Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead (review copy) - WARNING! This is the last book in the Vampire Academy series. I cannot review this book without spoiling the others in the series, especially the previous book. Do not read any further if you haven't read this series but plan to, and do not wish it to be spoilt for you.
It all comes down to now.
The Queen is dead and the Moroi world will never be the same.
Rose Hathaway is awaiting wrongful execution and there exists only one man who can stall this terrible fate. Rose must look to both Dimitri and Adrian, the two great loves of her life, to find him.
With her best friend, Lissa, in a deadly struggle for the royal throne, the girls find themselves forced to rely upon enemies and questioning those they thought they could trust...
But what if true freedom means sacrificing the most important thing of all?
Each other. From the blurb.
What can I possibly say other than WOW! I am just... completely out of words. I have no idea what I could possibly say or where I could start to make you understand just how brilliant this book is. I am just completely blown away!
As we found out in the end of the last book, Spirit Bound, Rose was framed for the muder of Queen Tatiana - who had left a note for Rose stating that Lissa's father had an illegitamate child that Rose needed to find in order to give Lissa the vote on the Council, or things were going to get worse for all in the Moroi and Dhampir society. So that left three tasks for this book; find the Queen's murderer, clear Rose's name, and finding Lissa's sibling.
As with any Vampire Academy novel, there is a fast pace with brilliant action. But there is also extreme emotion, for the characters and the readers. There are some perfect, perfect moments, and some terribly sad moments where you could just cry. Things are much more dangerous for our two girls than they have been before, and the tension is palpable. There is shock after shock as the twists unfold - you will not see these things coming. So much goes on in this novel, new things not even the characters have come across before, and it's hard to see how all of it fit into one 584 page novel. So much that I am going to refrain from going into any sort of detail, because there is just so much you should discover as you read - you're going to thank me!
We do get our answers though. We find out who killed the Queen. We find out who Rose's sibling is. We find out who lives and who dies. We find out the resolution of the love triangle. We find out where Rose and Lissa's lives will head. We find questions that aren't answered, issues that arise, and just a brilliant set up for the next spin off series, and the perfect ending to what has been an incredible series. And I absolutely cannot wait for the next series! We have no info about it yet, except for what Mead says on her website:
"Last Sacrifice will be the last book about Rose, but it'll be followed by a spin-off series still set in the Vampire Academy world. Side characters we know from the current series will now be our main characters, and there'll be a whole new storyline (not the last one told from a different perspective). So far, there is no exact release date, but you can expect it near late summer/early fall of 2011.
At the moment, I'm not allowed to reveal the title, premise, or full cast of characters. I can tell you that it'll be written in third person, so we'll get a number of characters' perspectives. One of them will be Sydney. The others are a secret for now. Also, expect a cameo from Rose. :)"
And after reading this book, I have only three words for you...
BRING IT ON!
Thank you to Razorbill UK for sending me a review copy.
Published: 7th December 2010
Publisher: Razorbill UK
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Richelle Mead's Website
My other reviews of the Vampire Academy series:
Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy Book 1)
Frostbite (Vampire Academy Book 2)
Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy Book 3)
Blood Promise (Vampire Academy Book 4)
Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy Book 5)