Vampire Academy #6: Last Sacrifice – Richelle Mead

Vampire Academy

Warning! There will be spoilers!


Vampire Academy is without any shred of doubt in my mind, my absolute favorite series of all time. I have read the entire series over and over again and I hope to continue doing so until I’m all old and wrinkled.
Hidden within these amazing pages is a story about friendship, forbidden romance, magic, mystery, power, lust, family and self discovery that I can connect with on so many levels.
Also, anyone who follows me on any type of social media knows that my OTP of all time is Lissa and Christian. What about Rose and Dimitri? you might be thinking. Don’t worry! I love them very much as well, but although I see a lot of myself in Rose (her impulsiveness, stubbornness and passion) I think when it comes to a romantic relationship I can see so much more of myself and my boyfriend in what Christian and Lissa have. (I have also made myself a Christian and Lissa poster which I put on Twitter to prove my point).
Either way, I have found so much joy and life lessons from reading these books and am glad to finally be able to review them all.

Published: December 7th, 2010


Page Count: 608
“They come first.

My vision was growing dimmer, the blackness and ghosts closing in. I swore it was like I could hear Robert whispering in my ear: The world of the dead won’t give you up a second time. Just before the light completely vanished, I saw Dimitri’s face join Lissa’s. I wanted to smile. I decided then that if the two people I loved most were safe, I could leave this world.

The dead could finally have me.


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 guardians 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 whole life is about saving others, who will save you?”




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Last Sacrifice is nothing more than the ultimate and perfect wrap-up to the best series written of all time (in my opinion). This is where all the chips fall into place for everyone and also sets up part of the plot for Bloodlines. (I’m talking major foreshadowing). It is also the most diverse book, in my opinion, because of all the locations visited. Unlike all the other Vampire Academy books, where the biggest locations are St. Vladimir’s Academy and the Court, Rose and her entourage visit at least a good extra five locations. Also the plot itself is extremely diverse. No more high school games here, this is all about life and death. Rose running as a fugitive from a crime she hadn’t committed, trying to find the actual murderer, finding the lost illegitimate Dragomir, Lissa having to deal with the monarch trials and just the general politics of the Court. And on top of that, Rose needs to deal with being torn between having a comfy life with Adrian and the undeniable sexual tension heating up between her and Dimitri. 


I would definitely say that Last Sacrifice is my favorite of all the books, since it took all of the other five books to buildup a world and the relationships needed to really bring out the big guns with this last installment. I can’t help but always end up crying at the end of this book, since it’s just so jam-packed with heartache and bravery and sacrifice. I think Lissa’s coronation was the perfect setting for the end of the book; it gives us a nice ending for all of our characters (whom we won’t see very much of in Bloodlines) and seeing Lissa being crowned queen of the Moroi is really the cherry on top as far as the plot goes.


I would like to start of by applauding Richelle for bringing us so many complex characters for us to love. Rose is by no means the perfect eighteen year old girl out there, but that’s exactly what makes her so relatable. Sometimes there are going to be moments that make us want to roll our eyes or shake some sense into her, but it’s exactly those weaknesses and faults that create such an interesting person and makes me want to get to know her. I love just how strong she is and how determined she will strive towards her goal, not accepting anyone else’s ideas of perfection but her own. She doesn’t want to die and so she will give her all in order to ensure that. 

“My death is not some appointment penciled in on a calendar.”


Not only Rose, but also Lissa’s flaws shine through in this book. Only when Lissa needs to go through her monarch trials does she realize just how hard it is for her to be alone, and I think it’s a big turning point for her. All her life, she’s been pampered as a princess, given all the comforts and luxuries she’s ever needed (let’s just ignore those two years when she and Rose ran away, shall we? hehe). It really does push her to the limit emotionally and she really does develop into the best Moroi queen the vampires could have ever asked for. Rose is good at being physically capable of taking care of herself but isn’t very good at putting her thoughts into words, whereas Lissa is great at politics but needs someone else to take care of her safety. The two of them balance each other out perfectly, as do Rose/Dimitri and Lissa/Christian in different ways and that’s why I love both of these couples so much. I think throughout most of the series, Lissa has always been classified as being the perfect princess, whom bad things always happen to and who always needs protecting. But I think especially at the end, when she finds out about Jill being her half-sister does the reader see that also Lissa has a hard time accepting certain things and does sometimes slip up and act less than perfect but also has the strength within herself to deal with all the issues without Rose being there to pull the darkness of spirit from her.  


“Sometimes the greatest tests of our strength are situations that don’t seem so obviously dangerous. Sometimes surviving is the hardest thing of all.”




I must say that despite the fact that I know exactly who is the culprit of Tatiana’s murder, Tasha’s betrayal still hurts me each time I read the story. She had definitely become a very liked character over the series, and it was an extremely hard blow for me the first time I had read the book. Obviously, once you reread the book you can tell that Tasha was very sneaky and clever and you can see the telltale signs of her betrayal, but it’s still extremely saddening at the end, especially for Christian.  

Rose and Dimitri’s sexual tension was amped up a lot in this book, and it was extremely heartbreaking to finally see Dimitri coming to the realization that he had made a mistake in letting her go, as well as seeing him actually accept Rose and Adrian’s relationship and letting her go. 
Seeing Adrian get broken up with was extremely difficult as well (even though us Bloodlines readers know that there isn’t much to worry about anymore). I don’t in any way think that Rose sleeping with Dimitri while she was still ‘together’ with Adrian was the right and honorable thing to do, but I also think that she was completely right in discovering that Adrian sees himself as a helpless victim and that isn’t the character and strength of the person that Rose needs to be with. She needs an equal, someone who will always be there to protect her and who can keep up with her crazy adventures, and Dimitri is exactly that someone.


“You’ve always been my equal, Roza.” 

“Because sometimes, a person can get so caught up in the details that they miss the whole. It’s not just the dress or the hair. It’s you. You’re beautiful. So beautiful, it hurts me.” 



I do absolutely love the way the entire book progressed, both from Rose’s point of view and her adventures, as well as being able to keep tabs on Lissa and how the monarch trials were going. Despite the fact that I am a huge Rose fan, I do have to admit that life at the Moroi Court did always interest me a tiiiiny bit more than anything else, because the politics and life of the nocturnal vampire world really do fascinate me. I just absolutely love this supernatural world that Richelle had thought up and I just can’t keep stressing that enough.   



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“Sometimes the greatest tests of our strength are situations that don’t seem so obviously dangerous. Sometimes surviving is the hardest thing of all.”



“Sometimes talking to you is like talking to myself: pretty damned annoying.”



“Apparently, Tatiana was as annoying in death as she had been in life.”



“Hey, you’d benefit from a wardrobe change,” said Adrian. “Besides, I bet you’d look great in a halter top.”



“Ah, my daughter,” he said. “Eighteen, and already you’ve been accused of murder, aided felons, and acquired a death count higher than most guardians will ever see.” He paused. “I couldn’t be prouder.” 



“You managed to get to get him a duster, but you couldn’t find me a pair of jeans?” 



“Great,” I said. “Another conference call. I have really got to start blocking your number.”



“Do all Strigoi go through some boot camp and learn all the same threats? It’s a wonder you don’t cackle too.’ 



“Some rules are bigger than the universe.” 



Black smiled radiantly. “May I call you Vasilisa?”  

“You can call me Lissa.”  

“You can also,” added Christian, “let go of her hand now.”



“What the hell?” I asked, “Is this daring escape being sponsored by Honda?”



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