The Indigo Spell is the third book in the Bloodlines series, so I advise you not to keep reading this review if you’ve not read the first book.
Annnnd we’re back! Sydney Sage, rule-abiding Alchemist and not-so-secret friend of the Moroi, is once again thrown into the deep end. Sydney finally tracks down Marcus Finch in an attempt to know whether an Alchemist’s life is really her only choice, and is simultaneously under threat from a powerful woman responsible for murdering young witches by stealing their youth. And then there’s Adrian Ivashkov.
Bloodlines is just an incredibly fun, addictive and entertaining series, and I was very much looking forward to the third book, The Indigo Spell. We are now halfway through Bloodlines and it’s starting to heat up. I mentioned in my review of the last book, The Golden Lily, that I was surprised to find that the series was less paranormal, and more contemporary romance, and that is still, much to my delight, the case. Among the Strigoi, Moroi, dabbling in magic, and a slight amusing Game of Thrones twist, it is really just about a bunch of teenagers attending boarding school, trying not to get into trouble and surviving the drama that is teenager romance. And, at last, Sydney is not exempt from this ordeal.
Sydney Sage is a wonderful character to watch grow. As I have said before, I have absolutely no issue with her being a ‘perfect’ and near Mary Sue-type character. I do not believe that living recklessly is the only way somebody can be interesting and funny and intelligent – Sydney is all of those! But I did rather enjoy watching Sydney and Adrian get into a few scrapes in this novel, while trying to solve the mystery that is Marcus Finch and the indigo spell, and following up on the tasks that Ms. Terwilliger laid out for them both. I enjoyed the amusing banter between them both, including the constant teasing and compliments given by Adrian. I was never a massive supporter of Adrian in Vampire Academy, although I did like him, but I’ve begun to appreciate him more and more. He may go a little too far sometimes, but his wit more than makes up for it.
The Fiery Heart, the fourth book in the series, is published November 2013 – I’m glad we do not have to wait too long to find out what happens next (especially after that dramatic ending where everything is thrown into disarray just as Sydney decides she knows what she wants! You are so cruel, Richelle Mead). If you are looking for a series that will enable you to escape, Bloodlines might just be the right choice.
“Adrian shook his head, still smiling. “I’ve said over and over, I’d do anything for you. I just keep hoping it’ll be something like, ‘Adrian, let’s go hot tubbing’ or ‘Adrian, take me out for fondue.'”
“Well, sometimes we have to–did you say fondue?” Sometimes it was impossible to follow Adrian’s train of thought. “Why in the world would I ever say that?”
He shrugged. “I like fondue.”
Published: 12th February 2013
Publisher: Penguin Books (UK) Razorbill (US)
Pages: 416 (UK) 432 (US)
Source: Thank you Penguin Books for providing this book to review!
If you liked: Vampire Academy
Soundtrack: Go Your Own Way by Fleetwood Mac