Title: The Ruby Circle
Author: Richelle Mead
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy
Publisher: Penguin Group
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.
I will rate this book 4.75 stars… why? Because of the negative you’ll find later on this review; but, I can say that this is my favorite book of the series, very easy to read so it goes fast!
Now, where to start?
I feel Adrian really grew as a character: he managed to get his spirit under control (even if it wasn’t until the Epilogue that we learned this), to take on a new and huge responsibility, seek and accepted Dimitri as a friend putting their differences aside… I think his only slip up is that he couldn’t control his spirit on time to save one more life.
Sydney is still Sydney, calculating, disciplined and composed. I’ve read so many comments that “she had so much future ahead of her…” and “why did the author force this upon her…” but I think SHE MADE HER CHOICE, she decided, with her husband I might add, to give up her dreams to give a chance to someone who needed them and, in the end, managed to work it all out; of course it was harder than them being on their own, but not choosing the easy way out was brave and generous, it was human, some of the humanity we’ve lost just thinking about what’s best for ourselves. And that is what I loved about this book, and why it is my favorite; called me old fashioned but I still think humans need more generosity and tolerance.
Which brings me to Jill and Eddie; at first Eddie didn’t think a dhampir is worthy of a moroi, let alone a royal moroi. And in the end they both realize that they need to fight together for what they want, the differences they see are not obstacles to their relationship if and only if they forget their prejudices and fight together. Again, tolerance goes a long way.
Rose and Dimitri are such good friends to Adrian and Sydney, they supported them in their moment of need even though they didn’t know what was going on. The way the world is going, friendship like that is really rare, there are always vested interests or that human need of taking the easy way out if the hard one may hurt us even a little bit. They just aren’t like that, they are both generous, kind and brave, and we need role models like that.
Zoe Sage, I disliked her so much on the previous books but she also went a log way and redeemed herself in the end even wanting to do her part to make the Alchemists better as Sydney did.
For me the negative was that some resolutions happened too fast, there were questions I wanted answered like: WTH with Neil and Olive? How did that happened? How did Olive took over the dreams? How exactly it is that spirit restores strigoi? etc.
In conclusion, I loved this book because of the humanity it presents.