Review: The Fiery Heart

The Fiery Heart
The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sydney always believed that alchemists were born to protect vampire secrets and human lives – until she met Marcus and turned her back on everything she once knew. But she’s not free yet. When her sister Zoe arrives, Sydney can only tell her half-truths about her past. And with every word she risks exposure – and the fatal consequences. Consumed by passion and vengeance, Sydney must choose her path once and for all. Even if that means harnessing her magical powers to destroy the way of life she was raised to defend…

Fourth book and we finally have Adrian’s POV – I can’t even begin with how exhilarated I am. The dual POV works so well for the book, considering the plot line is quite intricate and involves separate events on the vampire and human side. Adrian and Sydney are together and while they are happy, it means sneaking around and meeting. You can already guess that they are going to get caught at some point in the story, so there is a lot of breath-holding going on. There is also the off-the-charts romance and chemistry that they share, so I am not entirely sure my anxiety was because of the possibility they might get caught. Their happiness is not full up of ups and downs, because of Adrian’s condition and that utter hopelessness that one day spirit will drive him crazy. From his perspective, we get to experience his feelings, his love for Sydney and when he hits bottom. He feels like the useless one in the relationship, and with Sydney being awesome, he feels he needs to make himself worth her. As far as character developments go, Adrian has a lot of it in the Bloodlines series, even more so than Sydney. Sydney, now simultaneously an Alchemist and a witch, sets out to use her capabilities to the fullest, solving problems on both sides of the world. She gets an upclose at the Moroi life when she is invited to Court to help out with something. It is beautiful how nothing gets between them, his past or his current condition. ‘The center will hold’.

But the story is not only focused on the main characters, and goes into the drama of the gang. There is a lot of tension and lingering feelings among the group, and Zoe being there means all of them have to put on a show. It is largely Sydney’s job to keep Zoe’s suspicions at bay, while simultaneously hiding her witch-status and relationship from all of them. The introduction of a new guardian throws off the group dynamics, with Jill and Angeline both wanting him to be the rebound. Characters from Vampire Academy also make an appearance, which warmed my heart. For the first time, though, I love the spin-off as much as the original series. It doesn’t have all the amazing fight scenes but makes up for it in great writing, complex plot lines and a beautiful story. Having Adrian’s quips throughout the book doesn’t hurt, either.

Now, for that ending – I WANT the Silver Shadows NOW, please! Seriously, I should have expected a cliffhanger but that scary one was something I was dreading since the start of the book and now it’s too unbearable to wait.

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