Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with an unbreakable bond to the earth's magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest and most dangerous vampires--the ones who never die.
Rose Hathaway's got serious guy trouble. Her gorgeous tutor Dimitri has his eye on someone else, her friend Mason has a huge crush on her, and she keeps getting stuck in her best friend Lissa's head while she's making out with her boyfriend, Christian. (So not cool).
It's springtime at St. Vladimir's Academy, and Rose Hathaway is this close to graduation. Since making her first Strigoi kills, Rose hasn't been feeling quite right. She's having dark thoughts, behaving erratically, and worst of all...might be seeing ghosts.
Rose Hathaway's life will never be the same.
After a long and heartbreaking journey to Dimitri’s birthplace in Siberia, Rose Hathaway has finally returned to St. Vladimir’s-and to her best friend, Lissa. It is nearly graduation, and the girls can’t wait for their real lives beyond the Academy’s iron gates to begin. But Rose’s heart still aches for Dimitri, and she knows he’s out there, somewhere.
Rose Hathaway ** Rose is a seventeen-year-old half-vampire half-human (dhampir) protagonist of the Vampire Academy series. Rose is very protective of her best friend, Lissa Dragomir. Snarky and quick-witted, Rose is training to become Lissa's guardian. She falls in love with her mentor, Dimitri Belikov, in the first book. Her mother is the famous guardian, Janine Hathaway and an unidentified Turkish Moroi (later revealed in the fourth book) has brown eyes, dark brown hair, and tanned skin. She has a strained relationship with her dhampir guardian mother. Rose died in the same accident as Lissa's parents and brother, but Lissa unknowingly brought her back. Because she is shadow-kissed, she has a connection to the land of the dead and can sense when a strigoi is near.
DIMITRI BELIKOV ** He is a twenty-four-year-old dhampir guardian. He is Lissa's guardian, and Rose's mentor and love interest. He returns Rose's feelings but attempts to stay out of a relationship with her for most of the series, since it would interfere with his guardian duties. He is from Siberia and has a slight Russian accent. By the end of the third book, he is a Strigoi. In the beginning of the fourth book he wanted Rose to join him, by the end he has different plans, which are unclear but mostly likely to either kill her or turn her into Strigoi.
MIA RINALDI ** A non-royal Moroi who holds a grudge against Lissa and by default Rose. She made Jesse and Ralf claim that Rose had sex with them and gave them blood by having sex with both of them herself. She is described with a soft-face and curly blonde hair that makes her look very young - almost doll-like.
LISSA DRAGOMIR ** A seventeen-year-old Moroi princess, who is Rose Hathaway's best friend. Lissa is the last vampire in the Dragomir royal line, giving her the title "princess". Her family, along with Rose, died in a car accident when she was fifteen, but Lissa unknowingly brings Rose back from the dead, creating a bond between them. Lissa is described to be beautiful, with long, pale blonde hair and jade green eyes. By the end of the third book she learns the truth about Rose and Dimitri's relationship. Her element is the extremely rare "spirit", which is a psychic element that comes from the mind and soul.
ADRIAN IVASHKOV ** A royal Moroi and nephew of the queen. He, like Lissa, is a spirit user and suffers the same side effects as she does. He has brown messy stylish hair, green eyes, and 6'2 to 6'4 tall. He numbs the effects by drinking alcohol and chain smoking. He and Lissa start to explore the different abilities spirit users have. Adrian has the ability to "walk dreams", which he often uses to visit Rose. He falls in love with Rose, but isn't been taken seriously because of his player ways.
Natalie Dashkov ** A royal Moroi with jet-black hair and jade green eyes. She is very awkward among other royals and is known for talking a lot. She was once a good friend of Lissa's, but later becomes Strigoi to rescue her father, Victor, from the academy's jail. Dimitri kills her in the first book after she tried to kill Rose.
SYDNEY ** An alchemist who helps Rose find Dimitri's hometown in Russia, Baia. She is a human who knows alot about Morois and dhampires but dislikes them. She has many tricks and techniques in getting rid of strigoi bodies and is also equipted with a special potion that can turn a dead strigoi corpse intio a fist size ball so it is urecognisable. She explains alot about alchemists to Rose but is strangley distant and uncomftable in doing so. This is because alchemists do not like the 'evil creatures of the night'. However after Rose and Sydney spend a lot of time together they start to get along quite well.