Series: Vampire Academy

Review: Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy #6) by Richelle Mead

Posted on 06/02/2011 in Book Review / 3 Comments

Review: Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy #6) by Richelle MeadLast Sacrifice by Richelle Mead
Series: Vampire Academy #6
Published by Razorbill on 12/7/2010
Genres: Paranormal Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 594
Format: eBook
Source: Library

Rose Hathaway has always played by her own rules.


She broke the law when she ran away from St. Vladimir’s Academy with her best friend and last surviving Dragomir Princess, Lissa. She broke the law when she fell in love with her gorgeous, off-limits instructor, Dimitri. And she dared to defy Queen Tatiana, leader of the Moroi world, risking her life and reputation to protect generations of dhampir guardian to come.


Now the law has finally caught up with Rose- for a crime she didn’t even commit. She’s in prison for the highest offense imaginable: the assassination of a monarch. She’ll need help from both Dimitri and Adrian to find the one living person who can stall her execution and force the Moroi elite to acknowledge a shocking new candidate for the royal throne: Vasilisa Dragomir.


But the clock on Rose’s life is running out. Rose knows in her heart the world of the dead wants her back… and this time she is truly out of second chances. The big question is, when your life is about saving others, who will save you?"

(***SPOILERS***) As usual, Richelle Mead brings us into the story at a brisk, action-filled pace.  Rose’s family and friends spring her from her cell and she’s suddenly on the lamb, running for her life (and trying to save Lissa’s) with Dimitri.  The 1st-person narration allows us an intimate look inside her head (and often, Lissa’s head as well, through their bond) and is told exceptionally well.  The title, Last Sacrifice, leads us to believe someone will be sacrificed and I’d certainly understand it if that actually happened.

But Last Sacrifice is lacking against the other 5 in the series.  It felt rushed, as if Richelle Mead couldn’t wait to tidily clean up and clear up any questions.  Some scenes seem to be placed just for filler: the Keepers, for example.  I’m able to suspend reality, but hillybilly vampires is really stretching the envelope. I did enjoy some key sequences: watching Lissa compete and take reign as Moroi Queen.  I feel it’s a worthy position for her, given her development in character over the last novel or two.  I’d like to have seen more of the After Elections, because a young Moroi queen is apparently rare, and very intriguing.  Rose and Dimitri’s relationship is conveniently wrapped up in a pretty package, bow and all, and presented to us as if to ask, “Here you go, happy now?”  I am, but it felt pretty meh. I was also disappointed in the disappearance of the bond shared between Lissa and Rose.  It’s explained away pretty dismissively, as if bonds disappear between two people all the time.  The only true mentions of it are as Rose is recovering and says she feels as if she’s missing a limb.  But that’s pretty much it.  I guess I just expected more. Last Sacrifice does wrap the series up nicely though.  It’s full of action, earlier characters are brought forth again and the growth from book one through Last Sacrifice is very obvious.  I enjoyed finishing the series and overall, I’d rate it a solid 4.  If it were turned into a mini-series, I’d probably watch it. 🙂

Courtesy of

About The Author:  Scorpio Richelle Mead is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy books for both adults and teens.  Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington where she works on her three series full-time. Before becoming a writer, she considered a few different career paths. She received a liberal arts degree from the University of Michigan, an MA in Comparative Religion from Western Michigan University, and a Master in Teaching (Middle & High School English) degree from the University of Washington. In the end, she decided writing was the way for her but believes all of her education prepared her for it.

A life-long reader, Richelle has always had a particular fascination with mythology and folklore. When not writing,, she enjoys bad reality TV, traveling, trying interesting cocktails, and shopping for dresses. Lots of dresses. She is a self-professed coffee addict, fights a constant (and losing) battle with procrastination, and has a passion for all things wacky and humorous.