Review: Blood Promise by Richelle Mead

This review will contain spoilers for Vampire Academy, Frostbite and Shadow Kiss the first three books in the Vampire Academy series. My reviews for those can be seen here , here and here.

Blood Promise is the fourth book in Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy book. It was published in 2010, and is set shortly after the events which happen in Shadow Kiss, it starts with Rose in Russia on her quest to hunt down Dimitri. The official synopsis:

The recent attack on St. Vladimir’s Academy devastated the entire Moroi world. Many are dead. And, for the few victims carried off by Strigoi, their fates are even worse. A rare tattoo now adorns Rose’s neck, a mark that says she’s killed far too many Strigoi to count. But only one victim matters … Dimitri Belikov. Rose must now choose one of two very different paths: honoring her life’s vow to protect Lissa—her best friend and the last surviving Dragomir princess—or, dropping out of the Academy to strike out on her own and hunt down the man she loves. She’ll have to go to the ends of the earth to find Dimitri and keep the promise he begged her to make. But the question is, when the time comes, will he want to be saved?

Now, with everything at stake—and worlds away from St. Vladimir’s and her unguarded, vulnerable, and newly rebellious best friend—can Rose find the strength to destroy Dimitri? Or, will she sacrifice herself for a chance at eternal love? 

Blood Promise will always hold a dear place in my heart. It was the first book i ever finished in a single day, and my favourite book when i read the series for the first time. Now if you know how this book progresses you might ask why. The simple answer to that question is that i love angst; tragedy has always been one of my favourite genres, and that’s why i was so drawn to this one.

On a less superficial plane though, I was drawn to this book in particular, because of its character exploration. The journey, both mental and physical, that Rose embarks on, really shows what kind of character she is.

On Rose’s travels you also get to see some of the fringes of moroi and dhampir culture, and Rose is actually forced to come face to face with some of her previous prejudices. This is intensely interesting to read, as you get to see what other vampires live like, and not just focus as much on the elite of the world.

Blood Promise also delves even more into the spirit lore than any of the other books have. You get to really see the limitations and the abilities that spirit has, we see all this through Rose, looking through Lissa. But it really puts into perspective the way Lissa’a character has evolved, and the way she reverts back to some of that ways she was before hand, shows the effects Rose leaving had on her.

Blood Promise is one of my favourite books in this series, overall the lore and the exploration of characters and world were great insights into other things apart from Rose’s narrow worldview.



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