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.
“You’re a terrible liar, boy!”
“Is he right?” I asked quietly, once we’d put some distance between the guest cabin and us.
“That I’m a terrible liar? No. I’m a fantastic liar.”
What an end to this series. The end makes up for absolutely everything bad I’ve said about these books. I love this entire series so much more than Vampire Academy, but the end is where I truly decided I love everything about this series. It all came together in the end, and I want to squee so much over this relationship.
The Ruby Circle (of which I have no idea who or what the ruby circle actually refers to, come to think of it), takes place about a month after the end of Silver Shadows. A month is a lot of time for something to go wrong when a person is missing, kidnapped by who knows what for who knows why. Poor fucking Jill, amiright? Just let her be with whoever took her while nothing happens, I guess.
I was happy that the book was actually mostly focused, though. With the way the series has gone so far, I was afraid we’d continue on with the tendency to do a whole bunch of nothing most of the book before having a grand finish. Yet, everything is really focused on getting Jill back, except for one small side quest that sets up the best ending I could hope for. I’m just happy at the pacing and progression of this finale. It was also finally the proper length these books should have been, the previous ones were just way too long for the amount of content they had.
The best part of this one was Sydney and Adrian, as always. They’re making a life together throughout the book. It makes me so, so happy. After all the hell of the last book, after all the guilt Sydney had to go through to get to this point…it makes everything worth it. I’m so, so delighted with this book and the direction it took. I really needed it.
The Ruby Circle is a great end to the series. I’ll admit that everything lines up a bit too easy for everyone and it is a bit heavy on the coincidence. Yet, everything feels wrapped up at the end. I didn’t get that feeling at the end of Vampire Academy, and I heard that Richelle Mead wants to write another series in this world, so I was super worried about the end. But nope, I’m happy with it.
This was a long series, it had its ups and downs. Yet in the end, it carried through with what it promised in the beginning. I enjoyed this so much more than the original series this is based off of it is no contest. I am definitely happy I finally read this.
To read more reviews for this series, check out the Bloodlines series page!