Vampire Academy

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Vampire Academy
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Vampire Academy
Shadow Kiss
Blood Promise
Spirit Bound
Last Sacrifice
AuthorRichelle Mead
Cover artistEmilian Gregory
CountryUnited States
GenreYoung adult
Paranormal romance
Urban fantasy
Media typePrint (Hard, Soft)
e-Book (Kindle, Nook)
No. of books6
Followed byBloodlines series

Vampire Academy is a series of six young adult paranormal romance novels by American author Richelle Mead. It tells the story of Rosemarie "Rose" Hathaway, a dhampir girl, who is training to be a guardian of her moroi best friend, Vasilisa "Lissa" Dragomir. In the process of learning how to defeat strigoi in St. Vladimir's Academy, Rose finds herself caught in a forbidden romance with her instructor, Dimitri Belikov, while having an unbreakable psychic bond with Lissa.[1]

The first book in the series, Vampire Academy, was published in 2007; it was followed by Frostbite in 2008.[2][3] The third book in the series, Shadow Kiss was also published in 2008, and the fourth book, Blood Promise, was published in 2009.[4][5] The fifth book, Spirit Bound, and the sixth book, Last Sacrifice, were released in 2010.[6][7] As of 2013, the series has sold 8 million copies in 35 countries.[8]

The first book in the series was adapted into a film directed by Mark Waters, starring Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry, Danila Kozlovsky, Olga Kurylenko, Dominic Sherwood, Gabriel Byrne and was released by The Weinstein Company on February 7, 2014.[8]

Plot summary[edit]

In Vampire Academy, guardian in training Rosemarie "Rose" Hathaway and Moroi princess Vasilisa "Lissa" Dragomir are brought back to their school, St. Vladimir's Academy, after running away two years prior. Upon their return, Guardian Dimitri Belikov, who was the leader of the team of guardians sent to retrieve the two, is assigned to be Lissa's guardian and offers to mentor Rose in her guardian training. He believes Rose can be an excellent guardian to Lissa due to the presence of a rare one-sided psychic bond to Lissa, which allows her to know the latter's thoughts, emotions, and whereabouts. Rose agrees, knowing this is the only way she will be allowed to remain, and on graduation, be Lissa's guardian. It is revealed that Lissa has a miraculous ability to heal others but when she becomes depressed she engages in self-mutilation. Lissa becomes friends with an outcast Moroi classmate, Christian Ozera who Rose immediately dislikes, stating that he is a bad-influence, partly because his parents voluntarily became Strigoi. The girls are bullied frequently by a non-royal named Mia along with her royal friends, because of her grudge against Lissa's brother for using her. Rose reaches through her bond while confined to her room to find that Lissa is being kidnapped. She sneaks out of her room to tell Dimitri that Lissa has been kidnapped, but they are distracted by a lust charm planted by Victor Dashkov, close uncle-figure of Lissa and father of Natalie Dashkov. Natalie is Lissa’s roommate at the academy, as well as Lissa and Rose's friend. After Dimitri disposes of the charm, Rose directs a convoy to the kidnapper's hideout, with Christian stowing away during the ride. The school guardians are able to rescue Lissa from the moroi man she has called "Uncle" all her life, Victor, and she heals Christian when he is severely injured during the struggle. Lissa accepts him as her boyfriend after that. Dimitri reveals that he has feelings for Rose but cannot have a relationship with her because of their age difference, because he is her mentor and also because he worries that if he lets himself love her, he wouldn't throw himself in front of the princess, as is his duty, but he would be inclined to protect her. This may lead to danger to their assigned Moroi. It is revealed Natalie had been spying on the girls and reporting back to Victor about Lissa’s magical abilities and the bond between Lissa and Rose. Rose is attacked by a Strigoi when visiting Victor in his cell after he is caught, and Dimitri comes to help her.

The story continues in Frostbite with Rose and Dimitri traveling to meet Arthur Schoenberg for Rose's Qualifier Exam. Once they arrive at the home of the Moroi family- Conta- he protects, they discover a bloody massacre of the entire family and their guardians, including Arthur. To keep the students at St. Vladimir's Academy safe, a ski trip to a lodge owned by a wealthy Moroi family is offered over winter break since many of the students families wouldn’t be able to bring their students home safely and they won’t all fit on the academy campus to visit for the holidays. During her stay at the lodge, Rose meets a royal Moroi named Adrian Ivashkov, who flirts with her every time he sees her. During a pool party that Adrian invites arose and her friends to, including Mason, his friend Eddie, and Mia, the friends begin voicing their opinions about hunting Strigoi. Rose breaks up a fight between two royal moroi, one who is later revealed to be Adrian’s father, when they argue about using magic for self defense to help the guardians in the war against the Strigoi. Rose has another encounter with Adrian. Later, after a heated argument with Dimitri over him deciding to go work for and have a relationship with Tasha Ozera, Christian's aunt, Rose tells Mason confidential information about the possible whereabouts of the Strigoi's hideouts despite Dimitri trusting her to keep this information quiet. Using Rose's information, Mia, Mason, and Eddie sneak out of the ski lodge and travel to Spokane, Washington, to hunt down the Strigoi themselves. Rose discovers their plan, and she and Christian follow to stop them. When they find the group, they are ambushed by Strigoi, who hold them captive for days. Rose eventually comes up with a plan to escape, and they all manage to get out of the house into the protection of the light, except Rose. Mason returns and attempts to help Rose, but the Strigoi snap his neck, killing him instantly. Rose defeats the Strigoi- with a blunt sword, in a rage over his death. Once back at St. Vladimir's, Rose receives two molnija marks for her Strigoi kills. Dimitri also tells her that his heart is with Rose and will never leave her for Tasha Ozera.

Shadow Kiss begins with Rose preparing for the Qualifying Exam with the rest of the novices. Rose is assigned to Christian for her fieldwork, to her dismay. Christian is approached by Jesse Zeklos to join a secret "club" he and Ralf have started, Christian turns them down. Rose becomes suspicious, and tries to learn more about this club, which she later learns is called "Mână" from Adrian. Rose goes to meet with Queen Tatiana. She insists that Rose call off her "engagement" to Adrian. Tatiana then reveals that she has been planning a marriage between Adrian and Lissa. Lissa is approached by Jesse and Ralf to join Mână, and she accepts their invitation as a chance to spy on them, without Rose's knowing. Lissa is led into the woods and attacked by Jesse and the other members of Mână. Rose senses something is wrong and runs to Lissa's aid. She beats Lissa's attackers and Lissa tortures Jesse using Spirit. Rose realizes that whenever Lissa uses Spirit, dark emotions fill Lissa, which caused her to self-harm in the first book, and tells Lissa to let the dark emotion flow through their connection and into Rose. Lissa obeys, and Rose suddenly begins beating Jesse fiercely. Alberta and Dimitri appear, and Alberta has several guards take Jesse away, while ordering Dimitri to handle Rose, who is still in a manic state. After Dimitri comforts Rose, they sleep together in a cabin on the edge of the campus. When they start to go back to the school, they are attacked by a Strigoi. Dimitri sends Rose back to the school to warn the guardians. The guardians give Rose a stake and send her back to her dormitory, but she sneaks out to go after Christian. She and Christian combine their skills to destroy Strigoi. They go on a rescue mission and are almost close to winning when Dimitri is attacked and Rose later finds out that his body wasn't found. The ghost of Mason, who has been seen by Rose throughout the book, reveals that Dimitri was not killed, but was made Strigoi. Rose decides to leave the Academy, against Lissa's wishes to go after Dimitri and kill him. She borrows money from Adrian with the promise of returning to him once her job is done. She then decides to go to Siberia, believing Dimitri would go there first.

In Blood Promise, Rose meets an Alchemist named Sydney and they travel to Siberia, where she eventually finds Dimitri's family...and meets Abe Mazur, a Moroi mobster. She eventually leaves after a falling out with Dimitri's sister Viktoria. She then travels to Novosibirsk to hunt and interrogate Strigoi in the hopes of finding Dimitri. When she does meet him, he takes her hostage and refuses to kill her. Instead, he says he will keep her until she decides to turn Strigoi to be with him. All the while, Rose keeps checking up with Lissa back at St. Vladimir's through the bond. Avery, a secret Spirit user, has been using compulsion to control Lissa. During a visit to Lissa's mind, Rose gets pushed out by Avery. Rose eventually manages to escape, grabbing a stake on the way out. Dimitri catches up with her, and they battle on a bridge, where Rose plunges her stake into his chest. Exhausted, Rose ends up at the home of an Alchemist friend of Sydney's, and Abe is there too. When she wakes up, she realizes Lissa is in danger with Avery, who wants to kill Lissa and then heal her back so that Lissa would be "shadow-kissed" and bonded to Avery. With help from Oksana, Rose manages to guide Lissa and Adrian through the fight against Avery and her brother, Reed, and Avery's guardian Simon. Abe gets her a plane ticket home. Back at St. Vladimir's, Rose reunites with Lissa and shares what happened to her in Russia. After agreeing to re-enroll in school to graduate, Rose goes back to her normal life at St. Vladmir's. However, she soon receives a package from Russia, enclosed with the stake she used on Dimitri, and a note from him saying he was not really staked properly, and is still alive, waiting for Rose to finish school to find him. Rose realizes that with Dimitri still a Strigoi, she has a chance to restore him to his former life.

Spirit Bound begins with Rose passing her final exams. She plots with Lissa and Eddie to break Victor Dashkov out of his high security vampire prison. Once they succeed, Victor agrees to lead them to his brother, Robert, a reclusive spirit user who is rumored to have once returned a Strigoi to their original state. Robert tells them that the Spirit user must infuse a stake with Spirit and kill the Strigoi on its own. Lissa and Christian are kidnapped by Dimitri as bait for Rose. Rose leads a group of guardians to his hiding place and fights her way over to him. She is about to kill him when Christian encircles him in a ring of fire, while Lissa stakes him. Dimitri is restored as a Dhampir. He pushes Rose away, saying that he is no longer able to love. Rose turns to Adrian for comfort. The next morning at breakfast, Rose and Dimitri run into each other. In the middle of the discussion, a group of Guardians surround Rose, and Dimitri instinctively fights to protect her, but she calms him down. The Guardians announce her that Queen Tatiana has been found murdered with Rose's stake and she is to come with them.

Last Sacrifice starts with Rose being broken out of prison. Dimitri and Rose go to West Virginia with Sydney and decide to find Lissa's half-sibling. The only person with the information they need in an old teacher, Sonya Karp, who is now a Strigoi. Victor and Robert join them and Robert stakes Sonya, turning her back into a Moroi. Rose then takes Sonya to find Lissa's half-sibling. They discover it is Jill Mastrano, an old friend from the academy. Victor and Robert kidnap her. Meanwhile, Lissa is put in the running for Queen. Rose, Dimitri and Sonya find Victor and Robert and get Jill back, but Rose accidentally kills Victor during a fight. Dimitri comforts her and they confess their love for one another. They then make love again in a luxurious hotel. It is revealed that Tasha murdered the Queen as she disliked her policies, and framed Rose because she was jealous of her relationship with Dimitri. Tasha shoots Rose while attempting to escape. When she recovers, she is no longer bonded with Lissa. The series ends with Lissa becoming Queen and Dimitri and Rose together.

Main characters[edit]

  • Rosemarie "Rose" Hathaway, the narrator. A dhampir teenager training to be a guardian at St. Vladimir's Academy, Rose has a spirit bond with Lissa as a result of being brought back to life by Lissa's magic. Rose falls in love with her older mentor Dimitri.
  • Vasilisa "Lissa" Dragomir, a Moroi, the last of the royal Dragomirs, and Rose's best friend. A user of a rare form of magic (spirit), she can bring the dead back to life, heal, and use compulsion. She maintains a bond with Rose throughout the majority of the series.
  • Dimitri Belikov, a twenty-four-year-old Russian dhampir and guardian. He is Rose's primary love interest.
  • Christian Ozera, a Moroi and Lissa's primary love interest. His parents willingly turned Strigoi, causing people to treat him with distrust.
  • Adrian Ivashkov, a Moroi spirit user who dated Rose.
  • Mia Rinaldi, a Moroi water user. Rose and Lissa's enemy (and later, friend) at St. Vladimir's Academy.
  • Abe Majur, Rose's father and an influential Moroi whom Rose didn't know earlier. He has weird networks and gangster dealings to solve problems for his daughter. Rose comes to know him only in the fourth book.
  • Sydney Sage, a strict but friendly alchemist who helps Rose find Dimitri and later Rose and Dimitri in their escape and we later see her getting detained for her deeds.

Publication history[edit]

There are six books in the original series, which is followed by a spin-off series consisting of six planned books[9] As of 2013, this series has sold over 8 million copies worldwide.[8]

  1. Vampire Academy, (August 16, 2007), ISBN 978-1-59514-174-3[2]
  2. Frostbite, (April 10, 2008), ISBN 978-1-59514-175-0[3]
  3. Shadow Kiss, (November 13, 2008), ISBN 978-1-59514-197-2[5]
  4. Blood Promise, (August 25, 2009), ISBN 978-1-59514-198-9[4]
  5. Spirit Bound, (May 18, 2010), ISBN 978-1-59514-250-4[6]
  6. Last Sacrifice, (December 7, 2010), ISBN 978-1-59514-306-8 [7]

The series made its first appearance on the New York Times Best Seller list at #4 with the release of Shadow Kiss.[10] It has since made the list with each new book release, including an appearance at #1 when Spirit Bound was released.[11]


A spin-off series called Bloodlines follows several characters from the Vampire Academy series and is centered around alchemist, Sydney Sage.[12] The series includes six books.[9]

The first book in the series Bloodlines, was released August 23, 2011. It eventually reached the number two spot on The New York Times Best Seller list in March 2013.[13] It was followed by The Golden Lily on June 12, 2012, which debuted at number one on The New York Times Best Seller list.[14][15] The third book, The Indigo Spell, was released February 12, 2013.[16] The fourth book, The Fiery Heart, was released on November 19, 2013.[17] The fifth book, Silver Shadows, was released on July 29, 2014.[18] The sixth book, The Ruby Circle, was released February 10, 2015.



In June 2010, The Weinstein Company optioned the film rights production to the Vampire Academy[1] On July 6, they announced that producer Don Murphy joined them to help bring the series to the big screen.[19] On December 17, 2012, it was announced that Dan Waters was writing the script. On February 1, 2013, it was announced that Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry, and Danila Kozlovsky were cast as Rose Hathaway, Lissa Dragomir, and Dimitri Belikov respectively. The title has since been changed to Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters. The film was released on February 7, 2014. Filming started during the final week of May 2013. The movie was filmed in and around Europe, particularly in the UK, and on-site at the main campus of the University of Toronto in Canada, with additional photography in Montana, USA. The first trailer was launched on November 22, 2013.[20] Opening weekend the film made $3,921,742 and gross of the film was $7,791,146 (April 4, 2014) [21]

Graphic novel[edit]

A graphic novel based on the first Vampire Academy book was published on August 23, 2011.[22] The graphic novel is adapted by Leigh Dragoon and illustrated by Emma Vieceli. A graphic novel for the second book in the series, Frostbite, was also released in May, 2012.[23]


The Vampire Academy film adaptation has received widespread negativity from critics. The film aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes[24] gave the film 10% approval with an average rating of 3.2 out of ten, based upon 39 reviews. Rottentomato critics stated "Though it may appeal to its built-in fanbase, Vampire Academy's Twilight-meets-Mean Girls conceit borrows lazily from its predecessors and offers few laughs or thrills to complement its overstuffed backstory".


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