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? Source
Plot: Many of you know how much I love this series. I don't think I have given any of these books less than four nail polishes. But, I have to say that this is officially one of my favorite series and this finale of the series is the best one. I loved the relationship between Rose and Dimitri. It was such a give and take between them that I was waiting for one of them to finally yell and say, "Just kiss me, you fool!" The quest for Tatiana's murder seemed like a lost cause, and then...well, the true murder was shocking! I especially loved the discussions and scenes with Spirit. Throughout the series, we've learned more and more about Spirit, but I think this one we actually saw the darkness of Spirit and how it effects Spirit users. Lastly, the monarch search for the new queen/king was amazing and so complex, you truly thought that Mead based this on a real event.
Characters: Rose-I love Rose. She developed so much from when we saw her in Vampire Academy to Last Sacrifice. I love when characters grow and Rose did just that. She learned what her heart truly wants and what she wants out of life. However, Mead does not disappoint us and gives us the usual Rose jokes and behavior, which I love.
Lissa-Lissa made me proud. She was finding herself as well and grew up. She knew what her position was in the world of vampires and wanted to make her family proud. I loved when she looked back upon her family, she never looked at them in the negative, but wanted to make them proud.
Dimitri-*swoon* As always, I am Team Dimitri and proud of it. I missed the gentle and romantic side of Dimitri and we got to see it in here. He's still struggling with his crimes as a Strigoi and you finally get to see what those feelings are. Rose helps them through those things and gives him an ultimatum which I loved.
Cover: I'm guessing the girl on the front is Rose. I love these new covers for the books and this one is gorgeous. The model is stunning and the trademark fence and Vampire Academy font never stops me from smiling.
Overall Rating: Of course, I will give this a four out of four. This series is so beautifully written that I still don't want the series to end. I recommend anyone who wants to write to read this series, it has things for everyone. Mystery, crime, romance, action/adventure, drama, etc. Plus, it has amazing characters and a beautiful plot.
Peace and Fangs,