Review: Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead

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


Last Sacrifice was released in 2010 nd it’s the 6th and last book in the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead. The book takes place almost immediately after the events of Spirit Bound, Rose is in Jail for the murder of queen Tatianna, and her friends are trying to find a way to prove her innocence. The official Synopsis:

Rose Hathaway has always played by her own rules. She broke the law when she ran away from St. Vladimir’s Academy with her best friend and last surviving Dragomir princess, Lissa. She broke the law when she fell in love with her gorgeous, off-limits instructor, Dimitri. And she dared to defy Queen Tatiana, leader of the Moroi world, risking her life and reputation to protect generations of damphir guardians to come.

Now the law has finally caught up with Rose – for a crime she didn’t even commit. She’s in prison for the highest offense imaginable: the assassination of a monarch. She’ll need help from both Dimitri and Adrian to find the one living person who can stall her execution and force the Moroi elite to acknowledge a shocking new candidate for the royal throne: Vasilisa Dragomir.

But the clock on Rose’s life is running out. Rose knows in her heart the world of the dead wants her back…and this time she is truly out of second chances. The big question is, when your whole life is about saving others, who will save you?


Last Sacrifice was another book I didn’t remember much from going in, just like with Spirit Bound i only remembered the major plot points as well as the ending. I did however remember quite liking it the first time i read it, so i had high hopes going in. These hopes were correct to have, as it’s a great book, with good character development.

Last Sacrifice is a great last book in the series. It ties up the loose ends without becoming a book only about it. Last sacrifice has its own plotlines, but within these plotlines it’s able to finish up the entire series in a beautiful manner.

After the murder of the Queen, a monarch election is carried out within the royal court, all while Rose is still on trial. This means that we get to see how the moroi society responds to a tragedy such as Tatiana’s death. Rose’s friends in an effort to get more time to prove Rose innocent, use the chaos of the elections to their favour. This results in us as readers getting to see how the moroi court and all its royal inhabitants and ‘normal’ inhabitants all deal in the chaos.

This book really brings out how intense the feelings between Rose and Dimitri are. Especially the way in which Rose responds to Dimitri being turned back to a damphir, as well as the bond he developed with Lissa. Rose has a hard time understanding why he pushed her away while pulling Lissa closer.

Lissa feels a strong obligation to Rose throughout the book, and as a reader you get to see just how far she and the rest of the group are willing to go to prove Rose’s innocence in the murder. This results in some scenarios which none of the characters feel particular comfortable in, but they still do it for Rose and their loyalty to her.


Last Sacrifice is a great last book in a series. It does not leave one with any major questions unanswered, instead it ties up everything greatly.

Rating:

★★★★★

 

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