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Thirst No. 5: The Sacred Veil (Thirst #5)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  3,043 Ratings  ·  257 Reviews
It's no dream.
At last the truth of what happened during those hellish days has come back to her.

In her five thousand years as a vampire, Alisa - or Sita, as she was originally called - has experienced the equivalent of fifty lifetimes. Every moment of her immortal life is seared deep into her being. Every person she has loved, every victim she has killed - their faces are
Paperback, 441 pages
Published March 5th 2013 by Simon Pulse (first published March 1st 2013)
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Jenn It's not the last one, don't worry. Christopher Pike says that he is working on the next book.
If you checked out his post on Facebook page, he says…more
It's not the last one, don't worry. Christopher Pike says that he is working on the next book.
If you checked out his post on Facebook page, he says that "I know S&S advertised that “The Sacred Veil: Thirst 5” would be the last of Sita’s books but I never planned it that way. There will be one last Thirst book and it will be the best one. Sita’s father will return and be a point of view character. And someone else very important to Sita will also return -- a person I’ll keep secret for now. Plus John will finally play his main role. John, Matt, Sita’s father -- all three of these characters will be crucial to the last book."
Theresa Yes, I agree. It read like a rehash of "Creatures of Forever" which I think is Thirst 2 in the re-release. I guess Seymour's 'made up ending' wasn't…moreYes, I agree. It read like a rehash of "Creatures of Forever" which I think is Thirst 2 in the re-release. I guess Seymour's 'made up ending' wasn't so far off after all....(less)

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May 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Sacred Veil is the fifth and final volume in the Thirst series by Christopher Pike. Altogether, it's the ninth volume.

Finished: This book is amazing! I liked how Christopher Pike left the ending open, so we readers can think what happens. Plus, he has said he wants to write more on Sita.

08/04/13 - In my opinion, the Thirst books should be under Adult Fiction.

07/04/13 - Here is a message that Christopher Pike has posted on Facebook:

"Thirst 5, everyone is writing me about Thirst 5. I’m reall

Mar 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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I'm at a loss! I've been reading about Sita since I was 16 years old. This CAN'T be the end.
What people don't realize when they look at the cover of this book is that these are NOT teenage vampire books. These are not even CLOSE to what's popped up on the shelves recently. These are adult, smart, thought-provoking and the real deal. The topics brought up in 'The Last Vampire' series, (I won't call it 'Thirst') are what led me to explore certain philosophies and comparative religion. These books
Aug 19, 2012 rated it did not like it
A summary of my opinion of the series by volume: YAY, yay I suppose, meh, Yay, BOO. What a useless pile of garbage; I fully expected this book to be useless when it was announced because the series has had 3 logical, well-made endings so far and I knew this was pushing Pike’s luck. At least Thirst 3 was relatively justified by the follow-up and greatness of Thirst 4. But there’s not really setup in this book for more stuff; it’s just like…a mishmash of different stories, and Sita being alternate ...more
Mar 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
You have got to be kidding me! There is absolutely no way this is the final book, that ending leaves so much to be known. The very corse of who and what Sita is, is just left hanging there. Please Christopher Pike, you must write more!

So on to the book as a whole. It was great. These characters are in my top 5 of all time favorites. They really come alive, I have to remind myself every so often that they are not real people. Some may get frustrated with how the story is told, there are so many m
Mar 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
3.5-4 stars. It might have been more if I had liked the ending. I really don't know if he is going to write any more of these books and I really hate cliff hanger endings so I really hope there is at least one more to let me know what happens to all these people.

I did really like how all the different religions were pulled together throughout this series and have enjoyed the books. I just would have liked one more chapter for closure if there isn't going to be another book in the series...if th
Jun 23, 2012 marked it as to-read


What could it possibly be about?


Well I'm looking forward to it anyway!
Mar 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
There’s a fellow Christopher Pike fan I’ve gotten to know while working at the bookstore. I emailed him recently with my thoughts on Thirst No. 5: The Sacred Veil. As I was typing, I realized I could use it as my review so here it is:

I just finished Thirst 5. I literally OMG'ed when I reached the end. I may have told you The Last Vampire series has never been a particular favorite of mine but over the years I have grown to become fond of Sita (and Seymour!) Our 5000+ year old heroine puts other
Jun 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
I "friended" Christopher Pike on Facebook. This was an important move, because for the first part of reading "Thirst No. 5: The Sacred Veil" I thought, perhaps, just maybe, Pike had a ghost writer. I felt bad for thinking this, but the book felt a little different compared to the others -- actually, the last three (the newest ones) felt that way to me.

But, I guess, after leaving a story lie for years and then picking them back up, the voice may come back just a TAD bit different. Maybe? I don't
Mar 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It's no dream.
At last the truth of what happened during those hellish days has come back to her.

In her five thousand years as a vampire, Alisa - or Sita, as she was originally called - has experienced the equivalent of fifty lifetimes. Every moment of her immortal life is seared deep into her being. Every person she has loved, every victim she has killed - their faces are forever part of her.

Yet, strangely, a handful of memories have been lost to Alisa. As she and her friends embark on a search
Jul 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Megan Erin Blum
Jul 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
The cover looks amazing, u can see it at Amazon. and omg im freaked about it. <3
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Oct 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Holy Shit i just pissed in my pants......... I HAD NO IDEA THERE WAZ GOING TO BE A 5th ONE......o.k i must throw a party for this :DDD
Wolf (Alpha)
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing. I will make sure to look for more of Christopher Pike's books. I feel bad for Sita. since she had to kill her only daughter. I really like Sita and I think that it was an amazing thing that she was turned into a vamp. I liked this book a lot. I can't believe that this is the end on the series though.
Courtney Juneau
Apr 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I have loved the Thirst series from the very beginning, but I had my doubts when I found there would be a fifth. I felt Pike wouldn't be able to drag it out any longer, therefor making a novel that would be uninteresting. Nonetheless, I decided to buy it the day it came out. As I was reading it, I was also reading East of Eden by John Steinbeck, (no words could describe this book) so I read about half of the book one night, and then stopped for quite a while to read East of Eden. When I picked i ...more
Mar 10, 2013 rated it it was ok
I feel like I’ve read this book before….and oh wait, I have! Pike has already done the whole alien/time traveling blah blah blah nonsense. Does he think his readers are retarded and can’t remember or something? Also, how many times is this freaking story going to end?! What, are we on the third ending or something? I liked that he brought it back and tried to make it available to a new generation of vampire fans, however, this latest attempt just makes me annoyed that I wasted my time and money ...more
Aug 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Wow. Whoever thought the vampire genre wasn't toast?

The reason this vampire book succeeds is because Thirst, although it may appear otherwise based on the cover and blurb and such, isn't primarily a vampire novel. It's a thriller that happens to involve vampires. Too many books cashing in on the vampire craze feature vampires and no actual good qualities; they're written terribly, or aren't characterized, or have no plot. The Thirst series does not fall into this category; it's fast-paced, intri
Mar 10, 2013 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book. But there was way too much spiritual nonsense in it. The ending always seem to come down to one thing: the night Sita was made a vampire. Repeatedly. Everything always goes back to the past. There was barely anything NEW. I thought the fight against the Telar was great, but this book just went downhill from the beginning.
Edwin Rodriguez
Oct 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This what I have been waiting for, the epic conclusion to Sita's story. I cannot wait for this book to hit the shelves. After I am done reading "The Hunger Games" series I'm going straight to this one...
Penny Landon
Jun 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
As much as I wanted to hate this book because the series never seems to wrap up perfectly I loved this new Sita story. While a lot of the really great action in this book happens during the flashbacks of Sita's experience during WWII and the holocaust, I still found it gripping and entertaining. It made up for the almost complete lack of action in the present day plotline until the last twenty pages or so.

Out of all the Pike books this series has to be one of his most complicated and dynamic, w
Zanib  Sajjad
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I can't decide between a five stars or four stars, so I'll go with 4.5.

Being the fifth book in a series I read a while ago, I was reluctant to pick It up. I couldn't remember much from the first four books, and when I saw this one, I looked over it. Then, just a few weeks ago, I decided to give this book a go because I had enjoyed the first four books, and I absolutely love Christopher Pike's style of writing. It is very professional. Let me begin by saying that I
Mar 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
This book just jumped all over the place. First, we have the plot line carried in from Thirst No.4, then we have Sita's past popping up: her time in Auschwitz, the tale of Veronica, and Krishna. The beginning plot involving what happened in No. 4 seems to get lost somewhere in the middle, or at the very least, distorted. I may be mistaken, but its like the book just jumps from plotline to plotline in a very confusing and fast-paced manner.

While the multiple plotlines may have been hard to follow
Feb 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
I don't suspect that many YA books will make people want to read up on WWII history and pickup the Mahabharata on the way AND read the New Testament just for good measure, but that's exactly what I plan to do next. Christopher Pike has a wonderful gift of fictionalizing history and infusing it with spirituality. If you're uninitiated to all things Pike, you will likely be pleasantly surprised or turned off. I happen to have an open mind and I truly enjoy these juxtapositions, even the liberty he ...more
Apr 07, 2013 rated it liked it
WTH! Ok first off this story has ended and restarted several times and its getting really annoying, but of course I feel obligated to continue to read the series. Finally we see Matt and Sita come together. Great! I've been waiting for that. But we get to the very end and yet again she tries to prevent herself from becoming a vampire only this time Matt is there. But he. Doesn't stop her and she doesn't do it and the book ends... Seriously? God if this is the end of the series I'm going to be pi ...more
Mar 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow!! Pike has done it again. Not only leave us hanging at just the place she wants to be. I'm in awe of you Pike. You are so intelligent its scary. Sometimes I wonder are you from some of those worlds?? Haha. Really though I love Sita's story. I know you could go on with her till the end of time. And I would be right there reading every bit of the way. This book was amazing. I hope this isn't the end. But if it is, in my mind I know the choice she will make and I'm fine with that. Thank you Pik ...more
Jun 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow, just wow! My head is left spinning after the latest installment of Thirst. I started the book thinking perhaps this was the final book in the story. I can honestly say that I sincerely hope it isn't after finishing it. This book drew me in faster and keep me more interested than book 4. I was drawn to Sita's memories and cried over the heartbreak she was forced to witness. This series is truly an amazing part of the vampire genre.
Dec 05, 2012 rated it did not like it
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Apr 17, 2013 rated it liked it
I am extremely disappointed with this series. not only did he already do this final story line in the second book it's extremely long winded and boring.
Andrea Osterlund
Jan 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
woooow. pike is just amazing at bringing everything full circle!!! mind blown. the end though, you gotta leave me hanging like that bro? lol
Erin Schable
Mar 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
I loved it but the ending just left me wanting more. Too many unanswered questions.
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Christopher Pike is the pseudonym of Kevin McFadden. He is a bestselling author of young adult and children's fiction who specializes in the thriller genre.

Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the GoodReads database with this name.

McFadden was born in New York but grew up in California where he stills lives in today. A college drop-out, he did factory work, painted houses and programm
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Other Books in the Series

Thirst (5 books)
  • Thirst No. 1: The Last Vampire, Black Blood, and Red Dice (Thirst, #1)
  • Thirst No. 2: Phantom, Evil Thirst, and Creatures of Forever (Thirst, #2)
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