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by Richelle Mead

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Young Adult

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The newest chapter in Mead's darkly mesmerizing vampire drama further explores the complex and increasingly controversial relationship between the vampire Moroi and their guardians, the Dhampirs. Through Rose's eyes, the versatile Mead explores the difficulties of growing up -- as well as coping with making decisions that could rock society. Themes of freedom, honor, sacrifice and horrific loss imbue this story with devastatingly real emotions and tragic events that lead to a haunting cliff-hanger ending. Outstanding!

Still reeling from the death of her friend Mason, who was killed by the evil Strigol vampires, Dhampir/ Guardian Rose Hathaway is reacting in atypical ways. It feels as if a darkness has begun to grow within her mind. When Rose thinks she sees Mason's ghost, she fears for her sanity.

All her life Rose has prepared to become a Guardian to her best friend, Lissa, the last Dargomir vampire princess, even if that means sacrificing her life and happiness. That commitment is now being put to the test as Rose's forbidden feelings for handsome fellow Guardian Dimitri Belikov continue to grow. (RAZORBILL, Nov., 256 pp., $8.99, IBSN: 9781595141972, MM, 14 and Up)

Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith

Publisher: Razorbill

Published: November 2008

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