Stars: 5 out of 5
Back of the book
After a long and taxing journey to Dimitri's birthplace in Siberia, Rose Hathaway has finally returned to St. Vlad's and has been reenetered student life. It is nearly graduation and the girls can't wait for their real lives beyond the Academy's iron gates to begin. Rose still aches for Dimitri. However, Dimitri has survived against all odds and now seeks Rose's death. She failed to kill him when she had the chance. Now her worst fears are about to come true. Dimitri has tasted her blood and now he is hunting her. And this time he won't rest until Rose joins him . . . forever.
Hmm what can I say this book had it all. In a short recap Rose finally has become a guardian, she broke into a high security prison in Alaska, and broke out Victor Daskov, helped bring Dimitri back from being a strigoi who has been imprisoned and framed for killing Queen Tatiana.
All of this in one book, boy is that ever a lot of drama for one women.
It all starts from the last book where Rose heard it is possible to change a strigoi back. In order to learn how to do this she has to break out the only person who can give them information on this Victor Daskov.
With Lissa and Eddie at her side they break Victor out of jail and head to Vegas to learn more from his half brother. From him they learn a stake has to be charmed with spirit and the strigoi has to be staked by the spirit user. Lissa's practice and training eventually prevails in staking Dimitri bring him back to his former self.
With Dimitri back all Rose wants is to see him and relive the love they once shared but he can't look at her and wants nothing to do with her. He's forever indebt to Lissa for saving him and guilty for what he did as a strigoi especially so to Rose. He goes as far as telling her "Love fades, I dont love you anymore." Though he's eyes betray he's true feelings.
During this time a ruling has occurred that allows the guardian age to be lowered to 16 which to Rose's outrage she confronts the Queen infront of the court and is eventually dragged out saying "i wont let you get away with this" and other Rose like things
the next day Rose has been charged and framed for killing the Queen.
Someone has framed her buy using her stake and her past actions against her. Now Rose has one last mission, with a note from the dead Queen she can bring Lissa to her rightful place in the court and among the Moroi royalty.
"They come first"