Monday 23 February 2015

The Ruby Circle, Richelle Mead

Pages: 348
Publisher: Penguin
Release Date: 10th February 2015
Edition: UK paperback, purchased

They will be tested...

Their forbidden romance exposed, Alchemist Sydney and royal Moroi vampire Adrian find themselves facing the wrath of both their kind.

When the life is something 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 vampire world and alter his and Sydney’s lives forever.

I know that the end had to come eventually so it was so good to see out this world and these characters with a finale like The Ruby Circle. Brilliant!

When we left Sydney and Adrian at the end of Silver Shadows they had married in Vegan and fled to Court, begging Lissa to give them protection from the Alchemists. A month later and their hiding is starting to affect them. Sydney and Adrian have been a strong couple, with even stronger personalities from the very start so it wasn’t a surprise to see them buckling under the pressure a little. Their bickering over Adrian’s use of spirit, Sydney is folding under the lack of freedom and they’re both going mad that they can’t help searching for Jill. I really liked that development f their relationship; I think it made it stronger and so much more authentic, as well as confirming my belief that actually, they really are going to make this work in the long run. It was reassuring.

But, of course, they don’t stay put for long. After a surprise visit and a very interesting use of magic, they are separated once again and the search for Jill has been pushed up to 11 – they have a lead. It was good to see Sydney back to her full strength and using her magic again after the horrors of re-education in Silver Shadows. She is an incredible heroine; I can’t believe I ever thought she wouldn’t be as wonderful to read about as Rose!

Speaking of Rose, it was lovely to have her and Dimitri more centrally in the plot for the final (as far as we know) glimpse into this world. They’re still happy together and working miracles as Guardians, thankfully. I was also very shocked, but pleased, that we learned a little more about Dimitri in The Ruby Circle - linking this book back to the first Vampire Academy book. Lovely. And then something was revealed that shook the whole gang to the core. Something completely impossible; it’s a fantastic twist on the lore and mythology that we learnt about at the very beginning as well. All I can think now, however, is all the possibilities for new stories it opens up! I’m not really ready to leave this world and Sydney, Adrian, Rose, Dimitri, Jill and Eddie behind. I still want more!

It was lovely to see everyone get their happy ending though, and I know there’ll likely be comments about the cutesy happy ending, but frankly dear, I don’t give a damn. It was perfect.



  1. Richelle Meade is one of my favourite authors, so I'm super excited to read this! (My to read list is so long right now, I can barely keep up aha.)

    I'm really happy that there's a lot more Rose and Dimitri in this book, and even more excited over the links back to VA.

    I'll be really sad to see this series end, but I'm glad to hear that it ends on a high-note for everyone. :)

    Great review, thanks so much for posting it!

    Shaunna @ Books Over Bros

  2. I don't know. Your review makes me question my decision to give up the series...


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