This review will contain spoilers for both the Vampire academy series as well as Bloodlines and The Golden Lily, the first two books in this series. Reviews for these can be found here.
The Indigo Spell was published in 2013 and is the third book in Richelle Mead’s Bloodlines series. It takes place a few after the events of The Golden Lily, Adrian has kissed Sydney and Sydney is still reluctant to engage in human magic. The official synopsis:
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.
The Indigo Spell is probably my favourite book in the entire Bloodlines series. I love the character development and i love the action and the story arc that takes place. Now if you’ve read my The Golden Lily review you know that, that book is very heavy in terms of character development, and not so much in story arc. I personally love more character driven books, but i found The Golden Lily to have a too little overall story and action. The Indigo Spell on the other hand is the perfect middle ground, it develops the characters beautifully without sacrificing the plot.
A big part og this book is also Sydney accepting who she is, magic and all. So we see a lot of progress and lore built on the idea of magic. One of the main plotlines of the book also includes a magical antagonist, so we get to see how someone is able to use their magical abilities for bad.
I personally love the relationship which Sydney and Adrian form throughout the series, and this is one of the more character driven plot points of the novel. So we get to see Sydney really stepping out of her bounds and accepting that she isn’t always the one in control. This is further reinstated by her knowing of Marcus Finch, an ex alchemist, who awakens feelings of rebellion in her.
The Indigo Spell is one of my favourite books in this series, probably top three, and top five of all the books set in the VA universe. I love the plot and i love the characters and the way they develop throughout the story.