Translated from the German by Anthea Bell
Henry Holt and Company, 2013
This is the final book in Gier’s Ruby Red Trilogy. As with the 2nd book, Sapphire Blue, this book picks up where Blue left off. Gwen continues to search for the truth of the Guardians and what will happen when the Circle is closed on the chronograph. Her romance with Gideon intensifies and she finds out more than one secret about herself that transforms her life – even more so than finding out she is a Time Traveler.
- Gwenyth, the Ruby Time Traveler with Raven magic. Anything else I say might give a clue to what her secrets are and I hate to give out spoilers.
- Gideon, the Diamond Time Traveler and sometime love of Gwenyth. They have an on-again/off-again relationship that finally comes to a decent conclusion
- Leslie, Gwen’s best friend and confidant, supporter and the one who slaps Gwen upside the face when she wallows in self-pity for too long (she doesn’t literally slap her)
- Xermerius – demon ghost of a gargoyle who has been attached to Gwen since her trip with Gideon where they landed in a church trying to escape from murderers; Xermerius has a secret of his own to reveal and it comes in very handy on the very last page of the book!
- Whitman, a teacher from Gwen’s school, also a Guardian and a pain in the neck, and a major secret holder
- Count Saint Germain, the founder of the Guardians and ruthless time traveler from the past who somehow forces the Guardians of the present to do what he wants, also a major secret holder
All of the characters from the first two books return as well.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, in fact I read it in one sitting this past Sunday afternoon, although I did have to go back and read the ending again the next day. I tend to do that – read the end of a book so fast because “I want to know” that I miss things that are often important (like when I read the last chapters of Mockingjay, I actually missed what happened to Katniss’ sister because I was reading so fast).
Anyway, Emerald Green answers all the questions of the first two books plus a whole lot more. I could have done without Gwen’s sappiness over Gideon for much of the time; and I think a 17-year-old girl and a 19-year-old boy are just way too young to decide to spend forever with each other.
As a whole story, the Ruby Red Trilogy is fun, fast-paced and easy reading. If I was going on a trip and needed something to distract me without weighing me down it would be these books.
Rating: 4 paws for Emerald Green (for all the really cool secrets that are revealed) and 3 paws for the Ruby Red Trilogy (just because they are fun to read).
Rufus is savoring the Woman’s Book of Confidence, and whatever Agnes and BobbieSue are up to is a mystery to all of us.
The book covers above are from Macadam.
Thank you to the Virginia Beach Public Library for loaning me the copies!