Published in: 2015
Edition read: e-book
Series: Book 6, final book in the Bloodlines series
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.
This series peaked in book 4 and 5, and it’s all downhill from here. Reading this book, you can feel the wrap-up all throughout. Things are nicely finished off, ends are neatened, everything just gets a bit more convenient. It’s nice that the characters get this happening and all, but it leaves the book a bit underwhelming as a result.
Now that Sydney and Adrian are together and the world knows, their romance lacks the fun that it used to have (for the reader anyways). Now that Sydney is no longer an Alchemist, I find her kinda dull – I mean, she still kicks ass and has some serious skills as a witch, but there’s less excitement than there was in previous books. Even when hunting down Jill’s kidnapper and trying to rescue her, the story seemed less exciting than it would have been in an earlier book.
The only really exciting thing to happen was the birth of Declan and what he brings to the world, and I really wanted to explore that more. In fact, a series around that would be really great, but Declan was basically kept quiet for most of the story and just came in at the end to show Sydney and Adrian playing happy families, which was annoying. That was a serious storyline that could have been explored! That was honestly interesting and had so much potential! But no.
Even so, it was a good book to read, I was still pretty invested throughout and enjoyed reading about the characters and their shenanigans, and felt happy and sad at the ending.
The Ruby Circle rating: 8/10
Would I re-read it? Yes
Who would I recommend it to? Fans of the series and the author, paranormal romances, vampires, witches, young adult fiction.