The Ruby Circle
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.
The Ruby Circle is the final instalment in Richelle Mead’s best selling Bloodlines series. This series feels like a rollercoaster I am not quite ready to get off of. Nevertheless, the beauty about books is you can always dust them off and reread them.
The book is centered around two protagonists, Adrian and Sydney Ivashkov. In the last novel Sydney and Adrian attempted a dangerous mission to spring Sydney from re-education, which led to them fleeing from the Alchemists. Sydney’s ticket into Moroi court and the safety it offered was through a hasty wedding ceremony in Las Vegas while on the cusp of being kidnapped by Alchemists. Breaking one of the oldest taboos and rocking the foundation of both Moroi and Alchemist beliefs. To put it lightly, Sydney and Adrian were not exactly welcomed with open arms back into the fold of the Royal Moroi court.
This last novel of the series while probably the shortest is fast paced and unrelenting in its plot twists. With Jill missing, all our favourite characters are desperately searching for her. Surprisingly, event though the point of view was split, I felt that most of the novel was in Adrian’s point of view, mainly because he had the most internal struggles. Dealing with spirit and its side effects was brought up a notch because in their distressed searching medical help was needed via spirit. More so, Adrian in his attempts to help another spirit user and battle against a dangerous enemy exhausted his magic and almost caused him to lose himself.
Furthermore, Adrian and Sydney both struggle a little with their relationship, coming to terms with what they will have to give up in order to make their marriage work takes a toll on them. However, this is all pushed to the back of their minds when confronted with a fast paced series of events to rescue Jill.
Many old characters and plot lines come into play during this instalment. Also did anyone else miss our favourite dangerous Dhamphir duo? Rose and Dimitri are always a force to be reckoned with, so I felt a little safer knowing Adrian and Sydney were using guardians for backup. For all their strengths Adrian and Sydney are not fighters in the traditional sense, they have no physical prowess in combat. And while this has never been an issue beforehand, because they both make up for their lack of battle skills in other areas, it is strange how excluded you feel from the heart of confrontations when you take out the fighting.
It was bittersweet, I am at once both thrilled and crestfallen in the aftermath of this novel, but I am in no way disappointed. Also I feel I should warn you the epilogue was so sickeningly sweet and adorably domestic it might cause uncontrollable squealing or giggling. I cannot wait to see what Richelle Mead comes up with next.