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.... read more
The book begins with Rose taking her guardian trials, enabling her to leave St Vladimir's Academy as a qualified guardian. After passing her trials with flying colors and receiving her promise mark, Rose - along with Lissa, Christian, Adrian, Eddie and the other dhampir graduates - head to the... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
The book begins with Rose taking her guardian trials, enabling her to leave St Vladimir's Academy as a qualified guardian. After passing her trials with flying colors and receiving her promise mark, Rose - along with Lissa, Christian, Adrian, Eddie and the other dhampir graduates - head to the Royal Court to begin life outside of the academy. Rose and Adrian are currently attempting a relationship after she promised him she would give him a shot after she got back from Russia in Blood Promise. However, after learning that there is a way Dimitri can be saved from being a Strigoi, Rose sets off on a mission with Lissa to break out Victor Dashkov from prison when she learns that only he can help them to find out how to turn Dimitri back into a dhampir. After successfully freeing Victor with the help of Eddie, Lissa and Rose head to Las Vegas to find Victor's illegitimate brother, Robert Doru. As a spirit user who supossedly turned a Strigoi back into a dhampir, Robert tells them that the only way to save Dimitri is to charm a silver stake with Spirit and stab him in the heart. However, it has to be a Spirit user who does the staking. While in Las Vegas, the gang meets up with Adrian, who has tracked Rose down via credit card records. While leaving a casino, they encounter a large group of Strigoi, lead by none other than Dimitri. Rose prevents Eddie from killing Dimitri because she knows there is a chance to save him. The gang narrowly escapes into the sun, leaving Dimitri to kill a bunch of humans and losing track of Victor and Robert in the process.
Once back at the court, Rose is chastised for running off with Lissa again and her hopes of becoming Lissa's guardian diminishes further. She is punished by the guardians at court and is stopped from accompanying Lissa to her college visit to Lehigh. Instead, Lissa travels with Christian, her two appointed guardians, and Priscilla Voda, the queen's best friend. While at the visit, Christian and Lissa's assigned guardians, Serena and Grant, tries to teach Lissa how to use a stake. Lissa is determined she can bring Dimitri back, so she tries to learn as much as possible about staking a Strigoi. After dinner at the college, the whole group are attacked once more by Strigoi. Lissa and Christian are kidnapped by Dimitri to be used as bait to get Rose to come to him, knowing that Rose can use their bond to find her. Rose and an army of the court's guardians head off to save Lissa and Christian and a fight erupts with the Strigoi. In the fight, Lissa attempts to stake Dimitri, with Christian's fire distracting Dmitri long enough for Lissa to get at his heart. After a number of failed attempts, she finally nails him in the heart with a stake she had finally managed to charm with Spirit's healing powers. In a blinding light Dimitri falls to the floor weeping, now a dhampir once more. Rose is hurried away from the scene and Dimitri is taken back to court where he is kept locked up. People are unsure as to how safe he is and doubt whether he is actually a dhampir again. He refuses to let Rose in to see him because of the guilt for the way he treated her when he was Strigoi. Rose is hurt by this and persistently tries to get into to see him. Eventually she gets Mikhail's help and is given access to the holding cells. Dimitri then tells Rose that he no longer loves her and that he doesn't want to see her anymore. He brokenly explains that because of the time he spent as a Strigoi, he is no longer able to love or to be loved by anyone because he feels he doesn't deserve it for what he did. Rose leaves heartbroken, but not believing that things are over between them.
Meanwhile, the royal council and Queen Tatiana had been debating over a mysterious subject. It turns out that they had voted to change the graduation age for Dhampirs from 18 to 16, meaning they would be sent out to fight at a younger age. This motion created many controversies and arguments. Rose doesn't stop herself from speaking her mind, threatening the queen in front of everyone and then being dragged out by guardians. Later, Adrian visites Rose in her room and she decides to really give it a go between them. Rose and Adrian very nearly sleep together until they realize they have no protection (aka, a condom). Instead, Rose lets Adrian drink her blood. The next day, Rose bumps into Dimitri and started to talk with him in a cafe. Suddenly, the Royal Guards burst in to arrest Rose. Dimitri tries to defend her but Rose stops him before he is killed and leaves willingly. It turns out that Rose is being accused of murdering Queen Tatiana. She is given a hearing which will decide whether she goes to trial or not. Her father, Abe, arrives unexpectantly and declares he will be Rose's representative in court, even though he is most definitely not a lawyer. After the hearing, Rose is being escourted back to her cell, and as she does, she is handed a note from Ambrose. The note is written from Queen Tatiana herself before she died. In the note, Tatiana realizes she is in danger and gives Rose information to use in case something happens to her. She reveals that Lissa's father had an illegitimate child, meaning that Lissa might not be the last Dragomir, and with a sibling, would be able to gain a seat at the Royal Council. And ironically enough, at the trial, Adrian Ivashkov's mother, Daniella tried to get her cousin to represent Rose so she would have properly be defended. But (of course) her father Abe Mazur, bursts in , and decides that he should represent Rose. It's Rose's choice, and she picks her father of course. The last line of the book, is Abe telling her that they execute high treason prisoners.
“You want diamonds? I’ll give you diamonds. I’ll shower you in them. Hell, I’ll get you a gown made out of them. But it’s going to be skimpy.”Adrian Ivashkov
“It figured. Undead creatures didn’t surprise me, but one flippant royal moroi could.”Rosemarie "Rose" Hathaway
“He has no right to threaten my boyfriends. I'm eighteen. An adult. I don't need his help. I can threaten my boyfriends myself.”Rosemarie "Rose" Hathaway
“Yup, sorry. You know - girl stuff." And my girl stuff, I mean breaking and entering.”Rosemarie "Rose" Hathaway
“It's okay, I don't really need a job or extra money. After Rose and I get married, the kids and I'll just live off of her guardian paycheck" p.g 72”Adrian Ivashkov
“It's an early dinner, four-thirty. And the sun won't be down until almost eight"."Four-thirty, Good God. Are we getting the senior citizen special?”Victor Dashkov and Rose Hathaway
“What you did was so irresponsible that you might as well be back in school. Hell, elementary school, even.”Hans Croft
“And here I thought Rose was the only one who threw herself into stupid situations, regardless of whether they might kill her.”Christian Ozera
“That priest just said God would. He said God forgives everything. Are you calling the priest a liar? That's pretty sacrilegious.”Rosemarie "Rose" Hathaway
“This isn't over. I won't give up on you". "I've given up on you. Love fades. Mine has.”Rose Hathaway & Dimitri Belikov
“What have you gotten me into?"."Me? what have you gotten yourself into? Couldn't I have just picked you up at the police station for underage drinking, like most fathers?”Rose Hathaway & Abe Mazur
“Oh my God. You guys are going to make me rip my hair out.""It'd be a waste of nice hair, besides, she's made her attitude perfectly clear.”Rose Hathaway & Christian Ozera
“I don't know. This college would probably have the same problem the last one did"."What's that?"."Homework.”Adrian Ivashkov and Rose Hathaway
“Oh, for the love of God. I would give them some lessons about fighting- starting with a punch to Christian's face.”Rosemarie "Rose" Hathaway
“I know what you're going to do, and it is a BAD idea. I'm going to kick both your asses when i find you.”Rosemarie "Rose" Hathaway
“I," I said coldly, "had an excellent instructor. One that you currently have locked up. If you want to talk about skills going to waste, then go look in your own jail.”Rosemarie "Rose" Hathaway
“As he looked at me, he seemed to send a message of his own: that he would still fight for me, that he would fight until he collapsed to keep them from taking me.”Rose Hathaway about Dimitri Belikov
“Besides, Guardian Hathaway is one of our most valuable assets. I'm always interested in what she has to say."Was she really? Time to find out.”Tatiana & Rose
“Smug, I looked back at Tatiana. "Isn't eighteen the legal voting age?" Checkmate, bitch.”Rosemarie "Rose" Hathaway
“Most fathers don't threaten to disembowel their daughters' boyfriends." "That's not true. And anyway,that's not what I actually said. It was much worse.”Rose Hathaway & Abe Mazur
“I'll unleash romantic surprises every week, such as: an impromptu picnic, roses, or a trip to Paris--but not actually any of those things because now they're not surprises.”Adrian Ivashkov
“You forget: I have an addictive personality. I'm addicted to you. Somehow I think you could do all sorts of bad things to me, and I'd still come back to you.”Adrian Ivashkov
“"Looks like she has enough guys to last"”Christrian Ozera
“Looks like she has enough guys to last”Christrian Ozera
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