- 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: 52 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,848,073 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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As Shadows Fade: The Gardella Vampire Chronicles, No 5 Mass Market Paperback – March 3, 2009
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This is the 2nd time I am reading the series . I started reading the current Trilogy of Max Denton daughter Macey Gardella series wish it had been a longer series which also were fantasic :)
After so much time had past since I first read the Gardella's series with all the charters being mentioned on this new series I had to go back & read them again and as I said still had my interest and I love!love! these books
Awesome job! Colleen Gleason thanks for so many great charters , waiting to read more! :)
A little background for those that do not know about this series. Victoria is a venator, otherwise known as a vampire hunter/killer. What makes this read different from all other vampire slayer reads is first of all, it takes place in Regency era England, and secondly, the world building is so inventive and wonderfully imagined by the author that it leaves other books of this ilk in the dust. And of course there is a third-characters that fairly leap off the page in their realness and complexity.
In addition to Victoria, other characters include Max, Victoria’s venator partner, mentor, and at this point so much more, Sebastian, Victoria’s ex-lover and most of the time friend, also a venator, Wayren, the mentor for all the venators and a mystery figure to all, and of course Victoria’s clueless mother and her two best friends- and partners in all things designed to get Victoria married to a member of the ton. Then there is Lilith, Max obsessed, queen of the vampires, and enemy to Max and to any kind of life Max wants with Victoria. She was pretty perfect throughout this series as a horrendous villain. Of course there have been other villains along the way, but she has been the worse.
I am not going to go into the story more because at this point it should remain somewhat of a mystery until you start the read, but of course you can always read the blurb. Although I don’t think I have read any of the blurbs of these books since the first one, because it’s not necessary when a series is so good that I didn’t care what it says.
It’s hard to say goodbye to characters that one has come to love and admire, and to a story line that was exciting, adventuresome, violent at times, and yes even romantic. This particular installment is still urban fantasy, but in the end there was an off the charts wonderful and sensual romance, making this book not only UF, but paranormal romance as well. By my standards that makes it pretty perfect.
So if you enjoy urban fantasy, and paranormal romance, I would highly recommend you read this series. You won’t regret it for one minute. It’s adult, due to violence and sexual situations-and don’t let the historical part scare you off-it only adds another dimension to this wonderfully written series. I have already bought the short story, Max Stops the Presses, that takes place after this book, and winds up a dangling thread for the reader. The author has also jumped a hundred years into the future and started another series that takes place in this world called, Roaring Midnight, and yes it takes place in the 1920’s. Can’t wait to read that one!
FYI This was originally published in 2009.(RabidReads.com)
This was an action-packed, satisfying wrap-up to the Victoria Gardella series. Sacrifices are made all around, and we finally get the emotional pay-off between Victoria and her man of choice.