The Fiery Heart (Bloodlines #4) by Richelle Mead

Pages: 438  fiery heart 

Publisher: Razorbill 

Synopsis from Goodreads: 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 thrilling fourth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where no secret is safe.


The Fiery Heart was just about what I expected, which was good and bad. The Bloodlines series seems to have fallen in a comfortable pattern for me, which is nice but not exciting. I can’t help but compare the series to Mead’s previous Vampire Academy novels. This series is missing some of the passion I expected from VAyet I keep reading book after book hoping to find it again.

Honestly, I think my issue is that I’m impatient and these books are taking their sweet time. We’re four novels in and the this felt like the first one where something major occured.

Between one book and the next it feels as though Sydney and Adrian change personalities. Their overall characteristics stay the same, but Sydney especially is doing things I never would have believed just a few book prior. Sydney and Adrian’s relationship failed to deliver, in my opinion. All of the right elements were there, but things just got way too repetitive. The Sydney in this installment was a pale version of herself because she was so consumed with Adrian. The majority of the novel was about them trying to find time together instead of the exciting world of moroi and dhampirs.

The plot was back and forth until the end, when it finally started to redeem itself.

As negative as this review seems, I did enjoy The Fiery Heart, just not as much as I hoped. Everything was comfortable and familiar but never delivered a new experience I hadn’t already felt.