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The Shadow of Death

(Thirst #4)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  10,724 ratings  ·  306 reviews
Alisa is a five-thousand-year-old vampire, stronger and more cunning than her adversaries. But now she's trapped in the body of a newborn vampire and at the mercy of a terrible thirst. Worst of all, she's facing enemies whose fierce desire for domination grows ever stronger.

The immortal race the Telar is threatening to release a virus to decimate humanity. But Alisa and he
Paperback, 496 pages
Published August 9th 2011 by Simon Pulse (first published August 4th 2011)
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Jan 15, 2011 marked it as to-read
Omg!!!!!!! IS THAT THE COVER?! IS THAT MATT?!!!?!?!?!?!?!? GOD DAM HE'S SEXY! LOL. Sita looks weird though...
Aug 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2011
In 1996, with The Last Vampire: Creatures of Forever, Christopher Pike concluded Sita's story. In 2010, he showed us all that Sita's story was not, in fact, over. As if that wasn't enough, he also promised another book, another extension of the series, a glimpse of something more. In 2011, he delivered on that promise...and Sita's story, it seems, is concluded once again.

Or is it? I feel now just as I felt fifteen years ago as a thirteen year old girl finishing a beloved series. Things are all w
Aug 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
More of my reviews can be found at Flipping Through the Pages!

Firstly, I will try to leave out spoilers in this review as I haven't reviewed the first four but this will probably just be a ran trying to contain my love for the genius that is Mr. Pike. Oh, and I will quite happily read the first four again even if it wasn't for reviewing purposes :)

Secondly, the "Thirst" covers are seriously ugly and having two seperate releases, The Last Vampire and Thirst for the same story is ANNOYING. All of
Branwen *of House Targaryen*
Sita, now alive but residing in Teri's body, bands together with her friends to make a last stand against the Telar and the IIC. Both companies are bent on world domination and they will stop at nothing to reach their goals.

Wow. Reading this book affected me pretty profoundly. As with the other books in this series, there are alot of references to Krishna and morals/ethics, which I find refreshing. Christopher Pike does a great job doing this, because it isn't shoved down your throat or make you
Phil Ansell
Where to start?? Firstly I'm not really sure what to make of this latest Last Vampire novel, I was really looking forward to reading it as it's one of my favourite series of books and the previous one was great. But this book left me feeling a little confused and disappointed about what I had just read.

The book picks up exactly where The Eternal Dawn finished, and since it was quite a few months ago when I read it I couldn't remember what had actually happened and this book didn't do much of a r
Sep 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book was SO fucking awesome!
I'm going to do my English Book Report on it.
Ahem, anyway, it had SO many twists and turns. Just a page before Sita found out, I was like, "HOLY SHIT! SHANTI'S THE RAT!" And the whole Tarana/Lucifer thing. Who saw that coming? Well, actually, I did. But still!
And the ending!! He left room for a sequel! WILL THERE BE A SEQUEL? TELL ME, CHRISTOPHER, TELL ME!
Okay, I'm done acting like a spazz now.
Seriously, though. I would definitely read the fifth.
P.S., I have co
Sep 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
I really have enjoyed reading The Last Vampire Series. Thirst 4: The Shadow of Death left me a little disappointed because there wasn’t as much action as I expected based on the previous books and the battle I was expecting with the Telar and IIC. I still enjoyed reading about Sita’s last journey/adventure and was glad to see some of the story lines closed up.

Thirst 4 was fast paced and once I started it, I didn’t want to put it down. There were a few slow spots though when characters were disc
Alyssa Wallace
Aug 06, 2011 rated it liked it
I honestly couldn't decide what to give this book. I highly anticipated it for like a year, but once I started reading it I was bored. Alisa wasn't as much as a bad ass in this book as she normally is, and it was pretty much all about the telar and what not..too much history and not enough action. I feel like this book was not necessary. I really hope this series is done because up until this book Thirst has been one of my favorite series.
Maria Paul
Jan 18, 2011 marked it as to-read
OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MAtt Looks absolutely gorgeous:)......very drool-worthy;).....and Sita i have to agree looks weird....almost constipated-like......but i guess it not really sita....technically its Teri...or maybe she gets gher body back??....IDK but its killing me i need to have this book or i will die!!...ive been waiting forever! UGH!!!! This is torture...HURRY UP CHRISTOPHER PIKE!
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

The book/series has quite an original premise, with interesting and somewhat quirky characters, and a well-crafted storyline. This has a fast, action-packed plot- which makes it quite a quick and easy read. There is some mystery, a little suspense, drama, and plenty of intrigue.
So, if you love paranormal, fantasy, vampires, young adult stories, with action and adventure, then this is definitely the story/series for you!

Thank you, Christopher Pike!
Roberta R. (Offbeat YA)
Excerpt from my review - originally published at Offbeat YA.

Pros: Original take on vampires. Plenty of kickass action and entertaining (if often bloody) moments. Blends urban fantasy with thriller, history (though just slightly in this specific installment), and more than anything, Eastern spirituality. This particular installment is top-notch horror, with a strong supernatural bone.
Cons: If you're not into a mix of supernatural/spiritual/sci-fi, this one might not work for you (though it's don
colleen the convivial curmudgeon
I definitely thought this book was better than the last one, but I still found myself not loving it.

This one doesn't drag nearly as bad as book #3 - and I think that's because book 3 is really a lot of set-up for the stuff that goes down in this book.

That said, I found the climax kind of anti-climactic, and I'm not sure how I feel about the ambiguous, open ending. On one hand I thought it was kinda cool, but on the other hand I felt it was sort of a gimmicky way to leave the series open for poss
Brittany Terrazas
Mar 14, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: trash
If you read my review for the first book this is almost the exact same word for word.

I don't know how this whole series ever got published and it was only stubbornness on my part that got me this far. The whole series is beyond ridiculous that I had to see how it ends. Normally I would have been able to read all 4 books in a week. A year later I still can't get myself to finish the last book. I'm so glad I didn't spend any money on these. If I had my $ would have been better spent if I just ate
Sep 01, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: owned
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Jul 14, 2015 added it
Hello, friends. I haven't finished this book. Honestly ever since I updated I haven't read anything. It was putting me in a slump; a bad slump. Which lead to my lack of activity on here. Starting on Monday though I'm gonna start An Ember In The Ashes. I've heard nothing but great things, so hopefully it'll pull me out. Good day to you all. :)
Jun 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Before I go into this book, you need to understand something: I've been reading Christopher Pike since seventh grade. That's 18 years! The fact he's still writing baffles me, however I'm beginning to wonder if it's a ghost writer.
I'm going to do a quick Google search to see if anything comes up, I'll be right back...

Based on my vague research, it seems that he is merely 51. He's still kicking. Which is nice, because I actually like his books. They're totally bizarre, they're not afraid to get s
Meaghan R. (YA-aholic)
Jul 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
so excited to start this book!!!! had to put the other book i'm reading on hold.

i love this series, and i think it's now my favorite series that i read.

so far, i love how this book picks up right after the other one left off. i don't think more than 24hours has lapsed. and upon reading the first page, i instantly remembered everything from the previous one.



i'm so sad that the series is over, but who knows, maybe in ten years Pike will have another story
Addie R.
I can honestly say that this was the best book in the whole Thirst/Last Vampire series! Instead of Sita's repeating first line, "My name is Alisa Perne and I'm a 5,000 year old vampire...," it starts off right where it left off.
This was a very fast-paced book. Once I started it pulled me right in and kept me there. I didn't like how Sita was now in Teri's body. She just wasn't the same strong, almost-invincible-Sita; although I was curious as to how she would defeat the Telar in a newborn vampir
Oct 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Vampires, Fans of Fantasy, Fans of mystery and action
Shelves: favorites, vampires
This adition to the thirst books was really good. The Thirst series continues to be one of my favorites. It starts off slowly and there isn't a lot of action like in the first two books but it gets better. Now that I've finished the book I realize how important the beginning of the book is. It gives you important information that you will need for the ending of the book. There is a lot of surprising twists and turns that makes the book interesting and I had to force myself to put it down towards ...more
Dec 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was a blur of Telar, IIC, the Array, the Cradle and the Lens, and demons and the devil himself! But I read most of it in one sitting, so at least it kept me interested. This book is a continuation of the previous, in which nothing got resolved. In this one, finally!! Things get taken care of! The good guys triumph and the bad guys lose!

Or do they?

There is leftover plot for the next book but at least there's a sense of conclusion from the main storylines. And I see the shadow of a love
Aug 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Glad to see I can restore my faith in good old Mr. Pike.

After the disappointments that were WITCH WORLD and its slightly-better sequel, BLACK KNIGHT, it's relieving to read a good -- no, great, Pike novel and justify my obsession with him. (The next eight books I read will be his, too.) It's great to know that even after a gap of a couple years, I can still find wonder in Sita's story.

I can't wait to read the next one!
Wolf (Alpha)
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. I can't wait to read the last one. It had lots of little twist and turns that really suprised me. I felt bad that Sita was trapped in the body of a newborn vamp and that her senses were not as good. I like that Sita didn't give up and that she finally defeated the Telar.
Atia Gharibani
I am in love with the thirst series. I'm going to be honest and say that these are the only books i have truly loved that involve vampires. I love Christopher pikes writing, especially his character development. His characters feel real to me. This book is a must read.
May 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I am so exited to read this book it is really cool and the last book was amazing , I am dieng to know what happens next . Specially with matt .
Jennifer Lee
Actual rating 3.5 stars

Not my favorite of the series so far, but not bad either.
Apr 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved the concept of this book! The plot point was great but I will admit I liked toward the end of the book the best. I felt like things got really interesting toward the end. (9/10)

I loved the way it was written, toned down a lot from the first couple novels of Sita constantly being so self-centered. This has been a constant issue throughout the books, specifically the first two were really bad about this but things are getting better in that department and makes it more enjoyable for me to
Madison Ramirez
Jul 26, 2019 rated it liked it
I enjoyed reading this book, but it was definitely not on my top rated list for YA books. The characters are pretty bland and all blended together. After reading the whole series, it was frustrating how many different antagonists there were, one after the other after the other. And even though Alisa is supposed to be this incredible, all-knowing vampire, she's oblivious to the antagonists every time. There's no red flags to point the reader in the right direction either. It's like, "Oh hey, here ...more
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another great book to the series. Gripping and interesting and so much different then the first 3 books. I enjoyed the love story. I didnt like that she was in someone else's body. Some of the book got confusing with so many things going on and the mysteries, trying to figure out who to trust. But all in all another great book.
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Okay. this book just got weird. Turning into not my kind of book.

I was liking the characters; the main one; and while i still do..i don't know its like she has changed. i wasnt sure after the end of the last book and i surely didn't like the beginning of this book. Specifically, i didn't like what happened to the main character.. but nonetheless.. i am DNFing the series.
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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.

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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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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)
  • Thirst No. 3: The Eternal Dawn (Thirst, #3)
  • Thirst No. 5: The Sacred Veil (Thirst, #5)
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