The Vampire Academy Series: Blood Promise (#04) by Richelle Mead
Publish date: 2009
Publisher: Penguin Group (Australia)
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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?
Blood Promise is the fourth book in Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy Series. This review is written assuming you have read the previous books. If you haven’t, there are links below to my reviews for earlier books in the series.
Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy #3) ended with a massive gut-punch that shook the story up and changed everything. Most people when discussing this series say that that is the point where they cry the most in this series, but this isn’t true for me. Personally, this book is like Mead has her hand on the knife that she thrust into my back at the end of Shadow Kiss, and is twisting … slowly … for the entire book! It is quite epic though! If you thought you couldn’t get passed Shadow Kiss I strongly urge you to reconsider. Blood Promise is worth it.
For a start, there are introductions to more new characters! The likes of Abe Mazur, and Sydney Sage (*squee*!!) finally make an appearance, along with Avery, Olena, Yeva, Karolina, Sonya, Viktoria, Paul, and can I just say, Oksana and Mark are pretty awesome! Seriously, Blood Promise is worth reading just to meet some of these awesome new characters!
Okay, God, I thought. Get me out of this and I’ll stop my half-assed churchgoing ways. You got me past a pack of Strigoi tonight. I mean, trapping that one between the doors really shouldn’t have worked, so clearly you’re on board. Let me get out of here, and I’ll … I don’t know. Donate Adrian’s money to the poor. Get baptized. Join a convent. Well, no. Not that last one.
Awesome characters aside though, Rose has a lot of challenges to face in Blood Promise. She’s set out to hunt the man she loves – which you know is going to be difficult and heartbreaking – and through the bond she’s aware of how much Lissa misses her and is able to stay up to date with all the dramas still happening at St. Vladimir’s. Only now, while being such a great distance away from Lissa and the rest of the gang, there is nothing that Rose can do to help them all.
“So … you’re trying to relive your glory days. It’s all gone downhill since then, huh?”
“No way,” said Adrian. “I’m like a fine wine. I get better with age. The best is yet to come.”
Avery Lazar and Adrian Ivashkov
Someone is tampering with the gangs minds and slowly destroying their reputations (and lives). I feel that in Blood Promise, is when we get to see both Adrian and Christian start to get stronger – and it’s great to see more of Jill too! I love that Jill – despite not wanting to – is prepared to stand up to Lissa when she is so convicted of something. I also love that of all the characters, in Blood Promise, Adrian is quite possibly the steadiest of them all – he kind of becomes the groups rock in this story.
“And,” he added, “I can visit people in their dreams.”
Christian held up a hand. “Stop. I can feel there’s a comment coming on about how women already dream about you. I just ate, you know.”
Adrian Ivashkov and Christian Ozera
I’m going to go on a limb here and say that Blood Promise is my favourite book in the Vampire Academy series … perhaps it may be tied with Last Sacrifice … Either way, you should give it a read. There are perhaps less witty remarks in this story, but the situation is … well … pretty bad. You still need to read Blood Promise – it’s worth it, I promise.
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