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Thirst No. 5: The Sacred Veil Paperback – March 5, 2013

Book 9 of 9 in the Last Vampire Series

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: Thirst (Book 5)
  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse (March 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442467312
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442467316
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.3 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In her five thousand years as a vampire, Sita has forgotten only two portions of her life: the eleventh century with Landulf of Capua and her imprisonment with Ralph and Harrah Levine in Auschwitz during World War II. Earlier, she had been sent back “to fix her mistake” during the battle between the Pandavas and the Kaurvas; similarly, their present day quest for Veronica’s veil and the safety of the Levine’s granddaughter, Sarah Goodwin, is forcing her back to her tortuous time in Auschwitz. In each incident she left men she loved to suffer as she escaped. Both events involve the blood of Christ—the sword with Christ’s blood in the eleventh century and Christ’s image from Golgotha stained on the veil in the twentieth—and vimanas, vehicles from outer space. In this fifth and final book in the Thirst series, Pike once again leads Sita and her entourage of ordinary and extraordinary friends through horrifying yet mesmerizing adventures that culminate in Sita’s choice between her past normal life and the present. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: It’s the conclusion to a New York Times best-selling series, and everyone is gonna want to know how it ends. Grades 9-12. --Frances Bradburn

About the Author

Christopher Pike is the author of more than forty teen thrillers, including the Thirst, Remember Me, and Chain Letter series. Pike currently lives in Santa Barbara, where it is rumored he never leaves his house. But he can be found online at ChristopherPikeBooks.com.

Customer Reviews

I love this book can not wait till the next one.
Becky
Christopher Pike is my favorite author and the style of writing is so refreshing.
Ashley Lynn
Once i start reading i can not put these books down!!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By jennylatham on March 13, 2013
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I'm at a loss! I've been reading about Sita since I was 16 years old. This CAN'T be the end.
What people don't realize when they look at the cover of this book is that these are NOT teenage vampire books. These are not even CLOSE to what's popped up on the shelves recently. These are adult, smart, thought-provoking and the real deal. The topics brought up in 'The Last Vampire' series, (I won't call it 'Thirst') are what led me to explore certain philosophies and comparative religion. These books are important to me. Sita's journey has inspired me and affected me in ways I never thought could happen. Through the good, the bad, and the just plain out there weird, I will always be loyal to Pike and Sita. Just please tell me it's not the end. (I know he said it is, but I can always hope.)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Manno on March 6, 2013
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Is this really the last THIRST book?
- There is room for more to happen. But I think readers will appreciate this ending more than the alleged conclusion in THIRST 4.

Thirst 5 begins right where Thirst 4 ended, and it never stops. Sita (that's her on the cover) and the gang head to the east coast when she finds a picture of people she knew a long time ago. A few action scenes later, they arrive and the real story begins.

Sita reveals her role in World War II, but some details are blocked. Pike is nearly no holds barred when it comes to this part of the story; it may be difficult for some readers to get through.

I found the use of present tense a bit awkward when Sita talks about World War II, but it makes sense a little later in the book. And the climax becomes a bit more convoluted than necessary--be patient, it will make some sen.se at the end.

There are flaws, but the heart of this story outweighs them ten to one.
THIRST 5: Brutal violence, some sexuality, some language - recommended for 17 and up.
5 stars

Pike has commented on Facebook that he actually hopes to write more of Sita's story. He knows that many things still need to be answered...and he has also stated that he figured this book would be "love it" or "hate it". Pike mentioned that the original story arc (Thirst 1 and 2) ended before he really wanted it to and that "Creatures of Forever" left him confused as well--the story felt unfinished. It was not until he finished writing Thirst 5 and going through proofs that he truly understood the significance of "Creatures of Forever". I actually agree. Thirst 5 allowed me to rethink how it originally ended in.1997. So far, my overall rating for Thirst is 4 out of 5...which was my overall rating for "THE LAST VAMPIRE" as well. Here is to hoping that Pike's publisher approve more Thirst books so we can know how it ends for real!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jennjenn on May 3, 2013
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I cried in a restaurant while reading the last pages of this book on my lunch break. I've never been obsessed with a series until "Thirst". When I was younger, I read the "Last Vampire" books and almost 20 years later when I bought "Thirst 1", I realized they were the compilation of some of my favorite stories. I'm glad I read them again because it made me remember how much I loved Sita. I sought out the next books in the series as fast as possible. I have nearly all my skeptical book friends hooked as well. (They never understand how much they will enjoy reading a YA author- I am 35- until they realize how smart he is.) Pike has a way of engaging one's spiritual side even if one does not find oneself especially religious. In "Thirst 5", he took it to another level. Sita's involvement in WWII and the references to reincarnation were my favorite parts. In fact, I was so frustrated when reading the final chapters that my heart was racing. I kept thinking "There's not enough pages left in the book for what needs to happen!". And the ending was the most infuriating part. I was so PISSED! But in a good way. I'm not sure if Pike left us hanging, or if he will keep her story going. But- if he grants us another book, I would love to see what's next. Or maybe the whole point of the strange ending was for us to draw our own conclusions so we can either let Sita rest or keep her alive in our own version of how we want to remember her. Personally, I want more!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matthew on March 9, 2013
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PIKE has done it again! Awesome new story that keeps you on your toes. And once again, a surprising ending. You never know what will happen next. Answers to questions from past Thirst books are answered and new questions arrive. Overall great book. You will not be disappointed!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jordan on March 20, 2013
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I have been waiting for this book forever and then this ending? It keep me reading the whole time and bam no good ending.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Danielle Guardino on April 9, 2013
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I read the original Last Vampire series when I was a teenager. I am 31 now, but knew I had to re-read those books, and then read the new ones. I felt that Christopher Pike really recycled a lot of his material in this last book, and to me, the ending was really disappointing. The original books should have been left alone. They were perfect, and there was no need to revive them and add more to the story. While I love Sita and all of her adventures, I think I will choose to believe her story ended with the last Last Vampire book, and not this Thirst book.
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There's a fellow Christopher Pike fan I've gotten to know while working at the bookstore. I emailed him recently with my thoughts on Thirst No. 5: The Sacred Veil. As I was typing, I realized I could use it as my review so here it is:

I just finished Thirst 5. I literally OMG'ed when I reached the end. I may have told you The Last Vampire series has never been a particular favorite of mine but over the years I have grown to become fond of Sita (and Seymour!) Our 5000+ year old heroine puts other vampires to shame. She kicks butt and gets things done. She's compassionate but not emotionally needy.

Reading Thirst 5 or The Last Vampire 9 gave me a sense of deja vu at a couple points in the story. While some may say the story has come full circle, I felt it already did that- at the end of TLV6 and TLV8/T4- and now again.

I was also never a fan of going back in time as a storytelling structure. And this installment not only did that but it went another level. I loved the callbacks to the other books though- how Christopher Pike tried to make everything make sense. I can believe it when Pike says that it's Sita who tells him her story and not the other way around. She has such a unique voice.

I really enjoyed seeing the progression of Sita and Seymour's relationship. It's very rare to see that kind of friendship in books.

I think the thing that sets TLV (or most of Pike's books for that matter) apart from the rest is the strong spiritual elements he incorporates into his stories. Again, this is rare- even nowadays in the Young Adult (let alone YA Paranormal) genre, especially when he was doing this way back in the 90′s!

While I didn't "absolutely love" it as you did, I did enjoy it. I wish he would write a standalone novel so I can have a sense of closure when I finish one of his books.

Pike has created something special with Sita and I want more people to know about her.
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Christopher Pike is the author of over forty teen thrillers, including series REMEMBER ME, FINAL FRIENDS and CHAIN LETTER.

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