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Review: Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead

Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead
Published by Penguin

Salvation has its price.
The words stunned Adrian for a moment, but he kept going. "You're lying. What you're describing is impossible. There's no way to save a Strigoi. When they're gone, they're gone. They're dead. Undead. Forever."

Robert's next words weren't directed at Adrian. They were spoken to me. "That which is dead doesn't always stay dead...."

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 Dragomir. It's graduation, and the girls can’t wait for their real lives outside of the Academy’s cold iron gates to finally begin. But even with the intrigue and excitement of court life looming, Rose’s heart still aches for Dimitri. He's out there, somewhere.

She failed to kill him when she had the chance, and now her worst fears are about to come true. Dimitri has tasted her blood, and she knows in her heart that he is hunting her. And if Rose won't join him, he won't rest until he's silenced her...forever.

But Rose can't forget what she learned on her journey—whispers of a magic too impossible and terrifying to comprehend. A magic inextricably tied to Lissa that could hold the answer to all of Rose's prayers, but not without devastating consequences. Now Rose will have to decide what—and who—matters most to her. In the end, is true love really worth the price?

Fall in love with Rose and Dimitri all over again in Spirit Bound, the eagerly awaited fifth novel in Richelle Mead's enthralling Vampire Academy series. 

Out of all the Vampire Academy books I have read so far this one was probably the slowest. You get the feeling that it is setting the scene for an awesome finale and therefore saving all the real action and keeping us hanging on for something big the next book. This was confirmed with the jaw dropping cliffhanger - I am now literally chomping at the bit waiting to get my hands on book six.

The first part of the story involves Rose trying to find a way to save Dmitri. This is resolved much quicker than I anticipated (after a some fast paced action scenes - I love it when Rose gets angry!) and the next part of the book sees Rose and the gang dealing with Dmitri and the problems at court.

I don't want to give too much away so I'm just going to say what I thought about different parts / characters of the book.

Adrian as a character is finally becoming someone I can warm to and I might actually have to start flying the Team Adrian flag. I'm hoping that things turn out OK for him.

I felt for Rose throughout this book. The poor girl doesn't know which way to turn and seems to be taking a battering no matter what way she turns.

The story line involving the mystery behind the Dragomir family I saw coming pretty early on (which is rare for me - I never catch on) but I imagine it will play out well.

The politics in court are as always fascinating. I hope Lissa comes into her own in the next book and really starts to kick ass!

Looking forward to the finale very very much - fingers crossed that it delivers!


Anna said…
I've been hearing such good things about these books for ages--I really have to get around to reading them. Your post has just kick-started me. Time to get started!