More Character Arcs, Less Action: A Review of THE FIERY HEART by Richelle Mead

THE FIERY HEART (Bloodlines, #4) 
Richelle Mead
438 pages
Publisher: Razorbill
Release Date: November 19th, 2013
Source: Gift
Rating: LIKED

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 smoldering fourth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where no secret is safe.

Ask me if I’ve ever read more than three books in a series (with the exception of HARRY POTTER) and I’ll say no.

I have plans to, however. With THE BONE SEASON series. And maybe more series, if there happen to be any that can hold my interest long enough.

But one series I don’t want to stop reading midway is Richelle Mead’s Bloodlines. And the latest installment in the six-book series was more of a disappointment than I expected.

Mead changes things up with a dual-POV in THE FIERY HEART. We get to see the world through Sydney’s eyes, and the eyes of our charming Moroi, Adrian. Who just so happens to be one of the main reasons I read these books. He’s hilarious and broken. I love those type of characters.

But being inside Adrian’s head wasn’t all too great, as his voice doesn’t vary much from Sydney’s. Sure, they’re polar opposites. But their voices were very similar.

While I could let that slide, I found THE FIERY HEART to be more of a filler, something I was worried about when I first heard the series was to span six novels. There were countless scenes that I couldn’t help but find boring. I’d say THE FIERY HEART was more of a character-driven novel. Sydney and Adrian change drastically, as do their arcs. We learn a lot through them as well. But I found that there was a little too much ‘finding information’ and less action.

Until the last 40 pages. That was when it picked up. The unexpected happens, leaving me as broken and hanging as the previous books did. Needless to say, I’m eagerly anticipating the fifth book.

So how did I like THE FIERY HEART? I liked it well enough. I’m only disappointed by the fact that it wasn’t as great as GOLDEN LILY and THE INDIGO SPELL were. All in all, it was good. It could have been better, but it was good.

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  1. Reply

    Laura Plus Books

    December 30, 2013

    I loved The Fiery Heart! I have to agree that it was definitely a character development driven storyline but I loved it nonetheless. I don’t think I can choose which one has been the best in the series so far since I’ve honestly loved every one. I can’t wait for the fifth one either though! I have a feeling that there’s going to be a lot of action. *crosses fingers*

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    tawney bland

    December 30, 2013

    This sounds like an awesome read! i’m def checking it out. I love series so thank you for giving me a new pretty read!!! <3