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The Bleeding Dusk (Gardella Vampire Chronicles Book 3) Mass Market Paperback – February 5, 2008

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Gleason's latest in the Gardella Vampire Chronicles picks up a year after Rises the Night. Victoria Gardella is mourning her husband, Lord Rockley, and eager to get back to work as a venator. She becomes aware of a plot by the demon Akvan to break through the Door of the Alchemists and steal valuable secrets that will bring him to full power. Complicating matters is the return of venator Maximilian Pesaro, still in thrall to Lilith and determined to break free. Sebastian Vioget, ally of both Victoria and his vampire grandfather Beauregard, has a secret that will change the balance of power. And all three, none of whom trust each other very much, must band together to stop Akvan. The chemistry between Sebastian and Victoria is palpable, and Max is given a level of depth lacking in previous installments. Gleason, who ends the book on a cliffhanger, is really on a roll. (Feb.)
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"A decidedly dark, decidedly unsentimental Regency heroine who stakes the undead with the best of them." -- Detroit Free Press


Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (February 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451223268
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451223265
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #241,226 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Colleen Gleason continues to prove to her editors and readers that she is a cut above other mass-market romance fiction novelists. In her latest installment of the Gardella Vampire Chronicles, Gleason has once again shown that she can lay a complex buffet for her readers to feast on. Who else could have come up with the premise of a Regency heroine vampire slayer that is originally and legitimately well done?

The Bleeding Dusk takes us to Rome this time, where Victoria must find a way beyond the trauma and chaos of the past year, and delve into her strength to become the new Illa Gardella. Armed with two vis bullae, she, Max, Sebastian and her Venators must prevent the combined dark forces of demons and vampires from opening La Porta Alchemica or the Door of Alchemy. It is path fraught with sacrifice. Gleason is not into pacification. She is not going to give us an easy read where we have the end game in our sights.

Gleason deliberately toys with us with regard to Victoria's love interests and more, stops on a dime, and reverses in another direction. In many ways it works.

Throughout this entire series, I was strongly reminded of Ken Russell's movie "Gothic" intermeshed with Buffy. And I haven't seen such painstaking attention to detail since Chelsea Quinn Yarbro.

Gleason tamps down the romantic element-this series reads stronger as sci-fi/fantasy, not romance (even though its marketed as romance), though there are elements of it-but that won't detract readers by any means. This is how the genre is evolving. Romance seems to be an area of growth for Gleason, and I eagerly anticipate seeing it flourish. Particularly in balancing the romance aspects with suspense.
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I read the first two books in Colleen Gleason's Gardella Vampire Chronicles (The Rest Falls Away: The Gardella Vampire Chronicles (Signet Eclipse) and Rises The Night: The Gardella Vampire Chronicles) and thought they were good enough to keep reading but not really anything special. This latest installment, however, has totally changed my mind.

Victoria has spent the past year and a half fighting vampires and learning to deal with the trauma that comes along with her dangerous calling. She still mourns for her husband that she herself staked, is coming to terms with the fact that a man she trusts killed her beloved aunt and wants to give in to the passion she feels for the mysterious Sebastian, whom she knows will just as soon betray her as love her. Now a dangerous daemon, a long-lost secret in alchemy and a demanding vampire lord are thrown into the mix and the vampire hunter needs people she can trust more than ever.

This book is sexy yet plot driven, action-packed yet tender, and a whole lot of fun to read. While you do really need to read the first two books in the series to understand what is going on in this book, the characters, plot and dialogue shine brighter in this than the previous two.

Like Ann Rice's Interview With the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles), this book explores the battle between good and evil and the gray area in between.
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I sit here having just finished a marathon reading of The Bleeding Dusk and my heart is pounding so strongly that if there really were vampires out there I would be announcing loud and clear that it is feeding time! My heart is in my throat and I am so tense I feel like I need to take a warm bath to relax...maybe get out a glass of red wine and put on some lite rock. Heavens above, the last 100 or so pages of this novel felt like riding on a roller coaster with a never-ending plummet! Whew, what a rush.

I have thoroughly enjoyed the previous two books in this series and am thrilled to say that Colleen Gleason's craft has kicked up another notch with The Bleeding Dusk. Speaking from a man's perspective, this book lives up to the heart-racing promises of the cover image and then some. I am not kidding. The tension of the last 100 pages wore me out.

The Bleeding Dusk continues the adventures of Victoria Gardella, vampire slayer, not long after the events that ended Rises the Night. In this book Colleen Gleason is even more skillful in giving recaps of the previous story without making it feel like one is reading a book review. Events from the previous two novels are woven into this story with a deft hand, only included when they are an integral part of the story being told now. I was very impressed.

As in Rises the Night, the events of The Bleeding Dusk take place in Rome and this time involve a crumbling mansion, a mysterious door, and the inclusion of an interesting cast of characters, many of whom are familiar because of the previous novels. Multiple mysteries abound in this story which is so much more than a tale of a group of people fighting ultimate evil. I found the plot of this story to be so engaging.
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