As you may remember from my review of Ruby Red, the first book in the Edelstein Trilogie (which can be found here), I can’t get enough of the covers on these books. What’s more, not only are the covers stunning, but so is the writing. Gier did a wonderful job at crafting a complex story that spans multiple time periods and included interesting characters. The cliffhanger at the end of Ruby Red nearly did me in. Luckily for me Sapphire Blue was already available to read, making my depression short lived.
Plot from Goodreads: 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.
When I started reading Sapphire Blue I didn’t think this series could get any more epic, but upon finishing this book I think it totally blew Ruby Red out of the water! Gideon and Gwen are thrust into a dual-sided battle of words as they try to decipher who is telling them the truth about the power the chronograph will unleash. Sapphire Blue gives a little more depth into each side’s reasoning behind their belief in what the power is, but left just enough mystery to make reading Emerald Green a no-brainer.
As I suspected, Sapphire Blue delved deeper into Gwen’s mind and her ever growing/changing feelings for Gideon. The lack of over-the-top intricacies on the “how-to” of time traveling allows the reader to be impressed with other elements Gier presents. The comedy of Gier’s writing truly shines in this second installment, as Gwen is given a crash course in Georgian history. Her study of the culture and customs is rife with humorous moments, most especially her dance lessons. I didn’t think it could get any funnier, but then she’s actually transported back to 1782 and winds up getting drunk on punch. I became so endeared to Gwen as she struggled to do her best while dealing with the turmoil of discovering that she was a time traveler and confusion over her feelings for Gideon.
In all, if you’re still on the fence about reading the Edelstein Trilogie, take it from me that both of the books have been a delight, and it is definitely worth your while to pick up a copy of both. Just like Ruby Red, Sapphire Blue left me on the edge of my seat, and it looks like I’ll have to wait until October, when Emerald Green, the third book in the trilogy, will come out. Until then, we’ll have to find a way to occupy ourselves and not think of this incredible cliffhanger! So, if you haven’t already, go out and read this book!
5 out of 5 Stars
This is my fifth completed review for the Color Coded Challenge
Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier
Henry Holt and Co (2012)
Hardcover: 368 pages