This is the second book in the Gardella Vampire Chronicles. There are a total of five books in this series. If you enjoyed the first book, you will enjoy this one. The world broadens some and Victoria is less care free than in the first book.
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THOSE WHO HAVENT READ BOOK 1 IN THIS SERIES.
Victoria is recovering from her husbands untimely end in Book 1. Things between her and Sebastian are heating up. She ends up going to Rome in an attempt to uncover a new vampire cult involving Liliths son. Supposidly Liliths son has recoved an ancient artifact that can raise masses of the dead. Max has disappeared for a long time (8 months) and Victoria is surprised to find he is heavily involved in all of the intrigue in Rome.
The book was a fun and engaging read. Victoria is taking on more responsibilities as a Venator, although she still makes some immature decisions. Instead of acting blindly with vengeance she is finally learning to consider how her actions affect the bigger picture. Victoria is less happy go lucky and a bit more mature as a result of dealing with her husbands death; shes grown up a lot.
Sebastian is in the book a lot. He is just as sexy and mysterious as ever. You can just never tell exactly which side he is playing. We learn a lot more about his history and background in this book.
As I mentioned in my review of the first book, think of this series as Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Pride and Prejudice. The whole book is very Victorian in tone, but there is a lot of fighting and a good chunk of romance as well. There is also a lot of intrigue and mystery throughout the story.
The book is well written and easy to read. The main mystery is solved in this book, but new storylines and questions are opened.
Overall I enjoyed the book and will continue reading the series. Its not spectacular but it is a very entertaining and fun read. I enjoy the characters, the setting, the witty banter, and the intrigue. Recommended to those who enjoy historical vampire hunter types of books.
After a long year of mourning, Lady Victoria Gardella Grantworth de Lacy is back to patrolling the streets of London, making sure that vampires can no longer feed on the innocent. She soon discovers that vampires plan to seize Akvan's Obelisk, an artifact that will allow the holder to control the dead. Victoria finds herself traveling to Italy where she tries to infiltrate a group of vampire supporters in order to find out who has the Obelisk. But there are too many people in the group who may blow her cover and alert the vampires that a vampire slayer is in their midst.
This story picks up about a year after the first book ends. Victoria has decided that she is ready to pick up the stake and continue her role as Venator. Max has returned to Italy and no one has heard from him in months. Sebastian Voiget appears back in London about the time Victoria finds a token that will allow her to insinuate herself into the world of the Tutela, a society of people who admire vampires.
I liked the action parts of this story where Victoria would have to save a group of people from the evil vampires. Unfortunately, that was only part of the book. The rest of the book had Sebastian continually showing up wherever Victoria would be. Sometimes he would help her, sometimes he would just leave her to fight on her own. I don't understand her attraction to him at all. The last 50 pages of the book were excellent and make the book worth reading. It also made me want to jump right into the next book in the series. My rating: 3.5 Stars.
In Italy, a powerful vampire is amassing the power to control the souls of the dead. Lady Victoria Gardella de Lacy-a vampire slayer for just over a year-races across Europe to stop what could be the most deadly army the Gardellas have ever faced. She is accompanied by Sebastian Vioget, a man as tempting as he is untrustworthy.
But when Victoria discovers that she has been betrayed by one of her most trusted allies, the truth will challenge all her powers as a Venator-and as a woman