The Fiery Heart (Review)

Book cover for "The Fiery Heart" by Richelle Mead.Title: The Fiery Heart

Author: Richelle Mead

Publication Year: 2013

Pages: 438

Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy

Source: E-book version purchased from Kobo Books

From the cover:

In The Indigo Spell, Sydney was torn between the Alchemist way of life and what her heart and gut were telling her to do. And in one breathtaking moment that Richelle Mead fans will never forget, she made a decision that shocked even her. . . .

But the struggle isn’t over for Sydney. As she navigates the aftermath of her life-changing decision, she still finds herself pulled in too many directions at once. Her sister Zoe has arrived, and while Sydney longs to grow closer to her, there’s still so much she must keep secret. Working with Marcus has changed the way she views the Alchemists, and Sydney must tread a careful path as she harnesses her profound magical ability to undermine the way of life she was raised to defend. Consumed by passion and vengeance, Sydney struggles to keep her secret life under wraps as the threat of exposure — and re-education — looms larger than ever.

(This is the fourth book in the Bloodlines series, after Bloodlines, The Golden Lily, and The Indigo Spell.)

By the beginning of this book, I’d really gotten to like Sydney. And I really like her and Adrian together. So it was a bit sad to see her having to hide their relationship when her sister showed up, and even more sad to see the way that Zoe has been completely brainwashed by the Alchemists. I mean, I know that Sydney was sort of like that the first time she came up in Blood Promise, but she never felt as hardline as Zoe comes across in The Fiery Heart. And her father? Oh, man. I was cringing every time he was onscreen during this book.

So many things happen, but the craziest is right at the end. I don’t want to spoil it, but just … it’s crazy. Really. And when I finished reading this book, I was pissed that I had broken my unofficial rule about not reading series that are still in progress, because it meant that I had to wait months until the next installment was scheduled to come out so that I could find out what happened next.


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