- 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: 155 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Thirst No. 5: The Sacred Veil Paperback – March 5, 2013
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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 a bestselling author of young adult novels. The Thirst series, The Secret of Ka, and the Remember Me and Alosha trilogies are some of his favorite titles. He is also the author of several adult novels, including Sati and The Season of Passage. Thirst and Alosha are slated to be released as feature films. Pike currently lives in Santa Barbara, where it is rumored he never leaves his house. But he can be found online at Facebook.com/ChristopherPikeBooks.
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- 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.
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!
If you haven't read this its worth reading the first 2 thirst books. The writers skill has improved greatly since the first 6 books. As audiences pushed for greater detail in their literature. Though one aspect of the 'resurrection' of the series is explained poorly. But it is a necessary evil in order to continue the series. I honestly haven't thought of better explanations than was given, and overthinking small necessities will be a story killer if obsessed over. Overall I am happy with the continuations.
There is currently a movie deal being negotiated but previous deals have fallen through. Many details of the fated deal were not released. I'm hoping something gets worked out soon. Chris Pike wants to maintain creative control, making a challenge of finding willing participants. So I will wait patiently.
I may have become a bit cynical in my old age, since I first began my 'Last Vampire' plight with Christopher Pike more 10 years ago. I have to say I am disappointed with the final Thirst book (btw--'THIRST'? Really? I hate the new series title, extensively).
(mini-SPOILER) It felt like the plot from the initial alleged ending. What with the aliens and flying saucer, the return to Lake Tahoe, the mental returns to dark ancient times in Sita's past...it all felt entirely too understated. It felt as if the author really didn't have too many more places to take the main character, hence the return to the storyline first used to end the series. (/END mini-SPOILER)
I was a bit confused by Matt's character. I kept waiting for the motivation behind his supernatural idiosyncrasies to become much more apparent, which they didn't...and Sita and his love connection should have developed more if Pike was taking that route. I didn't feel the 'tension' really played a part and wasn't needed. I sincerely hope the main reasoning behind their relationship was not for sex appeal, because that aspect didn't enhance the plot or climax.
Also...I was really disheartened by the character of Simon. While I found myself loving him in the previous collection, he rather annoyed me in these books. Although I can appreciate this fundamental distinction on the part of the author, because we're given evidence that he really did narrate the first books, and now we're seeing him from Sita's perspective. We're shown that he is a real human with flaws, which I can appreciate.
I tired very quickly of continuing to hear about 'Teri.' She didn't play a huge role in any of the books, her character was small, and as the audience we weren't made to really understand what was so spectacular about her that Sita and Matt loved her so exceedingly, the continued mention of her was eye-roll inducing.
Don't get me wrong, I am still a HUGE HUGE 'Last Vampire' fan, and am extremely grateful for these last three books. I have read the series at least 5 different times over the years. It is one of my very favorite series to return to, and I imagine I will continue reading the first collection for many more years. I was very much looking forward to continuing Sita's adventures since she did not feel finished after the first books. I believe this series is Pike's greatest accomplishment and I know many of you share my gratitude for this continuation.
For those of you who feel that the series may continue because the author left the last line so open for interpretation, I am sorry to inform you that there will be no more books. The author feels tired, and Sita feels very tired. Unless there's another Vampiric phenomenon in 15 years...this is the last we'll see of Sita.