A 5 Star Review for Richelle Mead’s *Red-Hot* ‘The Fiery Heart’


Author: Richelle Mead

Series: Bloodlines #4

Publisher: Razorbil

Date of Publication: November 19, 2013

Source: My Bookshelf 🙂

Rating: ★★★

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 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 smouldering fourth instalment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where no secret is safe

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Character Discussion: Sydney Katherine Sage


CoveringAllCovers here to analyze and talk about Sydney Sage in The Golden Lily: A Bloodlines Novel in which she is the narrator.

If you’ve read these books as I have, I think it’s safe to say that Sydney is a very conservative Alchemist. She definitely doesn’t want to let down her father, who was also a great Alchemist, to prove herself because she is a female, but also to protect her younger sister, Zoe. I think this is exceptionally brave of her and shows the other side to a rather ‘formal’ character who doesn’t show much love towards others.

Physically speaking, she has layered, blond hair and is usually seen wearing neutral coloured clothing, like many others of her kind. Sydney, along with others, has a tattoo on her cheek to show that she is in fact an Alchemist and prevents her from revealing anything about her world.

Sydney uses her cunning intelligence whenever she sees fit and is always thinking ahead of time. In Bloodlines, Sage uses the locket her teacher had given her, throws it onto the Strigoi who had attacked her and Adrian, causing a fire. This ultimately saves them from getting killed. Always thinking on her feet!

Now let’s talk Adrian Ivashkov.. Continue reading