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 dhampir guardian 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 life is about saving others, who will save you? (from Goodreads)
This is the final book in the Vampire Academy series and it does an excellent job of tying up lose ends. I am very glad to know there will be a spin off series however because I am nowhere near ready to give up this world. The first book is titled Bloodlines and will be released August 23, 2011.
The last book ended with the murder of the queen and Rose’s arrest. This book centers around Rose’s escape with the help of her friends and their attempt to discover the real murderer. Of course, there are several subplots as well, the most important of which is the love triangle between Rose, Dimitri, and Adrian. Just like the Hunger Games series, there cannot be a happy ending for everyone.
There were a number of surprising revelations in the last few chapters, but the book did not seem rushed. I would like to go back and re-read the other books in the series to see if there were any clues foreshadowing some of the things that came to light.
I was totally shocked at the identity of the murderer, but I shouldn’t have been. The motive was there, I just didn’t see it.
All in all, an excellent ending to the series.