Friday, January 7, 2011

Last Sacrifice – Richelle Mead

Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead

Murder. Love. Jealousy. And the ultimate sacrifice.

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 guardian 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 she is truly out of second chances. The big question is, when your whole life is about saving others, who will save you?

Join Rose, Dimitri, Adrian, and Lissa in Last Sacrifice, the epic, unforgettable finale to Richelle Mead’s international # 1 bestselling Vampire Academyseries

Love and Loyalty Run Deeper Than Blood.

Wow. Where to begin?

This is the sixth and final installment in Richelle Mead’s amazing Vampire Academy series and it does not disappoint.
The book picks up a few days after its predecessor Spirit Bound left off – with our main character Rose detained for murdering the Moroi queen, the mystery of a forgotten Dragomir plaguing our minds and of course, the ever popular unresolved love triangle.  Let me tell you, unlike previous books in the series, Last Sacrifice gets right into the action on the first page and the drama doesn’t stop until the end of the book.

As usual, Mead’s characters are what make this series stand out to me.  The main character Rose is amazing.  With all these damsel-in-distress female characters around lately who seem to always need saving by a man (cough*bella*cough) it is nice to see a girl who can kick some serious butt.  Rose’s best friend Lissa, who I have previously casted into the above category, slightly redeemed herself as for once it was Rose who needed saving by Lissa – though, in true Rose-style, she refuses to be left out of the action.

I particularly enjoyed the character of Tatiana and it is Mead’s skilfull writing that allows us to get to know her character a lot better – dead as she may be.  The return of Rose’s mother Janine was a welcome one and her interaction with Abe was very interesting.
Rose and Lissa’s bond, as in previous books, is a useful plot device by Mead which allows us to get two perspectives and two subsequent stories – we are with Rose as she is on the run yet we also get Lissa’s insight into the goings on at the palace.
Obviously, the love triangle between Rose, Dimitri and Adrian is resolved by the end of the book and I must say I was extremely happy with the result.

It was with mixed emotions that I neared the ending of the book – I didn’t want it to end yet at the same time I was dying to see the pieces of the puzzle come together.  Though, I must say the story ended nicely, tying up all obvious loose ends but leaving a few lingering questions which will give way to the spin-off series Bloodlines set to be released August 2011.

A heart-stopping finale to the already amazing Vampire Academy series – not my favourite of the six but coming in a very close second to Shadow Kiss. If you haven’t already picked up this series DO IT NOW – you will not be disappointed.

Rating: 4.5 stars

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