The time has come for Rose Hathaway to make a choice. After the attack on St. Vladimir’s Academy left so many dead, injured, or missing, Lissa needs her more than ever. Rose is frantic after Dimitri was taken and with her worst fears confirmed, needs to find him and give him the peace they both said they would have wanted, if the worst should ever happen. Does Rose have the strength to leave the Academy and say goodbye to her best friend? To cross countries in search of Dimitri and if she can, kill him for the final time. In doing so, can she survive it.
Blood Promise has so many heartbreaking moments, I’m not even sure where to begin. I thought Shadow Kiss was emotionally charged but this one is just on a whole new level.
Rose is such a wonderful character. The amount of strength she has, the pain she has to go through and the determination to see someone she loves find peace is just amazing. She is so well written she feels like a real person and I feel for her with everything she has to endure. And she really does get put through it in this book.
I found Lissa’s feelings of abandonment very sad and it didn’t surprise me when she started to go off the rails. You knew all wasn’t right with her, when new character Avery seemed to be trying to take Rose’s place. I felt nothing good could come of it. I did think Avery’s character was well written, just little hints but it was only really when you knew what she was up to that it added up. It was also hard knowing Rose could see some of what was happening and it was just adding to the guilt she already felt about leaving.
A new organisation and character was introduced and I liked the concept. It did seem strange that even though the living vampires and dhampirs kept themselves out of human society as much as possible, there needed to be something that allowed them to cross paths without too much trouble. Enter the Alchemists. Sydney is an interesting character and I thought the way her dislike of dhampir’s and vampires started to change over the course of the story was well done.
Dimitri.. aaah. Those sections were the hardest for me to read, to see Rose come so far, so determined then almost give in and become what she dreads the most. Dimitri as a Strigoi is just plain scary. A nice touch, however, is that even undead he still feels a strong connection to Rose, even if it is now a broken and twisted thing.
The real strength of character in Rose came to the fore, when she realised Lissa was in serious trouble and she had to finish what she came to Siberia to do. She still has a place in the living world, however tormented she felt about it, and that she still wanted to find peace for Dimitri through love and not hatred was very powerful. It still wasn’t easy though.
Managing to save Lissa, even though she was thousands of miles away was brilliantly done. Using her shadow kiss bond along with another spirit user, to do what she always promised; to protect her.
Rose’s last moments with Dimitri are the most heartrending and what she was prepared to do rather than be turned reduced me to tears.
An emotional, engaging and thrilling read.