Author: Richelle Mead (author website)
Release Date: May 18th 2010 by Penguin/Razorbill
Age Group: Young Adult
I’m trying—with great difficulty—to collect my thoughts on Spirit Bound into something coherent. Exciting, heart wrenching and intense as ever, I turned the final page consumed with righteous indignation and roiling fury. But oh. my. word, was it amazing.
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?
Rose... Scares Me:Rose is back at St Vladimir’s, after failing in her mission to kill Dimitri, and give the man she loved peace at last. We join her on the day of her graduation from the Academy, just as she receives another chilling note from the Strigoi Dimitri. Rose in Spirit Bound is different. She’s experienced incredible loss and heartache, and she’s grown as a result. With that growth has come some maturity, and she seems a little tougher and bleaker in her outlook; at the same time, she seems to have reached new levels of recklessness and drive.
Rose has become a woman posessed. Whilst on one hand, she’s convinced herself she’ll make the right decision when the inevitable final confrontation with Dimitri occurs, another part—and that part is not small—can’t let go, and will go to any lengths to save him. We see just how far those lengths are in Spirit Bound, and they’re scary. Rose’s actions go beyond reckless in Spirit Bound, to the extent even I questioned the value of one life, in exchange for so many others... and I’m rather attached to that one life.