Review: Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead

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

Spirit Bound is the fifth book in Richelle Mead’s VAmpire Academy series. It was published in 2010. It starts after Rose returns to St. Vladimir’s, and right when she and Lissa are about to graduate. The official synopsis:

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. It is at long last graduation, and the girls can’t wait for their real lives beyond the Academy’s iron gates to begin. But Rose’s heart still aches for Dimitri, and she knows 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 now he is hunting her. And this time he won’t rest until Rose joins him . . . forever.

Spirit Bound was the book I remembered the least from going into this reread, I remembered the most important plot points, and that was it. So when i went into this book i expected for it to not be neither memorable nor really that good. That was all misplaced i must admit, Spirit Bound, although not my favourite in the series, is still an amazing book.

Lissa’s character development throughout Spirit Bound is one of its defining elements. As a reader you get to see how much Lissa is willing to do for Rose and vice versa.

The book also brings the question of moroi fighting to the center of the ethical questions. Tasha and her fight for moroi’s right to fight, as well as Lissa starting to agree with her makes it a prominent element of the book. It shows the different ways in which the moroi court works, which also means that book is a lot more heavy in court politics than really any other book in the series, which personally I love.

Rose spends the majority of the book in a stupor about Dimitri, this leads her on a quest to figure out if it is possible to find a cure for being a strigoi. This need sends her, as well as some friends on some adventures, where the reader gets to really see just how much Rose really love Dimitri, and how for she would go for him.

Spirit Bound is a great book, and it has elements which none of the other books really see. It brings forth the moral question of moroi’s ability to fight, as well as how far we’re willing to go for those we love.



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