Slight spoiler warning for the books that come before The Indigo Spell since this is part of a series.
In this third installment of Richelle Mead’s Bloodlines series, Sydney finds herself conflicted between how she has been brought up to feel about the Moroi versus how she actually feels after a forbidden moment in the 2nd book, The Golden Lily. Her teacher has also put on the pressure for Sydney to familiarize herself more with magic, despite her inherent resistance. She is soon forced to quickly learn when her mentor reveals that there is a powerful witch that’s sucking the life & power out of young witches who are unaware of the power they wield. Sydney & Adrian are tasked at tracking down the young witches to warn them before it’s too late. With so many instances that are challenging Sydney’s Alchemist resolve, she learns of Marcus Finch – a former Alchemist who defied the group and is now on the run. She is certain that he will hold some answers to the confusion that she’s been feeling and is determined to find him.
It took me a couple chapters to reacquaint myself with the Bloodlines world since the last book, but once I got there, everything definitely came flooding back. And it was good. Mead’s tension-building between Adrian and Sydney was flirtatiously delicious even though I initially found Adrian’s lovesick behaviour a little bit too-much-too-soon. It made more sense as the story went on, but with the initial onslaught of all the feels from him I don’t blame Sydney for being overwhelmed and confused about everything. That being said, there were some great moments between these two in this book that don’t all necessarily revolve around hormones. In fact, the most memorable scene in this book with them had me actually laughing out loud. Mead’s created two characters with some really great all-around chemistry.
What I really enjoyed about this 3rd book were the elements that read like a paranormal Mission: Impossible. There was corruption, espionage, and reconnaissance missions, all with a touch of magic. While I feel that sometimes magic is used as an easy plot device to just make things happen and have you believe it, it wasn’t often the case with this. Yes, there were some moments that I thought it was convenient that Sydney happened to just have obtained that knowledge earlier, but overall it was fairly well-worked into the story. I’m sure the intention for the character of Ms. Terwilliger is supposed to be a mentor that’s training Sydney to become her full potential but I found her to be quite self-serving and manipulative.
Nonetheless, The Indigo Spell was an exciting read, full of intrigue, passion and magic. A great action-packed 3rd installment to the Bloodlines series and, following the way the books have left off so far, the ending of this one is sure to shake things up with the fourth book, The Fiery Heart, out November 2013.