The epic conclusion to Richelle Mead’s New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series is finally here…
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.
After their secret romance is exposed, Sydney and Adrian find themselves facing the wrath of both the Alchemists and the Moroi in this electrifying conclusion to Richelle Mead’s New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series. When the life of someone they both love is put on the line, Sydney risks everything to hunt down a deadly former nemesis. Meanwhile, Adrian becomes enmeshed in a puzzle that could hold the key to a shocking secret about spirit magic, a secret that could shake the entire Moroi world.
If you recall, last year, I finally succumbed to peer pressure and binge-read the Vampire Academy series. But not ready to give up that world, I moved on to binge read The Bloodlines series. What I’m saying here is that these books are bingeable, I guess, and I was pretty psyched for a new one to come my way.
Quick note: The Ruby Circle is the 6th in a series, so this review contains definite spoilers for books 1-5. If you’re not cool with that, well… I’d turn back if I were you!
There were many questions for Richelle Mead to answer in The Ruby Circle. Would the center hold? Would we ever find out who Dimka’s padre is? Could two crazy kids who just happen to also be a vampire and a witch née Alchemist make a marriage work? Where the eff is Jill and why is vampire government as slow-moving to change as our actual government?
Right, so yes, a little recap: Adrian (aforementioned vampire) and Sydney (aforementioned witch née Alchemist) are in lurrrrve, and have consummated said lurrrrve but this is… not exactly agreeable to the Alchemist society that raised her. So, naturally, said society tries to “reeducate” in a pretty chilling facility. She’s rescued and Adrian decides that the best way to protect her is…
And just when they think they have everything worked out, the universe– or someone, anyway– throws them a curveball. Jill, the Moroi vampire princess and person who, because of a stupid law, needs to be in working order for the current Moroi queen to keep her throne, is kidnapped.
The bulk of the storyline in The Ruby Circle deals with the mystery of Jill. She’s their friend and they’re going to find her. I enjoyed everyone getting to be a little smart and bad-ass in this rescue mission and the solving of this mystery, including our old favorite bad-asses, Rose and Dimitri. I also quite enjoyed a couple of ~revelations about them.
But another common theme: Sydrian and their relationship. Their fears over whether or not they can work long-term, when often it seems like the universe conspires against them, or, in Adrian’s case, with his Spirit abilities, it sometimes seems like they work against themselves. But while they worry about how to manage that obstacle, it was refreshing that neither of them doubted the love at the root of the ‘ship.
One thing I have noticed before about Richelle Mead’s writing and something that I quite admire: she doesn’t mess around on plot. Every now and then it almost seemed like the plot of The Ruby Circle could become a little meandering and it’s as though Mead went “well, that won’t do” and mixed it up, making for a plot that keeps moving. Often, these plot moves and changes in direction are done simply. Sometimes, it was just this side of too easy, but as a reader, Mead has me trusting enough to take the ride and willfully suspend my skepticism.
Okay, and now we talk a major spoiler, SO:
To sum up: I enjoyed the Ruby Circle, but it’s not my favorite in the series. Still, I definitely hope to see more of this world and get further glimpses of the characters I have come to love.
The center held, and the circle closed. But only for now, I hope.