Title: The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines #3)
Author: Richelle Mead
Published: 12 February 2013
Source: Penguin Books Australia (via Netgalley)
SapphiredDragon Rating: **** 1/2
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.
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What I love about Richelle Mead's books is that you never know where they are going to go except that it won't necessarily be where you expected. The Indigo Spell is no different.
This book took me a little longer to read than the previous two bloodlines books but I think this was partly because of just how much was packed into it. Not that this was a bad thing. Ms Mead manages to expertly weave an astonishing number of story lines and elements together and it is literally not until the last page that you realise just how brilliantly this has been done, as the ending is absolutely perfect. It leaves the reader delighted at where the story has gone and eager for the next instalment, to see where Ms Mead will take the story journey next.
I love Adrian and Sydney and the chemistry they have together and I loved seeing how their journey progressed also. While there are a lot of things going on in this book, what was most visible was the growing Sydney does as a person, both learning about herself and learning to trust her feelings and reactions. This book out of the three Bloodlines books shows most growth so far for Sydney and that made it all the better.
I did get a wee bit lost in the middle and a little bit overwhelmed with all the different things going on but it all came together in the last few chapters making it all entirely worth it.
As usual, Ms Mead has provided an awesome read!
I give this book 4 1/2 stars