The Indigo Spell (Richelle Mead's Bloodlines Series #3)

The Indigo Spell (Richelle Mead's Bloodlines Series #3)

by Richelle Mead


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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 aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she finds herself struggling to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she meets alluring, rebellious Marcus Finch—a former Alchemist who escaped against all odds, and is now on the run. Marcus wants to teach Sydney the secrets he claims the Alchemists are hiding from her. But as he pushes her to rebel against the people who raised her, Sydney finds that breaking free is harder than she thought. There is an old and mysterious magic rooted deeply within her. And as she searches for an evil magic user targeting powerful young witches, she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her magical blood—or else she might be next.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781595146137
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 10/22/2013
Series: Richelle Mead's Bloodlines Series , #3
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 49,597
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.40(d)
Lexile: HL710L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Richelle Mead ( is the author of the international #1 bestselling Vampire Academy series and its spinoff series, Bloodlines. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington, where she is hard at work on her next Bloodlines novel.

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Praise for the Bloodlines series:
"We're suckers for it." —Entertainment Weekly
"Stands out from the crowded vampire genre." —Associated Press
"An obvious pick for the literary lover of all things bloodsucking." —MTV's Hollywood Crush

Praise for the Vampire Academy series:
"Unique and mesmerizing. . . . this little gem is sure to be a hit. . . . Readers will bite on this series for some time to come." —VOYA
"Absorbing. . . ." —Booklist
"Truly engaging. . . ." —SLJ
"A thrilling adventure. . . ." —

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The Indigo Spell 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 286 reviews.
BookGeekConfesses More than 1 year ago
"Bloodlines" as a series is filled with characters that are the casualties of Rose and Lissa's happily ever after. Jill is in hiding and cannot have a normal Moroi life, because Lissa became queen. Adrian is left heartbroken and in a dark place, because Dimitri got the girl. Sydney is surrounded by the very creatures she was taught to hate as a sort of penance to the Alchemists, because she helped Rose. What I love about this story is that they began as casualties and they are quickly becoming the heroes of their own life. I don't just mean technically, because they are the stars of their own series, but also thematically. These characters have evolved. They are not victims, but warriors. A different type of warrior from Rose, but they are warriors all the same. Sydney has been taught intolerance her entire life. She has been trained to follow leader and programed to believe that vampires are bad. After the events of "The Golden Lily," Sydney is a new person. She is now questioning her world. She has become close to vampires, has discovered magic and just following orders is no longer enough for her. Sydney has decided to make up her own mind and stop the alchemists from making it up for her. This leads to a dangerous, action packed and life changing adventure. My favorite thing about "The Indigo Spell" is Adrian. Before you collectively roll your eyes and shout `of course,' I should be clear. I did not like Adrian in "Vampire Academy." I thought he was annoying, a party boy and I always felt that he pressured Rose into a relationship that she was not ready for. Most importantly he was not Dimitri. In Bloodlines, I am glad that he is not Dimitri. Sydney is so serious, someone like Dimitri would make these books unbearable. Adrian has the right combination of chill, loyalty and bravery to make his scenes with Sydney jump off the page. Most importantly we have seen a real change in Adrian. Richelle Mead has done a beautiful job in transforming him into the kind of man we can trust. The amount of bravery, chivalry and loyalty that Adrian exhibits in this book is astounding. I barely recognize him as the same guy who pursued Rose. "The Indigo Spell" is my favorite book in the series so far. Why? For one thing, it is filled with action. There are break ins, fist fights, intrigue and many other thrills that could only really be found in the climax of previous books. The other great thing about this installment is that Sydney has stopped straddling the line and finally walks in a direction. She finally decides where her true loyalty lies and immediately jumps into action. Some of her actions are misguided and others had me cheering, still Richelle Mead has done a wonderful job of setting up "The Fiery Heart." This book will not only have you at the edge of your seat because of the dangers, but you will be waiting with bated breath for every mention of the name "Adrian." What I love about the characters in this series is that they are not your typical YA heroes. Adrian will never be Jace Wayland, or Dimitri. I love that Sydney is not a powerful warrior or some kind prophesied witch. They are just Sydney and Adrian, nothing special and yet absolutely amazing. This book is an absolute must read for every fan of the series and if you are a VA fan resistant to picking up the series it is really time that you did! Great things lie ahead.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book , not a total waist of time. Still do prefer Fallen Angel though have to agree with that
315kristy More than 1 year ago
Another AMAZING BOOK from the wonderful Richelle Mead! This book took you on a roller coaster of laugh's love, danger, fighting, and magic use. This book is just full of twists and turns. But most of all the love that blossoms between the two main characters. I fell for Adrian Ivashkov in Frostbite in the Vampire Academy series. Yes I love him for than everyone's favorite Dmitri. This Moroi stole my heart from his first sarcastic mark. The rest was history. At first I was worried we may not see a lot of our Adrian because in Vampire Academy Dmitri played a role but it was not huge and we didn't really see a lot of him in my opinion. But so far we have seen Adrian more than I could have ever hope to imagine. In this book in just the third chapter he will blow you away. What he says to Sydney will melt your heart even further. I couldn't help but swoon. Once he sets his heart on something he goes for it and put himself all out there. Even later on in the book he does even more to just make you with you had your own Adrian by your side. Sydney, Sydney, Sydney. Sometimes I just don't know what to think about her. However she is proving to me that she is worthy of Adrian and that she in fact has a mind of her own and its not the Alchemists that completely control her. I loved how she finally did something so against how she was brought up and finally did something she felt was right. I was so proud of her. I was also proud over her toward the end of the book too.  Which bring me to the end... I was in love and at the very end it all came crashing down all around me. I just could not believe it. I am still shell shocked. I wanted to throw my nook across the room.  Cant wait for the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm so excited about this book!
WhatDanielleDidNext More than 1 year ago
The Indigo Spell is the third in the Bloodlines Series and is by far the strongest so far. I didn’t think Mead could top The Golden Lily in terms of “squee-ness” (Yes it’s totally a word!) but good grief I practically needed a bucket to mop me up off the floor I melted so many times! Sydrian is fast becoming the true Power Couple of the VA universe and they can only get better. Indigo picks up a few weeks after the shocking kiss that rocked Sydney’s core as she realised her code of ethics she has so staunchly lived by for her whole life is crumbling due a vampire with startling green eyes and an unshakeable love for her, Adrian Ivashkov. The relationship between the two grows deeper in this book as they try to find a balance between the rules of their universe and the love bubbling under the surface threatening to overspill at any moment. Sydney has come along way since her first appearance in the VA ‘verse and in particular since Bloodlines and we really get to see her shine. To put it mildly, Sydney kicks ass! Juggling her duties as an alchemist with her burgeoning talents as a witch, playing big sister to Jill and the rest of the gang and actually being able to show some restraint in the presence of Adrian (Come on girls, could you do it??) without dropping the ball is so much fun to read and creates some seriously comical moments. The two major plots are the disappearance of potential witches in LA and Sydney tracking down the mysterious Marcus Finch, ex Alchemist and (rumoured) badass and both storylines are compelling to read and at no point does the book stutter in pace like I felt it did in Bloodlines. Adrian’s role in this book is pretty much tied up with Sydney so at the risk of spoiling a great read I will just say it’s seriously enjoyable. We get more of an insight into the Alchemist world which sets things up nicely for The Fiery Heart with a few surprising appearances to cause some upheaval. The heart is of course Sydrian but the real star is Sydney and her evolution from insecure, uptight, slightly disordered girl into a strong confident young women who is capable of recognising what it right and true in the world and fearlessly grabbing what is hers with two hands. What more could any of us want? Favourite Quotes “Just something kicking around in my head. Reminds me of you. Fiery and sweet, all at the same time. A flame in the dark, lighting my way.” “I just kept thinking of his words: I’m still here, still in love with you, and care about you more than any other guy ever will.”
Jennypenny18 More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved this book!! Of course as a Richelle Mead fan I have read all the Vampire Academy novels and now all the Bloodline novels (so far) and they have just gotten better and better.  Having recently read some paranormal romances that have had numerous grammatical errors and plot holes; it is refreshing to see a novel that doesn't have these problems.  As the series continues in The Indigo Spell i feel that we can see further into the personalities of our main characters.  Having built a solid foundation with the first few novels this book to me was all about action.  The banter between Sydney and Adrian is what keeps my interest in this series because it is so witty and funny.  I highly recommend this book to young adults and adults alike because it makes for a fun read, but i would indeed start from the beginning.
Amanda_the_bookworm More than 1 year ago
When I first read Vampire Academy back before Bloodlines came out I was hooked I have read VA at least 12 times, that being said I was so excited when this series started because I loved Rose but I thought taking the story with a character like Sydney could be really interesting. This book was everything I had hoped for and more I love it this series almost as much as VA. I absolutely cannot wait for the VA move Feb 2014 please come faster!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it
BookwormBrandee More than 1 year ago
*sigh* Oh my! This series just keeps getting better! I'll admit that Bloodlines left me wanting. The Golden Lily really got things going for me. The Indigo Spell - it has more intrigue, more magic, more romance...more Adrian!! :) Wow! I am enthralled with the growth Sydney makes in this book. She's really coming into her own here both in questioning her loyalty to the Alchemists, her improvement in her magical abilities, her self-image, and her realization regarding Adrian. She copes with so much in this book on all fronts, and it's incredible to watch! Adrian, oh Adrian... He also shows a lot of maturity and emotional growth in this book. He maintains his vow of love for Sydney, even if she can't return it (for now) and is steady in his support of her in any capacity she needs. He is her "partner in crime", her sounding board, her "match". There is a lot of danger and intrigue in this installment. Richelle can always be counted on for that. I also adore her inclusion of mythology and religion in to her plots. AND y'all must know by now that I adore strong supporting characters...Richelle definitely delivers on that front. Jill is becoming more and more complex. Her advice session with Sydney - awesome-sauce! I've always been a fan of Eddie and the poor guy just can't seem to catch a break romantically. Marcus Finch...well, he didn't provide quite the impact I was expecting. Jill's words "they talk, you do..." to Sydney regarding Marcus and his Merry Men comes to mind. However, knowing Richelle, we probably haven't seen that last of Marcus! And Ms. Terwilliger...I've really come to love her character. She's never given up on Sydney embracing magic and it was pivotal in this book. As you can tell, I'm quite delighted with The Indigo Spell. Richelle continues to create interesting, entertaining, and swoon-worthy reading! I anxiously await the next in this series, The Fiery Heart!
PrettyInFiction More than 1 year ago
The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead is the third book in the Bloodlines series. If you haven't read the first two books yet, STOP WHATEVER YOU'RE DOING AND READ THEM RIGHT NOW. Okay, so where was I? Oh, yes! The Indigo Spell. It's... It's... It just sort of leaves me with an overwhelming feeling of GAHHH!!!!! I bought the book the second it came out but couldn't reign in my emotions enough to write this review for weeks afterward (and it's still just a gushing rant). I'm still floating on a cloud of Sydrian feels! Richelle Mead has this way of writing where you can become completely addicted and lost inside the world she's created. It's incredible, really. I was inside the book, and loving every minute of it, as I was reading. There were so many things that made The Indigo Spell incredible, but what draws me to this series is the main character. Sydney, after everything she's been through, is a much lighter character this time around. I guess she's more comfortable around everyone and with magic and everything. Also, she's much more comfortable around Adrian which is quite evident in all of their easy conversations and banter. The formality has started to melt away and she's starting to just be Sydney. And I love Sydney Sage. I'll admit, I was unsure of her when I heard she was the main character of the spin off series. I loved Adrian and he needed someone worthy of his love and was Sydney worthy? Yes. She was. In every sense. Sydney is a fighter, not in the physical sense that Rose is, but she will tooth and nail fight for what she believes. Plus she cracks me up. She's got a personality that not only balances, but matches Adrian's. I think that's what draws me to this series so much. It's one of the few series where I'm in love with the female lead just as much, if not more (sorry Adrian, but you understand), than the male lead. I have the biggest girl crush on her. I want to be her. And not because I'd get Adrian by default, but because I admire her strength and character. She doesn't swoon over Adrian (well, she does, but not without him earning it first). There's one line in particular (or conversation really): “I’ll just love you whether you want me to or not.”  The attendant came by with hot towels, putting our conversation on hold and allowing his slightly disturbing words to hang in the air between us. I was dumbfounded and couldn’t muster a response until after she came back to collect the cloths.  “Whether I want you to or not? What on earth does that mean?”  Adrian grimaced. “Sorry. That came off creepier than I intended. I just mean, I don’t care if you say we can’t be together. I don’t care if you think I’m the most evil, unnatural creature walking the earth.” {The Indigo Spell, Chapter 2} Sydney, even though she's having all of these conflicted feelings towards Adrian, still finds his words "slightly disturbing". I appreciate that. So many other female characters would just immediately swoon, but Sydney hears the stalkery-ness and says hold up. And of course, being perfect for Sydney, Adrian isn't a stalker and admits to the creepiness he was putting down and rewords his sentiment. This is why I love her. She's logical and cautious and acts like any normal person would in her circumstances. One of my favorite parts of this book was the way Sydney's relationship with her history teacher/mentor Ms. Terwilliger progressed. It really became the kind of relationship that Sydney seems to be missing with her parents, or at least her father. And along with that relationship came Sydney's new found magical skills. The magic and witchcraft in this series gets kicked up to a whole new level of badassery and I loved every second of it. It was incredible to see this girl who cringed away from magic in the first book become this magical warrior. I don't know why, but I couldn't for the life of me guess what was coming. And I don't know about anybody else, but Best. Ending. Ever. I won't say anymore for anyone who hasn't had the pleasure yet, but AGRKEJEKNDHEKSLMSHDNEVDKAK! Yeah. That was my emotions during a certain little scene in Malibu. Then at the very end I was just shaking my head and tipping my hat to Mead. She managed to take something that was pretty obvious and make me forget all about it until it was right in front of my face. Thank god I only have to wait until November for The Fiery Heart! After a lot of hype, The Indigo Spell lives up to every ounce of it. Although I do hope they don't push The Fiery Heart quite so much. Sometimes hyping a book to death will literally hype the book to death. It'll make it so no book could ever live up to the expectations put upon it. Luckily, I've never known a Richelle Mead novel—especially one revolving around Adrian Ivashkov—to leave me with shattered expectations, so no worry this time, but in the future, publishers take head! Cool the hype and let the awesomeness of a book sell itself. Especially one revolving around Adrian Ivashkov ;) P.S. Someone needs to make and sell those A.Y.E. shirts online. I NEED ONE!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it so much. Gobbled it up in 1 day!!! Can't wait until book #4!
eternalised More than 1 year ago
This book made me cry. It doesn’t happen very often – so far in 2013 only two books have succeeded, namely The Indigo Spell and Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare – but when it happens it means that this is a darn good read. In the case of The Indigo Spell, much of that brilliance can be attributed to one person. Adrian. If there’s one YA character who ever captured my heart, then it has got to be Adrian. He’s everything you’d wish for in a book-boyfriend: charming and entertaining, mysterious, intelligent, brave, caring. It also helps that his previous relationship was doomed for the start, he suffered a broken heart, and now is his chance for redemption. So whenever Sydney turns him down or thinks she can’t be with him, I feel like shaking her and telling her to get over all her prejudice toward vampires, even though I know it’s not that simple, and there’s more going on than that. But I want Adrian to be happy. He freaking deserves to be. Now I’ll end my Adrian-related rant with the conclusion that he’s awesome, nothing should ever change about him, and whatever books Richelle Mead writes featuring Adrian as main character – or even secondary character – I will devour them. Back to the plot and story. Things have gotten even more complicated than Sydney ever thought possible, and it’s hard for her to figure out where her allegiance lies. She meets with some sort of rebel alchemist named Marcus, who is determined to uncover all of the alchemists’ secrets. Sydney, once a firm believer of everything the alchemists stood for, is now more than ever convinced her former family is hiding something, and that those secrets are dangerous. She’s changed so much since the beginning of this series. Finally she jumped off the iron throne the alchemists built, pretending they were better than vampires, and learned that not all vampires are evil, wicked creatures. She’s practising magic, becoming more powerful with each passing day, discovering who she truly is and who she was always meant to be. I really like her personality, and the complexity of her character. She’s layer upon layer upon layer, and she surprised me every now and then even though I thought I knew her by now. At the end of this book, I was rooting for Sydney even more. The plot itself wasn’t that spectacular. The villain is easily discovered, a witch who is obsessed with staying young, beautiful and powerful forever, and steals young witches’ powers to do so. Yeah, been there, done that about a bazillion times before. But who really cares about the plot? It’s the characters that make these books, their emotions, their inner turmoil, their battles, who they will be in the end. I can’t wait for the next book in the series. Meanwhile, if you haven’t picked up Bloodlines yet, shame on you. Go buy yourself a copy. Now.
PrincessMoMo More than 1 year ago
I have read and own all the vamp academy books and storm born books written by richelle mead. I was so happy when the book came out. I read the sample for it on my nook, it was so exceptional even if the sample wasn't very long. Then, when I asked my mom if she would get it for me (while she was sleeping of course, because everyone knows that's when you're supposed to ask your parents for stuff) she declined as if i was lucky that she had even given me an answer. Humph! This coming from a woman who bought fifty shades of grey without even knowing what it was was. Moms these days......Anyway, I think everyone should believe in this series and the upcoming books Mrs. Mead writes for her fans!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love sydeney and adrian!! I cant wait to read thie book, it has been a long time coming
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just love the characters Mead creates, I can't wait to accompany Sydney and the other personages in the Bloodlines Series. I thoroughly enjoy Adrian's witty comments and the way Sydney grows into the postconventional level of morality in this work. She no longer just does what she's told, and starts to think and take action finally! I am so excited for the rest of the series!! If you like romance, adventure, relatable characters, and don't mind some magic, this series is perfect for you. 
SWEET_HEARTSN More than 1 year ago
My Daughter got me a Nook for Christmas several years ago. It was after my son and I had read all the hard copy Twilight Books and I was reading more teen books because I really like the stories. I started reading Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy series and by the time VA Last Sacrifice came out, I got my nook for Christmas! So VA Last Sacrifice was was first book I readed on my New Nook Color. I have enoyed reading everyone of Richelle Mead's the VA and BLOODLINES series books and highly recommend them. Richelle Mead writes in a way that makes you want to continue reading. I like the Syndey and Adrian and all the other chartacters she creates. I like reading about exiciting relationships and challenges along the way. I always apprecate a good ending and Richelle Mead books do that. Can not wait for the next book to come out!
Mishy0626 More than 1 year ago
I knew this series would be great as Richelle is hands down one of my favorite authors! I have read everything she's written - except the novella on Rose and Dimitri visiting Russia because I refuse to buy a whole anthology just to read it! Gotta say, what a wicked good twist at the end of this book! I knew Sydney would become who I knew she was along. I loved, loved, LOVED the plot of this book - there was definitely more than one going on at once! Loved the peek at some of "our old friends" but wasn't quite keen on the newcomers in this one. But I guess everyone serves his or her purpose! I don't know what else to say except read it! I can't give anything away! But if you loved the Vampire Academy series, The Succubus Series and the Storm series, you'll love this series just as much! I promise!
Twinzy More than 1 year ago
This was a great book to add to the Bloodlines series. I enjoyed Richelle Mead's Vampire Academey and was pleased that this spin off series can hold up to its expectation! Great read.
Luvs_Books17 More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing! In the end personally, Sydney Sage made the most honest and right decision in her life. When she and Adrian were making out on that table, HOT! Also, there's a big shocker in the end for ya! I recommend this book to everyone!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i loved Adrian in VA and i love that the spin off has him in it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I preordered this book! Excited to read it but BN won't let me download it yet and its now after release date! NOT HAPPY
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can read this book over and over again.
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One hundred percent exciting storyline especially considering how Sydney's brain and heart seem to be characters themselves second time reading