The Indigo Spell is the third book in the Bloodlines series of novels by Richelle Mead author of the best selling Vampire Academy series. It was published on 12 February 2013 by Penguin. I purchased this book.
THERE WILL BE SPOILERS BOTH FOR THIS BOOK AND PREVIOUS BOOKS IN THE SERIES IN THIS REVIEW.
In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she is struggling to decide between following her Alchemist teachings - or her heart.
Then she meets alluring, rebellious Marcus Finch, a former Alchemist who 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 the person attacking powerful young witches, she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her magical blood - or else she might be next.
WHY I BOUGHT THIS
It is hard to believe but I think I love Bloodlines more than Vampire Academy, I put this down to the fact that even though I love VA series I was never really a fan of Rose Hathaway and how she came across through the series though reading about her adventures and the world of dhampirs and Moroi was more than enough to keep me reading, all the characters felt so real as did the politics of high school and beyond. Bloodlines took it to the next level with Sydney as a protagonist I could really understand and a great supporting cast including of course Adrian Ivashkov.
WHAT I THOUGHT
I really had been eagerly awaiting this instalment to see the fallout after THAT kiss and all the unresolved feelings on Sydney’s side plus I want to learn more about what makes Sydney so special in terms of what has been hinted at with her anti-strigoi blood. Well at least I got an answer to one of my questions in The Indigo Spell.
Adrian has come a long way from the immature and over indulged aristocrat we first met in Frostbite. He’s still a lot of those things but now he is brave and driven. Sydney has changed too still very socially awkward but starting to show signs of being empowered. Nowhere more apparent than in dealing with the most controversial aspect of the Bloodlines series so far that of her issues with her own body image.
I can remember when I went looking through some book blogger reviews of earlier Bloodlines books the anger a lot of those reviewers felt at Sydney’s obvious issues with her body image and the fact that she constantly compared herself to Moroi girls. It might be a case of too little too late but I can see where the author is coming from in discussing a problem that has all too real counterparts in the real world and then showing how a strong young woman can overcome those issues as Sydney starts to in The Indigo Spell.
The question of Sydney’s blood seems to have been all but ignored in this book which is a shame but it is not like there isn’t enough going other than that to keep readers enthralled. I guess that it might become a plot point nearer the end of the series so we’ll just to wait.
Readers should be warned that there is less Jill in this than say compared to the first book but we do get to see a bit of her and see that she is taking after her half sister. I really like Jill always have since Vampire Academy she was always being underestimated even by her friends and we just see more of how strong she really is.
The witchcraft storyline just shows how much Sydney is changing now challenging the values of everything she was raised on. I think this is the central theme of the book Sydney’s growing independence even though clearly she has been self reliant for a long time. Now that the magic is well and truly out of the picnic basket it should be interesting to see what happens next with Sydney especially with what happens at the end of the book.
The Indigo Spell is a great read and another wonderful instalment in the Bloodlines series that goes a long way to answering the critics of the earlier two books and I can definitely recommend the book and the series.