When you start the last book in a series you are torn between savoring it and ripping through it. On the one hand you know this is the last time you wWhen you start the last book in a series you are torn between savoring it and ripping through it. On the one hand you know this is the last time you will ever start an adventure with these characters, on the other hand you desperately want to know what will happen to them. So, impatiently and tentatively I opened up Last Sacrifice...
And I really didn't put it down till I turned the last page.
Richelle Mead has the character of Rose down pat. For those who love her for her sarcastic remarks, impulsive decision making and tireless tenacity you won't be disappointed. For those of you who can't stand Rose for those traits, you're going to hate this book. (And honestly, how/why are you still reading?) While perhaps you shouldn't base your own decisions on Rose's way of life, Rose wouldn't be Rose without those traits. Rose might not always take the smart or safe road but she is certainly a breath of fresh air compared to other YA female characters.
Mead carefully juggles the two plots of solving the murder and finding the lost Dragomir. It can be said that this book could have been two books, a lot does happen. However, neither of the two plots could have been closed without the other. And really, who wants to wait another six months for the last book? The bond between Lissa and Rose is used to explore both plots simultaneously. Lissa becomes a much more important character and Rose frequently checks in on her to see what is going on. It was nice to see things through Lissa's mind and learn more about her even if we did have Rose's commentary.
Murder and illegitimate children aside, what we are all really interested in is Rose's love life. To avoid spoilers, let me only say this; if you are the kind of person who can set aside your own personal choice and understand the emotional journey and emotional choices a character makes you will be happy with the ending of the love triangle.
The ending left a lot open. I suspect that some of it will be explored in Bloodlines, but I also suspect that a lot of it will be left up to us to decide. Some people in other reviews have said that it was too clean of an ending and everything was tied up too neatly. The few main characters certainly had happy endings, but they all had journeys to continue and emotional issues to deal with.
eta: I did have some faults with the book, though very few. I felt that the guilt Rose feels towards the end of the book was covered up very quickly. It would have been nice to see that she was still dealing with her actions towards the end of the book and that this was something she would have to learn to live with. The dissapearance of her guilt definitely made the book feel too tidy, but my review stays at five stars....more