How far will Rose go to keep her promise?
The recent Strigoi attack at St. Vladimir's Academy was the deadliest ever in the school's history, claiming the lives of Moroi students, teachers, and guardians alike. Even worse, the Strigoi took some of their victims with them. . . including Dimitri.
He'd rather die than be one of them, and now Rose must abandon her best friend, Lissa—the one she has sworn to protect no matter what—and keep the promise Dimitri begged her to make long ago. But with everything at stake, how can she possibly destroy the person she loves most?
The story takes place in Russia, Dimitri's homeland, which means new characters come in to play, and all just as interesting as the one's from the previous novels.
Rose has taken the responsibility of hunting Dimitri to keep her promise to him, only to find that Russia isn't as easy to navigate as she had hoped it would be, and the language barrier makes things even more difficult, but Rose's resiliency and her strength to complete the task at hand, forces her to trudge forward with her plans.
Rose's character in past novels has always seemed to be a realist, and at times she was perceived to lack optimism. In this book, not only is she optimistic, but towards the end she becomes naive. It's a Rose we haven't seen, as strong as she may seem at times, she really has tender moments, and moments of weakness. Through out the book there were times when Rose had flash backs of moments spent with Dimitri, moments that weren't written in Shadow Kiss. Though this was very interesting, it did border a little redundant, but luckily it did not slow the story's momentum. I enjoyed the book thoroughly, I finished reading in record time, and was quite satisfied at how it ended. I especially enjoyed the last chapter, and to be more specific the last two pages. Cliff hangers seem to be Rachelle Mead's specialty, and she does them so well. I can't wait to see what the future will hold for our pal Rose, and her friends.