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.Hardcover, 348 pagesPublished February 10th 2015 by Razorbill
Five stars! A bittersweet ending that will satisfy all fans of the series.
Even though Adrian and Sydney are thrilled to finally be together, it comes with a hefty price. The pair finds themselves sequestered away at Court under the Queen's protection, away from the alchemists. Jill is still missing and there are no firm leads on her whereabouts. That is until Sydney receives a visit from an old friend. Soon Sydney finds herself sneaking out of Court to help find Jill. The stakes are higher than ever. Can Sydney help find Jill and secure her future with Adrian?
What I Loved:
- An ending to a beloved series is always bittersweet. On one hand, I am always excited to get all the answers I have been seeking, but on the other, it is so darn hard to let go of the characters I have grown to love. That is exactly what happened with The Ruby Circle. I was happy to see all the ongoing story lines from the series conclude, and I was pleased with the outcomes, but I struggle with saying goodbye. If you are a fan of this series, this book is the best of the bunch. Satisfying and bittersweet.
- What has made this series is the strong cast of characters. While the story has centered around Sydney and Adrian and their growth and romance, it was made even better by the additional characters. In this one, almost every character who has played a role in the series makes and appearance. So if you have a favorite secondary character, you won't be disappointed. I was excited that Rose and Dimitri played larger roles in this finale. I adore the characters in this series, and I am so sad to let them go.
- The romance continues to grow and mature. While it seemed that things were reaching toward the happily ever after point after Silver Shadows, the couple still had some hurdles to overcome. I loved seeing them work through their romantic problems with maturity and understanding. I can't tell you how much I loved the romance in this series. It took a long time to develop and mature, and when it unfolded it was perfect.
- There is a lot going on in this book, and I am glad that I did a binge read of books two through five last spring and summer because everything was fresh in my mind. Ms. Mead is an amazing story teller. I always appreciate the way she spends the first couple of books carefully spinning her story threads, and then by the end of the series, everything comes together perfectly. I loved seeing all the story lines draw to a conclusion, and I was pleased overall with the resolutions. I was also surprised by a couple of fun little twists. Overall this series was brilliantly written and executed.
- The ending was satisfying and bittersweet. I won't go into details, but I was left happy, hopeful and sad that it was over. I have my fingers crossed that perhaps down the line we might yet see another spin off series. A new character was introduced in this one with some special abilities, and I would love to catch up with this person down line the road all grown up.
- I listened to the audio version of this book, and I can say that the audio books have gotten better and better with each installment. I think they really took off with book four, The Fiery Heart, when Alden Ford was brought on board to do the male voices. I love the audio books and I highly recommend them.
And The Not So Much:
- As I mentioned, there are a couple of surprising little revelations in this one that caught me completely off guard. I loved the twists, but I was a bit disappointed that two of them weren't expanded upon in greater detail. I would have loved more information on Dimitri's father, and I also would love to know more about that deal someone close to Sydney struck with the Warriors of Light, especially the why and how. I would also like to know a bit more about Marcus' romance.
- This is a rather busy book with a lot of story lines and characters coming in and out. I was a bit disappointed that some of the characters just disappeared and I didn't hear from them again. Not a big deal, but I was left wondering.
- My only niggle with the audiobook versions is that I don't like that during Sydney's chapters Emily does all the male voices and during Adrian's chapters Ford impersonates the girls. IT would have been so much better if each narrator did all the voices throughout.
The Ruby Circle is a strong, satisfying and bittersweet conclusion to what has become one of my all time favorite series. If you are a fan of this series, you must read this one right away. I thought it was brilliantly written and well executed. My biggest complaint is that I don't want to say goodbye. Thanks Richelle Mead for a terrific journey!
I purchased a copy of this book. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.