Monday, December 9, 2013

Review: The Fiery Heart (Bloodlines #4)

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.

The Fiery Heart, by Richelle Mead, is the fourth novel in the Bloodlines series. Sydney Sage, an Alchemist who swore to their values and way of life, has a change of heart. She makes a decision that even shocks her--to unravel the truth about their organization. Awakening. Love. Rebellion. The perfect Sydney who follows orders is on her way to becoming a rogue.

However, her struggle isn't over. Her life becomes more complicated when her younger sister, Zoe, arrives in Palm Springs. While Sydney longs to grow closer to her, there are too secrets that she must protect. Working with Marcus, a former Alchemist-turned-rogue, has changed the way she views the Alchemists. Moreover, she has the talent and potential to become a powerful witch.

Still, Sydney must tread carefully as she harnesses her magical ability to undermine the way of life she was raised to defend. Her secret relationship with Adrian, a royal Moroi to make matters worse, cannot be revealed to anyone. 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.

I loved the direction that this book is heading! Sydney, who is eighteen, has come a long way from the vampires-are-sinful period in her life. Before Bloodlines, Sydney could not fathom being in the same room with a Moroi (vampire) or dhampir (half-vampire guardians with superhuman strength). Not only has she become less rigid and goody two-shoes (it's the best term to describe her old behavior), she is using her Alchemist training to forge a new path in her life that could save others and challenge old traditions. Just as I admired the tenacity of Rose in Vampire Academy, I am loving Sydney's bravery and wit in Bloodlines. Although I thought it was awful how she was caught (by dropping her guard, which ironically she most prized about herself), I look forward to her adventures (and battle against the Alchemists) in the summer of 2014! In the meantime, I wish the luck for Adrian, who must decide whether to succumb to his weaknesses or become the man that can save Sydney.

Remember -- Vampire Academy hits the movie screens on February 14, 2014!! (How symbolic that it falls on Valentine's Day!)

Stay tuned for the fifth novel in the Bloodlines series, Silver Shadows.

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