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The Impaler Legacy Omnibus Paperback – May 16, 2014
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About the Author
Award-winning writer Ioana Visan has always dreamed about reaching the stars, but since she can't, she writes about it. After fighting the apocalypse aftermath in “Human Instincts”, she played with shapeshifters in “Blue Moon Café Series: Where Shifters Meet for Drinks”, and then she dealt with vampires in “The Impaler Legacy” series, before tackling longer works like a fantasy trilogy and a science fiction series. Aside from publishing short stories in various Romanian magazines and anthologies, she published a Romanian short story collection “Efectul de nautil” and the Romanian edition of “Human Instincts”. She was awarded the Encouragement Award by The European Science Fiction Society at Eurocon 2013.
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I was pulled into the book almost immediately. The world created therein is very believable and the characters are well-defined and endearing. It is impossible not to care about them, from beginning to end. Leaving them is actually like losing a friend. It was hard to put the book down and every time I managed to get back to it, I was immediately back in their world.
My only problem was with the grammatical errors, which tended to distract me on occasion. As English is not the author's first language, I do find this forgivable as translations from other languages makes it difficult to capture what the author wants to project, but in this case, I feel it was an incredible translation, in spite of those errors. Nothing was lost in the translation. An excellent read, and well worth the time!
The characters in this series encompass such a broad spectrum. I easily found myself enjoying and appreciating several of them. Liana was my favorite, though. Whenever I finished the last of this series, I had the feeling of missing a best friend.
There are some very dark scenes in this series, and I think Ioana Visan does a fantastic job at handling them. Her writing is able to craft these bone killing scenes with such clarity. I would love to read more by this author just because of her talent for making the world leap off of the pages and surround you.
Every vampire fan should consider this a must read series. It breaks the mold and carves out its own unique place with vampire fiction. It isn't for easy readers. This series is very involved. Warning: There is a cliffhanger with absolutely no promise of resolving it.
**I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. My thanks to Ioana Visan.
I always delighted when there is a female protagonist in stories, and i was further drawn by an interesting new concept in vampire lore. This was an interesting read. I struggled a little with the first book in the series, for a couple of reasons really, most essentially I found the prejudice Liana held against vampire Maximillian Hess difficult to read (even the explanation provided midway through the first novel did little to endear the narrator to me). I think I find blanket prejudice a difficult position to identify with, preferring instead for people/vampires to be judged on a case by case basis. Secondly, I prefer my heroines a little more 'kick ass' or proactive and I found Liana's attitude to be be rather irritating and ignoble.
Luckily Liana falls for the affections of a good msn on whom she came to rely and perhaps this encouraged her to become a better person, which seemed to occur more within the next three books in the series and I found myself warming at least a little towards Liana as her grudging tolerance and respect for Max grew with their struggle to build a better world for humans and vampires.
Therefore, this is an intriguing read and the author Ioana Visan is to be congratulated on her sophisticated and new approach towards vampires and a worldwide exploration of struggle and triumph and a story in which Lian as narrator and female protagonist grew and developed. Liana may still not be a heroine entirely to my tastes, but the story is intriguing, well written and thought provoking.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
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