Rose Hathaway knows it is forbidden to love another guardian. Her best friend, Lissa-the last Dragomir princess-must always come first. Unfortunately, when it comes to gorgeous Dimitri Belikov, some rules are meant to be broken...
But since making her first Strigoi kills, Rose hasn't been feeling right. Something dark has begun to grow in her mind, and ghostly shadows warn of a terrible evil drawing nearer to the Academy's iron gates. And now that Lissa and Rose's sworn enemy, Victor Dashkov, is on trial for his freedom, tensions in the Moroi world are higher than ever.
Lying to Lissa about Dimitri is one thing but suddenly there's way more than friendship at stake. The immortal undead are on the prowl, and they want vengeance for the lives that Rose has stolen. In a heart-stopping battle to rival her worst nightmare, Rose will have to choose between life, love, and the two people who matter most..but will her choice mean that only one can survive?
This book left me drained. Richelle Mead is one of those great authors who know how to keep a series going strong. I will say that overall the events that took place in this book both left me elated at times and crushed at others. Mead is killing me with this series and these characters. I think I'm far too attached already.
Romeo and Juliet can step aside because they went through nothing compared to Rose and Dimitri, no offense Shakespeare fans. They're both such strong characters and have been through more than their fair share of obstacles that I think it's only fair they get their happily ever after ending. Apparently Mead did not agree with me and what's worse is that she has now given them the ultimate obstacle. I'm not sure I see a way out of this for them. I'm heart broken once again because honestly I always thought they'd figure out a way, but now I'm not so sure.
The action at the end of this installment was by far the best yet. The fight and battle at the end had me biting my mails and crossing my fingers. Adrian was more endearing and proved to be a dark horse in the running after all. I'm still rooting for Dimitri but I think a girl could do worse than Adrian, right? So I'll be anxious to see how Rose's new mission pans out in the fourth book, Blood Promise. I'm nervous for her and not quite sure if I want her to succeed or not? On the one hand I want her to meet her goal because I think it's the right thing but at the same time I know how sad I was at the end of this book, I'm not sure how much more I can take right now. I'm hoping Mead takes pity on her readers and cuts Rose and Dimitri a break...for once!
I gave Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy #3) 4 shamrocks!!!!