Narrator: Alden Ford, Emily Shaffer
Series: Bloodlines #6
Published by Listening Library, Razorbill on February 10, 2014
Genres: Romantic, Young Adult
Length: 10 hours, 9 minutes
Source: Personal Copy
Sexual Content: Kissing, and a few non-descriptive sex scenes
Reviewed by: James
The epic conclusion to Richelle Mead's New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series is finally here...
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.
After their secret romance is exposed, Sydney and Adrian find themselves facing the wrath of both the Alchemists and the Moroi in this electrifying conclusion to Richelle Mead’s New York Times 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, 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.
The Bloodlines series is one of my favorite young adults series right now. So I spent the past week relistening to the whole Bloodlines series, and I was surprised to see just how many loose ends and subplots Mead had left to tie up in the final and shortest book of the series. As a result, I started THE RUBY CIRCLE with high hopes, but ready to be disappointed. The story did feel a little rushed at points, and my main complaint about the book is its size. I would’ve liked to see a few things fleshed out more, but Mead still did an amazing job and I wasn’t disappointed.
One of my favorite things about THE RUBY CIRCLE was getting to see so many characters from both the Bloodlines series and the Vampire Academy series working together. The previous books in the series have had cameo appearances and even minor roles played by a few of these characters, but in THE RUBY CIRCLE Sydney and Adrian are surrounded by everyone as they all search for Jill. Well, almost everyone, I was sad that we didn’t get to see much of Angelinne, and though they were never major characters I missed Rowena and Cassie too.
I was worried that since Sydney and Adrian got married in SILVER SHADOWS there wouldn’t be much character progression in their relationship, but I was wrong. Sydney and Adrian still had a lot of growing to do, and I loved watching their relationship mature in their marriage.
In the end, THE RUBY CIRCLE is a great book. Mead wrapped up almost all of the loose ends from the previous books in the Bloodlines series and even a few from the Vampire Academy series. THE RUBY CIRCLE brought the story and the series to an amazing conclusion!
On the Audiobook: Not many narrators can pull of working together well, but Emily Shaffer and Alden Ford have done an amazing job on the Bloodlines series. THE RUBY CIRCLE switches between Sydney’s and Adrian’s viewpoint just as the previous two books did, and Emily narrates Sydney’s chapters while Alden narrates Adrian’s. When this was first done in the fourth book I was worried that it would throw me off, but Emily and Alden did an amazing job creating very similar voices for all the characters. I never had a problem with the switching narrators, and I really felt they improved the listening experience.Series Titles:
- Bloodlines - 4/5
- The Golden Lily
- The Indigo Spell
- The Fiery Heart - 5/5
- Silver Shadows - 4/5
- The Ruby Circle
- For more books by this author, try the Vampire Academy series.
- For more YA books with vampires, try the House of Night series.