It's winter break at St Vladimir's, and a massive Strigoi vampire attack has put the school on high alert. This year's trip away from the academy to the wintery peaks of Idaho has suddenly become mandatory.
But Rose's troubles seem to follow her wherever she goes - dealing with the pain of knowing that her relationship with her tutor Dimitri can never be, things get even more complicated when one her closest friends admits his feelings for her.
The glittering winter landscape may create the illusion of safety but Rose - and her heart - are in more danger than she ever could have imagined...
I really enjoyed this second book in the series even though the plot took a little while to get started, with most of the action is int he last 20% of the book.
Dimitri and Rose are still dancing around their forbidden attraction though they make some headway in acknowledging that their feelings for each other aren't going to just go away. However there is a new player on the scene, a Moroi whose intentions towards Rose are uncertain but there is a certain amount of flirtation going on.
Lissa always seemed to be off with her boyfriend in this book which for the most part I was glad of. And I didn't Rose's Mom (who turns up in this book) but I am increasingly curious about Rose's dad - the mysterious Turkish Moroi.
I give it