Review: The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead.

This review will contain spoilers for both the Vampire academy series as well as all prior books in the Bloodlines series. Reviews for these can be found here.

The Fiery Heart takes place in the aftermath of Sydney’s decision at the end of The Indigo Spell, she is now in a secret relationship with Adrian, and actively working against the alchemists. The official synopsis:

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.

One would think based on my love for Sydney and Adrian’s relationship that I would love The Fiery HEart, but i do not. I don’t know what it is about it, whether it’s the characters or plot – or simply dread. I just didn’t enjoy this book as much as i would like. Don’t get me wrong i still adore the book, it just isn’t one of my favourites.

The book introduces Sydney’s sister Zoe. Zoe while not the main antagonist of the novel, is one of the main instigators when it comes to the tensions in the novel – especially when it comes to Sydney’s relationship with the alchemist. This is where Mead did something great by introducing Zoe because we get to see just how far she’s developed since meeting Rose for the first time. Sydney and Zoe form a contrast of sorts, which makes it that much more obvious just how far Sydney has moved from the brainwashing of the alchemists.

This book also introduces dual POV for the first time in the VA novels. This means that we get a closer look at what effects spirit has on Adrian. This is something we were able to see with Lissa earlier on through Rose’s eyes, but it’s very different getting to read about it from the POV of someone who is actually a spirit user. This means that we get a lot of new information about spirit and spirit magic, it also means that we get to read about the depressive episodes brought on by spirit.

This book serves as a great book to flesh out more elements of spirit than what was explored before, as well as a way for Mead to show the reader just how much Sydney has developed through the books. It’s overall a good book, which lacks a bit of concrete plot, but the characters and their relationships make up for this.



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