Is Rose’s fate to kill the person she loves most? It’s springtime at St. Vladimir’s Academy, and Rose Hathaway is this close to graduation. Since Mason’s death, Rose hasn’t been feeling quite right. She has dark flashbacks in the middle of practice, can’t concentrate in class, and has terrifying dreams about Lissa. But Rose has an even bigger secret …. She’s in love with Dimitri. And this time, it-s way more than a crush. Then Strigoi target the academy in the deadliest attack in Moroi history, and Dimitri is taken. Rose must protect Lissa at all costs, but keeping her best friend safe could mean losing Dimitri forever…
“Even I make mistakes. I know it’s hard to believe—kind of surprises me myself—but I guess it has to happen. It’s probably some kind of karmic way to balance out the universe.”
Wow, there is a lot that happens in Shadow Kiss. This is the book that changes the course of the entire series. After this, we’re no longer children in school, we have things to do. There is a balance going on, between school and real life, learning for their futures and having their futures kick them in the teeth. There are some pacing issues, I wish there was less of some parts of the story and more than others. It dragged on for a little bit.
Yet this end was such a kick in the teeth, even after ten years. The end of Shadow Kiss makes up for a lot of ills. It just crushed me, even though I knew what was happening.
It is finally time for the Senior Guardian’s trial. They have to follow a moroi around and protect them from the teacher’s mock strigoi attacks. During this, Rose thinks she is going crazy. She is seeing the ghost of Mason, and she is hiding it from everyone, even Lissa. This causes a lot of trouble, a lot of strife, and Rose really, really doesn’t think it through. I’m the most disappointed with Rose over this issue. I feel like she let both Lissa and I down.
There is also the fierce debate: Dimitri vs Adrian. Dimitri has that quiet, steadfast quality. You can rely on him for anything. Then there is Adrian, he plays a party boy. He is a party boy. Yet, behind all that, Adrian is a guy that will help you anyway he can. He cares. Rose knows that she won’t be with Adrian, she loves Dimitri too much. Yet it is kind of really funny how everyone assumes that her and Adrian are together, anyway. Like really, really funny.
For years and years, I held the belief that this was a proper end to the series. It could have ended here, and I would have been happy. It takes us to the end of the story, just not the end we thought we were getting. Now, ten years later, I can view this with a new set of eyes. Now I realise that this couldn’t possibly be the end. There is just too much left undone. The story as I understand it just needs more. My only wish as I read this now is that I wish was that this was the end of Rose as the protagonist, and someone new would take over.
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