Title: The Fiery Heart
Author: Richelle Mead
Series: Bloodlines #4
Genre: Teen Paranormal Romance
Rating: 5/5 stars!
The Overview: 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.
I absolutely loved Fiery Heart – it’s the best Bloodlines book yet! I actually read it way back in February but have been stalling on writing the review because A. I always need extra time to think about what I’m going to say for positive reviews (to do them justice and all) and B. I had already written two Mead reviews (in which I totally fawned over her writing) and figured I’d give my readers a break from the repetition. Fair warning: this review is going to be reiterating all of the points I bring up in every Mead review – she’s just too amazing and consistent to do otherwise.
Because I’ve sung her praises in at least five reviews to date, I decided to turn this one into a “Why Richelle Mead is My Favorite Author” summary post. The reasons are as follows:
- Characters: All of her characters are incredibly relatable – they all have totally different personalities that are as realistic as they are different. Not a single one of them is perfect, and that’s part of why they always feel like real people. Mead has written so many books you’d think after a while some of her characters might start to sound the same, but they don’t. Each series gets a totally new cast of people, and they are always superb! Sydney, more than any other character in any other series by any other author, is the person I relate to the most – I adore her.
- Momentum: It has happened in three series so far – that point where the conflicts come together to form a snowball which sweeps you off your feet and sends you careening all the way to the end. Her books will beat you up, but in the best way possible! We are at the point in Bloodlines were that brilliant momentum has been set into motion. Hang on for dear life!
- Conflicts: The characters and momentum would mean nothing if the story wasn’t beautifully crafted around them. I have yet to read a book by Mead where I wasn’t completely emotionally invested in the conflicts of the story. She puts her characters through hell… and I love it.
- Prolificness: What’s better then a brilliant author who comes out with several books in different genres throughout the year? Not only do we get a new Bloodlines novel every six months, but we also get the fantastic Age of X series once a year. That’s three whole novels from my favorite author that I get to devour this year – you can’t ask for more… Mead is a superhuman.
I could go on, but those are the main reasons I love her, and they apply to every book she’s written (yes, I have read them all) and that consistency is one of the main reasons why she’s my favorite author. Out of all of those amazing books, Fiery Heart was one of the strongest. All I have to say is, thank goodness Silver Shadows comes out soon because I don’t think I could bear waiting another six months. As much as I loved Vampire Academy, I think I’m starting to like the Bloodlines series even more…
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