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As Shadows Fade: The Gardella Vampire Chronicles, No 5 Mass Market Paperback – March 3, 2009


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; Original edition (March 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451226321
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451226327
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,394,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Colleen Gleason lives near Ann Arbor with her husband and children. She has an English degree and an MBA from the University of Michigan. Before writing full-time, she worked in the sales and marketing side of health care and insurance products. She has managed large sales forces, worked in start-up companies, and owned her own business. Colleen loves to hear from her readers, and can be contacted through her website.

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Sebastian's story is the only one that is really left at loose ends.
K. Eckert
Everything was wrapped up really well and explanations were given and we can see what the future will be like for most characters and it was all done really well.
Sarah Marie Jones
Having read the first four books in the series - I could not wait to read the last one which is not available over here.
Taffy Lewis

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By S. Thomas VINE VOICE on March 8, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"As Shadows Fade," the fifth and final installment of the Gardella series featuring Victoria and Max is a fitting end to a great paranormal series.

The action opens about two weeks after the end of "When Twilight Burns". Victoria is finally clear about whom she loves and wants in her life. Unfortunately for her, she isn't sure she can persuade him to follow his heart and commit to a relationship with her. There is also the complication of a past lover who still wants her and isn't accepting her decision with grace. In addition to all that emotional angst, a new and powerful threat has emerged that threatens both humans and vampires.

Colleen Gleason has always managed to draw readers into this world of the Regency era vampire slayer and her numerous beaus with ease. Victoria isn't perfect as a character; in fact she has always made mistakes along the way. The beauty of this series is that there is a natural progression from "know it all" debutante to mature, strong woman in charge of herself and the other Venators.

***************SPOILER ALERT! (as suggested by another reader)******************

I could write a book about why I love Max, the smart, sexy, honorable and intense hero that would melt any girl's heart. I have always preferred the enigmatic Max to any other suitor. In fact, he was the only character that I consistently loved throughout the series. Initially, I wanted Victoria to end up with Max, because Max wanted Victoria, not necessarily because she was "worthy" of him. Boy was I wrong. Victoria is a perfect match for him. She understands, respects and loves the kind of man that he is, just as he respects and loves her.

And when the two lovers finally get together, it was worth the wait.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kim on March 7, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As Shadows Fade picks up two weeks after the last book When Twilight Burns. An ever-growing presence of demons is discovered and so Victoria and her Venators set off to go about closing the portal from wince they come. Their mission does not come easy though, they must first obtain 5 ancient rings and an orb spelled within a pool and will need the help from Lilith, the vampire queen, to do so. Her help does not come without a heavy price. This book is face paced and will bring the reader through a roller coaster of emotions by the time it's finished. Many sacrifices will be made, love will be found and new beginnings. There is redemption and a bitter-sweet closure for a certain character--I'm sure most readers will have their Kleenexes handy for that one. I don't want to give too much of the plot away as it's best to experience this book not knowing what's coming next.

If you've read book 4 of this series I'm sure you have an idea of how the Max/Victoria/Sebastian love triangle ends. I was definitely surprised when and how these two came together. My most favorite line in this book will always be, "I've changed my mind..." ;) If you love the romance aspect of this series you won't be disappointed in this final book.

I'm saddened the series has came to an end but all the books will remain on my keeper shelf to revisit again. I highly recommend reading these books--each one is a wild ride with more than a few twists and likable characters.

For those who have not read this series the reading order is:
1. The Rest Falls Away
2. Rises the Night
3. The Bleeding Dusk
4. When Twilight Burns
5. As Shadows Fade
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Chris Howard on March 8, 2009
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So sad to see this series end, but rest assured that it ends with a bang in the most thrilling way possible. Some will be happy, some may be disappointed depending on which "team" you're on. But we do get our answer. We get the answer to who Victoria chooses and to many other questions, like who exactly is Wayren?

Two years ago, I cracked open the pages of The Rest Falls Away completely unsure of what awaited me and whether or not I'd like it. I knew that I loved vampire books, but romance?! Never been there before. After reading the first few pages, I knew that I had nothing to fear. The reader is safe in Colleen Gleason's hands, though she makes no promises to keep your heart rate at a reasonable pace. I instantly fell in love with Colleen's wonderful characters, the amazing setting of her books, and the love story/horror story that she so expertly weaved. You'd never guess that it was her first book.

Five books and two years later, she closes the series with the biggest bang there is. This book is truly fantastic from cover to cover. Victoria has made her decision as to which person she wants to spend her life with, a life that will always be filled of thrills and danger. But there are others who would have it differently. Demons have awoken from a chasm in the earth and plague her well being and the well being of her companions. We've seen demons before in the Gardella Vampire Chronicles, but never in these amounts and with this type of hostility. There's only one way to rid the world of the demons and that is by paying another visit to our dear friend Lilith, queen of the vampires. Would we have it any other way?

I'm quite upset that the series is over and there are no more adventures with this amazing crew, but it ended in such a way that I'm satisfied as well.
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