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.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.
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.
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.
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
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