By Richelle Mead.
Genre. YA Fantasy.
Series. Vampire Academy (#4)
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?
In book 4 Mead takes her readers on another amazing adventure transporting us all to Russia and the home of our much loved Dimitri. Blood Promise is defiantly one of Meads best novels, the expansion of not only Mead’s skills but her plot too are just fantastic to read. I love how Mead not only takes Rose to Russia to go and hunt the man she loves but she also introduces her readers to Dimitri’s family. Those few chapters of the book were my favorite I loved getting to see another side of Dimitri and the life he lived, meeting his family and understanding the way he was brought up was an amazing element to not only this novel but the rest of the series. As well as learning more about Dimitri the readers are able to learn more about Rose, how she fits into a family and enjoys it, we see her heal from the pain she is suffering from losing Dimitri and in a way healing from being apart from her best friend. Mead also splits the plot into two, we see what Rose is going through but also what Lissa is going through back home due to their bond. the distance between Lissa and Rose also allows Mead to go deeper into the bond and its effects, which I loved as I had wanted to know more about the bond since it was introduced in book 1.
I began reading these books when I was in high school as I read them I loved seeing Rose and Lissa make mistakes but learn and grow from them. As a teenager, the mistakes and lessons learned by these two characters helped me learn too, not only are Mead’s novels fantastic fantasy and action filled books but they can also be a guide for teenagers. Even now that I’m in my 20’s I still love going back and reading the series especially Blood Promise as I feel like this novel is Rose’s stepping stone from a rash teenager into a woman. Mead continues growing a character that is amazingly strong, smart and brave. Rose is not only a wonderful protagonist but she is also an example to readers that despite being stubborn and hiding her feelings she is able to grow in a way that allows her to heal and humble herself. Rose’s transformation in this novel makes not only her character development hugely significant but it also creates a relatable character in a fantastic series.