This story starts again with a run down of the main events of the last book, which again I appreciated.
The story is first of all focused more on Damon trying to get his vampirism back. He goes back to the Dark Dimension to do this. Bonnie is upset about him leaving so he reluctantly takes her there with him.
In the Dark Dimension, Damon leaves Bonnie in a hotel while he goes to get "vampirised". Bonnie gets bored in waiting for Damon to return though so she goes across the street to a sweet shop. While at the sweet shop, remembering that she is a slave in the dark dimension, she has to wait her turn to buy what she wants. However, when the shop keeper asks her for her master's card to see who she belongs to, she remembers that she doesn't have any information pertaining to this. She also doesn't have any slave bracelets on either. This means she has to go to a slavery house, where slaves are sold. I could easily imagine this happening through the authors prose.
Stefan, Elena and Meredith are busy trying to help the town settle down and get back to normal. Matt is also helping along with Mrs Flowers.
Elena and Stefan end up in the dark dimension because that's where's safest. Bonnie has a dream where she takes a star ball (what keeps Shinichi and Misao - the evil fox spirits - alive) and destroys it. She, and everyone else in the dark dimension travel to a place where they can find the biggest star ball and if they destroy it the town of Fells Church will go back to normal. Along the way they come across problems, which they overcome. After reaching their destination Bonnie's dream - where they have to each pick a door to travel through - becomes reality as they have to look for something to get Fells Church back the way it was.
Meanwhile back on earth Meredith, Matt and Mrs Flowers figure out who the real evil force behind the kitsune is, with a little help from the Internet. The author was secretive with whom the real evil doer was. I never expected it to be who it was. Meredith thought she should have known all along because she's the "smart" one of the group but didn't. Do they defeat the evil force and save earth from the "final midnight"?
Back in the Dark Dimension, Elena and Bonnie, Stefan and Damon have to climb a tree to get to the biggest star ball to destroy it. But something bad happens (I don't want to put any real spoilers in this review). While they do defeat the biggest star ball, they lose something very dear to them.
They travel to a court after that after being arrested for stealing. There Elena bargains for her old life back on earth. She gets it but that's not the only thing she wants. She doesn't get what's most important to her back.
The last chapter sets up for the next trilogy of Vampire Diaries books I think. I give this book a four star rating because it was a book with a intense story and it wrapped up this part of "The Vampire Diaries" well. I still have to buy them so my reviews will be slightly disjointed for this series. "The Return" books were captivating and adventurous with a little humour and romance thrown in also. I enjoyed reading about different adventures to those we see in the TV show too.
I'll be picking my next TBR book soon so look out for the review of it...