Warning: Cliffhanger (Christ, that is just cruel.)

Amazon Blurb:

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 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.


‘Coming to my rescue?’
‘Of course. It’s what we do. I rescue you; you rescue me. We just take turns whenever the other needs it.’


Oh my god what morons. They had this coming. I’ve complained before that the books in this series tend to be quite predictable. This was the icing on that particular cake. It is so painfully obvious how this book was going to go even from the cliffhanger in the previous book. Morons, the both of them.

The main point of the book that isn’t to do with Sydney and Adrian’s relationship is about a new strigoi that was returned to being a dhampir, and how this may be the clue they needed in order to figure out why others cannot become strigoi a second time. This actually takes up very little time of the entire book, but it leads into more Adrian time.

Which is a lot, because this is the first book with Adrian’s perspective. Go Adrian! I love you, Adrian. This is such an improvement on the series. I have my issues with it: mostly that I frequently forget just who was talking because I kept forgetting who was the narrator at the moment. Dual first person narratives is a difficult thing to get used to. Yet, I love Adrian’s story so, so much. He is determined to become a better person – no smoking, no drinking, and more. I love his story so, so much. It adds a lot, because not as much has to be placed on Sydney’s shoulders through the book. It feels more natural.

The rest of the book is just plain old relationship drama. Most of the book is Adrian and Sydney being all hot for each other and having to be sneaky. Complete unsurprise, yet still so damn cute. I love these two together.

Sydney’s sister Zoe is now around as a consequence of Sydney’s complaining in the previous book how difficult it was to care for all these moroi and dhampir on her own. Woops, talk about unintended consequences! Yet Zoe just serves as a medium for more relationship drama as well as furthering the series along. Sydney now has to sneak around to do everything she has to do, because her sister is brainwashed and is essentially spying on her every move. Sydney really underestimates her sister here, especially with how unhappy Zoe is the entire time. Gosh Sydney, get it together!

This is the fourth book in a six book long series. With the end of this book, we’re heading into the final stretch. No more playing around after this, it is time to get serious. I cannot wait. We’ve had our fun, we’ve had our side games, I’m ready for the actual plot for the series.

To read more reviews for this series, check out the Bloodlines series page!