It's springtime at St. Vladimir's Academy, and Rose Hathaway is this close to graduation. Since making her first Strigoi kills, Rose hasn't been feeling quite right. She's having dark thoughts, behaving erratically, and worst of all... might be seeing ghosts.
As Rose questions her sanity, new complications arise. Lissa has begun experimenting with her magic once more, their enemy Victor Dashkov might be set free, and Rose's forbidden relationship with Dimitri is starting to heat up again. But when a deadly threat no one saw coming changes their entire world, Rose must put her own life on the line - and choose between the two people she loves most.
My Rating: 5/5
Even though I am re-reading this series, I am going through them at record pace. I am finding them as unputdownable as I did whilst reading them for the first time.
This is my favourite book in the series so far. There was more action, romance and depth than the first two books combined.
I liked the political storyline which is something that I usually cannot stand at all in any form. The whole debate of whether Moroi should be allowed to fight was interesting because both sides of the argument were relatable.
Christian was a character that I really felt like developed significantly throughout the book. I never really liked him in the first two books, but I definitely connected with him when he teamed up with Rose to fight at the end.
I felt like there was less of Lissa in this book, which is something that I really liked as I am not a big fan of her. I really don't like her at all after her conversation with Rose at the very end of the book. She was too arrogant and couldn't see Rose's side of the story.
I liked the ending a little more than I did when I first read it, as last time I read it the next book Blood Promise hadn't been published yet. It is probably one of the saddest cliff hangers I have read.