Book Review: The Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead

Book Review: The Last Sacrifice by Richelle MeadLast Sacrifice by Richelle Mead
Also by this author: Vampire Academy, Frostbite, Shadow Kiss, Blood Promise, Spirit Bound, Bloodlines, Silver Shadows, Vampire Academy, Frostbite, The Ruby Circle, Soundless, The Glittering Court
Published by Penguin on December 7th 2010
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy & Magic, Social Issues, Emotions & Feelings, Dating & Sex
Pages: 608
ISBN: 9781101475119

The astonishing conclusion to the #1 international bestselling series...
Murder. Love. Jealousy. And the ultimate sacrifice.
The Queen is dead and the Moroi world will never be the same. Now, with Rose awaiting wrongful execution and Lissa in a deadly struggle for the royal throne, the girls find themselves forced to rely upon enemies and to question those they thought they could trust. . . .
But what if true freedom means sacrificing the most important thing of all?
Each other.
Can't get enough? Look out for Bloodlines, Richelle Mead's bestselling spinoff series set in the world of Vampire Academy!

Read at your own peril, Vampire Academy spoilers lie ahead.

The Last Sacrifice, Richelle Mead, Book Cover, Vampire Academy Series,

The Last Sacrifice

Oh, Richelle Mead, you slay me. The Vampire Academy series is one of the few I’ve read from start to finish since beginning blogging. The Last Sacrifice is the final installment and it makes me sad to see these characters go. I mean, I guess they will make appearances in Bloodlines, but still, it’s not the same. Although I haven’t read Bloodlines yet, so I could be wrong.

In The Last Sacrifice, Queen Tatiana has been murdered. Of course, the blame rests on Rose Hathaway because of her smart mouth. However, obviously Rose is not the real killer and the plot of The Last Sacrifice hangs on discovering what really went down. Time is running out for her, and oh man the anxiety is palpable, pulsating throughout the book. She must turn to Dmitri and Adrian for help in finding out the truth behind Tatiana’s assassination while Lissa runs for Queen. Oh my goodness. This book is CRAZY.

There are so many action-y bits. And lest you be put off by that there are also kissy scenes too. And FINALLY the Rose-Dmitri-Adrian love triangle is resolved, although you’d have to be a moron not to figure out who Rose ends up with (I mean REALLY).

Unexpected twists and turns as well as a few new revelations about certain side characters completely drive this book, making it as though you are under compulsion of the Moroi while reading it. I will say that The Last Sacrifice isn’t quite as awesome as Shadowbound, but it is a worthy conclusion to the Vampire Academy series. All of the plot threads were tied up. We finally find out if Christian and Lissa hook back up. We get a bit more of Abe’s story. We get a little bit more on Lissa’s abilities. We get more sexytimes, and holy hell are they not bad. It was totally right, what happened. And while some may not be please with Rose’s behavior, I firmly believe you have to go with your heart, and sometimes your heart is going to pick the person you aren’t with.

I’ve come to expect that if you are reading this, you have read the series, so did you think this was a worthy ending? I know I would have liked just a tiny bit more resolution, but aside from that, I loved it. I loved who Rose chose. I loved seeing her in action. And well, I’ll miss her smart mouth, but am looking forward to becoming acquainted with Sydney and the alchemists in the companion series Bloodlines.

Disclosure: Purchased copy.

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  1. Agreed, I think this was a great end. I’m looking forward to a few of the plot lines continuing in ‘Bloodlines’ but I think most everything was still wrapped up satisfactorily.

  2. Great review! I really miss this series. It was a good conclusion. I don’t think it was the strongest book in the series (for me that was Shadow Kiss and Blood Promise) but I was happy with it. Rose is one of my favorite YA fiction characters too and I will miss reading about her. I am looking forward to Bloodlines but I don’t think I will like it quite as much. I honestly wasn’t a huge fan of Sydney so we’ll see how that goes.
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