The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead
Series: Bloodlines #3
Published by Penguin on February 12th 2013
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
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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 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.
“In that moment, it seemed that as long as Adrian and I were together, there was no challenge too great for us.”
So far I think this one was the best in the series.We learn that the Alchemist and the Warriors of Light are working together but it hasn’t been mentioned to what capacity. Obviously the leaders of the Alchemist have been keeping it under wraps which makes Sidney question her alliance. She has given her whole life to them but still they keep secrets from her.
She was invited to switch sides all through out the story but isn’t totally convinced that this is the best decision. She meets with Marcus, their leader in secret and even accepts a mission out of curiosity.
In addition to this, there have been attacks on young untrained witches nearby. Ms Tellwinger decides that it is time for her to further develops her witchy skills. Ms. Tellwinger takes her under her wing and decides to teach her more defensive spells. She gives her a task of investigating the attacks and brings Adrian along.
As they work together, their relationship develops. Sydney tries to resist him mostly because a relationship between them is forbidden and in the end when things get too intense between them she finally agrees to go away to Mexico to seal her tattoo which would severe her ties to the Alchemist but then at the last-minute she realizes she’s running to Mexico for the wrong reasons.
“You and I have been through too much together. We’re too close, too connected. I wasn’t that crazy on spirit when I said you’re my flame in the dark. We chase away the shadows around each other. Our backgrounds doesn’t matter. What we have is bigger than that. I love you , and beneath all that logic, calculation and superstition. I know you love me too.”
Finally in this book both Adrian and Syndey admit how they truly feel about each other. Seeing this side of Adrian is refreshing. You can tell that his love for Sydney is different from how he was with Rose. Adrian becomes a better person, he quits drinking, womanizing and remains steadfast in his art. Back then with Rose it seemed that he struggled trying to be a person that Rose wanted him to be. With Sydney it’s different, its instinctive.
You can tell that Sydney has grown considerably in this book. She has always been smart and mature. Mature enough to formulate her own decisions and make her own plans even if they go against the teachings instilled into her starting from a young age. She’s no longer blinded by traditions but is able to keep an open mind. She also develops her magic skills which I am sure she is going to need in the future. She also has matured emotionally and finally admits her feelings to Adrian. Finally!
I enjoyed the 3rd book in the Bloodlines Series. It is intense and action filled just as the first two. I appreciated how the main characters further developed into their skills and of course in their relationship and can not wait to see where they are headed in future books.
So now my question is… Is this series better than Vampire Academy? I’m really on the fence about this one. I’ve always been partial to vampire stories compared to witch/magic stories. So my opinion may be a little biased. I always thought VA was pretty fantastic not to say this isn’t an awesome series as well. So I guess it’s safe to say that this series has the potential of being better but it isn’t quite there yet. What would make it perfect to me is if the VA characters were more part of this series even if its more in a supportive aspect. What can I say, I really miss Rose and Dimitri.
What I expect in the next couple books? I am hoping to find out in what capacity are the Alchemists and The Warriors of the Light are working together. And I hope that what they’re working on doesn’t totally betray their ethics or their relationship with the Moroi. If it does then all hell would break loose! Oh the drama!
I am also wanting to see more of Eddie and Jill. How their relationship finally develops. I am assuming that one of these days Jill’s whereabouts are going to be discovered. I want to see how all that will go down. Maybe a kidnapping? But there were multiple kidnapping scenes throughout Vampire Academy so maybe that isn’t the best idea. It just has to be something different yet just as action packed. Hopefully we will get to some of the VA crew…Rose and Dimitri even her majesty Lissa. Oh the possibilities.
Also I want Sydney and Adrian’s relationship to further develop… emotionally and physically. I am interested in seeing how Zoe’s (Sydney’s sister) presence is going to affect not only their relationship but also her secret missions. Zoe has always looked up to her sister and to find out what Sydney has been doing all this time will be an ultimate shock for her. I can’t wait to see how that all happens. Maybe Zoe will find her own Moroi (or maybe even fall for Marcus) and not judge Sydney harshly, we shall see!