Rating (out of 5): 5 stars
**While we tried to avoid specific spoilers for this particular book, events of the prior novels are referenced freely. **
Each Vampire Academy novel advances in tone and depth as the characters age. In terms of time, only six months has passed from the beginning of the first novel to the closure of Shadow Kiss, book three. But the characters have survived immense trials, and the third book is far more about self discovery and defining one’s future self than the earlier books.
Lissa is fully embracing her role as the last in the royal Dragomir line, while simultaneously learning how to use spirit more fully with Adrian’s help. Christian is trying to define his future with Lissa. He fears the cloud that comes with the Ozera name will taint her at the Royal Court. His insecurities that he isn’t good enough cloud his decisions.
And Rose, oh Rose: She’s grown up so much since the events of Spokane. She’s discovering new effects of being shadow kissed, though not fully understanding them. She begins to battle with her future role. Could she ever come first? Could she have a romantic relationship, if her sole concern is protecting Moroi?
Rose and Dimitri’s relationship is firmly defined. And you can’t help but smile reading the passages when the two get to spend precious moments alone together.
Shadow Kiss is a huge turning point for the Vampire Academy series. The Strigoi threat overwhelms the school and the events of the battles will change things for Rose and the Moroi world permanently.
What I enjoyed the most in Shadow Kiss was the emotional intensity: Rose’s fears about not being able to handle the side effects of Lissa’s magic, her guilt over Mason, her growing love for Dimitri and then the ultimate heartbreak and devastation (which I’m sure Richelle Mead will still be able to up in the next book) were wonderfully done, it took the reader on an overwhelming emotional journey. – Stella (Ex Libris)
The book is amazing, having to choose between the love of your life or your best friend it’s intense. This book is one on my favorites in the series if i had to choose one there are a lot of cute Rose/Christian moments and i love Adrian’s one liners, and of course all the Dimitri and Rose action! – Carly
Recommended for romance and action lovers. – Kelsey
This has to be the best book out of all of them. This book contains A lot of fighting, romance and even sadness. I re-read this book so many times… – Alyssa
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