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The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead

Goodreads: 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.

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Jaclyn Terwilliger shows up at the Moroi court with a box that arrived at her house for Sydney. Inside that box are clues to get to Jill. Sydney sneaks out of the court, leaving Adrian behind to cover for her, and goes off on a magical scavenger hunt to find Jill.

While Sydney is following all the clues with Jaclyn and Eddie, Sonya tells Adrian that Nina needs help, that she’s using too much Spirit by trying to get ahold of Olive through a dream. Adrian goes to Nina and agrees to help her if she helps him get out of court to help Sydney.

Shortly after Adrian and Sydney reunite, Adrian does one last Spirit Dream with Nina to find Olive and finds out that Olive is pregnant.

After that, the gang meets up with Rose and Dimitri, they find Olive, then follow more clues and risk their lives to save Jill.

It was a bit hard for me to get into this at first, the first 100 pages or so were kinda slow for me. After that it was like Richelle Mead was trying to rush and finish things. Everything went by so fast, and a lot of the problems were solved too easily. It was enjoyable though, especially after the previous book Silver Shadows.

Judging by how this ended, there will be another spinoff series in the Vampire Academy/Bloodlines world in the near future. There’s still a lot of things left unanswered, like Sonya’s experiments with Spirit and that whole thing that happens to dhampirs who were once strigoi… and other stuff that’s spoilery…  Like who the father of Olive’s baby is, and what the Alchemists are going to do now. Ah! I need more books!

Man, do I wish the Vampire Academy movie did the books justice. I demand a book to movie or tv series adaptation that stays true to the books.

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One thought on “The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead

  1. First off, I always enjoy your posts, even though I don’t always comment. 🙂

    Yeah, I agree with your assessment – it was slowly paced at the beginning and then rushed near the end. I went to a signing in Vegas and actually got some insights you might find interesting from the Q&A. She wrote this one over the course of a pregnancy and handling a newborn, and in her words “it’s a miracle it got written at all”. I think that might be why it wasn’t quite up to the caliber of her other work (especially Silver Shadows which totally knocked my socks off). She said she left it open on purpose so that she could go back to it eventually if she wanted to, but is going to take a much-needed break from the world.

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