The recent attack on St. Vladimir's Academy devastated the entire Moroi world. Many are dead. And, for the few victims carried off by Strigoi, their fates are even worse. A rare tattoo now adorns Rose's neck, a mark that says she's killed far too many Strigoi to count. But only one victim matters . . . Dimitri Belikov. Rose must now choose one of two very different paths: honoring her life's vow to protect Lissa—her best friend and the last surviving Dragomir princess—or, dropping out of the Academy to strike out on her own and hunt down the man she loves. She'll have to go to the ends of the earth to find Dimitri and keep the promise he begged her to make. But the question is, when the time comes, will he want to be saved?
Now, with everything at stake—and worlds away from St. Vladimir's and her unguarded, vulnerable, and newly rebellious best friend—can Rose find the strength to destroy Dimitri? Or, will she sacrifice herself for a chance at eternal love?
Review: I’ll try my hardest not to give anything away in this review and that might be why some of my statements don’t make any sense!
Ah where to begin? Where to begin? First off, I've waited for this book for a long time and I was very, very excited to finally sit down and read it. First and foremost, the wait was worth it.
The fourth book in this enthralling series left me absolutely breathless. The beginning I’ll admit was boring but the author caught my attention. Even though the beginning moved slower than I would have preferred, I understood at the end that that was important. In order to get the middle and ending right, that is.
Rose was wonderful yet again and she is now my most favorite character. I just loved that even though Rose learned a lot of things about herself and all, she was still the same old Rose that we all loved.
I loved the intro of all of the new characters, especially Abe and his role in Rose’s life. Sydney was an interesting character and the Alchemists are people I want to know more about.
Now the one character I wanted to know most about: Dimitri. I’ll admit everything that happened between Rose and Dimitri in the book was a surprise to me but after thinking about it, I think I knew something like that would happen. All in all, I just loved Dimitri. He was kind of a jerk near the ending but the note he sent Rose made up for that.
The plot was good, but somewhat slow moving. I think it should have moved a bit faster. The dialogue was pulled off perfectly and it really brought out the personalities of the characters. The action in the book was great and it was put in exactly the right places. As always the surprises were just thrilling and Richelle Mead defiantly has a knack for pulling off surprises just perfectly.
I’m not sure what else I can say about this book but that it was an excellent addition to the series and that I am looking forward to the last two books in the series.
Grade: I loved it!
Cover: There's not much I can say about it but it goes well with the story line....in it's own way.
Overall: A definite must read. If you've never heard of the Vampire Academy than you need to go get the books and read them ALL. IT WAS SIMPLY AMAZING!