Review: The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead

This review will contain spoilers for both the Vampire academy series as well as all prior books in the Bloodlines series. Reviews for these can be found here.

The Ruby Circle is the sixth and last book in Richelle Mead’s Bloodlines series, and it was published in 2015. It’s set a few months after Silver Shadows – Sydney and Adrian are at the Moroi court, they’re married, and they’ve found out that Jill has been kidnapped. The official synopsis:

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.

The Ruby Circle made me cry when I read it. Not because it’s inherently sad, just because I love the characters a lot, and i didn’t want to say goodbye to them. This is nice way for Mead to wrap it all up, she manages to actually wrap up all the plot points, while still letting it be open enough for a possible return to the universe.

Although I do love this book I will say that it is rather short. I say this not just because I would have loved more content about these characters, but also because parts of the plot seem forced, and a little bit rushed.

Once again the lore of the witches is explored a lot in this book, and we get insight into some of the more dark attributes of some of the witches. It’s interesting to get to see how far some of the non-coven witches are willing to go, especially since we previously have only really read about the witches of Sydney’s coven.

The lore surrounding the strigoi resurrections is also explored a lot, and a lot of new information on the topic is revealed. It’s interesting to read about things that don’t actually benefit or effect Sydney and Adrian directly while still affecting those they care about.

The information we get about strigoi resurrections is also part of why I would love to see Mead explore the universe some more. There is a lot of room for her to play around and experiment with all this vampire, vampire hunter, alchemist witch lore she has created, and I for one would love to see her return to it.

The Ruby Circle is a little bit rushed, but for the most part it’s a great ending to a great series. It explores the lore of the series without leaving anything too open for it not to actually end the series well.



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