Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier

Sapphire Blue is the second installment in the Ruby Red trilogy about a time-traveling young lady living in London. The story is full of secrets, action, and intrigue. This review will contain spoilers for Ruby Red!

Sapphire Blue picks up right where Ruby Red left off, with Gwen and Gideon in a church having just returned from the past and about to share their first kiss (*dreamy sigh*). They are interrupted by the ghost of a gargoyle that only Gwen can see. As they return to the Temple–headquarters of the time-traveling secret society–Gideon and Gwen decide not to tell the whole truth about what happened to them in the past, although they do mention that they ran into Lucy and Paul. Lucy is a relative of Gwen, and she and Paul stole the chronograph (the machine used to travel through time) so the Count (leader of the secret society, alive in the 1800’s) could not close the circle of all twelve time travelers. No one knows why Lucy and Paul would not want the circle to close, but Gwen is determined to find out, with the help of her best friend Lesley and her new gargoyle friend.

Once again in this novel it seems like no one is telling Gwen anything. Everyone is keeping secrets from her–many of the other people in the secret society still think she might be an outlaw, trying to help Lucy and Paul. The reader really emphasizes with Gwen’s frustration, since we don’t know any more than she does. Even more frustrating for Gwen is her relationship with Gideon. One moment he is kissing her, the next he is ignoring her, or acting distinctly unfriendly to her, with no explanation. Gwen goes from being heartbroken, to happy, and back again over and over.

I love these books, they are beautifully written. In this particular book, I thought Gier did a great job balancing the plot, action, and love story. The plot was definitely the most important part, with some small fight scenes to keep the action exciting. The love story was secondary, but still interesting without making me want to puke. I especially enjoyed the part at the soiree. Of course I am rooting for Gwen and Gideon to get together in the end, but there seems to be so much in their way, with secrets being kept by everyone, and everyone manipulating everyone else. Several times during the novel I wanted to draw a family tree, and more importantly, my own personal time line so I could follow along with all the skipping around in time. This probably could have gotten annoying, but then, I decided to just not get so worked up about the dates and just enjoyed what was happening. Naturally, there was another cliffhanger-ish (and I say “ish” because it wasn’t the worst suspenseful ending I have ever read) ending, and I wanted to cry when I saw the conclusion, Emerald Green, won’t be published until Fall of 2013.

Favorite line: “Oh, I’m sorry, really! [said Gwen] You can say what you like about Charlotte, but I’m sure she would never even have sniffed that punch!”
“You’re right,” said Gideon, and suddenly he smiled. “Although then those people  would have never have heard Andrew Lloyd Webber two hundred years ahead of time, and that would have been a real pity.”

Happy reading,

-Branwen

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One response to “Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier

  1. Oh, this makes me remember all the wonderful things about these books. The middle book was my favorite (that’s kind of thing with me for some unfathomable reason) because – like you said – the author finds her balance between suspense, romance, comedy, and character.
    I look forward to reading your impressions of the final volume. A little consolation for having to wait until 2013: it’s the longes of the three novels. 😉

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