Bloodlines #6: The Ruby Circle – Richelle Mead

While I still very much prefer the Vampire Academy series over Bloodlines, it is still one of my favorite book series of all time. It’s so fascinating to see Richelle delve into a part of the vampire world that we haven’t seen before, introducing us to different kinds of forbidden romances and magic. For all Vampire Academy fans who are wary about reading it, DO IT. It is worth every page and you won’t regret it 🙂 

Warning! There will be spoilers!

The Ruby Circle

Published: February 10th, 2015

Page Count: 348

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…


5 stars  ★ ★ ★ ★

I think my love for this series – which includes The Ruby Circle – lets me overlook some of the things that were a tiny bit anticlimactic in this book. Some things were left open – which is always a promising sign, especially in regards to a third series in this beloved vampiric world *nudge nudge wink wink, Richelle ;)* but it did slightly leave me unsatisfied in some areas. However, although this book felt like it missed a bigger chunk to the storyline, it definitely made up for by revealing one of the biggest things in Moroi history. 

To be honest, even though I was left just a tiny bit disappointed at the end of the book, it still completely shook up my Vampire-Academy-centered world what we find out with the following revelation: dhampirs can have children with each other. 

BOOM, mind blown. 

This is yet another wonderful, magnificent thing that Richelle just flung onto us, casually expecting her devoted readers to deal with that without freaking out. Yeah, nuh-uh. Not gonna happen. 

This also proves that the couple month period after Dimitri was restored where he stopped himself from being with Rose was NOT coincidentally written by Richelle, but was actually done on purpose, BECAUSE ROSE COULD HAVE GOTTEN PREGNANT. 


I think the entire premise of Jill being kidnapped was exciting, especially in regards to Sydney getting those clues dropped from Alicia, and it was that nice that it somehow included the Warriors, but I still feel like a lot of open questions are still there, looming over us:

1. What happened to those Moroi who were a danger to Jill? 

2. What will happen to the Alchemists now? Will Zoe ever be free of her father? 

3. What about the Strigoi vaccine? 

4. Will Sydney and Adrian ever reveal Declan’s true nature? Is not making an anti-Strigoi vaccine important enough to reveal this big secret? Will Neil ever come back?

5. Will the Moroi finally get over their hang-up on using offensive magic?

Note: The quorum law change DID indeed pass. Richelle mentioned it herself in reply to one of my tweets, here.

The ending was slightly anticlimactic but I teared up whilst reading Neil’s goodbye letter and loved the epilogue. Sydney and Adrian finally get their happy ending together. Aaaaand, Rose and Dimitri get engaged!! Yay!

“Did you pick that out?” I asked Dimitri. Honestly, I would have expected him to bend a piece of steel with his bare hands and present her with that.”

Overall, I really enjoyed the Bloodlines series but besides the lovely conclusion on Sydney and Adrian’s ending and the big reveal with Olive’s child, I wouldn’t say this book was especially dramatic. Also, I just love seeing Sydney using her badass magic for herself. She and Adrian have finally found a place for themselves and it’s especially sweet that Eddie ends up being their guardian.

Adrian and Sydney’s love story will forever be treasured in my heart and is just so sweet to read about.

“I told you before, we’re the center,” she said. “And the center will hold.”

“Being with you is the best thing that’s ever happened to me, the one perfect decision I’ve made in a lifetime of fumbling and poor judgment. I’d go through it all again to be by your side. Never doubt that. Never doubt how I feel about you.” 

“Adrian,” she interrupted. “Didn’t you just say I’m brilliant and always know everything? Then trust me on this.” 

“Always,” I said, letting her pull me back down to her. “Always.”

Although it will never match up to the original Vampire Academy books for me, I still really recommend any fan of the original series to read them. They are fun, entertaining, exciting and definitely worth your time. 

I, on the other hand am dying for another series in this magical world, and while maybe not a lot of people might agree with this, I actually hope it will include Lissa’s point of view. I would love to read about her being queen. A dual POV book with Rose/Lissa would be a dream come true for me.

So, as of right now, I can only hope. 

Other Favorite Quotes: 

“I think a well-placed scar right about here” – he touched the side of his face – “could really accentuate my already-perfect cheekbones while adding a rugged touch of manliness to my features.”

“…though maybe it was just my natural-born immaturity that allowed me to relate to kids.”

“My wife, ladies and gentlemen. Beauty, brains, and now brawn.” 

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