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Review: The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead


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.

Their forbidden romance exposed, Sydney and Adrian find themselves facing the wrath of both the Alchemists and the Moroi in this electrifying conclusion to Richelle Mead’s 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, she and 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 and alter their lives forever.

Don’t miss their unforgettable final chapter…


I gave The Ruby Circle three stars, not because I found a lot wrong with the book. In fact, the book itself is a pretty solid book and would have served better as a filler. It’s probably the first time the changing point of view from Adrian and Sydney didn’t drive me completely nuts. However, I must admit, there were times that I wish Richelle would have focuse more on one of them rather the other (just in keeping their current storyline more interesting.)

While on the whole, this was a decent book, that’s all it was. This was supposed to be the final book for the Bloodlines series and it wasn’t a very strong ending.

Beware spoilers below:

For one, much like with Lissa returning Dimitri from being Strigoi in The Vampire Academy series, The Ruby Circle has a miracle occur in it. Every book of The Vampire Academy series mentions a dhampirs inability to reproduce with another dhampir. However, in this installment, we find that Nina ran away from court because she became pregnant with Neil’s baby. This miracle baby can serve in aiding a permanent cure for Strigoi, but also help dhampirs such as Rose and Dimitri raise their own families (should they ever decide to.) In a sense, this is helping to set up for Richelle to come out with another spin off. Perhaps one geared more towards Jill?

Another thing that weakens the book is the entire storyline is based around trying to find Jill (with the exception of the Nina sidetrack, which was really misplaced.) This is not a bad plot, except its conclusion is so anticlimactic that you once again find yourself going, “Really? Is that all?” In fact, it mirrors Sydney’s rescue in the previous book.

Will I read the next installment to the Vampire Academy world, should Richelle decide to write another one? I can honestly say, I probably will. The truth is, my issues with Bloodlines lie in the fact I never felt as invested or interested in Sydney as I did with Rose. Perhaps returning to more of the vampire side of the world would help in a future series. Especially since, let’s face it. Despite a few year having passed since he beginning of The Vampire Academy and the end of The Ruby Circle, there are still several loose ends that could feed into a new, interesting series.


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About Kristine

As an aspiring author, avid bookworm, fitness fanatic and dedicated mother, there just aren't enough hours in the day. I write or post about things I'm passionate about and spend my time trying to make the most of every day. Life may be a tough journey, but I have my ruby red slippers and am content on skipping along this yellow brick road until the end of the line.

One comment on “Review: The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead

  1. I agree with you! While I’m happy that Rose and Dimitri can now have a baby, I didn’t exactly like the book. As you say, Jill rescue was anticlimactic. Richelle built it up only to say, “here you go, folks! That’s all I’m giving you!” Also, I felt as though Richelle had totally changed Sydney’s personality, when compared to the first two books. Disappointed but hoping for more from Richelle in the future.

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