Author: Kerstin Gier
Provided Synopsis: Gwen’s life has been a rollercoaster since she discovered she was the Ruby, the final member of the secret time-traveling Circle of Twelve. In between searching through history for the other time-travelers and asking for a bit of their blood (gross!), she’s been trying to figure out what all the mysteries and prophecies surrounding the Circle really mean.
At least Gwen has plenty of help. Her best friend Lesley follows every lead diligently on the Internet. James the ghost teaches Gwen how to fit in at an eighteenth century party. And Xemerius, the gargoyle demon who has been following Gwen since he caught her kissing Gideon in a church, offers advice on everything. Oh, yes. And of course there is Gideon, the Diamond. One minute he’s very warm indeed; the next he’s freezing cold. Gwen’s not sure what’s going on there, but she’s pretty much destined to find out.
Review: I guess I need to say that this series is addictive. As soon as I finished Ruby Red I was compelled to begin Sapphire Blue; I completed the latter book in a day.
What makes this book something that I can not put down is the characters. At the end of the day I really enjoy conversations between Gwyneth and Lesley, or the commentary provided by ghosts Gwyneth can see due to a special ability, or the interactions between Gwyneth and Gideon. The characters and dialogue are what made this book, since in retrospect there was less of the further journey down the road to discovery than I had expected to receive. I wanted a lot more answers than what I got; I wanted Gwyneth to learn more during the many short trips she takes into the past, and to lament less on Gideon’s mood swings. Also, many of the plot twists that I assume the author intended to be a surprise could be determined from a mile away.
Since chess pieces were still being moved around so much in Sapphire Blue, I go into the final book of the series with the hope of big action and resolution. The epilogue intrigued me and set the stakes for a great conclusion, so I’ll give it credit for that.