I thought this was a decent book. It kept me entertained and I wanted to keep reading to find out what would happen. It was a little predictable, but what YA paranormal book isn’t? However, there were some things that happened that I completely did not expect, which was a nice change for me.
I still really liked the characters, though one of them I felt one’s ending was a little incomplete. Once Again, the “shadow kissed” angle really seemed to work well for showing more than one point of view. It really let you know what was going on with the other characters without the author just jumping back and forth every few chapters (*cough, cough* House of Night *cough, cough*).
Most of all, I thought this was a pretty good end to the series. I’m very glad that Mead didn’t decide to drag this on any longer. It was a pretty good story overall, but I don’t think that it would’ve been as good if the story was sucked dry (a little vampire humor for you all).
All in all, I think it was pretty good. I have recommend it to a friend and she seems to be enjoying it.
Rose starts out in her jail cell. She is still being blamed for the death of Queen Tatiana. However, her friends decide to break her out. Dimitri is really the only one that it appears was working with her and they escape together to find Sydney, the alchemist. They end up in Middle of Nowhere, West Virginia. Rose can’t take doing nothing, so she tries to escape from Dimitri and Sydney. In doing so, she alerts the humans that something is up and they head to a different town. On the way, Rose convinces Dimitri and Sydney that they need to look for Lissa’s long lost illegitimate sibling.
They don’t really know where to start looking, so Sydney get’s on her laptop and finds out that the bank account that was for the sibling’s mother has a next of kin listed: Sonya Karp. So they head off in search of her, with Victor and Robert Dashkov not far behind. While Dimitri is trying to keep Sonya restrained, Robert stakes and cures her with his spirit infused stake. The group then convinces Sonya that she needs to lead them to the other Dragomir child. She does, but shortly after they discover it’s Jill, there is a raid of dhampirs. Victor made off with his brother and Jill, Rose and Dimitri ran off. Sonya didn't let anyone see her through compulsion, and ends up finding everyone through dreams.
When all of the runaways are united, they end up fighting over Jill. Victor wants to use her for something, but Rose needs to get her to court so that Lissa can have her counsel seat. Rose ends up being set off by the darkness of spirit that she had been taking from Lissa, and kills Victor. Robert attempts to make him shadow kissed, but Sonya saw what was going on and prevented it. Dimitri helps Rose with the fact that she just killed someone and they have sex (even though she’s supposed to still be with Adrian).
Rose finds out the killer is Tasha Ozera from an alchemist that saw her a man that had a attacked Lissa. She gets Jill into court, and announces her information to everyone. Tasha tires to escape and ends up shooting Rose in the process. She recovers, but the bond between her and Lissa is gone. Rose’s name is cleared (except now Adrian hates her), Lissa is voted queen (and is having trouble dealing with a sister that’s the product of her dad’s cheating), Sydney’s in big trouble for helping Rose. And let’s not forget, the happy-love-story-ending: Rose and Dimitri are together at last. She guards Lissa; he guards Christian.