Doing this review spoiler free is going to be quite a challenge. I sure hope I'm up to it! The last book in the series left us with quite a cliffhanger, this book immediately picks up the dangling threads and runs with it. It starts with Rose and Lissa graduating, but it won't be long before Rose realizes that graduation doesn't equal freedom, it equals more responsibility. She will go on a crazy journey to save the one she loves, endangering not only herself, but those she cares about most along the way. I cannot believe all places that this book took us, so many directions, you never see what's coming next. It's like being on a roller coaster, and right when you expect to start a climb you get a drop, and you can never see around the curves! Rose, still the strong girl she has been through out the series, is growing into an amazing woman, who faces each challenge thrown at her with determination. Although not always graceful and eloquent, she gets the job done her own way, and she's willing to face the consequences when she realizes that her way wasn't the best. Her passion is inspiring. Lissa, is growing as well. Becoming more accustomed to being a spirit user and learning how to wield that power. She grows more independent of Rose and is starting to become more like the royal she is everyday. Her and Rose's devotion to each other is a true look at how friendship should always be. Once again Richelle Mead has left us all breathless. This series isn't fizzling out, it's picking up speed with every turn. When I had to put this book down, all I could think about was hurrying up so I could get back to it. The characters in this book deal with grief, loss, heartache, trials, and are still standing through it all. It was a stunning read that once again left us with a huge cliffhanger. I cannot wait for the next installment.