The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines #3)
In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she finds herself struggling to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she meets alluring, rebellious Marcus Finch--a former Alchemist who escaped against all odds, and 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 an evil magic user targeting powerful young witches, she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her magical blood--or else she might be next.(Cover & Description from Goodreads. Source.)
Publication Date: February 12, 2013
I have to be honest and say that I'm enjoying the Bloodlines series more than I enjoyed the Vampire Academy books, and I liked that series quite a bit. This is a surprise, because I usually find spin-offs to be less interesting than what inspired them in the first place, with plots that run thin. In this case, perhaps it's because the main characters of the original series are mostly absent and there is a change of scenery, but this series manages to keep things fresh with a different set of challenges and a protagonist who approaches each situation much differently than the protagonist of the original series.
The author has done a good job of showing Sydney's progression from a vampire-hating Alchemist to a young woman in love with one, without having it all happen in one sudden moment of clarity. Sydney slowly learns to trust them, moving from a working relationship, to friendship, to love, in a pattern than sometimes feels like one step forward, two steps back. The same can be said for her gradual acceptance of the role of magic in her life. Actually, now that I'm thinking about it, this entire book is about documenting Sydney's move into adulthood, into accepting responsibility for herself and her actions, and being prepared to deal with the consequences of her decisions.
It also shows growth in the secondary characters. Adrian is the most mature we've seen him, without losing any of his charm, which is important because Sydney could never truly be in love with someone who didn't have the ability to take anything seriously. Jill is maturing, Sydney's sister is growing up and Mrs. Terwilliger becomes more than just a hippy witch showing Sydney a few magic tricks. I liked the way the stakes were raised in this book, leaving both satisfied and shocked at the ending, in equal measure. It's rare that I'm entirely surprised with the ending of a book, but I didn't see this one coming.
Rating: All Consuming
For me, this was the best book in the series so far. The characters are really coming into their own, the pacing was good and the storyline has branched out enough to keep things interesting. The ending threw a wrench in everything, leaving me excited for the next installment. Really good stuff.
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