The Fiery Heart (Bloodlines #4) by Richelle Mead

Friday, August 14, 2015


4.0- 4.5 out of 5 stars

In this installment of the Bloodlines series, The Fiery Heart, Sydney is finally with Adrian. She's been in denial of her love for him, but when she finally accepted her feelings and his, she wholeheartedly let herself be with him. Unfortunately though, now that Zoe-Sydney's sister-has come to assist Sydney in the Alchemist's mission of protecting Jill, it's been harder for Sydney to catch a break. At the start of the book, Sydney was initiated into her history teacher's- whose secretly also a witch- coven of witches. Since she couldn't flat out tell Zoe that she was being welcomed into a clandestine group of witches, Sydney told her that she had an assignment to do for Ms. Terwilliger. Little did she know, however, that very excuse would be used regularly and be the reason of her sister's rising suspicion and her ultimate demise.

Marcus Finch, a former Alchemist, and rebel warned Sydney of this. He told her that the littlest things, the most insignificant slip ups, the tiniest bread crumbs left could be ones that the Alchemists can pick up on. In the previous book, The Indigo Spell, Marcus offered her refuge, an escape before the Alchemists inevitably found out about Sydney's betrayal.

This book was a huge risk for Richelle Mead (the author) to take considering this is her first book with a two-person point of view. Not only do we get to read Sydney Sage's thoughts and know of her whereabouts as usual, but we also get Adrian's POV. At first, when I started reading Adrian's POV, it seemed ridiculous to me that Richelle would take such a huge leap mid-series. It could've worked and it couldn't have. Personally, I didn't know whether I enjoyed this twist or not. I liked that we finally got to know what Adrian Ivashkov really thinks about a lot of things, what I didn't like though was that we REALLY got to see Adrian. He frustrates me because sometimes it seems like he relies on people- specifically those he's involved with- to support him emotionally and mentally. It's almost like he constantly needs someone there with him to keep him stable.

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