Last Sac­ri­fice

Townsville Bulletin - - NQ Life - Carly Kehl

by Richelle Mead Pen­guin, $ 19.95.

THE much an­tic­i­pated sixth and fi­nal in­stal­ment of the Vam­pire Academy se­ries picks up where the pre­vi­ous one left off. Rose Hath­away has been ac­cused of murde r i n g Vam­pir e Quee n Ta­tiana and is be­ing held in the court prison await­ing trial. The be­gin­ning of this story is fast paced and it isn’t long be­fore Rose’s friends, led by her B. F. F Lissa have de­vised a jail break to res­cue her. They in­tend to hide Rose away while they un­cover the real mur­derer. But, never one to sit idle, Rose en­lists the help of Dim­itri and al­chemist Syd­ney to try and track down the se­cret Dragomir sib­ling. Un­for­tu­nately af­ter the ac­tion of the first few chap­ters things slow down con­sid­er­ably and the story plods along to even­tu­ally tie up some of the story lines with pre­dictable con­clu­sions. What is a sur­prise though is just how many loose ends were left, con­sid­er­ing this is the fi­nal book in the se­ries. This is ob­vi­ously due to the writer en­sur­ing a link be­tween this se­ries and the spin off she’s plan­ning, but will ul­ti­mately leave fans feel­ing dis­ap­pointed.

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