As soon as I finished reading Blood Promise, I knew that it wouldn't be long before I picked up the next action-packed instalment in Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy series. Spirit Bound, novel number five in the series opens two months after the ending of Blood Promise, with Rose Hathaway's final exams and graduation from St Vladmir's Academy. And from there it's out into the real world as the newly appointed Guardian Hathaway.
And the real world, it seems, isn't what Rose is expecting. Sure there are some amazing, action packed scenes where Rose and her friends break someone out of prison (for noble reasons of course,) but in the real world, Rose soon discovers that her actions have consequences. Chiefly in getting shafted with drudge work at Moroi headquarters. Queen Tatiania slides between being a friend and foe, there are the reappearances of some old friends such as Sydney and Abe, and Dimitri, is resurrected by Lissa in spectacular style. And then comes one hell of a cliffhanger ending.
This one is a bloody decent read, though perhaps not as happy or charming as Blood Promise. It serves as a good bridge between the events that occurred in Blood Promise and appears to be building toward a spectacular ending. How will Rose escape charges of Treason?