Spirit Bound (Review)

Book cover for "Spirit Bound" by Richelle Mead.Title: Spirit Bound

Author: Richelle Mead

Publication Year: 2010

Pages: 496

Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy

Source: E-book version borrowed from the public library

From the cover:

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. It is at long last graduation, and the girls can’t wait for their real lives beyond the Academy’s iron gates to begin. But Rose’s heart still aches for Dimitri, and she knows 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 now he is hunting her. And this time he won’t rest until Rose joins him . . .forever.

(This is the fifth book in the Vampire Academy series, after Vampire AcademyFrostbiteShadow Kiss, and Blood Promise.)

In following the subplot of Dimitri having turned intro Strigoi, keeping Rose hostage while trying to convince her to “awaken” with him, and her eventual escape, Spirit Bound does a really great job of keeping up the adrenaline level. Even after giving a short time lapse before the beginning of the novel, the intensity of the relationship between Dimitri and Rose manages to stay high. Higher, even, given the personal notes he’s now been sending her at school, letting her know that she’ll be coming for him.

Most of the book maintains this high action level, keeping the reader kind of on their toes, since you never quite know what’s going to happen next. Several smaller plotlines are followed through from earlier books – like busting out Dashkov to find his spirit-wielding brother in a crazy attempt to re-create a fairy tale story – and it felt like all the foreshadowing from the rest of the series finally came together to create a more cohesive whole. The grim reality of Dimitri’s new self has finally come to bear, rather than the wishful thinking Rose had in the previous book, thinking that he could still be himself in there somewhere, and it feels almost like a million things are happening all at once.

By the end of Spirit Bound, I actually kind of wanted to smack some sense into some of the characters, particularly Dimitri. Some of the way things came together seemed too pat, too perfect, but at the same time, enough drama kept flying at the main characters to keep things moving. Just as one thing finally goes right, another two fall to the wayside. And by the end of it all, everything was perfectly set up for the final book. As I did with most of this series, I just went straight from finishing Spirit Bound into reading Last Sacrifice: I had to know how it ended. And by the time you finish reading this book, you’ll feel the same way.


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