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December 12, 2010 posted by Christina

Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy, Book 6) – Richelle Mead

Note: If you have not read the Vampire Academy series yet….DO IT. You might not be sold on the first one, but you will be hooked from the second. You must, must check out this series.

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.

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 life is about saving others, who will save you?”

Warning: Though there will be no spoilers (other than discussing plot points already known in the previous novels), there will be a lot of gushing about Richelle Mead’s greatness and Last Sacrifice’s awesomeness.

As a book reviewer, in order to post reviews on a regular basis you need to read books at a certain pace. Usually you set a page goal of how many pages per session to read in order to finish the book in time to review it, which with some books, can feel like a chore. From my perspective as both a reviewer and general reader, the best books are the ones that make you look at a book and think, “oh no, I only have 300 pages left” and you hope somehow another 300 will come from nowhere because you just don’t want that book to end.

Richelle Mead’s stunning conclusion to the Vampire Academy series, Last Sacrifice, fits perfectly into that category of books.

It fits, not because it’s the last book in a series and is expected to be good – which is not always  true since the last book can often make or break a series, but because Last Sacrifice was just that darn good.

When we last saw Rose she had been arrested, accused of killing Queen Tatiana, Dimitri claimed to no longer have feelings for her and had been given clues from the murdered Queen herself about a lost Dragomir, Eric Dragomir’s illegitimate child. The book picks up days after the trial we saw in Spirit Bound and wastes no time getting right into the action.

One by one the answers to five books worth of questions start to reveal themselves as we realize just how well Richelle Mead has interwoven so many plot points to create such a complex but fascinating storyline.

There were so many moment that would make me stop and practically fall off the bed, squirming with excitement over what I’d just read. Particularly at each chapter end there’d be either a shocking reveal or  someone would say something so simple with such a huge impact that would make one of many “OMG/OH SNAP” moments.

Besides the plot itself, it’s the amazing characters that really make this book. They are so well developed and each of them have grown and matured since the first book, being able to read about them again was like hanging out with old friend, it was so comfortable being with them in the story.

Rose for me is always a stand out. It’s probably an understatement but this. girl. kicks. butt. And not just in the literal Strigoi killing kind of way. Rose especially has matured as a character, along with Lissa as well, who have had a role reversal since for once, it’s Rose that is in trouble and needs to be saved. Not that Rose is content to just sit around and wait though…but that’s Rose for you.

I also loved the cameo from my favorite character, the word badass. It’s become pretty notorious in the Vampire Academy series and I think makes only one appearance, but I love it.

I was also very glad to see more of Abe, who has a wicked sense of humour and charisma that Rose obviously inherited, as well as Sydney, who we know will be a character featured in the spin-off, Bloodlines.

It goes without saying that the love triangle between Rose, Dimitri and Adrian is resolved but I really, really can’t say anything at all, because even the slightest comment will give it away. But I will say, that things progressed quite naturally.

As I said earlier, the last book can really make or break a series, and Last Sacrifice finished Vampire Academy off perfectly. You head into the thick of the action with Rose as she battles against accusations, Strigoi, emotions and Spirit and comes out, if possible, even more of a badass than she was before. You’ll hate your body for needing to sleep because it’ll come between you and reading one more chapter.

In future, I trust Richelle Mead with any and all series and their ends because this one was done spectacularly. I can’t believe it’s over, but I’m definitely content. Luckily we don’t have to leave the Moroi and Dhampir world completely as we look forward to Bloodline’s release in August 2011.

If I could it’d be 10000 stars out of 5. But I’ll have to settle for 5 out of 5.

Pages: 594
Publication Date: December 2010
Rating: : ★★★★★

Teaser Quote: He smiled at me . . . fondly. “Ah, my daughter,” he said.
“Eighteen, and already you’ve been accused of murder, aided felons, and acquired a death count higher than most guardians will ever see.” He paused. “I couldn’t be prouder.”

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31 Comments

  • Ooohhh, I can’t wait. It is in my stocking for Christmas, your post has made me want to carefully unwrap and read it!

  • I agree with everything you said!
    when I was reading the last chapters I was like noooo please I need more!

  • It was a really good book with action but honestly I really didn’t like the end with all that happening with Adrian.
    According to me Rose should have picked Adrian and not Dimitri!!!

    • but but but…. wat?

  • Thanks for your review! I agree. I loved the book and the Vampire Academy series. It has been my favorite of the young adult vampire books that I have read, and I was so excited that it ended so well. I am especially excited for the upcoming novels too :)

  • Ok so i LOVED it AMAZING ending Dimitri is amazing and him and rose were meant to be Adrian is also adorable but he just wasnt right for rose! Dimitri is amazing and they will be together forever!

  • No way… Rose and Dimitri belong together.

  • oh my god, i cry thinking about him.
    Dimitri.
    He is an amazing person and i wish i was rose and i wish he was real.
    I cry every time he confesses his soul and pours his heart out to rose.
    D I M I T R I . < 3

    • BACK OFF SIS DIMITRI IS SOOOOOOOOO.. MINE.

  • The ending was both perfect and realistic. The fight between Adrian and Rose near the end was so real that I couldn’t stop reading it. It’s just great. I was def a supporter of Rose and Dimitri. They are both pure equals who balance the other, and that’s why they’re perfect for one another.

    I loved the scenes with Jill and Lissa too. I hope we get to see more of Jill in the spin-off.

    • hi guys i love dimitri isnt he so hot that he makes you sweat??? AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHH!!!! TO BE HONEST HE’S EVEN CUTER THAN THE BOY I LIKE IN MY SCHOOL. I CANT BELIVE I JUST WROTE THAT WITH MY OWN HANDS. I REALLLLLLY MUST BE FALLING FPR DIMITRI

  • Admittedly I was not a fan of Spirit Bound, even though I ADORED the rest of the series. However, Richelle Mead restored my love for VA with this one – it couldn’t have turned out any better, IMO.
    I cannot express the utter relief and happiness I experienced when I realised which way the triangle was going to go. I liked Adrian, but the way Rose acted towards him really put a big dent in my view of her, and hopefully he can get over the self-pity act and become the amazing character Rose knew he could be.
    And even though I like Rose, I do agree with what Adrian said to her at the end – that she rarely thinks of how everyone else will be affected by her actions. She did the right thing, but somewhat thoughtlessly.

    P.S. The love interest in Bloodlines is supposed to be ‘surprising’, so perhaps it’s not Adrian? But who else? If it isn’t Adrian, I will be seriously upset. Adrian & Sydney… Ah, if only. :L

  • I searced everywhere to download a pdf of last sacrifice but nothing. can please someone help me;thank you

    • HI CHRISTINA I’M SORRY I CAN’T HELP YOU BUT I HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM. I NEED HELP TO DOWNLOAD THE PDF of last sacrifice. thank you

  • Ah, 2am on Boxing Day and just finished as I couldn’t put the book down! A perfect end to a series that has had me hooked since the first page.

    Dimitri literally makes me tingle with excitement, he is my perfect man… if only real men were more like him!

    I like to think that Adrian and Jill will get together – I think it’s been hinted at by her overcoming her crush shyness around him, and him offering her advice. I think he needs someone who is dependent on him. And I think the accusations that life hadn’t turned out perfectly for Adrian, Jill and Sydney at the end suggest that they could be the focus of future books… their storylines still need wrapping up.

  • no way the ending was bull, rose should have chosen adrian he trusted her and she broke his heart, the one girl he falls for and she tore his heart up. I just wish adrian could have gotten a happy ending :( he deserves one

    • I LOVE ADRIAN *BALLING HER EYES OUT*

  • can someone PLEASE tell me where I can download this book. I live in Serbia, and here we have only two books. I will DIE ’till last sacrifice comes here. :(

  • Like an ebook? I’m sure if you google it something will come up. Most book major book retailers like Borders sell the ebook version –

    http://www.borders.com.au/search/last+sacrifice+richelle+mead/mediatype/all/type/relaxed/

  • I love the last book…what a way to go out with a bang. It broke my heart at the end during rose and adrian’s fight, but rose ended up with the person she was meant to be with. She loved adrian but like rose said he they weren’t meant for each other like her dimitri were. Very very good book <3

  • yup like ebook. i googled it, but i found only first chapter.
    tnx anyway 😀

  • I loved it. Im in love with the fact that Rose and Dimitri got back together and the fact that she really did love Adrian. Again. I hate Lissa and didnt really like that she got to be the Queen cuz shes shallow and can go get eaten by strigoi for all i care. Rose was amazing yet again and was surprised to see who the sister was, because thats what my mum and dad call me. So yeah LOVE UR REVEIWS!!

    -Gillyan Rose Hathaway xoxo

  • Just Finished!!!
    It was amazing! Though part of me was glad she got back together with Dimitri, Adrian is the sweetest, and i hated her for a while for hurting him so bad :'(
    In the spin off I think Adrian will find someone special :)

    • adrian i think dose find someone in the book of bloodlines
      you have to read it it’s the best series everrrrrrrrrr

  • Wow! Its prob. a great BK!!

  • Oh gee.. Ol of ur comments mke me go tingly wif excitement.. I soooo wnt 2 read it now.. Lolz.. I hope its as good as u guys say it is.. Haha..

  • I cried when rose broke it off w. adrian. omg he was so hurt:(

  • I loooooovvvvvveeeee The Vampire Acadamy series! Last Sacrafice would have to be the best though! I am glad Dimitri ended up with Rose although I wish her and Adrian could at least be friends.

  • I loved Last Sacrifice! Dimitri is so hot and he and rose totally belong together!!

    check out my review of last sacrifice:
    http://readingwhiledreaming.blogspot.com/2011/07/last-sacrifice-review.html

  • i absoultiy love the vampire series when heard last sacrific was the last book i was sad but then i heard richelle mead was writing a new series i when’t crazy the new sereies is called blood lines thye book is already out the second book is called the golden lily comes fall 2011 can’t wait love the vampire series and the vampires
    dilveen 14

  • hav read the 1st chapter of last sacrifice n cant find the rest…. help me!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it was left on a cliff hanger, someone tell me if she is proven non guilty, please pleaz plez
    plez !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! btw dimitri iz SOOOOOOOOOO smoking hot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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