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DescriptionThe recent Strigoi attack at St. Vladimir's Academy was the deadliest ever in the school's history, claiming the lives of Moroi students, teachers, and guardians alike. Even worse, the Strigoi took some of their victims with them . . . including Dimitri. He'd rather die than be one of them, and now Rose must abandon her best friend, Lissa--the one she has sworn to protect no matter what--and keep the promise Dimitri begged her to make long ago. But with everything at stake, how can she possibly destroy the person she loves most?
- Published: 06 April 2010
- Format: Paperback 512 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781595143105 ISBN 10: 1595143106
- Sales rank: 3,135
Reviews for Blood Promise
Love the series
Blood Promise begins right were Shadow Kiss left off. A massive strigoi attack has left St. Vladimir's Academy trying to deal with the multitude of casualties (moroi and dhampir) including Rose's mentor, and lover, Dimitri. She knows that Dimitri has, more than likely, been turned into a Strigoi against his will. Now, she is heading off to Russia to find him and fulfill the promise they made to each other about not wanting to live their lives as a Strigoi.
Through Rose's adventures in Russia and Siberia, readers get to see a wider view of Mead's complicated and original supernatural world. There are lots of new characters and new ideas being thrust as Rose while she tries to find Dimitir. This provides her with real-world training and helps her mature rapidly. She can no longer be the impulsive, carefree teenager she once was. Rose must know use what she has learned both at the Academy and from Dimitri to survive and accomplish her goal.
One of the most poignant plot points is the journey to Dimitri's hometown where Rose meets his mother, grandmother, and sisters. This provides her with a deeper understanding of dhampir culture away from guardian training. Readers and Rose have heard about communities where dhampirs live together without Moroi and provides an interesting perspective on Moroi/dhampir relations. In addition to the non-fighting dhampirs, Rose also sees rogue dhampirs who fight Strigoi without allegiance to the guardians. This allows her to see the positive and negative effects of becoming a vigilante like she has always threatened.
Rose also gains a deeper understanding of strigoi in this book. She is searching for Dimitri and this forces her to interact with quite a few strigoi. The violence of their lifestyle is shown in all its brutal glory as well as the allure of their undead freedom. Readers have heard and seen bits and pieces about the strigoi, but this book provides a true look at the inner workings of this culture and why it can be so seductive and dangerous.
There are many new characters that Rose meets in Russia and Siberia. The two most intriguing are Sydney the Alchemist and Abe Mazur the mysterious Moroi. Alchemists are a group that is new to Rose and she learns quite a bit about their mission to keep moroi/strigoi/dhampirs existence from the human population. Sydney seems to be a difficult character to like at first, but I found her rigid personality to be a fun foil for Rose. Abe Mazur is a flashy moroi who has taken an interest in Rose and seems to have connections throughout the world. I look forward to seeing more from these two fabulous new faces in the Vampire Academy world.
In terms of old characters, most of the book follows Rose's adventures so there is little about the gang back at St. Vlad's. But, readers do get to see some through Rose's connection with Lissa since the guilt that Rose feels for abandoning Lissa in Shadow Kiss forces her to keep watch on her friend. Primarily, readers see Lissa deal with the shame of not helping Rose and of trying to deal with the darker side of her spirit powers without her. This is one of the first times that Lissa is forced to show her strength and it made me like her character a little bit more. We also continue to see Adrian, who communicates with Rose through his dream-walking abilities. This is sweet, humorous friendship that has a deeper undertone which is fascinating to read about.
This book has a nice balance between action and drama with lots of twists and turns being thrown at the reader. The events of Shadow Kiss have turned Rose's world upside down and readers are watching her deal with these developments. Characters are changing and the adventures are getting more dangerous as the series slowly head towards its climax. by Sabrina
Love this series
Unbelievably, Rose has left Lissa behind and traveled to Russia to find the man she loves so she can kill him. She knows the man she loved would never want to be a strigoi, killing those who he would have once died to protect. Rose can't move on until she knows he's at peace. But when the time comes, will she be able to do it? Can she really win against him? They were so evenly matched before he turned - now he will have the strigoi speed and strength to help him. And even if she can do it, what then? Having turned her back on Lissa, she can't just drop back into her old like. And speaking of Lissa, what will happen to her while Rose is off hunting strigoi? All her choices haunt her as Rose fights to do the only right thing she knows to do.
5 stars - A MUST read
The Blood Promise audiobook again changed narrators. I looked ahead and it seems that Emily Shaffer will read the rest of the series. I did like the change this time. Emily added the Russian accents back in that the narrator from book 2&3 had removed. I like the Russian accents. Dimitri just didn't sound like him without one. Emily does a good job with all the voices and I was able to sit back and enjoy the book without being distracted by the narrator, highest praise I can give.
If you follow me on twitter, you may have witnessed my emotional breakdown during this book. I required much reassurance from trusted peeps that I could survive Dimitri as a strigoi. This book was sad. It's supposed to be sad. Rose is in the worst possible place in her life trying to do the worst possible task. What I really liked about this book was the path that Rose traveled. She dealt with grief and pain. She got to know the Dimitri of Russian, the young Dimitri and it was painful. She experienced such impossible situations. While she suffered and fell down many times, she was Rose. Her true heroism was firmly in place. I cried for her. I hurt for her. I was proud of her. She may have wished that she didn't do some of the things she did, but I thought she was noble in her efforts and accomplishments. Why do I make such a big deal out of this? Well, there was a series that I loved that the heroine didn't do what Rose did. She let the trials break her. I won't say what series but needless to say I was worried about Rose. It never happened. Rose is Rose - a kick butt badass in love with another one.
As for the plot, it was crazy intense. Just as I thought I had something figured out, everything turned around and I was reeling. There were so many twists and turns in this story, I was beginning to feel like I had lost my normally incredible ability to figure things about before they happen. Alas, I did figure out a few so it's not gone. Not many though. It's an emotional roller coaster that was so much fun to ride, I was quickly back in line for more. Bring on book five. So glad this series is complete. Don't think I could handle a year wait between books.
Just read it! It's fabulous. by Valerie Fink
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I believe love can be eternal. But still, we are born a mortal.....
Rose painful journey began. Rose went to Dimitri's homeland in hope of finding him. And there she met Sydney, an alchemist. A mysterious woman yet working and having unknown connections that make her help Rose in finding the place where Dimitri grew up in southern Siberia: Omsk. On the way Adrian showed up in her dream still the same and yet hurt can be seen in his eyes he want Rose and Lissa's friendship to be in good terms again. Also Lissa got a new friend called Avery.
While traveling they stop for a while to rest there she fought 2 strigoi one attacked her by surprise, then she panicked, ghost appeared making her head ached, she was to kill the strigoi and dismissed the ghost. Before she collapsed Sydney was able to get near to her for help. She dreamt about Dimitri. When she woke up she found out she was in Dimitri's house. There she celebrate Dimitri's funeral where she Abe or Zmey as the people call him. He warned Rose to come back to where she belongs.
She stays with Victoria a lot thus she met Denis. Being close to Victoria she became protective of her thus making her hate her. When Rose realized that Dimitri needs him, she went to Denis and went to Novosibirsk. There she met Dimitri not as a dhamphir but a Strigoi that hunt her in her dreams. While having Dimitri by her side as she checks Lissa through the bond, she was always being pushed away realizing that Avery has Spirit user. Time is running short, Rose have to choose between being a strigoi or being killed. At the bridge she encounters one of the painful decisions she'll make: kill Dimitri so that he can be save. She's able to stake Dimitri but not hard enough because of the lost blood.
She was able to contact Sydney and ending up with Abe and the couple Mark and Oksana where she met while staying with the Belikovs. She was able to get help from Oksana to help Lissa saved herself from having Avery kill her, using the bond, she was able to help Lissa and returned the spirit that Avery used to her making Avery go insane. Rose went back to St. Vladimir fetched by Adrian. There she met again Lissa and told her adventure, the pain and happiness, after talking for hours Rose was summoned by Alberta offering her to drop back in. She told her that she would be thinking about it while on the way to Lissa and Adrian she reunite with her mother as she talks with her she realized that her father was Abe.
They celebrate their little reunion with a Chinese food. After eating Adrian ask her again of having relationship with him and gave Abe's message. She agrees but he need to give conditions and proposals and went off to start it. While Lissa and Rose went to her room seeing one of the buildings attendants she received a mail. Inside, a stake and a letter with handwriting that Rose wouldn't mistake it for other people none other than Dimitri's. Thus another adventure will come, it will be Rose need to save his prince with Lissa by her side. by Karlien
Reviewed by Jennifer Rummel for TeensReadToo.com
Rose made the choice to hunt down Dimitri in the Strigoi form and kill him, but she has no idea how hard her decision will make her life.
First of all, she has to leave Lissa. Then she has to find Dimitri.
In a roundabout way, she ends up at his family home in Russia, where she tells them her story. They mourn his death and welcome her into the family. Anyone can see how she feels for him. Rose wants nothing more to stay there, but she knows she's just at the beginning of her journey.
When she tracks down Dimitri, she can't help but fall under his spell as he keeps her prisoner. He wants her to turn to the dark side with him. Rose doesn't want to when she's herself, but then he comes in and confuses her. Is she strong enough to escape and do what she came to do?
I love this series. It's so full of twists and turns - surprising the daylights out of me. Plus, each book hangs on a massive cliffhanger that makes the wait time very hard. I love the cover. I love the relationship between Lissa and Rose - and how that's changing. I just love it all!
*Gold Star Award Winner! by TeensReadToo