Saturday, 6 December 2014

The Indigo Spell - Book Review

The Indigo Spell – Book Review

Richelle Mead

YA Paranormal

Bloodlines Book # 3


Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the world of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets and human lives.

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 realises that her only hope is to embrace her magical blood – or else she might be next.

Another fabulous addition to the series, this book was difficult to put down and I really enjoyed every minute of it. Although, I was slightly disappointed that some characters only got to play small parts.

When a frantic phone call wakes Sydney in the middle of the night, she never imagines that she will be pulled even deeper into the world of vampires and magic. Yet now, with her life in danger, Sydney finds magic is the only way to protect herself and despite her original reluctance to use it, she is finding a surprising thrill in her new found power. But it is just one more secret she must keep from the alchemists. And now, with each new question she asks, Sydney’s fear of re-education grows.
Because the alchemists have been lying to her! And now Sydney has proof. But what to do with the information? Should she confront the alchemists, or run away and become an outcast, giving up her mission to protect the Moroi Princess… and her sinful feelings for Adrian, a gorgeous and sarcastic vampire royal. Torn between heart, head and ingrained duty, Sydney must make the ultimate choice, to stand her ground and risk exposure, or do nothing and risk losing everything…

What first struck me about this book was how nearly the whole plot centred around magic and Sydney’s progression with witchcraft. It was also the first book in the series that revolved completely around Sydney and her problems – which is partly why I think most of the secondary characters didn’t get much of a look in. While definitely a page turning story, I was still a little sad the Eddie, Angeline, Jill and the rest of the team got sidelined.

However Sydney’s story is without doubt a riveting one. The plot is fast paced with plenty of drama, revelations and nail biting moments. Yet I think the biggest attraction to this book lay in the fact that Sydney and Adrian finally got some lip-locking action!
Their romance is sweet yet passionate, and of course, completely forbidden. Not only does it up the stakes of the story, but I like how it’s clear to see that both Sydney and Adrian bring out the best in each other. I really can’t wait to see what the future has in store for this star crossed couple.
Otherwise I liked seeing the deeper side of mortal magic. This was something never explored in the vampire academy and is unique to the bloodlines series. I’m also curious to see how Sydney’s magic will help her in freeing herself of  the alchemists control, while also empowering her to get into more action based conflicts.

So overall, I really enjoyed this book, including the somewhat cliff hanger of an ending. A fantastic story, this is a series all vampire academy fans need to check out. 4 Stars!

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