Tuesday, March 24, 2009

'As Shadows Fade'

by Colleen Gleason
Fiction/Paranormal Romance, 2009
Signet Eclipse, mm pb, 342 p.
Gardella Vampire Chronicles, Book 5
Directly descended from the very first vampire hunter in the Gardella family, Victoria knows she must continue the lineage so humanity will have protectors against the undead. While Sebastian Vioget appears to be both the perfect warrior and lover to ensure the Gardella legacy, Victoria cannot forget Max Pesaro – the former slayer still haunted by the vampire queen Lilith’s obsession with him.

But it is Lilith’s obsession that may save all of humanity. Demons, enemies of both mortals and the undead, have found their way to earth. To defeat them, vampires and slayers must fight side by side. But Lilith wants Max in return for her cooperation – a small price for the world, but too high a price for Victoria.
As Shadows Fade is the fifth and final book of the Gardella Vampire Chronicles, and it was just as much fun to read as the previous four. In fact, I found myself with an unexpected day off work and devoured the whole thing in one day! I can’t remember the last time I did that.

After the fourth book, When Twilight Burns, I had a pretty good idea how I thought it would end and which man Victoria would ultimately end up with. So in that sense, it was perhaps a little more predictable than the other books in the series, but that’s not to say that there weren’t some wonderful twists along the way. I certainly hadn’t predicted the fate of the man that Victoria doesn’t end up with, but I’d sure love to read more of his story someday.

Colleen Gleason did a fantastic job creating characters with depth, and imperfections, and she made me care for all of them. All in all, it was a thoroughly satisfying end to a great series.

Author's website
Interview with a Vampire Author, Part Deux, Part the Third, Part the Fourth

First sentence: Victoria Gardella Grantworth de Lacy, Dowager Marchioness of Rockley, had a problem – and for once, it didn’t have to do with vampires.

My Rating: 4/5
(#15 for 2009)

My reviews of the previous books in the series:
The Rest Falls Away, Rises the Night, The Bleeding Dusk, When Twilight Burns

Also reviewed at:
Stuff As Dreams Are Made On
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  1. I loved this one. It's certainly one that you can gobble up all in one day! I'd love to see more books focusing on "the man Victoria didn't end up with" too ;) That was a cool twist. I was happy with the ending though! Can't wait to see what she does next!

  2. It is so great that this book ended the series well. I still have to read the book that comes before it, but I hope to finish this series this year! The problem is that I am trying to avoid spoilers and I don't think I am doing such a great job!

  3. I am looking forward to reading this one very much. Of course, I still need to read When Twilight Burns. :-)

  4. Chris - I was pretty happy with the ending too, I think she did a great job wrapping it up. I really do hope she returns to that certain character someday. I'd love to read more about what happens to him.

    Kailana - Hurry up and read them then so you don't inadvertently read any more spoilers! :P

    Wendy - It was sad to reach the end of the series but she did a great job. Have fun reading the last 2 books when you get around to them.


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