How far will Rose go to keep a promise?
The recent Strigoi attack at St. Vladimir's Academy was the deadliest ever in the school's history, claiming the lives of many. Even worse, the Strigoi took some of their victims with them - including Dimitri. He'd rather die than be one of them, and now Rose must abandon her best friend, Lissa-the one she has sworn to protect no matter what-and keep the promise Dimitri begged her to make long ago. But with everything at stake, how can she possibly destroy the person she loves most?
There was much more of an adventure feel to this book. Rose is on a mission to track down Dimitri in deepest Darkest Russia. Their relationship takes a different turn thanks to the circumstances of the last book - its darker and full of a different set of dangers but at least now she's eighteen. I imagine that to an American reader, the fact that they had a relationship while she was "under aged" would be a little bit scandalous or put some people off all together but in the UK age of consent is actually 16 so its not that weird for me. The only thing I found weird that crossing that line between being teacher and student seemed a little out of character for Dimitri.
We still have all the Lissa Drama going on in the background though Rose is miles away from her. Her character seems to fall apart without Rose around and its a little sad. Her bits almost seem like after thoughts as all the action is surrounding Rose. We do however see a more intense side of Adrian and I think there will be a "fake" dating set up coming. You know what I mean. Where the young heroine tells herself she is over the Love Of Her Life and will try dating this other guy that been interesting, only to drop him like a stone the minute the LOHL comes back. Seen it in Twilight and can see it happening here. It doesn't seem that uncommon with teen supernatural fiction.
Still I give it