Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy #6) by Richelle Mead

They come first.

My vision was growing dimmer, the blackness and ghosts closing in. I swore it was like I could hear Robert whispering in my ear: The world of the dead won’t give you up a second time. Just before the light completely vanished, I saw Dimitri’s face join Lissa’s. I wanted to smile. I decided then that if the two people I loved most were safe, I could leave this world.

The dead could finally have me.

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 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?

Join Rose, Dimitri, Adrian, and Lissa in Last Sacrifice, the epic, unforgettable finale to Richelle Mead’s international #1 bestsellingVampire Academy series.


Rating: 4.5/5

As always, Mead has impressed me with her conclusion to this story. Endings are hard. As a writer, I have always struggled with them more than anything else—probably because I have the least practice with them, given that my computer is full of half-finished projects. Mead makes them seem effortless. She plans her plot arcs, plans her books, and executes with extreme precision. Her conclusions elicit not only emotional reaction, but create suspense and resolution like a perfect major chord resolution at the end of an otherwise dissonant song (sorry for the musical analogy; orchestra rehearsal resume this week).

If you’ve read my other reviews of this series, you’re probably a bit surprised by the rating. It is, after all, the highest I’ve given any individual book in the series. And in total honestly, if I hadn’t see enough of this book’s plot coming, and if I didn’t already have total confidence in Mead, I wouldn’t have made it this far in the series.

And I still don’t like Rose and she still does some things that annoy me (hence the not quite 5 stars), but I absolutely adored everything else in this book (romance aside).

Let’s start with the romance so I can get my rant out of the way early. I’m ok with Dimitri, and I was generally fine with the romance involving him early on. But I honestly don’t know what the buzz about him was all about. I just don’t get it. He’s not that amazing or anything. And I really like Adrian. I like him a lot, and am frankly a bit annoyed with the way his role shaped up. throughout the last few books. Rose treats him badly, and I know she doesn’t mean to, and I know that’s easily something that a teenager would do, but it still annoyed me.

Now that that’s out of the way …

The plot of this book was spectacular. It was pieced together wonderfully, and we were given just enough clues along the way to follow along. And I actually got really interested in the Moroi politics. I have a tendency to be incredibly drawn into politics in books even though I hate them in the real world. The Moroi have an interesting political structure, and with the events of this book, we were thrown into the deep end in terms of how the nuances of their laws and politics worked. It was almost a relief to get that much detail of something other than the academy, Dimitri, or teenage drama.

And I mean, who couldn’t fall in love with the results of this last book? Its conclusions gave me warm fuzzies. Seriously, I have that “I just finished a really good book and I’m entirely content with what I read” feeling (one that probably means I should go to sleep now instead of starting another book—I’m writing this at night, after all).

Basically, this book made up for my frustrations with the rest of the series, just like I knew it would.

Posted on September 9, 2014, in Urban Fantasy/Paranormal, Young Adult and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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