Series: Bloodlines #6
Published by Penguin Australia on February 10, 2015
Genres: Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
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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.
Contains spoilers for the previous books in the series.
What a fun ending to the Bloodlines series! It was a wonderfully fitting ending for our favourite vampire/alchemist couple and the cast of our beloved moroi and dhampir characters.
I’m so proud of how far Sydney and Adrian have come since the very beginning. Sydney has opened up so much to the vampire community and has an awesome command of magic at her fingertips. Adrian continues to battle against the lure of spirit and Queen Tatiana in his head and balanced out his mood swings. The love they have for each other burns bright, keeps them going and strengthens the wonderful people they have become over the course of the series, and The Ruby Circle further highlights that. I kind of expected more romance though, especially after The Fiery Heart, but there was a lot happening throughout the book.
“My wife, ladies and gentlemen. Beauty, brains, and now brawn.” – Adrian
The whole book is underpinned by two major plot arcs – their journey to find Jill following her capture at the end of Silver Shadows, as well as Olive who is preventing herself from being tracked by her spirit using sister Nina. Rose and Dimitri are will heavily feature in the book, but it was refreshing to see Adrian and Sydney holding on their own and kick ass, instead of leaving it up to the dhampirs to find Jill and Olive. I did feel both of these quests were resolved a little too quickly and conveniently though, especially Jill’s capture! It pretty much gets blown over in the last 50 pages and they were in and out.
There were some incredible twists I didn’t see coming – deaths, revelations and an epic finale for the group. I was really satisfied with the epilogue, which didn’t leave any unanswered questions (except for a certain couple) and was the perfect ending for Sydrian.
“I told you before, we’re the center,” she said. “And the center will hold.”
Although this is the last we’ll see of the Vampire Academy cast for a while, I’m kind of relieved it’s over because there wasn’t any further the characters could go. The Sydney we met in Bloodlines was uptight, close-minded and snobby and she’s gone through immense character development since she started getting to know Adrian. Adrian has settled his moody, spirit induced self into someone who is well balanced, can stand on his own and who has found his match. I found like they were cemented as these strong characters by the 3rd or 4th book though.
While The Ruby Circle was a fun and entertaining romp for Sydney, Adrian and the rest of the cast, I felt the finale was kind of lackluster with a quick resolution. The ending was satisfying and bittersweet, as we’re left to wonder about the fate of the young characters. Although I was skeptical about picking this series up at the start, I’m glad I did because it offered a brilliant follow-up to Vampire Academy. Another job well done to Richelle Mead and I can’t wait to see what’s next!
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Thank you to Penguin Australia for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review!