Review: The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead

Published November 19th, 2013
438 pages (Hardcover)

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.

Pulses will race throughout this smoldering fourth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where no secret is safe. (From Goodreads)

Oh, Adrian.  The Fiery Heart stepped up a series that I was never really engaged in.

The Fiery Heart continues from where The Indigo Spell left off.  There were aspects of The Fiery Heart that I really did like.  The romance between Sydney and Adrian really heats up.  That was something lacking previously in the series.  There was lots of kissing time, so yay for that.  There was also a brief appearance by my favourite Vampire Academy crew. 

With all the Sydney and Adrian time, there was a lack of other characters.  Where was Eddie the whole book?  I was a little disappoint in this.  Yes, we get to see some Rose and Lissa.  I enjoyed that.  Until the end of the book, we barely saw any of the others.  It slowed the book down a lot, and began to get a little repetitive.

The other issue I had was WHERE WAS ALL THE ACTION?!  Again, until the climax not a lot of anything happened.  The climax was good, and I really enjoyed the twist, but the lack of action slowed the book down further.  There really isn't a lot of drama either, beyond that in Sydney and Adrian's relationship.  In addition, I ended up so confused over a lot of the details brought forward from past books.  Holy complicated plot.  Some action may have helped my brain relax.

If it weren't for the addition of Adrian's perspective, I don't know how I would have taken this book.  Adrian is a far more emotional and insightful narrator than Sydney, who is far more analytic.  Adrian's artistic way of looking at the events of the story made the book for me. 

The Fiery Heart has been my favourite of the Bloodlines series, but has yet to meet the love I have for the Vampire Academy books.  I'm hoping the next book brings the action and the Eddie.

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