Review: The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead

9833184The Fiery Heart
(Bloodlines, #4)
By: Richelle Mead
Publisher: Razorbill
Published: Nov. 19, 2013
Genre: Paranormal YA


Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the wolds 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 โ€” and re-education โ€” looms larger than ever.




Sydney has come a very long way in these books. She was once reserved and pretty much viewed herself above others. She believed solely in the Alchemist ways of protecting the human-race from the vampire world. Now, she’s wielding magic, dating a moroi, and turning her back on the Alchemists. Which of course proves to bring about all sorts of problems to her front door. It also doesn’t help that her brainwashed sister was just recruited to assist Sydney and she questions every single thing Sydney does. It is only a matter of time before she reports back to the Alchemists that Sydney may be getting too close to vampires she’s supposed to be overseeing.

Let me just start this review by saying that I LOVE that The Fiery Heart added the point of view of Adrian. We’ve only been following Sydney up until this point and the added bonus of getting inside his head was a major plus. Not only because you got to finally get inside the head of Adrian Ivashkov, but you got to witness the ups and downs that he experiences with his affinity to Spirit. Plus, it was nice seeing the more serious and romantic side of him when the entire time we’ve known him, he’s been this flippant playboy jokester. Adrian really steps it up in this novel. Not only does he prove his worth to Sydney, but he proves himself to all of the moroi community.

I am pleased to report that the adorable little rock dragon we met in The Indigo Spell, Hopper, is still in this book. Although, he doesn’t play such a big role. He’s mentioned but not a lot goes on with him. ๐Ÿ™ I, personally, would like to see more of him in the last two books.

While I highly enjoyed this story, I couldn’t help but think it reminded me a lot of Shadow Kiss. I mean, here we have two people who shouldn’t be together and yet after 3 books of build-up finally give in and decide to give their relationship a shot. The entire time I knew something was going to happen to Sydney, yanking her away from Adrian. Thus, causing Adrian to spend the next book hunting her down. Maybe in that book he finally rescues her right at the end, only to have her push him away. Maybe she’s been re-brainwashed by the Alchemists and the last book is Adrian trying to bring her back to her old self so that they can live happily ever after. Let me just say that I hope all of that is NOT the case. Mainly because I’ve already read that story-line in the Vampire Academy series. So, needless to say, I was really disappointed when this book followed the same path as the previous series.

All in all, I did enjoy The Fiery Heart. I had some hang-ups but I feel like the good out-weighed the bad. I like that this group had come a long way and you get to see them grow into a team. Although, I think the Vampire Academy is the superior series among the two. Either way, I’m enjoying reading the changes these characters go through and watching the form bonds against all likelihood.


1favepartI wonโ€™t lie. Walking into a room and seeing your girlfriend reading a baby-name book can kind of make your heart stop.
“Iโ€™m no expert,โ€ I began, choosing my words carefully. โ€œWellโ€”actually, I am. And Iโ€™m pretty sure there are certain things we have to do before you need to be reading that.”



Previous reviews from Bloodlines
The Golden Lily
The Indigo Spell


6 Thoughts on “Review: The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead

  1. Gah! I need to finish the VA series so I can read this series. I am a bit sad to see it following the VA series. Hopefully it doesn’t in the next two books.

  2. All in all I think you had a great time with this. Your attention to details is impressive, Shadow Kiss? I could hardly remember what I read last week without looking at my notes.

    Have a great weekend!

  3. lol I can see why you enjoyed that quote ๐Ÿ˜› I really need to read more of her books. I enjoyed Soundless!

  4. I seriously need to get on this series!

  5. Blast I am so far behind on her books it’s ridiculous. One day hopefully I’ll fix that. Yay for getting in his head some. I love that ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. I’d always adored Adrian, but getting his POV made me LOVE him! I enjoyed this installment in the series as well, and although I didn’t make the connection with Shadow Kiss, I can see it. I liked seeing both Sydney and Adrian grow over the course of this series. I’m anxious to see what you think of the final two books. ๐Ÿ˜€ Oh, and that quote…yeah, it’s a good one. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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