Wednesday 8 December 2010

Review: Last Sacrifice - Richelle Mead

It all comes down to now.

The Queen is dead and the Moroi world will never be the same.

Rose Hathaway is awaiting wrongful execution and there exists only one man who can stall this terrible fate.  Rose must look to both Dimitri and Adrian, the two great loves of her life, to find him.

With her best friend, Lissa, in a deadly struggle for the royal throne, the girls find themselves forced to rely upon enemies and questioning those they thought they could trust...

But what if true freedom means sacrificing the most important thing of all?  Each other.

Vampire Academy Series:
Blood Promise
Spirit Bound
Last Sacrifice

Bloodlines Series: (This is a spin off from the Vampire Academy Series)
Adrian's Lost Chapter (Free Short Story can be read here)
The Golden Lily
The Indigo Spell
The Fiery Heart (Release date to be confirmed)

Visit Richelle Mead's website for more information

Although this review won't include spoilers for Last Sacrifice I can't help mentioning things that have happened in previous books.  If you haven't discovered this series yet then I'd highly recommend it - it is by far my favorite young adult urban fantasy series.  I would recommend you start at book 1 Vampire Academy & not continue reading this review though as I don't want to spoil the earlier books for you.  If you're already a fan of the series then you need to get hold of Last Sacrifice as soon as possible - it is a dramatic end to the series and probably my favorite out of all of the books.

At the end of Spirit Bound we saw Rose accused of murdering Queen Tatiana and this book picks up a couple of days later with Rose in prison awaiting her trial.  If she is found guilty she will be executed for high treason so it's vital that she finds out who the real murderer is but how can she do this when she's locked up in a cell?  It's a good job Rose's friends have a plan, they have no intention of watching her death and want to keep her safely out of the way while they track down the killer.  Lissa finds herself in a situation she isn't used to - Rose is the one that needs her help for once - but she is determined not to let her friend down and will do whatever it takes to help her.

I don't want to go into anymore detail about the plot as I don't want to spoil the reading experience for anyone.  I will say that the story starts as it means to go on and jumps straight into the action.  This is a masterpiece - a book that will grip you from the very first page and won't let you sleep until it's finished.  You will get the answers to questions you didn't even know you had and Richelle Mead has done a fantastic job of pulling all the various plot threads together while still staying true to her characters.  Yes we finally get an ending to the love triangle between Rose, Dimitri and Adrian but I'm not going to say if I was happy with the outcome or not because I know I've mentioned in other reviews which team I'm a member of.  I'm sure there will be some people who don't like the final decision but I honestly think that it was the only possible outcome.  If Richelle had done anything differently it just wouldn't have fitted with what we know of each of the characters.

I've said before that Rose is one of my favorite heroines and this has definitely continued throughout the series.  She had done a lot of growing up in previous books but I felt she matured even more through Last Sacrifice.  Lissa has also changed a lot since Vampire Academy and I love the fact that despite everything they have been through their friendship is now stronger than ever.  It's great to read a series with strong friendships and good female role models.  It feels like I've watched these characters grow up and that they are now ready to go out and face the world but I'm not ready to see them go so I'm glad it's been confirmed that they will be making appearances in the spin off series.  I can't wait to see what Richelle Mead has in store for us next.

Last Sacrifice is an amazing end to a fantastic series that I can't recommend highly enough, if you haven't read it yet what are you waiting for?  Go out and get hold of a copy now!

Source: Received for review from Penguin in exchange for an honest review

Other Reviews:
Ink and Paper
Nayu's Reading Corner
So Many Books, So Little Time
My Favorite Books
Cem's Book Hideout
Jess Hearts Books
Tynga's Reviews
I'd So Rather Be Reading
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  1. I didn't write it in my review, but I'm so very sad to see them go =(
    R&D Is my favorite YA couple <3

  2. I've had a brilliant time reading this series! Loved this one and can't wait for the spinoff series. I want more of this world!
    (actually I'm really tempted to reread them from the beginning ... I definitely have a Dimitri obsession here...)

  3. I loved this review. It was perfectly spoiler-free! Wasn't this just one of your most favorite books ever??? I loved every second of it!!!

  4. @ Tynga - I'm so sad to see the end of the series :o( It's one I'll definitely be reading again, in fact I almost want to start from the beginning again right now - if my TBR pile wasn't so big I'd have started already lol. I absolutely love Dimitri & Rose :o)

    @ Sammee - I'm dying to get my hands on the spin off series :o) I'm really glad that Rose will be making appearances in those books too. I'm glad I'm not the only one with a Dimitri obsession lol

    @ Kelli - This series is without a doubt my favorite YA series & this book was the perfect ending. I don't think I would have changed a thing about it :o)



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