Title: Last Sacrifice (Book 6 in Vampire Academy)
Author: Richelle Mead
Publisher: RazorBill – Penguin Group Inc.
Release Date: December 7, 2010
Rose Hathaway has always played by her own rules. She broke the law when she ran away from St. Vladimir’s Acadmey 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?
For a final book in an amazing series, this certainly did the job. It was full, from the first page to the very last, with Rose. Her attitude, her wit, her intelligence and recklessness and love. There were so many opportunities for things to happen, and the most definitely did. There were a lot of twists and new characters, and meanwhile Rose is still doing her best to be a good citizen, in her own very special way. One of the best things about this series is that each book makes me fall in love with her all over again.
It also doesn’t hurt to have Dimitri around and back in action again. He is so stubborn, like Rose, but for entirely different reasons – his sense of honor and “right” and “wrong” have been skewed a little since the whole Strigoi incident. If he had just listened to Rose in the last book, the entire thing might have been so much easier! However, he didn’t, and that caused him, Adrian, and especially Rose a lot of pain. I even almost hated him a little because of the situation he put Rose in. Either she was okay, but not in love, with Adrian, and Dimitri looked on, quietly and suffering without anyone knowing, or she was ecstatic with Dimitri, with Adrian hurt, angry, and betrayed. Someone got hurt anyway she chose, and they both knew it. I fault Dimitri for that.
There were, as always, a lot of scenes where Rose kicks butt, of course. One of my favorite scenes is the one with the Keepers, when Angeline attacks Rose. I have to agree with Sydney on this one: it wasn’t just funny – it washilarious.Well, once I knew why she was attacking Rose. The fiestiness of some of the Keepers, Angeline included, was very reminiscent of Rose. I loved the naivete of some of them, as well as appreciate the help they gave to Rose, even if I didn’t really understand all the ins and outs of their relationships. That would make another good spin-off novel. Maybe about Joshua, or even Angeline. But anyway.
I really liked how we got to know a little more about, or at least spend more time with, Abe. It was soooo entertaining to see how Rose surprised even him, and how she took after him. Her thoughts on her father were amusing, to say the very least. I definitely enjoyed any scene in which the two of them are together – the snark tends to show itself more often around those times!
Basically, the book was amazing. The ending rendered me breathless, n0t kidding. I don’t think I drew breath the entire second-to-last chapter. It was a great way to end the series, and I can not wait to read the other series about Sydney and the Alchemists.
**Note: there is some language and sexual content in this book.