The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead
Series: Bloodlines #3
Published by Razorbill on February 12th, 2013
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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 aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she finds herself struggling to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she meets alluring, rebellious Marcus Finch–a former Alchemist who escaped against all odds, and is now on the run. Marcus wants to teach Sydney the secrets he claims the Alchemists are hiding from her. But as he pushes her to rebel against the people who raised her, Sydney finds that breaking free is harder than she thought. There is an old and mysterious magic rooted deeply within her. And as she searches for an evil magic user targeting powerful young witches, she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her magical blood–or else she might be next.
The Indigo Spell is written in traditional Mead fashion, giving it a unputdownable quality that encourages you to read the entire thing in one sitting. Unfortunately, I found myself struggling with more than half of The Indigo Spell, desperately hoping for an action scene or dangerous situation to keep my attention. I’m starting to think that I’m just not that interested in the subject matter; The Indigo Spell, I don’t think it’s you, I think it’s me.
With the hype for the introduction of Marcus Finch during the months leading up to The Indigo Spell’s release, I was confident that he would be the character that brought about the level of suspense and danger I was craving from the Bloodlines series. From how easy it was for Sydney to track him down, to how pathetic his life in hiding actually was, to how anticlimactic his rebellion revealed itself to be, I was disappointed with his character and what it brought to the series, every step of the way. Other than creating some minor conflict between Sydney and Adrian, Marcus Finch served (seemingly) only one purpose: to act as the poster child for Sydney’s inner conflicts over how the Alchemists treat anything that isn’t fully human. [Read more…]