Author: Richelle Mead
Summary: Salvation has its price.
The words stunned Adrian for a moment, but he kept going. "You're lying. What you're describing is impossible. There's no way to save a Strigoi. When they're gone, they're gone. They're dead. Undead. Forever."
Robert's next words weren't directed at Adrian. They were spoken to me. "That which is dead doesn't always stay dead...."
After a long and heartbreaking journey to Dimitri’s birthplace in Siberia, Rose Hathaway has finally returned to St. Vladimir’s—and to her best friend, Lissa Dragomir. It's graduation, and the girls can’t wait for their real lives outside of the Academy’s cold iron gates to finally begin. But even with the intrigue and excitement of court life looming, Rose’s heart still aches for Dimitri. He's out there, somewhere.
She failed to kill him when she had the chance, and now her worst fears are about to come true. Dimitri has tasted her blood, and she knows in her heart that he is hunting her. And if Rose won't join him, he won't rest until he's silenced her...forever.
But Rose can't forget what she learned on her journey—whispers of a magic too impossible and terrifying to comprehend. A magic inextricably tied to Lissa that could hold the answer to all of Rose's prayers, but not without devastating consequences. Now Rose will have to decide what—and who—matters most to her. In the end, is true love really worth the price?
My Thoughts: After the amazing emotional rollar coaster of 'Blood Promise', this 5th instalment did slow things down a little bit, but only for the first half of the book. It begins slowly with Rose and her friends settling in to life after school. They are out in the real world and as fully-fledged Guardians are now awaiting their assignments.
However, things are not running smoothly for Lissa and Christian and Rose is still reeling after her encounters with Dimitri, but the lovely Adrian is there to help her through it. Things between these two are getting a little more serious and Adrian plays a much bigger role in Rose's life.
Other than 'Shadow Kiss', Rose has been a fantastically strong female character. She's determined, loyal and a fighter, and in 'Spirit Bound' she's no different. Occasionally her mouth runs away with her and she sounds a little bit petulant, but I've come to expect that of Rose. It's not a sign of immaturity anymore, it's just who she is. She speaks her mind and doesn't care who she's speaking it to, even the Moroi Queen.
As with all the books, I'm just waiting for the entrance of Dimitri...Dimitri, Dimitri...*sigh* This man is just gorgeous. It really doesn't matter whether he's Dhampir or Strigoi, he's captured my heart completely.