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Publisher: Penguin ISBN: 978-0-141-33187-4 Pages: 479 Series: Vampire Academy #5 Type: Young Adult Paranormal Source: Purchased Goodreads
Rose has been outrunning death since she swore to protect her best friend Lissa
and has now returned to St. Vladimir's after failing in her quest in Russia.
Refocused on placing Lissa first no matter what, Rose is now distracted by
taunts from her former love as he hunts her down. Dimitri wants Rose to join him
or die, but when the possibility of a cure arises Rose is soon questioning what
cost she is willing to pay.
This is the fifth book in the Vampire Academy
series (after Vampire Academy, Frostbite, Shadow Kiss and Blood Promise) which is a series I really recommend reading in order. After the
twist at the end of the previous book, I jumped straight into this to see what
would happen next. The storyline is well written and cleverly plotted, building
the tension to a dramatic ending although at times this did feel like it was
setting up the finale of the series rather than being a story in it's own right.
Several storylines are left unconcluded which is disappointing, particularly in
The book starts off at St. Vladimir's as Rose completes her
final trials in her guardianship training, and then moves to the Court which
gives a nice change of pace. Vampire politics take an even larger role as
defense tactics are argued, including moroi learning to fight and dhampir rights
being questioned. I was unexpectedly fascinated by this, particularly when
arguments were made to force all dhampirs to serve as guardians regardless of
their choices and even their age.
Rose and Lissa have been reunited but
their bond has been tested by their time apart, most easily shown by Lissa's new
habit of keeping secrets from Rose which is a total reversal from their roles at
the start of the series. Together they are trying to find a way to save Dimitri
and Rose is soon put in the position of having to decide what she is willing to
risk losing in order to save him.
This is lower on romance than the
previous installments which is a shame given that Rose has agreed to give a
relationship with Adrian a go. Adrian is one of my favourite characters and I
was hoping for more scenes between them rather than their romance taking a
backseat to Rose and Dimitri's past. Rose puts their budding romance at risk as
she takes more and more extreme action in hopes of finding a cure.
all, this was a fun read and I'm looking forward to Last Sacrifice.
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