My vision was growing dimmer, the blackness and ghosts closing in. I swore it was like I could hear Robert whispering in my ear: The world of the dead won't give you up a second time. Just before the light completely vanished, I saw Dimitri's face join Lissa's. I wanted to smile. I decided then that if the two people I loved most were safe, I could leave this world.
The dead could finally have me.
Rose Hathaway has always played by her own rules. She broke the law when she ran away from St. Vladimir's Academy with her best friend and last surviving Dragomir princess, Lissa. She broke the law when she fell in love with her gorgeous, off-limits instructor, Dimitri. And she dared to defy Queen Tatiana, leader of the Moroi world, risking her life and reputation to protect generations of dhampir guardians to come.
Now the law has finally caught up with Rose - for a crime she didn't even commit. She's in prison for the highest offense imaginable: the assassination of a monarch. She'll need help from both Dimitri and Adrian to find the one living person who can stall her execution and force the Moroi elite to acknowledge a shocking new candidate for the royal throne: Vasilisa Dragomir.
But the clock on Rose's life is running out. Rose knows in her heart the world of the dead wants her back...and this time she is truly out of second chances. The big question is, when your whole life is about saving others, who will save you?
My Rating: 5/5
This is probably the best Vampire Academy book since Shadow Kiss. It was definitely the perfect ending to this series.
Like in Blood Promise, Lissa and Rose were separated and so had different storylines. I thought it worked well this time around.
There was a significantly higher focus on the vampire politics in this book. I thought that this slowed the pacing of the book at times.
As for the love triangle, I like both Adrian and Dimitri as characters. I definitely prefer Dimitri for Rose though I do wish that Adrian didn't have to find out the way he did.
There were a lot of things left unresolved and so I am looking forward to re-reading Bloodlines so I can finish that series also.