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.Hardcover, 1st Edition, 401 pages
Four and a half stars: The stakes are raised and the sparks ignite!
Sydney is rousted out of bed in the middle of the night, hauled to the desert to have flowers and herbs dumped over her head all because she is a virgin. Sydney's mentor, Ms. Terwilliger, needs her for a scrying spell to find her sister. Ms. Terwilliger believe her sister is hunting and draining young girls with magical power in order to keep herself young. She will need Sydney, despite her protests, to help stop her sister. Meanwhile, Sydney is still struggling with her Alchemist burdens. The more she analyzes and digs, the more she realizes that she is being lied to. Sydney endeavors to find the mysterious Marcus Finch, who supposedly escaped his Alchemist life. Sydney wants some answers. Then there is the matter of Adrian, why does her heart yearn for what it cannot have?
What I Liked:
- I have been a fan of Sydney since the first book of The Bloodlines Series. While many readers still are having a hard time getting behind her because they want someone rash and kick butt like Rose Hathaway, I adore this smart, careful and responsible girl. I admire Sydney's intelligence and I love watching her question everything she has been taught as she searches for the truth. I think I can relate to her because I know what it is like to lose your identity when the beliefs you were raised with turn out to be wrong for you. Despite everything, Sydney is growing, changing and learning to find her own truths. Sometimes she is so nerdy and responsible that I laugh, but it is nice to see her start to take risks and break rules. Sydney will never be a Rose Hathaway but she is a strong, likable character who has come a long way.
- I am enjoying the inclusion of witches and magic in this series. After the first book, I feared this series was going to be more of the same, battling Strigoi and protecting the Moroi, but I am glad that it has evolved into something entirely unique. The Strigoi are nothing more than a mention in the last couple of books. The villains and threats come from all new sources. This time around it is a misguided witch who hunts young girls and drains their youth and vitality. I am liking that each book has a new threat instead of the same old same old like we saw in the Vampire Academy Series.
- In this book, Sydney is finally starting to explore and accept her magical abilities. She has fought Ms. Terwilliger tooth and nail over magic due to her biases courtesy of the Alchemists. Now she is actively learning spells in order to protect herself and defend the other girls. She does fight a little bit before relenting. I enjoyed seeing her embrace her abilities, and I liked the change of direction in her relationship with Ms. Terwilliger. I am hopeful that Ms. Terwilliger will become a positive role model for her.
- Then there is Adrian... what can I say about Adrian except that he melts my heart. He is more snarky and good natured in this installment, not so morose or pouting. He isn't drunk all the time or even smoking like a chimney either. Sydney is a good influence on him, and I am loving this new side of Adrian. It has taken me awhile to warm up to him as I was always a Dimitri girl, but now it is Dimitri who??? Adrian is amazing and I absolutely adore him. He has some memorable lines that will make your heart flutter. I don't know how Sydney could even think about resisting him after some of those lines. I love how he always has Sydney's back no questions asked, even when she tears his heart out. I am loving the new and improved Adrian. There is even a nod to the ninja pirate with a parrot and throwing stars! And thanks to Adrian, I totally was craving pie after reading this.
- The romance..... what can I say without giving it away? It is everything I hoped for and more. This is the type of romance that I can totally get behind as it has been a slow burner. It takes four books to move the relationship to where I wanted it to go. There is plenty of faltering and moments of doubt, but once it gets to that pivotal moment, magic happens. I can't wait for more! I love that this series has refrained from love triangles.
- This is my second go around with the narrator Emily Shaffer. I struggled with her narration in the first book as I wasn't the biggest fan of her Adrian voice. I think I have gotten used to her as I had no qualms with the narration in this book. I will certainly be continuing this series in audiobook format.
And The Not So Much:
- There is a lot going on in the plot and not everything gets resolved. This time around there are a few loose ends and a mild cliffhanger. I was left wondering about the fate of Alicia, I am sure she will be back. I am still not clear on what Veronica's role was and if she had a part in harming the girls. Then the final chapter and revelation at the end, presents a whole new challenge for Sydney to face in the next book.
- Marcus Finch was a bit of a disappointment. There was a great deal of buzz around his character with this book, but once he came into the picture, I found him to be a bit annoying, and he doesn't contribute much. I was expecting more, but I guess he serves a purpose in that he helps Sydney make a big decision.
- I still don't like Angeline and I question as to why she is part of the group. She seems to be nothing but a hinderance. I am still waiting to see if she can contribute in a positive manner.
- I wish Eddie would get his act together and get with the girl he cares about!
The Indigo Spell is a another solid entry into the Bloodlines Series. In fact, it is my favorite book to date. I love that the romance finally blossoms and that the characters are continuing to grow and mature as they move the story into all new directions. I cannot wait to see how Sydney will conquer all the challenges in front of her.
I borrowed a copy of this book from the library. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.