Rose Hathaway's life will never be the same.
The recent attack on St. Vladimir's Academy devastated the entire Moroi world. Many are dead. And, for the few victims carried off by Strigoi, their fates are even worse. A rare tattoo now adorns Rose's neck, a mark that says she's killed far too many Strigoi to count. But only one victim matters . . . Dimitri Belikov. Rose must now choose one of two very different paths: honoring her life's vow to protect Lissa—her best friend and the last surviving Dragomir princess—or, dropping out of the Academy to strike out on her own and hunt down the man she loves. She'll have to go to the ends of the earth to find Dimitri and keep the promise he begged her to make. But the question is, when the time comes, will he want to be saved?
Now, with everything at stake—and worlds away from St. Vladimir's and her unguarded, vulnerable, and newly rebellious best friend—can Rose find the strength to destroy Dimitri? Or, will she sacrifice herself for a chance at eternal love?
Blood Promise starts off right from where we were left in Shadow Kiss. After the devastating events which have taken place in the Academy Rose's life is not the same. So Rose leaves everything she has ever known behind and goes in search of Dimitri.
The first half of Blood Promise goes where Rose is in Russia in search of Dimitri. We get to meet Dimitri's family in this book. I loved getting a glimpse into Dimitri's life. His sisters, mother and grandmother were a great bunch and someone Rose needed to share her love of Dimitri with. Though I did feel that it was pulled a bit too long. I would have loved diving right in.
We also get to meet Sydney, the Alchemist. Even though Rose is far away from the Academy for almost the whole book we do get to see what is going on with Lissa and the gang in bits and pieces. I found Adrian hilarious, as always. I was totally satisfied to see Rose actually give him a real chance at the end of the book. We get to meet quite a few new characters is this book. Some felt necessary, some not.
And then we have Dimitri. Unlike the past books the romance takes the center point in Blood Promise. When Rose finally meets Dimitri he's still the same Dimitri but not in many ways. The love between them is so obvious but I did not like the way Dimitri treated her. Somewhere along the way Rose does lose her focus and becomes vulnerable but thankfully we get to see the bad ass Rose we love and know so well again.
Blood Promise is a great fourth installment in the Vampire Academy series. I still love and admire Rose with all her sarcasm and snarkiness. Her sense of humor is awesome. Rose and Lissa's friendship had taken a turn for the worse in the previous book but by the end of Blood Promise things are definitely looking more optimistic. Richelle Mead pulls of all the action wonderfully and I'm already eager to start Spirit Bound.