*I received an ecopy of this book via Edelweiss. This has not influenced my review.*
Another fantastic book! This is definitely becoming one of my favorite series. The writing style, the way that Colleen Gleason has with words, the realistic characters and relationships, the juiciness, the subtle humor, and the sexual tension were all great, yet again. I think those things are kind of just a given in this series, and I love knowing that that’s what I’m going to get every time I open one of these books.
But there were also some things about this book specifically that had me excited. For one, *SPOILER* Victoria finally had some sort of romantic moment with Max… *END SPOILER* but I still have no idea if she’ll actually end up with him. And that’s yet another thing I love, the way the romance always keeps me guessing, and that Victoria has had numerous suitors she’s been interested in but is still taking her time and not rushing into things. But also, *SPOILER* she and you-know-who were wearing each others’ vis bullae! Tell me that’s not the most adorable thing ever!!! *END SPOILER* I was squealing on the inside the entire time I was reading the book for that reason.
Another great thing is that these books continue to surprise me. There were more twists this time that I definitely had not figured out, but they made sense.
The only thing I really disliked was the prophecy aspect. I just don’t care for prophecies in books. And the climax ended up being somewhat anti-climactic, especially compared to Book 2. But I suppose, even though that’s what the plot was technically about, the story itself was about Victoria, her character development, and her romantic relationships, and those things were great, so the climax scene wasn’t all that important to me anyway.
Overall, this was another gripping and wonderfully written book in the series, and I’m very much looking forward to continuing!
Fans of Books 1 and 2 in Colleen Gleason's Gardella Vampire Hunters series. Anyone who likes historical fantasy with complex characters, complicated relationships, lots of sexual tension, and a kickass female protagonist.
More Books in the Series:
Book Review: The Rest Falls Away (The Gardella Vampire Hunters Book 1) by Colleen Gleason
Book Review: Rises the Night (The Gardella Vampire Hunters Book 2) by Colleen Gleason
Book Review: The Bleeding Dusk (The Gardella Vampire Hunters Book 3) by Colleen Gleason
Book Review: When Twilight Burns (The Gardella Vampire Hunters Book 4) by Colleen Gleason
Book Review: As Shadows Fade (The Gardella Vampire Hunters Book 5) by Colleen Gleason
Now the undead of Rome race to unravel an ancient mystery–and only one woman can stop them…
As Rome prepares for its Carnivale, the new leader of the city’s vampire hunters, Lady Victoria Gardella Grantworth de Lacy–must prove herself as never before. For, in order to gain access to the secrets of a legendary alchemist, Rome’s vampires have allied themselves with creatures as evil and bloodthirsty as they are.
Reluctantly, Victoria must turn to the enigmatic Sebastian Vioget for help–just as Max Pesaro arrives to help his fellow slayers, no matter what the price. Desire puts Victoria at the mercy of Sebastian, while loyalty binds her to Max…but can she trust either man?
Especially when a seductive vampire begins luring her into the shadows…
Book Author: Colleen Gleason
Publisher: Avid Press
Series: The Gardella Vampire Hunters
Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
My Rating: 4
Series/Standalone: Part of a Series