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Book Review - THE INDIGO SPELL by Richelle Mead

Updated on February 16, 2013

This wasn't the first time I'd been pulled out of bed for a crucial mission.

WARNING: This review contains spoilers from the first two books in the series, BLOODLINES and THE GOLDEN LILY. Read at your own risk.

As an Alchemist, a human who works to keep the vampire world a secret, Sydney Sage has known a specific set of rules all her life. Those rules tell her that all vampires, even the peaceful Moroi and their dhampir guardians, are evil. But she can't ignore the possibility that maybe the Alchemist morals are wrong. Assigned to protect Jill Dragomir, a Moroi princess, Sydney has spent a considerable amount of time with these "creatures of the night," and they're not bad. Particularly Adrian Ivashkov, who after confessing his love for Sydney in THE GOLDEN LILY, kissed her and she kissed him back!

THE INDIGO SPELL, the third book in Richelle Mead's BLOODLINES series, picks up a couple of days after THE GOLDEN LILY. Sydney's pulled out of bed by her teacher, Mrs. Terwilliger, claiming she is in danger. A powerful witch is going around and sucking the life and magic from unprotected young potentials. Mrs. Terwilliger reveals that Sydney must learn more defensive, stronger spells in case this witch gets a whiff of her ability. At the same time Sydney is on the hunt for Marcus Finch, a rogue Alchemist who broke away from the group and is seeking other young members questioning the beliefs of their people. On top of all that, Sydney is dealing with the aftermath of Adrian's confession. Vowing to wait until she accepts his love, Adrian continues to assist Sydney on her many trials, which results in their usual, humorous banter. Soon even Sydney can't deny that there's something about him she has always found safe and beautiful.

Mead has a habit of placing her characters in situations that really test who they are and sometimes how they react surprises everyone, including themselves. Much like Rose in the VAMPIRE ACADEMY series, Sydney rarely has a dull moment in her life. Yet throughout it all she is growing more into her own person, a person who sees the flaws in the beliefs of the Alchemists. The Sydney Sage from THE INDIGO SPELL is vastly different from the obedient girl in BLOODLINES. This Sydney no longer cringes at the thought of doing magic as she has come to notice and appreciate the positive side of it. If it will help protect her friends and self, she'll do whatever it takes to learn the spells. This Sydney also seeks comfort in these "creatures of the night," especially Adrian, who she tells everything to. There are no secrets between them, which is what strengthens their bond and chemistry. Sydney's development is by far one of the best things about this series.

And in traditional Mead style, readers are left with a game changing cliffhanger. Three more books remain in this series and while a lot has happened in BLOODLINES, THE GOLDEN LILY, and THE INDIGO SPELL, the ultimate conflict has just begun to boil. THE FIERY HEART, due out later this fall, will no doubt put Sydney in even deeper struggles, personal and otherwise. Mead also announced that book #4 will include POV chapters from Adrian, the first time she has done so in this world. But until then, enjoy THE INDIGO SPELL and the previous two because we are clearly heading into some major issues in the upcoming second half. And if there's another thing Mead excels at it's making her fans hold their breath until the very last page and beyond.


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