The Indigo Spell
Author: Richelle Mead
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Synopsis: In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she struggles to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do.
Then she finally tracks down the elusive, enigmatic Marcus Finch--a former Alchemist who the organization denies exists, and who lives in shadows, on the run. With Marcus's help, Sydney realizes that the group she's been loyal to her whole life has been hiding the truth from her. Is it possible that her golden lily tattoo might have more power over her than she thinks?
As she struggles to come to terms with what that might mean, Sydney is compelled to use her growing magical powers to track down an evil magic user who is targeting powerful young witches Using magic goes against everything she always thought she believed, but she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her special blood--or else she might be next.
Forging her own way is harder than Sydney ever dreamed. Maybe by turning off her brain--and following her heart--she'll be able to finally figure out where she belongs.
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Chapters 6-10 Summary: Sydney is surprised to see that Ms. T isn't in class and takes the opportunity to get an early start to Santa Barbara to look for Marcus Finch since Adrian is still out of town and she doesn’t want to search for the young witches without him. She takes along some Alchemist supplies and charms she made with magic to help her in her quest. When she gets to Santa Barbara, she finds Marcus apartment building that matches the description from her scying vision. She gets the help from a young boy who tells her that Marcus now goes by the name Dave and tells her which apartment he’s in. After knocking on the door and getting no answer, she decides to climb up the rickety fire escape that would be better suited as scrap metal than an emergency escape and breaks through the window and tumbles into Marcus' apartment. Only when she's convinced Marcus isn't home does he surprise her by jumping out of the closet and punches her in the face. They fight a few minutes and when she calls him by his name and Marcus finally gets a good look at her, she's shocked when he sees that he knows who she is and has been looking for her too. But she's even more shocked when someone points a gun to the back of her head and orders her to get off of Marcus. The woman holding Sydney at gunpoint is Sabrina, who works undercover at the Warriors of Light organization.
When Sydney had first encountered Sabrina (when Sydney had to rescue Sonya), she was undercover and working a mission. Marcus refuses to be forthcoming about what he knows about the Alchemist and what happened to make him go rogue until he’s certain Sydney is willing to really them out and possibly break her lily tattoo. In the meantime, Sydney takes Marcus to meet Adrian since she needs his help healing Marcus’s wrist from when they had fought. When they get to Clearance's house, one look at Sydney's face from where Marcus hit her and Adrian goes into attack mode. The two men fight until Sydney breaks it up. She goes with Adrian into his bedroom (“You know under normal circumstances, you inviting me into the bedroom would have been the highlight of my day”—Adrian to Sydney) and explains the situation with Marcus and about Ms. T’s sister being after young witches. Adrian is upset that a witch would be after Sydney and agrees to help her on the condition that she lets him heal her face. Sydney instantly freaks out, not wanting Adrian’s spirit magic anywhere near her. But Adrian holds firm and says that's his price for helping her, so Sydney reluctantly agrees to let Adrian use magic on her.
The next morning, Sydney is woken by Angeline who tells her that she is failing math and needs a tutor. This is unwelcomed news to Sydney who has enough to deal with then worrying about Angeline being kicked out of Amberwood, but since that will mean she’ll be done one person to protect Jill, Sydney agrees to help and asks Trey to tutor her. Trey refuses at first because he doesn’t want to get beaten up by Angeline but Sydney assures him everything will be fine so he agrees to help. When Sydney tells Eddie and Angeline about Trey, Eddie suggests that Sydney should be more cautious when it comes to Trey, and even though Sydney assures him that Trey is her friend, she is still wonders when the rift between them will rear its ugly head. Ms. T also gives Sydney the list of six young girls who are witches that she believes her sister may go after. Sydney tells her that she will get started on the weekend and Ms. T tells her not to hesitate to use the hours of her independent study during the school days to search for the young witches to have more time to warn them.
Later that afternoon, Adrian picks Sydney up at Amberwood and they start on the list of girls Ms. T gave Sydney. They arrive at the bed and breakfast from Sydney's locating scry vision of where she saw Ms. T's sister. Adrian and Sydney pretend to be a couple (Jett and Taylor) who are interested in a room so they can try to find Veronica, and after a hilarious show put on by Adrian, they are disappointed to learn that Veronica had left the B&B the day before. They decide to warn one of the girls on the list, Wendy, on their way back to Amberwood since she’s close by. When Sydney and Adrian arrive at Wendy's dorm, Wendy tells them that she doesn't want anything to do with magic and tries to shut her door on them. Sydney manages to convince Wendy to hear them out, and reluctantly and very cautiously, Wendy listens to Sydney's warning, but suddenly thinks Adrian is about to do something to her and points pepper spray at him. Sydney jumps in front of him and casts a spell for a bright light so Wendy won't hurt Adrian and Wendy forces them out of her home. Sydney hurriedly gives her a protection charm and together Adrian and her leave. Adrian teases Sydney about liking him just a little bit because she threw herself in the line of fire to protect him.
The next morning Sydney explains everything that happened with Wendy and missing Veronica by a day. Ms. T tells Sydney she wants to show her a spell and they go to her home where Ms. T performs a powerful spell to try to touch Veronica’s mind. The spell fails and they agree to wait until the next full moon to try another scrying spell to find Veronica. Ms T tells her to continue warning the girls on the list in hopes it will slow Veronica down and to continue studying the protection spells. Marcus texts Sydney to meet him at an arcade and Sydney decides to use the opportunity to drill Marcus for answers. He tells her that he left the Alchemists for a Moroi girl he had befriended. When other Alchemists started giving him a lot of unwelcome attention for it, it was around the same time he heard rumors about the Alchemists holding Moroi against their will and about some Alchemists even interacting with the Warriors of Light. He also discloses that his group has found out several other dark secrets about the Alchemists and are searching for the way those secrets connect them with the Warriors of Light. Marcus wants Sydney’s help to figure what the link is between both groups. But Sydney isn't sure she wants to help him or if she even trusts him (let alone break her tattoo) when barely knows anything about him. Marcus wants her to meet the other people in his group and hear their stories. Sydney is weary and says that she will only go on the condition that she's allowed to take Eddie with her to make her feel a little safer.
Bridget's thoughts: Chapters 6 through 10 were so GOOOOOOD! I honestly didn't think I could love Adrian anymore then I already did, but then he just had to attack Marcus for hitting Sydney and I almost lost it in giggle fits. Adrian is such a bad ass! I laughed so hard during the Santa Barbara scene when Sydney was searching for Marcus and how she didn’t want to touch anything in the apartment building and then bravely climbed the hazardous fire escape because she wasn't letting anything stand in her way to get to Marcus. She's my new hero! Marcus was not who I was expecting at all, he's funny and flirty and eager for Sydney's help. I was also surprised to learn that he's not the only one who has broken the Alchemist tattoo. Trent made me laugh with almost everything he said but I can't help but think he's up to something that will bring more danger to Sydney, either intentional or not.
Annabell’s Thoughts: When I didn’t think I could fall for Adrian any more than I already had, he just keeps getting better and better! *giggle* The reason I love Sydney’s character is because she questions everything around her. She doesn’t just trust stupidly and has the courage to stand against not just her enemies but her friends if she thinks they are doing wrong. Plus, she’s just so nerdy it’s awesome! I love a female character who is INTELLIGENT and STRONG! She doesn’t value a person’s beauty because of his/her face but for who he/she is. Marcus is charming and ballsy. I also like Sabrina. That chick definitely has feisty edge to her! I’d hire her as my bodyguard *wink* Sydney is starting to show her feelings a little more for Adrian and he has a lot of fun throwing them in her face which is fun to read. I can’t wait to see what happens with the secret meeting with Marcus and his crew and Sydney and Eddie that’s coming up! I wonder if Adrian will find a way to sneak in lol. Suspense is building with the young witches Ms. T is trying to protect. Can’t wait to see what Ms. T’s sister is really like. I’m definitely excited to see Sydney finally admit her feelings to Adrian! *swoon*
“I eyed the doorknob, considering melting it with my Alchemist chemicals.” ~Sydney
“If anything happens to him, I’m coming after you.” ~Sabrina (to Sydney about Marcus)
“You should listen to her. It might save you from getting your pretty face wrecked. How much styling did you have to do to get your hair like that?” ~Marcus (to Adrian)
“Was that romantic? I was just making the suggestion, since the coat’s so heavy and warm. I figured you’d think of me since it was such a nice gesture. And yet, once again, you’re the one who finds romantic subtext in everything I say.” ~Adrian
"I don't know Sage, You threw yourself in the of pepper spray for me. You must like me just a little bit." ~Adrian
"That’s our baby--well, until we have real ones. Don't you think it needs a name?" ~Adrian (to Alicia about his car)
"That was close. If my reflexes had been a little slower, I would've found out exactly what four floors could do to the human body." ~Sydney
What do you think Marcus and his group need Sydney's help with?
If you were put in Sydney's position, would you trust Marcus and want to break your tattoo or would you stick to your beliefs in the Alchemists?
What were you thoughts on Sydney letting Adrian use his Spirit magic on her, knowing her prejudices against magic and vampires?
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