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 Review:- (Pretty much spoiler free but completely bias rambling!)
Favourite Quote:- "He smiled at me . . . fondly. ʺAh, my daughter,ʺ
he said. ʺEighteen, and already youʹve been accused of murder, aided felons, and acquired a death count higher than most guardians
will ever see.ʺ He paused. ʺI couldnʹt be prouder.ʺ (That is not really my favourite it just a lot of fun, I didn't want give a spoiler!)
I can't believe it is over. This is the first series that I got addicted too, Rose is one my all time favourite protagonist and Dimitri was my first literary crush. And now I am feeling kind of sad that it is the end, a little bit excited for the new spin off series Bloodlines and happy with the way it ended (well mostly).
Firstly, I thought I would explain why I love this series so:
- Brilliant writing. Even in the 6th installment Mead still manages to surprise me. The plot always moves at the right pace and has a wonderful blend of action, witty dialogue and romance.
- Rose - strong, opinionated and loyal - the kind of girl who saves herself.
- The romance - Great sexual tension and sizzling chemistry plus moments that make your heart ache. Yet it never over powers the plot.
And now my thoughts on how it all ended:
Although the plot had plenty of twists and turns (never would of guessed who the killer was), I did see from the beginning who Rose was going to end up with and thankfully I thought it was the right choice. Although it did hurt to see the other guy get his heart crushed and he did big time. I felt he didn't get the happiness he deserved and it was left unresolved. The way Mead ended that situation has lead me to believe that he will be in the spin off quite a bit.
I also expected a lot more tears in the final instalment but surprisingly it made me smile more than cry. It certainly wasn't as painful as the last two books.
The new characters were interesting and made me laugh. It was nice to have some new elements to the story.
Overall, I have to give this 5 stars because over the last few years this series has made laugh, smile, cry, scream and I have loved every minute of it.
For More Information: Richelle Mead's website
Check out awesome reviews: This is my personal favourite by my friend Arlene. Here is a bit from it:
"There was a part in this story where it suddenly hits me why I loved Rose’s character so much. It’s when she’s telling one of the main characters that “…In spite of everything that’s happened, I’ve never thought of myself ... as a victim. Being a victim means you’re powerless. That you won’t take action, Always…. Always I’ve done something to fight for myself… for others. No matter what.” Reading that, proved to me why Rose’s character resonated so well with me, she’s strong, loyal, slightly arrogant and entirely decisive… all characters traits that delivered in the right dose had me rooting for her and respecting her choices and her fight. I loved it!"Check out Arlene's complete review on Goodreads.