The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines Book 3) – by Richelle Mead
The Indigo Spell is the third instalment of her spin-off series, Bloodlines. Our protagonist is Sydney Sage, a member of a secret society called the Alchemists: sworn to protect humans from the vampires living amongst them. Bloodlines is (largely) the story of Sydney’s evolution.
This is also a story of magic and danger, friendship and love, secrets and high stakes. Initially, Sydney was only a facilitator, ensuring that her important Vampire charge, Jill Dragomir, wasn’t discovered by the wrong people. She never anticipated finding friends in the group she’d been assigned to, yet now she can’t imagine life without them (as reluctant as she may be to admit it).
Richelle Mead’s character development is one of my favourite things about her writing. She is consistent and plausible in allowing her creations to change – and to resist change. Each character gets this treatment to a degree, from Adrian and Jill, to Eddie and Angeline. In The Indigo Spell, Sydney Sage begins to realise how different she is in some aspects: and how she hasn’t altered in others.
Some changes Sydney seeks out for herself: becoming more independent, more willing to take calculated risks and to listen to her instincts when they clash with her indoctrinated upbringing. Others are: well, not exactly something Sydney was looking for. But, determined and resourceful as she is, Sydney consistently rises to the challenges brought to her by her new friends, including Adrian Ivashkov, Mrs Terwilliger and Marcus Finch.
The overarching theme of Bloodlines is still in play in The Indigo Spell, and we’re gradually learning more about the big players and big plays that are amassing, and which will be dealt with in the next three books. More immediately, there’s a very satisfying plot arc in this volume too, that was only a tiny bit predictable near the final chapters, but with an exciting/scary foe for Sydney and Adrian to face off against. Due praise for the way Mead handled the romantic aspect of the story: it was not only very true to the characters, but man, the build and the pay off were both perfect. I’m always impressed with Mead’s plot progression: it’s clear she has a tight rein on what’s going to happen, when and why.
As I’ve come to expect from Richelle Mead, The Indigo Spell was an exciting, layered, sexy story. I’m really looking forward to the next instalment!
Have you read anything of Mead’s? If not… why not?!