I just finished Blood Promise by Richelle Mead. WELL WORTH THE WAIT!!! Newest addition to my all time favorites. At 503 pages, the longest book yet in the series, this book contained more than the standard action packed story. Mead takes the reader on a rollercoster of emotion as Rose begins the healing process of grieving her lover, leaving her best friend, and leaving life behind to keep promises made. Dimitri was a Guardian and teacher that was devoted to protecting others from strigoi; it was Rose's promise to kill him if ever awakened as a Strigoi. Blood Promise was a change in pace with Mead having to start all over with a new setting and all different characters. I love all the characters in the Vampire Academy Series, and look forward to seeing more of the new characters in the next book. After finishing the third book Shadow Kissed I was in a state of pure shock and despair; Blood Promise left me with a optimistic look for the next book. Please do not misunderstanding Mead offered the normal kick butt and action packed book that we are used to, but I also felt that the author has exceled offering the reader so much more than a great story. So here is to waiting for the Spirit Bound in May 2010.
Blood Promise Description from Richelle Meads Website:
Rose Hathaway's life will never be the same. 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? Now, with everything at stake—and worlds away from St. Vladimir's and her unguarded, vulnerable, and newly rebellious best friend—can Rose find the strength to destroy Dimitri? Or, will she sacrifice herself for a chance at eternal love?