Friday, January 7, 2011

Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead

Genre: Young Adult/ Fantasy
Publisher:  Penguin Australia (Imprint: Razorbill)
Publication Date: December 2010
ISBN: 9781921518904
Stand alone or series: Last book in Vampire Academy Series!
Pages: 608 pages
Book Received from: The Penguin Group (Aus)
First Lines: I don't like cages. I don't even like going to the zoo.
Possible Spoilers if you haven't read the other five books!
Synopsis:
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 time she is truly out of second chances. The big question is, when your life is about saving others, who will save you?

My Thoughts:
I've followed Rose and Lissa's adventure right from the beginning and while the other five books were really good, I have to say Last Sacrifice was the best book by far!  It's just a shame that it is the last book in the Vampire Academy series, but then every good series must end. 

As most of you who have read these books, Spirit Bound left us all there hanging as Rose is arrested for the murder of Queen Tatiana.  Shocking I know, but what was worse was we had to wait so long to find out how it all turned out. 

This book is definitely action packed although Rose is a little more passive in this one than the previous five.  Not that she had much of a choice though.  The tables had actually turned for once, where Rose needed help and the others were there to support her. 

The love triangle continues between Rose, Adrian and Dimitri and to be quite honest I wasn't sure whether I was Team Adrian or Team Dimitri after the end of Spirit Bound.  I also had my nose out of joint at the way Dimitri went after he was transformed back to Dhampir and swearing to serve and help Lissa.  It was a slap in the face to Rose, since she was the one pushing to make it happen.  But Last Sacrifice, I must admit, he redeemed himself somewhat by helping Rose out when she really needed it.

Last Sacrifice was a brilliantly written book, neatly tying up all ends to the questions from the first five books.  Amazing ending too, had me just about crying!  Well worth the read!

While this is the end of Vampire Academy and the adventures of Rose, Richelle Mead has mentioned on her site there will be a spin-off series set in the Vampire Academy World.  No mention yet of who these characters will be apart from the mention of them being secondary characters from the Vampire Academy series but we won't have to wait too long since it's expected some time this year.

Also, while I'm at it, Richelle Mead has sold movie rights to Preger Entertainment but it is still early days yet.  To show your support and hopefully help in getting things moving, sign up to the Official Vampire Academy Movie Fan Page!

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