Review: The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead (Bloodlines #4)


The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead // VBC ReviewThe Fiery Heart (Bloodlines #4)
Richelle Mead
Published: Nov. 19, 2013 (Razorbill)
Purchase at: Book Depository or Amazon
Review Source: Purchased

Reviewed by: Chelsea

Rating (out of 5): 5 stars

Note: While we won’t spoil the details of The Fiery Heart, this review does expect you’ve read the previous Bloodlines books. If not, we suggest you check out the review of Bloodlines.

Every time I finish one of Richelle Mead’s Bloodlines novels, I clamor for the next one. The Fiery Heart isn’t an exception. No, for those who read the Vampire Academy series, I say: Remember when you finished Shadow Kiss and you needed Blood Promise in your hands with every fiber of your being? Yeah, that’s the end of The Fiery Heart.

The Fiery Heart indulges in the connection between in Adrian and Sydney. Hell, it relishes in it. As a reader, I found myself damn-near languid after their interactions and yearning for their stolen moments. They finally admitted their feelings for one another in The Indigo Spell. But with Sydney’s little sister moving in and bringing along piles of Sage and Alchemist baggage, it’s difficult for the two to enjoy their relationship. Their meetings are stolen moments. They text on special cell phones. And they are so in love it hurts.

Why am I harping on the romance angle? Other than the fact it’s smoking hot and just—gah—so good? Fine. This is the first time I’ve read a book by Mead (and I’ve read them all) that read like a romance novel. The main focus of The Fiery Heart is Adrian and Sydney’s relationship and the goal of them being together. To make this even clearer, we spend half the novel in Adrian’s head. His points of view were brilliant and insightful. He continue to struggle with the consequences his spirit use, but wants to be a better man for Sydney. Look, the short story here is you’re going to swoon. And maybe cry. Mostly swoon, though.

The book isn’t all steaminess between these two. We also have big progress on the magical front, on working to break the tattoos that force Alchemists to behave and even on the spirit use against Strigoi. Pretty big strides there, but I just can’t spoil that for you.

I would be remiss if I didn’t admit the ending is wicked. Good wicked. It’s what needs to happen for this journey to move forward correctly. There are so many possibilities as to what might happen next and I need answers. In the meantime, I’ll be happy I devoured The Fiery Heart. It was by far my favorite book in the Bloodlines series and Vampire Academy fans will probably put it in the same league as Shadow Kiss, which is definitely an epic compliment.

Sexual content: Sex, kissing

4 Responses to “Review: The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead (Bloodlines #4)”

  1. Amy says:

    I can’t wait to read this! But you have me worried with that wicked ending comment!

  2. Angela says:

    Hot damn, I completely missed that it was published already. I know now what to do next weekend. I love your review and am off to the Kindle shop right now. 🙂

  3. Alissa says:

    i am really hoping your making a fiery heart part two that hasn’t came out yet I have to say if not its really dispointing

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