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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

"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)

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  • Sonia
  • BETHLEHEM, PA, United States
  • 11-19-13

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How could the performance have been better?

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!

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  • Elantra
  • Illinois, United States
  • 08-10-13

I will love you weather you like it or not

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.

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Excellent story and audiobook production

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.

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  • Kim D.
  • Brazoria, TX, United States
  • 05-19-13

I love 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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All Around Wonderful!

Where does The Indigo Spell rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 5-10

What other book might you compare The Indigo Spell to and why?

I compare this series to Vampire Academy which is in my top 3 book series period.

Which scene was your favorite?

Dream sequences between A & S.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

YES! I didn't want to stop listening to the book...I love that!

Any additional comments?

The narrator did a fabulous job! It's one of those books where I feel if I read it instead of listening to it, I'm not sure I would like it as much. I highly recommend this book series if you like fantasy or paranormal romance.

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Loved it

Any additional comments?

I love the vampire academy series, this series expands on my favorite supporting characters. Can't wait for the next book!

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Heart Touching

Great read. Could not stop till it was done. I keep comeing back for more, reading it over and over again.

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Loved It!

I was eagerly waiting for the release of this book and it was most definitely worth the wait.

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  • Amanda
  • Silver Spring, MD, United States
  • 03-11-13

Best in the series IMO

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, because it was fun and had romantic without cheese.

What did you like best about this story?

I can't pick out one thing. It was just good if you like the genre and want to listen to an enjoyable story.

What does Emily Shaffer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I like her voices for the characters. If I did read one of the books, I think I'd imagine those voices for the characters.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There were a couple of "awww!" and "yay!"s

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  • W. Hoff
  • Ramsey, MN United States
  • 03-10-13

Great

I liked the 3rd novel in this series.. Usually most books loose there interest for me after they have as many books in the series as this whole one does Including the previous ones but I am enjoying this series everytime one comes out.