The Ruby Circle – book review

The Ruby Circle

The Ruby Circle is the final and unforgettable book in the Bloodlines series, written by Richelle Mead.

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist – a human who’s purpose is to protect vampire secrets and human lives. With their forbidden romance exposed, Sydney and Adrian find themselves facing terrible forces from both the Alchemists and the Moroi.

With the life of someone they love on the line, Sydney risks everything to hunt down a deadly former nemesis. She and Adrian find themselves tangled 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…


I still can’t believe this series is over. After six amazing books, and before that, another six fantastic books from the Vampire Academy series, I can’t help but feel a twinge of sadness when I think about how I’ve finally finished reading about these people I’ve grown to love. But that doesn’t mean I feel any less happy about how this series turned out and I will always have great memories from reading these books. Well, most of those memories will be me either crying my eyes out or screaming at the pages, but all the same. Great memories. And I definitely won’t be forgetting this book any time soon.

While I loved the plot and found this book incredibly grabbing, I wished I had more time with Sydney and Adrian together. My favourite parts of this series was the times where Sydney and Adrian were having their conversations or some of their sweet moments, and I felt like I didn’t have as much of that in this book that I would have liked. Nevertheless, I adored every minute I spent reading this book and I literally couldn’t put this book down. I’m not even kidding about that. I finished this book in less than a day because I refused to put it down, whether that was during classes, walking to places or even eating. Yes, it was one of those books.

I found it very easy to pick up this book, even though it had been about a year since I read the previous book in the series, Silver Shadows. Richelle Mead does a really great job of making these book flow really smoothly. I felt like I could easily remember what went on in all the other books in the series without any effort, which is something that is hard to do with some series.

There was only one thing that I felt could have been improved with this book. I felt like the ending was a tiny bit rushed. I don’t really know what I was expecting with the ending and don’t get me wrong, I’m really happy with the way things worked out, I just would have liked the ending drawn out a little more so I could just spend those last few moments with the characters I hold so dearly.

One of my favourite characters of all time is Adrian. He’s definitely one of my book boyfriends. As much as I loved Dimitri in Vampire Academy, I just loved Adrian so much more. He was flawed and complicated and sweet and completely devoted to Sydney. We’re all so lucky to have had so much time with Adrian, but I still wish I could have more time with him. Sydney was another character I’ve loved going on a journey with thought this series. I feel like both of these characters have grown so much from the beginning of Bloodlines up until now. Both Sydney and Adrian have become so fearless in so many ways and I’ve loved watching their personalities develop throughout this series.

I’m hesitant to say much more, because there’s not much you can really say with books like these – the sixth book in the series of a spin off of another series. Just know that I loved this book so much and I’m really looking forward to reading the things Richelle writes next. I’d give The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead a score of 9.5 out of 10. If any of you have read this book or are contemplating reading it, I’d love to know! I definitely recommend this series!

13 thoughts on “The Ruby Circle – book review

  1. I haven’t completed this spinoff yet. I finished The Indigo Spell about a little over a month ago, and needed a break before I marathon the next half of the Bloodlines series. I have heard from my fiends that the ending is rushed as well. But I’m so glad to hear that this is just as epic as I think it will be. Are you excited for Richelle Mead’s other release this year? It’s interesting that Soundless should be a standalone novel this time.

    • It was a little disappointing that the ending was rushed, but the rest of the book was amazing, so it made up for it. I’m so excited, I just really hope I love it as much as the Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series! I’m sure it will be fantastic though 🙂

  2. I’d have to totally agree with you! The ending felt way too sudden. Before I knew it I was in the last chapter and I just couldn’t deal with that. I could really just keep reading the series over and over, it’s just so good. Also Adrian 😀

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