Absolutely loved this one - the love story between Rose and Dimitri grows beautifully. Rose is understandby confused by her strong feelings for her mentor, but she also grows as a guardian in training. A lot of the action takes place in a ski lodge, because of a strigoi attack on a royal family.
We get to meet Adrian, from the largest royal family. Lissa is more in the background. The story mainly revolves around Rose, her friendship with Mason and her feelings for her mentor - who is offered the chance to leave the academy to become guardian to Christians aunt (with fringe benefits).
I did cry towards the end of the book, the scenes with Rose clinging to the body of her friend just did me in (not as much as when Edward left in New Moon, but it got to me all the same).
Have to go straight onto Shadow Kiss now.