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The Fiery Heart is the fourth book in Richelle Mead's Bloodlines series and was released on November 19 2013. It is to be told in both Adrian and Sydney's perspectives.[1]

Everything's going to be okay. The center will hold.
How do you know?
Because we are the center.

—Sydney and Adrian


As the novel Indigo Spell ended where Sydney proclamed her love to Adrian and they both get into relationship while Sydney found that her little sister Zoe has became an alchemist and tasked the same task as Sydney. The Fiery Heart begins with Sydney's relationship with Adrian and holding to witchcraft equally brings her to danger to achemists and their concepts. Everything put at risk when Sydney's parents were divorcing which causes conflicts to Carly, Sydney and Zoe since they have to choose one of their parents literally for Zoe since she is underage. Zoe is brainwashed by her dad to support him while Sydney chose her mom's side since her dad is less caring and more of a cold heart.

Sydney's relationship with Adrian is smooth, however, when Sydney's dad came to meet Zoe and Sydney. Her dad was collecting elements to prove that their mom is incapable of taking care of kids and fakely saying she might have an affair. Throughout the process, he called Keith and from that moment Sydney's anxiety increases as she found that Keith has became more like a robot instead of human as an effect of re-education by the alchemists. In order to escape, Sydney started to use her magic and skills to create a ink that would prevent from compulsion existing in the original alchemist ink. After many research she found that salt can be used and did spell on it as well as tattood it on Trey as the first guinea pig which worked. However when Adrian asked Sydney to take it as the tattoo is non-visible, She said there's plenty of time after all solved.

Eventually, Adrian (who by the way was fighting his own demons where his excessive usage of spirits causes him to be unstable and face psychological problems which includes hearing the voice of his late Aunt Tatiana). As Lissa called Adrian and asked his help on a case where strigoi changed back again to identify the changes as it can possibly help the moroi to prevent further strigoi attacks or keep everyone safe from strigoi. As Adrian went and help, he drew blood from the girl Olive who was changed back from strigoi and contained the spirit in the blood so it can be held for longer. During this process, he used his spirit energy so much that he almost pass out.

After returning back from Lissa's business, he started to feel anxiety to the extreme level where he went to the pawn shop where he earlier pawned Aunt Tatiana's rubies for money to buy presents for Sydney's birthday. This is where Sydney found him and cried as she is scared and worried for him. As a concern for Sydney's happiness, Adrian consulted a psychatrist and started medication which stopped his spirit abilities and Jill connection with Adrian fades. 

On Sydney's side, her strong connection with the moroi's and dhampirs and Mrs Terwilliger have made Zoe suspicious and luckily Zoe doesn't suspect Adrian as mostly Sydney and Adrian text by using an untracable phone which they call Love Phone. As Sydney and Adrian was invited back again to the court regarding the strigoi issue, Sydney revealed that she can possibly create a ink that would keep them safe from strigoi by tattooing it in their body. As everyone was there, they seeked for help from Abe who is well connected and can get them any ingredients they want to proceed which Abe helped. However, Sydney asked a special favor from Abe to use his earth abilities on her own vial of ink so she can use it. She used it on Trey and it worked. The vial that Sydney created for the Court was tattooed to Neil who wonders whether it worked or not as the only way to find it out is by an attack from strigoi. 

After few unexpected moments, where Lissa and Sonya asked Adrian to use his spirit abilities, Adrian broke the news that he is on pills which deeply upsets Sydney. After the court business, they were on their way back where their car hit a tree and they were forced to find a shelter at a nearest hotel. As the whole situation was at winter, Sydney was forced to use her magic to form a fireball for warm which Neil saw and keep his word that he wont tell anyone. At that hotel, Sydney and Adrian made love and start their relationship to the whole new level.

After returning back, Sydney and Adrian contacted Marcus so that they can give him the ink where marcus can use it for his new recruits of alchemists who realized the truth about Alchemists. Where, Neil got a new idea to find a strigoi and let it attack him, where Sydney will remain hidden and involve if something goes wrong as Neil died or turned into strigoi, which whereby Neil also invited Eddie to join and eventually Eddie realizes Sydney's magic abilities.

Zoe keep on suspecting Sydney and worse of all, Adrian lost his love phone and causes Adrian to contact Sydney using his normal phone. Sydney, Neil and Eddie find a strigoi and which attacks Neil and to their suprise the tattoo ink had worked which Neil's blood causes discomfort to the strigoi which was killed in the end with major help from unexpected allies Angeline,Trey, and Jill. As Eddie argues to Jill on how dangerous it is for her to expose herself in a strigoi situation, Jill kissed Eddie proclaiming her love for him.

As they went back, Sydney dropped off at Adrian's place and she told him everything which she kept the whole plan as a secret and the next day is where Sydney must give large amounts of Ink to Marcus. While Adrian dealt with Marcus that to meet at Mrs. Terwilliger's place, he texted Sydney about it which she replied that she is delighted. As Marcus and Adrian along with Mrs. Terwilliger was waiting for Sydney to come, Adrian realizes that it was late and uncommon for Sydney, where he texted her multiple times and got no reply. Positively thinking she might be driving, and suddenly they heard a car pulling out at their front lot fast and roughly. Realizing it might not be Sydney, Mrs. Terwilliger opened the door and they found Eddie with ragged clothes saying that Sydney was taken by the alchemists.

On Sydney's side of story, she received text from Adrian that the venue has changed and it is some cafe. She invited Eddie along and went to the place, and texted Adrian that he got the Love Phone back, which got replied Yes, she was delighted and went to the place. As Eddie opened the door of the cafe, he realizes it is an ambush and ordered Sydney to run. While they hiding, Sydney heard her dad's voice asking her to surrender and Zoe's voice saying that Eddie is not Sydney's love life. Realizing she imposes risk to Eddie who might be killed by the Alchemists, she tricked Eddie into splitting while she surrenders.

As Sydney is captured, she realizes it was Zoe who betrayed her as she found the Love Phone in her car and realizes what's going on. Her dad (since his glory was more important than his daughters) realizes Sydney imposes a threat as she supports her mom and used this as a chance as well. As Sydney was sent to re-education she was drugged.

Adrian stopped taking his pills in order to get his spirit abilities back so he can visit her in dreams which did not happened as even with his growing spirit abilities, he couldn't find Sydney nor could Mrs. Terwilliger who failed to contact with Sydney with her magic. Desperate and miserable, he did everything he could to rescue Sydney and eventually realizes Sydney's last word to Eddie was some sort of spell which translates into the Center will Hold. When he realized something, Adrian got his way out by saying he needs to go somewhere where he won't feel anything for a while and Jill asked for how long. He answered 'It doesn't matter.'.

The novel ends as a naked Sydney was being mentally tortured at the re-education where she must proclaim her sins and get pured throughout the process. As she would not like lose herself as Keith, she decided to give the re-education process a hard time. The novel ends as she says "Alright then let's see what you got."

Character AppearancesEdit

Alicia DeGraw (mentioned) • Alison • Amelia (mentioned) • Brent Badica • Dimitri BelikovBrayden CartwrightEddie CastileCassie • Chad • Rowena ClarkKeith DarnellAngeline DawesAlicia DeGraw (mentioned)Clarence DonahueDorothyRobert Doru (mentioned)Jillian Mastrano DragomirLissa Dragomir • Wesley Drozdov • Marcus Finch • Inez Garcia • Rose HathawayHopper • Horace • Adrian IvashkovDaniella Ivashkov (mentioned)Nathan Ivashkov (mentioned)Tatiana Ivashkov (mentioned) • James (mentioned) • Jamie • Ian Jansen (mentioned)Trey JuarezSonya Karp • Maude • MauraAbe Mazur • Ronald Mikoski • Christian OzeraNatasha Ozera (mentioned)Neil Raymond (mentioned)Jared SageMrs. SageCarly Sage (mentioned)Sydney SageZoe SageNina SinclairOlive Sinclair • Monique Szelsky (mentioned)Mikhail TannerJaclyn TerwilligerVeronica Terwilliger (mentioned) • Trina • Micah Vallence (mentioned) • Wade (mentioned) • Miss Wentworth (mentioned)Malachi WolfeSabrina Woods • Lars Zeklos


  • Mead has said that Fiery Heart is the most romantic and shocking of the Bloodlines Serie
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    Tweets from Richelle Mead

  • The cover has Sydney (front) and Adrian (back)
  • This the first book by Mead in the Bloodlines series that will have two perspectives.
  • Mead has said that Rose, Lissa, Dimitri and Christian are going to be in this book.
  • Mead has reported that Adrian will be testing in curing Spirit Darkness throughout the book.
  • Richelle Mead said that the book is more emotional, facing depression and mental health, espscially for Adrian.
  • Also according to Mead, Fiery Heart is going to have a heart wrenching ending, and it will hit Adrian on the head.
  • The first chapter will be from Adrian's point of view. The last chapter will from Sydney's point of view.
  • A new couple will be discovered, one nobody thought would happen.
  • A much loved character will betray one of the characters.
  • There is a cliff hanger at the end of the book.
  • Sydney gains new skills.
  • Adrian makes a personal and deeply emotional discovery.
  • Adrian's full name will be introduced in the book.


  • Brazil: Coração Ardente (engl. Fiery Heart) – publ.: 2014
  • Czech Republic: Ohnivé srdce (engl. Fiery Heart) – publ.: 2014
  • Germany: Feuriges Herz (engl. Fiery Heart) – publ.: April 3, 2014
  • Poland: Serce w płomieniach (engl. Fiery Heart) - publ.: July 2014
  • Russia: Пламенное сердце (engl.Fiery Heart) - publ.:November 2014

Book CoversEdit


  1. Mead, Richelle (12 November 2012) "A Bloodlines Birthday". Richelle Mead's blog. Retrieved 19 February 2013.

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