Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines 3) by Richelle Mead

Title: The Indigo Spell
Series; Bloodlines #3
Author: Richelle Mead

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.

Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, the Bloodlines series explores all the friendship, romance, battles, and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive—this time in a part-vampire, part-human setting where the stakes are even higher and everyone’s out for blood.

I am possibly one of the biggest Vampire Academy fans in South Africa. I was so happy to see that we received the latest book in the Bloodlines spin-off fairly close to the UK / US release date. Happy as in dancing around my local book store in throes of delight. That kind of happy.

Now that I have put this into perspective, on with the review!

First off, Sydney is a lot more of a character in this installment. It is really fun watching her grow a backbone and she gets exposed to more elements of Mead's vampire world. The evolving chemistry between her and Adrian is fantastically fun to read!

My one criticism is that I do feel as if the overarching plot is being dragged out a lot. While I was captivated by Sydney and Adrian's unfolding romance, that can be all there is to the story. With Vampire Academy, the pace of the story and the action was always fast and exciting. Bloodlines lacks that, however I do love the overall setting and the magic element. so all is forgiven.

As I have mentioned before, you do need to read VA before this series, otherwise nothing will make much sense. Old characters are reintroduced and past events are mentioned. I would imagine that a first time reader which picked up Bloodlines would in all likelihood put it straight back down again!

The next book, The Fiery Heart, is due out later this year!

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