Blood Promise by Richelle Mead
Rose Hathaway’s life will never be the same.
The recent attack on St. Vladimir’s Academy devastated the entire Moroi world. Many are dead. And, for the few victims carried off by Strigoi, their fates are even worse. A rare tattoo now adorns Rose’s neck, a mark that says she’s killed far too many Strigoi to count. But only one victim matters . . . Dimitri Belikov. Rose must now choose one of two very different paths: honoring her life’s vow to protect Lissa—her best friend and the last surviving Dragomir princess—or, dropping out of the Academy to strike out on her own and hunt down the man she loves. She’ll have to go to the ends of the earth to find Dimitri and keep the promise he begged her to make. But the question is, when the time comes, will he want to be saved?
Now, with everything at stake—and worlds away from St. Vladimir’s and her unguarded, vulnerable, and newly rebellious best friend—can Rose find the strength to destroy Dimitri? Or, will she sacrifice herself for a chance at eternal love? 1
After the tragic events in Shadow Kiss, Rose must do what is best for her, even if it does mean leaving behind her life and those she loves. With only a hunch, Rose sets off on dangerous journey through Russia. Along the way she meets many new people which opens up a new aspect of her world that is kept secret. This new concept broadens the possibilities of the story which can be seen in Richelle Mead series called Bloodlines.
Although Rose has abandoned Lissa and the rest of her friends at St. Vladimir’s, she is still connected through the bond. The bond allows us to stay up to date with the events happening back at school, as well as makes breaks in the suspense of Rose’s story. There is no visible danger to Lissa, but as she explores her magic the negative side effects seem to be taking their toll on her. As Lissa’s actions become more reckless, the danger surrounds her and could cost her her life.
Blood Promise is packed full of adventure and revelations to keep you on the edge of your seat. It also sets the stage for more events to come. New relationships are formed as well as the possibilities of others to grow in the final two novels. Blood Promise is probably my favourite book in the Vampire Academy series thus far. Since the ending is fresh in my mind, it is also the only negative in the novel that I seem to be able to focus on. There is a lot of surprises and even comedy in the final few chapters. There is a point where I think Mead should have ended the novel leaving it on a highly suspenseful cliffhanger that leaves you excited for the thrills to come and even to laugh at how perfect an ending it would have been. Instead she continues on for a page or two, adding more information of what is to come. Instead of helping the ending it reminds me of when a joke is drawn out and beaten to death with explanations that it kills the high.
I hope this does not ruin anything but for those of you who have read the book I wonder if you would also agree with me if Blood Promise should have ended with p. 474 “Do you believe in fairy tales?” I asked, looking up into her eyes. Even as I said the words, I could imagine _______’s disapproval.”
1. Book summary courtesy of Richelle Mead’s webpage.