Book Review: The Indigo Spell

Posted June 3rd, 2013 by in book review / 0 comments


Title: The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines #3)
Author:  Richelle Mead
Publisher: Razorbill
Version Read: Paperback (library)
Publication Date: February 12th, 2013
Categories: demons, dragons, magic, paranormal, romance, urban fantasy, vampires, witches

Summary (Goodreads): In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she struggles to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she finally tracks down the elusive, enigmatic Marcus Finch – a former Alchemist who the organisation denies exists, and who lives in shadows, on the run. With Marcus’s help, Sydney realises that the group she’s been loyal to her whole life has been hiding the truth from her. Is it possible that her golden lily tattoo might have more power over her than she thinks?
As she struggles to come to terms with what that might mean, Sydney is compelled to use her growing magical powers to track down an evil magic user who is targeting powerful young witches. Using magic goes against everything she always thought she believed, but she realises that her only hope is to embrace her special blood – or else she might be next.
Forging her own way is harder than Sydney ever dreamed. Maybe by turning off her brain – and following her heart – she’ll be able to finally figure out where she belongs.

The Indigo Spell was really good. I got what I wanted, although there are certainly more questions to an answered by the time I finished. Especially with the way Richelle Mead finished the book.  Holy cow!

I mostly didn’t want to punch Sydney during this, which is good, because unless they are supposed to be awful, I don’t really like feeling violence towards the protagonists in novels. I understood why she was so hesitant to be around Adrian after what happened at the end of The Golden Lily having being raised by the Alchemists. I still wanted her to get over it already, but I understood that she needed to figure it out for herself.

The wedding was a lovely touch. I think it showed Sydney just how two-faced the Alchemists are, and how they would throw one of their people into the fire without so much as a backwards glance if it meant they didn’t have to touch the icky vampires. Also that Ian guy seems just a little bit ‘Hulk-Angry!’ for my tastes. It’s probably why he has been stuck in the library – the Alchemists don’t want him causing problems.

I really didn’t like Marcus. I thought he was smarmy and full of himself – I enjoyed it when he was honestly surprised by Sydney’s lack of reaction to his ‘charms’. Take that smarmy boy! I also didn’t like the absolute adoration of Marcus by all of the others. In fact it was kind of creepy. Which obviously meant it worked well as a plot device. I did find it quite telling too that although he talked the talk about taking on the Alchemists, he certainly didn’t walk the walk, and was confused as to why Sydney wanted too. Well duh!

The whole magic thing with Miss Terwillinger was really well done. I liked how Sydney managed to find her own beliefs under those she had been raised with – that the lives of innocent people are worth doing something about as opposed to just sitting back and then cleaning the mess up later. I was glad she found her backbone and decided to do what needed to be done. She’s a damn good witch too, even if she is still uncomfortable about it.

My jaw fell open after reading the last few pages of The Indigo Spell though. I mean, woah! I need the next book like I need air. Mostly because I can’t wait to see how Sydney is going to handle her sister being around, and that new guy but also we get Adrian’s perspective this time, which I imagine will be very interesting. Not to mention funny, given Adrian’s view of the world.

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