Bloodlines #4: The Fiery Heart – Richelle Mead

While I still very much prefer the Vampire Academy series over Bloodlines, it is still one of my favorite book series of all time. It’s so fascinating to see Richelle delve into a part of the vampire world that we haven’t seen before, introducing us to different kinds of forbidden romances and magic. For all Vampire Academy fans who are wary about reading it, DO IT. It is worth every page and you won’t regret it 🙂 

Warning! There will be spoilers!

The Fiery Heart

Published: November 19th, 2013

Page Count: 420

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 — and re-education — looms larger than ever.

Pulses will race throughout this smoldering fourth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where no secret is safe.”


The ending of The Fiery Heart is by far the most gut-wrenching, heartbreaking and sad ending of all of the Bloodlines books. After all the happiness and hope and joy that both Sydney and Adrian have experienced, this is where everything comes crumbling down as Sydney gets taken by the Alchemists, leaving the fates of one of our favorite heroines unknown. 

As usual, Sydney and Adrian’s relationship is just to die for and raises extreme complications now that Zoe is around to keep an eye on Sydney’s every move. It feels like the stakes have been raised a lot higher (no pun intended) since the last couple of books and we get to see how lucky Sydney had been with her freedom before Zoe had arrived. 

Nevertheless, their love for each other is real and it is obvious just how much they are willing to sacrifice for each other. Adrian taking his antidepressant pills was definitely a turning point for him, both in him having to come to the acknowledgement that he needs to take care of himself if he wants to take care of Sydney, as well as him mustering up the courage to go out and see the doctor about it and acting on his issue. It’s so sweet to see how the two of them have become such a powerful couple together, and see how they have both shaped each other in the short time they have been together. It also shows the sharp contrast to Adrian’s previous relationship with Rose. While he no doubt cared deeply for her (and still does), that relationship doesn’t carry the delicate balance as Adrian and Sydney’s. Adrian always felt like he could never measure up to Rose’s accomplishments and he was more fascinated and infatuated with her rather than actually being in love with her. With Sydney, he is her equal, and it is deep, true, tangible and unconditional love. (Also, I am literally squealing with joy now that Sydrian finally had sex, eeeeeeeeeeeeeeek)

“Is it terrible? Being cut off from spirit’s high?” 

“No, because being with you is a greater high than spirit, drinking, or anything else could ever conjure.”

“Centrum permanebit.” 

“The center will hold.” 

“How do you know?” 

“Because we are the center.”

And of course, little by little we can see the small trail of ‘breadcrumbs’ that Sydney leaves behind – the stuff that Marcus warned Sydney of and it eventually all escalates to Sydney’s kidnapping. 

One of the most interesting things that I never picked up on before was that the chronology of Sydney and Adrian’s chapter has purposefully been switched in the third and second to last chapters. This has very artfully been done by Richelle to amp up the tension, especially when Sydney gets that message from ‘Adrian’ while all of the readers know that it isn’t actually him, since he was still missing the phone. 

Also, what I didn’t notice before either was that this is also the book where the reader learns about Lissa’s ability to dream walk. (How cool is that?!).

Yet again, Richelle delivered a perfect book in an amazing series 🙂 there really is nothing more to be said 🙂


Other Favorite Quotes: 

“I won’t lie. Walking into a room and seeing your girlfriend reading a baby-name book can kind of make your heart stop. 

“I’m no expert,” I began, choosing my words carefully. “Well—actually, I am. And I’m pretty sure there are certain things we have to do before you need to be reading that.”

It’s Adrian Ivashkov logic. Don’t try to understand it. Just roll with it.”

Relax, having kids is years away. But can you imagine? Your brains, my charm, our collective good looks… then add in the usual physical abilities dhampirs get. It’s really not even fair to everyone else.”

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