Monday, January 17, 2011

Book Review: Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead

Review: Last Sacrifice
Series: Vampire Academy – Book 6
Author: Richelle Mead
No of Pages: 594
Release Date: 7 December 2010


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 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?

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

My Thoughts:

The epic finale to an epic series, and my word was it epic.

At the end of Spirit Bound we found Rose locked away and getting ready to be trialled for murder. Within the first 100 pages she’s broken out and is on her way to finding Lissa’s sibling. With Dimitri at her side they meet up with Sydney and try to find a secluded place to keep Rose away from the guardians who are now after her.

Rose has matured in a way only Rose could have since the start of the series. She is still occasionally reckless, still has her heart in the right place and still hits before she asks questions. But throughout Last Sacrifice you could see how she has truly matured and realised that the world was more than just her being with Lissa. From book one she was adamant that Lissa needed her and that she had to be with her no matter what. For Rose protecting Lissa meant being right there to punch whoever tried to touch her. In Last Sacrifice though she finally realised that running back to Lissa wasn’t the best idea, finding her sibling was.

Lissa has grown the most throughout the series in my opinion. In Last Sacrifice she truly became a princess and an adult in a very harsh world. She stood up to the politicians who wanted to bring her down and proved that she had just as much right to be there as anyone else.

We still got a look into Lissa’s world though through their bond. With Rose being able to look into what was happening at court, and with her boyfriend Adrian, it added that extra dimension to the story because nothing was ever boring.

In keeping with the rest of the series Last Sacrifice was fast-paced and completely sucked you in. I had read 100 pages in the first half hour and the rest of it was literally un-put-down-able. The action was constant whether it be in Rose’s world or Lissa’s. With Rose on the run and Lissa running for the throne neither girl ever seemed to get any rest.

The sexual tension between Rose and Dimitri kept you on edge just as much as the action did, with Rose in a relationship with Adrian she was trying to pass off any feelings for Dimitri as the after affect of their romance but being on the run together wasn’t such a good idea. It was good that they had Sydney with them who as always with her loath of both Dhampirs and vampires always had a quick quip.

Last Sacrifice was the perfect ending to a perfect series. Did everything tie up beautifully? Of course not and that’s what made it the perfect end to the Vampire Academy series. The only problem with it? It didn’t feel like the end.

Also in this series:
Vampire Academy
Shadow Kiss
Blood Promise
Spirit Bound


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