Sydney is the perfect protagonist to read in the first person. She is intelligent, scientific, analytical, independent, strong, and some social interactions perplex her. Her exploration of deeply indoctrinated prejudices made it easy for me to go on the journey with her. I may be reading too much into it, but I really enjoy seeing people overcome imaginary barriers of different cultures—or species, in this case—interacting.
The Indigo Spell is the third book in the Bloodlines series and focuses on Sydney’s dawning understanding that her controlling Alchemist religion/employing organisation, and her developing and asserting her independence. With the same cast characters from the two previous books and the introduction to the enigmatic Marcus Finch, the leader of a rogue ex-Alchemist group, we continue the task of keeping Jill (half-sister of Moroi Queen Vasilisa Dragomir) safe.
This book is more centred around Sydney (a human), her blossoming relationship with Adrian (a Moroi—a mortal vampire), her acceptance of and learning how to use magic, and her two additional missions. Her Alchemist world-view is turned on its head and she comes to accept that she loves Adrian, no matter who or what he is, and that the world is not so black and white as the Alchemists would have her believe. Her mental wrestling to come to terms with these changes fascinated me, as I think in much the same way as she does, but purposely push against culturally inbuilt responses.
Richelle Mead was featured in my Ten Favourite Authors list with the award of “most addictive plot,” and this award is still well deserved. I devoured this book in three days. The only problem with first person is that I can’t get the characters out of my head now!
This is a highly readable, well-written book with an exceptional protagonist, a lovable (and gorgeous) hero, and an extremely addictive plot. Unfortunately, I have to wait until November for the next installment.