This review may contain inadvertent spoilers. Proceed at your own risk. Some information and images come from promotional material.
Normally I’d provide the author’s description of the book except in this case, the author reveals a major piece of the last book. And in order to understand this book, you need to know that piece. But knowing that piece will take away from discovering that through reading the books. So I will only provide a portion of the author’s description:
Dimitri gave Rose the ultimate choice. But she chose wrong…
After a long and heartbreaking journey to Dimitri’s birthplace in Siberia, Rose Hathaway has finally returned to St. Vladimir’s—and to her best friend, Lissa. It is nearly graduation, and the girls can’t wait for their real lives beyond the Academy’s iron gates to begin. But Rose’s heart still aches for Dimitri, and he’s out there, somewhere.
As expected, this book is on par with the rest of the series and brings closure to certain things while opening new problems for Rose and Lissa to face together.
Repetitive – I lost count at how many times I’ve read descriptions and differences between Moroi, Strigoi, and Dhampirs. And how spirit is a recent discovery with little understanding. And rehashes of things that happened in previous books. The upside to the repetitive nature is that you could read the first book and then many months later pick up the second book without having to recall minor details of who’s who and whether they are Moroi, Strigoi, or dhampir.