Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Review: The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines #3) by Richelle Mead

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. Alchemists protect vampire secrets - and human lives.

In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she struggles to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do.

Then she finally tracks down the elusive, enigmatic Marcus Finch - a former Alchemist who the organization denies exists, and who lives in shadows, on the run. With Marcus's help, Sydney realizes that the group she's been loyal to her whole life has been hiding the truth from her. Is it possible that her golden lily tattoo might have more power over her than she thinks?

As she struggles to come to terms with what that might mean, Sydney is compelled to use her magical powers to track down an evil magic user who is targeting powerful young witches. Using magic goes against everything she always thought she believed, but she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her special blood - or else she might be next.

Forging her own way is harder than Sydney ever dreamed. Maybe by turning off her brain - and following her heart - she'll be able to finally figure out where she belongs.

5 of 5 stars

To say I am obsessed with this series is a bit of an understatement.  I feel like it is consuming my brain.  I can't get it out of my head!  And, well, I love it.  The end of The Golden Lily left me so upset with Sydney that she would treat Adrian like she didn't care about him after THAT kiss.  However, I still love her and sympathize with her plight since she has basically been brainwashed from birth.

The Indigo Spell picks up right where we left off in The Golden Lily.  Sydney has trust issues with the Alchemists since she thinks they are keeping things from her.  She also has decided to look for Marcus Finch and see what he can tell her.  To top it all off, she is going against everything she believes in and begins to practice magic.  Even she can admit it came in handy battling the Warriors of Light.

Adrian is still a huge character in TIS, and despite his feelings and disappointment in the way she treated him at the end of book 2, he still loves Sydney.  He is really the only person that knows Sydney and accepts her for who she is without pretense.  He forces her to deal with things and doesn't try to control her.  I have to say, I love Adrian.  I liked him in VA, but I adore him in this series.  

There is also a new threat to Sydney in the form of a crazy witch named Veronica that just so happens to be her teachers sister.  Despite her issues with magic, even Sydney can see that using it to save others is noble.  This story has lots of twists and turns, and lots of scenes that play out with Adrian and Sydney that make it fantastic.  Don't miss out on this series, I dare say I am loving it even more than Vampire Academy.  I can't wait to dig into The Fiery Heart!

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