Richelle Mead, author of the Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series, writes an exclusive blog for Booktopia: Everything Changes Now

by |October 14, 2013

Mega-bestselling author Richelle Mead writes exclusively for Booktopia about her new book The Fiery Heart.

The Fiery Heart is a book I’ve been waiting to write for a long time. Whenever I sit down and start a series, I know how it’s going to end, and I know what the big moments along the way will be. And The Fiery Heart? Well, it’s one of the big moments in the Bloodlines series. BIG. So many factors in the series have been building to this point, and the events in this book will in turn set the stage for the final two books, which are also going to have some pretty major twists.

I’ve never been a fan of predictable books or series, where you pretty much know how everything is going to turn out. My favourite books are the ones that pull the rug out from under me, that make me question everything and wonder how the characters can weather the storm. Now, do I always enjoy the discomfort and squirming that comes with watching my favorite characters go through ordeals? No, it’s torturous, and I definitely feel for my readers who have to ride those ups and downs. But when happy endings do come, I always feel like they’ve been earned if the characters had to fight for them. And I think a lot of my readers feel the same way (eventually).

A friend of mine recently read The Fiery Heart and said, “This is to Bloodlines what Shadow Kiss is to Vampire Academy. ” Readers panic when they hear that because they automatically assume it means tragedy. What it means, though, is that this is the center of the series, the part that really tests the characters, shows them what’s important, and helps them become who they’re destined to be—for themselves and each other.

Because that’s the other thing I love in books: characters who grow. I have no interest in characters who can’t learn or evolve. People who’ve read the Bloodlines series so far know that Sydney and Adrian both have gone through some major changes.

The twosome who started Bloodlines was different from the couple who ended The Indigo Spell. They’ve become stronger, deeper people, and they will find both themselves and their love tested. Consequently, readers will find that The Fiery Heart is a lot of different things. It’s at times deeply romantic and—dare I say it—hotter than its predecessor. At the same time, it’s a very dark book, examining tough issues like trust, tolerance, and mental health. It’s become one of my very favorite books that I’ve ever written, and I hope that readers will love it as much as I do and be excited to join in on this next stage of the journey with Sydney and Adrian.

Gran a copy of The Fiery Heart here

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Andrew Cattanach is a regular contributor to The Booktopia Blog. He has been shortlisted for The Age Short Story Prize and was named a finalist for the 2015 Young Bookseller of the Year Award. He enjoys reading, writing and sleeping, though finds it difficult to do them all at once.

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  • October 15, 2013 at 3:30 am

    Holy crow…well, I guess I should see this coming since Richelle spared us in the last book from the usual devastating earth-shattering plot twist that she likes to incorporate mid-way through a series. Anyway just wanted to say great piece…I think Richelle Mead is truly at the top of her game (in the YA crowd) when it comes to developing characters and I can’t wait to see what heartbreaks await us in the Fiery Heart!

  • October 15, 2013 at 3:31 am

    Holy crow…well, I guess I should see this coming since Richelle spared us in the last book from the usual devastating earth-shattering plot twist that she likes to incorporate mid-way through a series. Anyway just wanted to say great piece…I think Richelle Mead is truly at the top of her game (in the YA crowd) when it comes to developing characters and I can’t wait to see what heartbreaks await us in the Fiery Heart! Bracing myself!

  • VAfan

    October 15, 2013 at 8:14 am

    I don’t know what to expect but I’m just so exited because I know I’ll love it!

  • January 4, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    I love her books, but I really think that reiterating the same concept over and over ( literally still into book 5 about the bond) is draining..it makes us readers who want to know what happens skip ahead paragraphs and dread you are going to go into another lengthy description taht is explained in book one….if we dont know as readers we should look it up…keeping your readers should mean that the book moves quickly without so much repitition…anyway love th books but dread the repeated expalanations…

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