Summary: Salvation has its price.The words stunned Adrian for a moment, but he kept going. "You're lying. What you're describing is impossible. There's no way to save a Strigoi. When they're gone, they're gone. They're dead. Undead. Forever."
Robert's next words weren't directed at Adrian. They were spoken to me. "That which is dead doesn't always stay dead...."
After a long and heartbreaking journey to Dimitri’s birthplace in Siberia, Rose Hathaway has finally returned to St. Vladimir’s—and to her best friend, Lissa Dragomir. It's graduation, and the girls can’t wait for their real lives outside of the Academy’s cold iron gates to finally begin. But even with the intrigue and excitement of court life looming, Rose’s heart still aches for Dimitri. He's out there, somewhere.
She failed to kill him when she had the chance, and now her worst fears are about to come true. Dimitri has tasted her blood, and she knows in her heart that he is hunting her. And if Rose won't join him, he won't rest until he's silenced her...forever.
But Rose can't forget what she learned on her journey—whispers of a magic too impossible and terrifying to comprehend. A magic inextricably tied to Lissa that could hold the answer to all of Rose's prayers, but not without devastating consequences. Now Rose will have to decide what—and who—matters most to her. In the end, is true love really worth the price?
Review: My favorite in the series so far. An enjoyable read with plenty of intrigue and unexpected events.
Rose has really grown on me. I still believe that she is still obsessed with Dmirti in a way that can be construed as unhealthy. I also don't like how she doesn't believe that Lissa should be learning ways to defend herself because it might put her in danger. She has protected Lissa for so long, but she can be too protective and a bit smothering of her friend. Despite all that, I really feel for her and I want her to be happy. I was also quite excited that she finally got together with Adrian. I really like Adrian.
There is a lot of action in the book, which make sense since the series is wrapping up in the next book. The first third of the book is a bit of blur due to the action of the last two thirds. I will not spoiler the book, but I still can't believe what Lissa, Adrian, and Rose do in their quest to attempt to save Dmitri. They chase a rumor and risk so much. I was very surprised by the ending and I wonder how Mead will manage to wrap it all up in the last book.
Recommendation: I would recommend this series to fans of young adult supernatural fiction and vampires. I am glad I stick with this series so I would tell people to stick with it since it gets better.