- Frostbite (Richelle Mead novel)
name = Frostbite
language = English
series = Vampire Academy Series
Young adult, Fantasy, vampire, dark fantasy
April 10 2008
media_type = Print (
preceded_by = Vampire Academy
"Frostbite" is a
vampirenovel written by Richelle Mead. It is the second novel in the Vampire Academy series, and was preceded by Vampire Academy. It continues the story of the main character, Rose Hathaway and her education in becoming a Guardian.
The story begins with Rose and Dimitri traveling to meet the legendary guardian Arthur Schoenberg for Rose's Qualifier Exam. Once they arrive at the home of the Moroi family he protects, they discover a bloody massacre of the entire family and their guardians, including Arthur by Strigoi. Rose also discovers a broken ward, a magical device which Strigoi cannot touch, meaning the Strigoi must have had human assistance in their attack. The massacre puts the vampire community on high alert, and to keep the students at St. Vladimir's Academy safe, a ski trip to a lodge owned by a wealthy Moroi family is required right after
Rose is already on edge due to her conflicting feelings about the people around her. Worried about the mental health of her best friend Lissa, she also becomes jealous when she doesn't get to spend more time with her anymore now that she spends most of her time with her boyfriend Christian. Things don't improve as her mother Janine Hathaway, whom she hasn't seen in five years, shows up at school with the Moroi she is protecting, creating tension between the two. Moreover, Rose's feelings for her mentor Dimitri have not subsided, and she becomes heart-broken and envious when he appears to show interest in Christian's aunt, Tasha, who has asked Dimitri to be her guardian.
During the ski trip, panic sets in when news of another Strigoi attack on a royal Moroi family spreads, where one of the dead was Mia's mother. During her stay at the lodge, Rose meets a Moroi named Adrian Ivashkov, who shows obvious interest in Rose, and later becomes friendly with Lissa after they both discover they are spirit users. During a Adrian's pool party, Mason, his friend Eddie, and Mia begin voicing their opinions about hunting Strigoi. After a heated argument with Dimitri, Rose tells Mason confidential information that Dimitri had given her before about the possible whereabouts of the Strigoi's hideouts. 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 together with Christian, run out to stop them.
Rose and Christian find the group and convince them to return to the lodge. However, they are ambushed by Strigoi, who hold them captive for days, threatening to kill them. 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, who is left fighting two Strigoi. Mason is killed when he returns and attempts to help Rose. Rose then kill both of the Strigoi by beheading them, and then collapses into shock, as Guardians arrive after being informed of where the students were. Once back at St. Vladimir's, Rose receives two "molnija" marks for her Strigoi kills. Dimitri also tells her that he turned down Tasha's offer to become her guardian, admitting that his heart is with Rose.
"Frostbite"'s sequel "
Shadow Kiss" has a release date of November 13 2008.
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