A lot of unexpected twists in this book, but that just made it even more exiting !
After a long and heartbreaking journey to Dimitri’s birthplace in Siberia, Rose Hathaway has finally returned to St. Vladimir’s—and to her best friend, Lissa.
It is nearly graduation, and the girls can’t wait for their real lives beyond the Academy’s iron gates to begin.
However, Rose first has to focus on passing her trials to become a guardian and hope it will be enough for her to get assigned to Lissa.
Rose is with Adrian now, but Rose’s heart still aches for Dimitri, and she knows he’s out there, somewhere. She failed to kill him when she had the chance. And now her worst fears are about to come true. Dimitri has tasted her blood, and now he is hunting her. And this time he won’t rest until Rose joins him . . . forever.
Rose is working on a plan to save Dimitri, even though her information may be based on a lie and the plan may endanger her life and Lissa’s. Roses plan involves finding a man called Robert Duru, whom supposedly has saved a Strigois life and gotten them back to life again. To get to Robert, they must first free Victor Dashkov from a mental hospital where he is being held prison after he kidnapped and forced Lissa to heal him and later tried killing Rose and Lissa, as well as convincing his own daughter to turn Strigoi to save him from prison. Victor unwillingly takes them to Robert, in Las Vegas, where they learn that a Spirit user can save a Strigois life when staking them with a Spirit-Magic-Filled stake. This action can only be made by a Spirit user and it will turn him back into a Dhampir. Anyone else tries this will kill the Strigoi.
In saving Dimitris life, like she did Roses, Dimitri and Lissa also becomes shadow kissed, but when Dimitri has been turned back into a Damphir he no longer wants to see Rose. He feels terribly terribly bad at what he did to her while he was a still a Strigoi and he is so certain that he is not worthy of being forgiven that he is not even willing to see the possibility that Roses love is big enough to forgive him. Dimitri tells Rose he no longer loves her, because noone that has done what he did, ever deserves to love again.
Dimitri is held at court and there are many sceptics that don’t believe that he is fully turned into a Damphir again. Most Moroi and other Damphirs believe he is only acting as a Damphir to turn on them and kill them the moment they least expect it. A hearing is set up to find out whether he is or is no longer a Strigoi and during this period Queen Tatiana gets killed and Roses silver stake is found at the scene of crime. Rose gets arrested and is thrown in jail while she claims her innocense and tries convinving everyone that she is not the killer nor would she ever, despite her and the Queens obvious dislike of eachother, kill her.
A quest to find the new Vampire King or Queen starts and 1 member from each of the 12 Royal families are being nominated. Lissa, as the only member of her family line, is one of the 12 candidates, but she is not able to become Queen unless she has at least 1 living family member.
Rose, being in prison, learns about all this from sneaking into Lissas head through the bond and remembers something that she overheard when they were in Las Vegas with Victor Dashkov in search for Robert Duru. He mentioned that Lissas father had been keeping a secret from his family and that somewhere there may be another living member of the Dragomir line.
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