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.
©2013 Penguin Audio ; ©2013 Richelle Mead
"We're suckers for it." (Entertainment Weekly)
"Stands out from the crowded vampire genre." (Associated Press)
"An obvious pick for the literary lover of all things bloodsucking." (MTV's Hollywood Crush)
Just a book fool.
Alright, I seriously only read this book for Adrian and he does not disappoint.
The series as a whole is so-so. But if you have come this far you either know that, or think differently. I you like Bloodlines then you will love Indigo Spell. It's the best of the series by far.
It goes without saying Adrian saves the book again. I am in love with him, I really am I just can't help it.
There is a little of mystery, action, and a whole lotta romance. Fans of Meed and the Bloodlines series will not be disappointed.
Yes. If you have enjoyed the series so far, then Indigo Spell is a great addition :-)
Not sure. While they are spin-offs of the Vampire Academy books, the farther into the series, the less like the VA books they are. Magic takes a center stage in Indigo Spell, so maybe a Discover of Witches? There is the whole forbidden love between a vampire and witch thing going on.
She is a decent narrator, not my favorite, but far from my least favorite.
The previous two books are told from Sydney's POV, just like this one, but there is a lot of Jilly, Eddie, and the other Moroi/Dhampirs. But this book is very Syndey/Adrian focused, which if you like their romance is a great thing. If you don't care for it as much as say, Rose and Dimitri's, then you might not like this book as much as the previous two. You get to meet Marcus, and find out what his group is all about. You find out what you already know about the Alchemists, that they are likely in league with the Warriors. And you get to attend Sonya's wedding, which brings us back to the VA cast. Rose and Dimitri, and Queen Lissa and Christian, are at the wedding, but we don't get to spend too much time with them.
Sydney is being hunted by a bad/evil witch, who happens to also be Mrs. Terwillinger's sister. In turn, Mrs. Terwillinger teaces Syndey how to defend herself, and Sydney and Adrian travel around the state warning other young witches that they may be in danger from Mrs. Terwillinger's sister (Veronica?). This activity keeps Sydney and Adrian around each other, and falling into romantic situations, despite Sydney's best efforts. All the while, Syndey is trying to decide whether she wants to break ties completely with the Alchemists or continue to work as a double agent and uncover more of their secrets. Working as a double agent is very risky, but leaving the Alchemists means leaving Adrian, Jill, and the others behind. No suprise which she chooses :-)
I have spent a good bit of my student loans on audiobooks.
There are three types of friends I would recommend Indigo Spell to:
1. If you read the series or the Vampire Academy series and enjoyed it, this is another great installment. It has the expected twists (not expected as in predictable, but expected as in that is her writing style) that Mead always delivers.
2. If you read VA and fell in love with Adrian (primarily why I read).
3. If you generally enjoy YA supernatural romances.
Well, there's a plethora of Adrian and Sydney moments that are swoon-worthy, but there is a scene when Sydney actually has "intimate" relations with Adrian on a table that was surprising.
Also, there's a part where Veronica enters Sydney's dream, and it scared me!
She does an amazing job creating unique voices for all the characters. I loooove her Adrian voice.
My favorite thing about any form of story is character development. I don't care how amazing the plot is, if the characters don't grow or change from the situations, then the stories are worthless.
Sydney has finally grown into who she is meant to be. She is finding her own person and doing what she wants to do. It's fantastic.
Adult who is in love with YA books.
I have listened to it more than once and got my husband listening to Bloodlines because he became curious why I am re-listening to this book.
Are you kidding me? The Dream scene. You know the one I am talking about if you have listened to the book...
She has been great in the series.
This book has been made even better by the narrator. I am truly impressed.
Never trust anyone who doesn't enjoy reading.
Exciting, Funny, Delightful
Adrian Ivashkov of course. He's funny, sexy, witty, romantic and just seems like he'd be the perfect boyfriend. I used to be a devoted girlfriend…. Now I am forever mentally dating Adrian Ivashkov.
The voices (accents) add to it. It better allows you to picture the characters and bring them to life.
I’ve been waiting for this book for sooooo long! With the way it ended I’m so frustrated that I have to wait for the next one! Aaagggghhhh! Pure torture!!!!!
Words cannot express how much I love the VA series and now the Bloodlines series!
Richelle Mead is very unpredictable writer in a way that I can't tell if her next book is going to be good or bad. Her stories are always interesting and keep me coming back, but the way she writes sometimes makes me want to scream so loud,it reaches her all the way to Seattle. I started this series with big expectations and got a bit disappointed. I admit, I got so frustrated when I finished previous book that The Indigo Spell was going to decide if I will ever buy her books again. I will. This book was well written , interesting and thankfully angst free. I'm looking forward to the next one.
My kids think it's funny when they hide my sanity...
I'm personally not done with this book but i can not believe no one has mentioned the lack of Adrain's accent?! Hello that is part of what makes listening to this book the best! I am really trying to "hear" past it and so far enjoying the story but whoever made the decision to change that was stupid! ~ Will update review when I'm done with book. But again can't believe I'm the only one this is bothering!
I enjoy reading series and very rarely read stand alone series. I mostly read romance and sci-fi & fantasy.
I'm not even going to tell you to read the series because by this point i hope you have gotten the message that I have not so subtly put out there and read the series!! This is the best of the series. And it was my favorite. Adrian was a major key player.
I lied, I do have something bad to say about the series..... The fourth book doesn't come out until November, and I tried I really did try not to read this one until closer to the release date (November 19, 2013), but I just couldn't it was too tempting not knowing.
I'm glad I did read the book it was so good and I really did enjoy the book the only problem now is waiting til November for the fourth book to come out. That is the only grievance I have with the book, other than that it was amazing and I plan on rereading the series again and again. For Adrian of course.
Devourer of all books fantasy
This is the third book in the Bloodlines series by Mead. The fourth book will be titled, The Fiery Heart, and is scheduled for a November 2013 release date. There are six books planned for this series. This was, by far, the most spectacular book yet in this series. Sydney grows a ton as a character and the plot was absolutely wonderful and engaging. There is a lot more focus on the magic elements that really started showing up in the previous book.
I listened to this on audiobook and it was exceedingly well done. I really thought the narrator captured Sydney’s character spot on. The narrator also did an excellent job distinguishing between other characters’ voices and did a wonderful job conveying character emotion as well. This really was an excellent book to listen to on audiobook.
Sydney is determined to hunt down the elusive Marcus Finch in an effort to find out what the Alchemists are trying to hide. Unfortunately she has to balance her search with her continued Alchemist’s duties to protect Jill. Of course making things even more complicated are her interactions with Adrian. To add to the whole mess, Ms. Terwilliger, is suddenly pushing Sydney to learn more magic quickly because she believes an evil witch is out to harm Sydney.
This was by far my favorite book in this series. There are so many interesting things happening with both the plot and the characters in this book.
Sydney will just absolutely blow you away in this book, she really comes into her own. In previous books she hasn’t been my favorite character, but she made up for all of that in this book. In this book she really starts using that brain of hers and decides to hunt down the truth for herself. She takes a lot of risks (so un-Sydney-like) and really starts to think for herself. She is growing in magic potential and finally starting to listen to her heart as well as her mind.
Adrian was also amazing in this book. He is so respectful and supportive of Sydney. He’s become this absolute constant that she can always depend on. The relationship the two develop is so sweet and touching. Adrian’s patience with Sydney is incredible and astounding.
The plot was incredibly well done. You have three major plot elements: Sydney’s job as an alchemist, Sydney tracking down Marcus Finch, and Sydney learning magic and trying to hunt down an evil sorceress. All three elements are masterfully woven together. All three are incredibly interesting and do a lot to progress the story. These are all things I was so excited to read more about after reading the Golden Lily.
I love how there is more magic in this book and I love how the plot is expanding beyond just the vampires and introducing more interesting elements into this world.
This book is absolutely wonderful. It is incredibly engaging and well written and very hard to put down. I just loved it! Mead keeps you on the edge of your seat right to the end of the book.
Overall an absolutely excellent continuation of this series! I really really loved it. By far the best book in the series yet. Both Sydney and Adrian really grow as characters and became something special in this book. Not to mention there is a lot more cool magic going on and we learn about the history of the Alchemist's even more. I strongly recommend this series to fans of YA paranormal reads; this book really made me happy I am reading this series. Now I am dying to see what will happen in the next book in this series.
Another great book in the Bloodlines series!
Sydney is growing on me as the main character. She finally opens up to the real world and admits to herself what is going on around her; including Adrian. Now that she has finally admitted her feelings, she is trying to push Adrian away - but with an evil witch after her she needs his help now more than ever!
This book focuses more on Adrian and Sydney, instead of the constant drama surrounding Amberwood Academy as in the previous books. There is still a fair amount of storyline to keep all the characters up to date so we don't forget about them, but to finally have some quality time with Adrian is nice.
We are introduced to several new characters, including Marcus and his merry men - who is super hot.. to everyone except Sydney. His bright blue eyes are no match to the perfect green of Adrian's in her mind. We also find ourselves with a cliff hanger that brings a couple new characters to the 'family' at Amberwood!
I can't wait for the next book in this series!
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