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As Shadows Fade (Gardella Vampire Chronicles, Bk 5)
As Shadows Fade - Gardella Vampire Chronicles, Bk 5
Author: Colleen Gleason
Directly descended from the very first vampire hunter in the Gardella family, Victoria knows she must continue the lineage so humanity will have protectors against the undead. While Sebastian Vioget appears to be both the perfect warrior and lover to ensure the Gardella legacy, Victoria cannot forget Max Pesaro the former slayer still haunted by...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780451226327
ISBN-10: 0451226321
Publication Date: 3/3/2009
Pages: 368
Rating:
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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4.2 stars, based on 57 ratings
Publisher: Signet
Book Type: Paperback
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reviewed As Shadows Fade (Gardella Vampire Chronicles, Bk 5) on + 28 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
This is book 5 in the Gardella Vampire Chronicles and i am so sad to have it be the last one. I wasn't quite sure about this series when i started book 1, but as I finished that book and kept going with the others I am a complete fan. I liked this series (including this book) because it was just enough Vampire, romance (not the detailed gore of some books), and adventure. It was a great mix. Don't know if anyone else will notice, but when i first saw the cover of "as shadows fade" i had a good idea of who Victoria would end up with. I didn't root for him until about book 4, then as it started to unravel I began to see why they would be the perfect match. I would and will recommend this to anyone I can.
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Helpful Score: 2
I too enjoyed this series. It was a bit Buffy, Regency and Romance all wrapped up in one. The ending to the series wrapped things up nicely although you were still left with a bit of the discomfort that occurs when anyone finds themselves as the last to be chosen or in this case, not chosen at all. The main character showed herself to be a bit more frail in this book then the previous 4 but I enjoyed in none the less. Ms. Gleason has the ability to really believe in the characters, flaws and all. The indecision of youth is present as is the angst of being thrust into a leadership position despite being at the delicate age of 19 or 20. All in all it was a great combination of paranormal fantasy (because who wouldn't fantasize about a guy like Max) and realistic character development. Nicely done!
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reviewed As Shadows Fade (Gardella Vampire Chronicles, Bk 5) on + 2527 more book reviews
This is the fifth and final book in the Gardella Vampire Chronicles. It did a nice job of tying things up and resolving the main story. I really enjoyed the characters, the action, and the plot involving the evil Lilith.

This time it is not vampires who threaten Victoria Gardella, but demons. In order to fight these demons the Venators must do the unthinkable and team up with Lilith. Lilith is still obsessed with Max, and the Venators are forced to use her obsession with him to aid in the fight. Victoria has become a wonderful leader to the Venators but her heart is in turmoil. Sebastian appears to be the perfect companion for her, he loves and respects her and fights fiercely by her side. Unfortunately Victorias heart is set on Max and since Max has given up being a Venator that means that Max is a bit of a liability. Then there is the matter of Victoria needing to provide an heir to the Gardella line..

All of the characters we have come to know and love are here in this book. There is lots of Sebastian, Max, Lilith, and Victoria. They must hunt for the five rings of Jubei in order to obtain an orb of Liliths that will allow them to send the demons back home.

There is a lot of angst between Max and Victoria in this book. Max doesnt want to be involved with Victoria because he feels that his human status will put her in danger and make it so that he cant protect her like he should. Victoria knows that Max loves her and is unwilling to give up that love for something safer. There are lots of deliciously tense scenes between these two and they have excellent chemistry together. Really these interactions really made the book and they are what weve all been waiting for from book 1!

I felt very bad for Sebastian throughout. Victoria has made her choice clear, but Sebastian refuses to give up. He goes the extra mile again and again for Victoria trying to grab her attention. He truly and strongly believes that Max is unfeeling and uncaring and totally not worthy of Victoria. We learn a lot about the tension and history between Sebastian and Max in this book as well. Sebastians story is the only one that is really left at loose ends.

I love the quest-type feel to the story as well and how our heroes have to hunt down these strange objects. Adding to the plot is the idea of Victoria being the last Gardella and how she has a duty to continue the Gardella line. It was interesting to watch her try to cope with the idea of her having a child with her current duties as a Venator.

There are some excellent action scenes where Max, Sebastian, and Victoria all fight back to back in some wonderfully demonic battles. As with previous books this book continues to remind me of a Victorian Buffy the Vampire Slayer...with more adult sex scenes.

This book was a fun and quick read. It was engaging and entertaining and did a wonderful job wrapping up the series. The only loose end really is Sebastians story. Imagine my excitement when I heard that Sebastians story will be continued in a spin-off series starting with Roaring Midnight, which released on June 18th!

Overall a very well done and satisfying conclusion to this series. I love the interactions between Victoria and Max and enjoyed learning the history between Max and Sebastian. There are some excellent action scenes as well and I enjoyed the quest-like feel to the plot. The addition of demons added a whole new level of danger to the story too. This whole series is recommended to fans of vampire slaying stories that have a bit of romance in them. I absolutely cannot wait to read Sebastians story in Roaring Midnight!
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This was a good story but didn't seem to hold my attention like the others.


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