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[ Pdf As Shadows Fade ↠´ punk PDF ] by Colleen Gleason Æ Reviewed by Kati Dancy for Romance Novel TVPublisher Penguin5 stars out of 5Look, I m a fan of Colleen Gleason A big one frankly, with extremely good reason In the Gardella Vampire Chronicles she has created a singular heroine, Lady Victoria Gardella Grantworth, who is both a lady of ton and,importantly, Illa Gardella, the leader of the Venators those who are chosen to battle the vampires who prey on humankind, generally without anyone being the wiser for it In the past four books, we ve watched Victoria make her debut in society while ingeniously wearing stakes in her hair , marry, become a widow, lose several people close to her, kill vampires, save the world a couple of times, and most importantly, find herself drawn to two intriguing, dynamic men who are vastly different, and yet each with their own appeal Sebastian Vioget is a Venator, one who has had a very close relationship with Victoria, even as his loyalties have been called into question in past books Maxamillion Pesaro was a Venator, who had to give up his powers due to his complicated and frightening past with Lillith, the Vampire Queen Max is a cranky, headstrong, dominating man who has clashed many, many times with Victoria about almost any topic you can think of Victoria is drawn to both, as are fans of the series There is a pronounced divide between the fans They tend to fall into one of two camps Team Sebastian or Team Max I ll say nothing about the love triangle except that at the end of When Twilight Burns book 4 in the series , Victoria made a choice between the two men The choice is farfleshed out in this book. The events of As Shadows Fade precipitate several major revelations about the series First, we finally learn about Wayren, the seemingly all knowing advisor of the Venators We learn about her history and where she came from, and about her calling to assist the Venators in their mission We also have an opportunity to witness the Trial, which is the admission of a Venator into the ranks We revisit Max s twisted relationship with Lilith, and in fact have the opportunity to see her in her lair But most importantly, we find that the world has a new menace, demons The demons have been escaping Hell through a minute crack in the seal between the two worlds If you thought the vampires were bad, they ve got nothing on the demons One of the first things the demons do is kidnap Wayren As Victoria, Max and Sebastian work together to rescue her, they also learn that they must travel to Prague to find a magical orb that has the power to seal the crack They are told that they must collect five rings that allow the wearer to plunge their hands into an enchanted pool where the orb is located There s one big problem, Lilith is in possession of two of the rings, meaning that Max must go back and face the Vampire Queen who has an inextricable tie to him Will Max be able to get the rings back so that the Venators may save the world Was Victoria s choice at the end of book 4 the one she sticks with Will fans of the series be pleased with the series conclusion As Shadows Fade ranks right up with The Rest Falls Away as my favorite of the entire series We ve come to know these characters so well at this point, and the tension between the love triangle is magnificently written Gleason manages to dole out information seamlessly so you can t even really pause in shock over the bomb she s just dropped because the action is barreling forward at such an exciting pace The final book enriches the ties between the characters and allows us to seedeeply into the male protagonists minds, which is a treat The book is perfectly paced with intimate moments and incredibly exciting action scenes which will have you turning pages as quickly as possible. As a long time fan of the series, I couldn t have beensatisfied with the ending, as every question about I ever had and every wish I had for the characters was addressed If you are a fan of the series, I can t recommend As Shadows Fade enough If you re new to the series, you should absolutely start at the beginning, The Rest Falls Away, in order to truly appreciate the evolution of Victoria as a character As Shadows Fade is a perfectly written close to a series that I have loved and yes, obsessed a bit over I will miss the Venators terribly and can only hope that one day we have an opportunity to visit their world again. The most romantic of Colleen Gleason s Gardella Chronicles As Shadows Fade is the 5th and last, according to the author. The book begins just weeks after the fourth novel in the series, When Twilight Burns, and ties the entire set of novels together with an ending that made me sigh in satisfaction. Victoria, Illa Gardella and Vampire Slayer extraordinaire, has finally made her choice in the infamous Max Sebastian Victoria love triangle In addition, the action remains on point as we finally get to the end of an arching thread that s run throughout the series that is the end of Lilith, Queen of the Vamps. Much of ASF is Victoria dealing with her choices, and getting the men in her life to line up with them, as well as dealing with the evil that has arisen around her Rather than just Lilith and her band of vamps, there is a menacing force of demons popping up and it is Victoria s job to figure out why and how to deal with them once and for all. Which of course she does with the help of the venators demon vamp slayers to you and me and Wayren, a wise source of knowledge who first appeared few books back And yes it is finally revealed exactly who, oraccurately what, Wayren is. Danger is all about them once again but its nothing they can t handle and though the plotting and action in ASF is as tight as always it s the romance that will grab you By far my favorite of the series, mostly because I couldn t bepleased with who Victoria chooses Really, was there ever any other choice for her ASF gets a 4. 5 out of 5 from me Vampires Have Met Their Match With Victoria Gardella, But Now The Huntress Faces An Even Greater Evil As London Is Besieged By Malevolent Entities No Mortal Was Ever Meant To Encounter 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 Both The Perfect Warrior And Lover To Ensure The Gardella Legacy, Victoria Cannot Forget Max Pesaro The Former Slayer Still Haunted By The Vampire Queen Lilith S Obsession With HimBut It Is Lilith S Obsession That May Save All Of Humanity Demons, Enemies Of Both Mortals And The Undead, Have Found Their Way To Earth To Defeat Them, Vampires And Slayers Must Fight Side By Side But Lilith Wants Max In Return For Her Cooperation A Small Price For The World, But Too High A Price For Victoria 4 StarsReview This was the final book in Victoria s story, and it was a solid ending to a consistently great series Much like the others, it kept me hooked, and it had complex characters, complicated relationships, some emotion, some hot yet not too graphic sex scenes, great writing, and lots of funny snark and sarcasm In fact, I think this one may have even been funnier than the others since both Victoria kept cracking me up with her witty snark and Max with his exasperation at everything. Seriously, I loved Victoria She has became one of my absolute favorite female characters, and she s one of those characters who knows what she wants and just makes it happen It also seemed like we got a littleof Max s and Sebastian s POVs this time, which I enjoyed It was great getting to see a whole different side to Sebastian in the fourth and fifth books. It was also nice getting to see the Venators in general have a little bit of fun in this one when they went out drinking because the characters in these books seemed to have really serious and stressful lives. Things did get a littlepredictable this time, but then maybe I was just spoiled since all the other books were so unpredictable And there was still one surprise in store this time The ending was bittersweet, and I felt terrible for one of the characters, but I was still happy with it, especially the sweet part And the bitter part is apparently going to be addressed in the spin off series and had a point to it. Overall, this was a consistently great series with complex characters and relationships that I was gladly sucked into Recommended For Fans of books 1 4 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 original Review Metaphors and Moonlight A fitting end to an exciting series As Victoria, Max, and Sebastian engage in their final battles, the tension is at an all time high Gleason s ability to switch between character perspectives with ease grants the reader an enlightening and thorough knowledge of everyone s emotions and motivations We feel their anguish and confusion, their passion and panic as they deal with human, demonic, and vampiric temptations. The end, though bittersweet in some ways, is also ultimately appropriate For those obsessed with HEAs, you ll have some satisfaction For those who don t like things wrapped all too neatly, you, too, will have your dash of trepidation to make things feelrealistic. Still, despite feeling pleased with Gleason s wrap up, I m sad to have the series come to end It leaves off at a logical place in the characters lives, but I could easily see the potential for a spin off and I do hope Gleason plans one. Roxanne of Night Owl Romance4. 5 5 Hearts Reviewer Top Pick Night Owl Romance 2007 2009Online at final book in the Gardella Vampire Chronicles, As Shadows Fade, opens with Victoria trying to figure out how to deal with her new relationship with Max At the end of When Twilight Burns Victoria and Max declared their feelings for each other in a passionate way Max admitted he loved Victoria, but couldn t be with her and left her there alone stricken and trying to decipher what the hell had just happened. Now Victoria is trying to coax Max back into her bed, gently as she doesn t want to spook him or he ll run far, far away as he tends to do She wants him to be with her and forget the troubles and everything that entails though how can anyone forget Victoria is Illa Gardella and Max is a Venator without his powers They each constantly have to worry about each other getting killed. While Max and Victoria are dealing with their issues, the threat of evil has them once again fighting for their lives and for mankind, but this time not only do they have to fight vampires they have to fight demons That s bad And to make matters worse they have to team up with the Queen of the Vampires, Lilith So not good since she has an unnatural obsession with Max Max chooses to go through the Trial to become a Venator again and Victoria is afraid he won t survive or if he does that will only make himappealing to Lilith. Ever present Sebastian is still pining away for Victoria not wanting to accept that she has made her choice with Max Poor Sebastian is also dreaming about his past that he can t get away from, Giulia, Max s sister turned vampire that he had to stake. Things are complicated and not looking good for any of the Venators It doesn t look like Max will ever accept a relationship with Victoria if they even survive the ordeal at hand And Sebastian seems to be slipping away into a place that does not bode well for him. I am sad to see the Gardella Chronicles end Even though I am a vampire fan it didn t bother me that Gleason s vampires are all bad guys, no exceptions Gleason has always made a very clear distinction between good and bad, right and wrong, evil and not evil in this series Too bad life isn t so clearly defined, but it worked for Victoria and the Venators until this final book where Gleason seems to break her own rules and pushes the limits she set in her world of vampires and Venators An interesting way to go out with a bang. The main outcome of As Shadows Fade is what I expected though the twists and turns along the way had me wondering if it was actually going to happen, there were some close calls and some oh no s throughout the story that left me guessing and second guessing for awhile Some of the story twists left me saying wow, I didn t see that coming A few things happened that were not expected at all But there were also a few things left hanging, the prism in the pool, and Giulia I might have to reread the end because I am unclear about her soul And I can t believe how Sebastian finally manned up to his duties but what he did it really blurs the lines that Gleason had so finitely drawn between good and evil but Sebastian always kinda did that didn t he Gleason penned an amazing tale that kept me turning the page wanting to know how it was going to end As Shadows Fade was a fabulous book to finish off the series, I just hate saying goodbye to Victoria she was a wonderful character. Eccoci arrivati all ultimo capitolo della saga dei Gardella, anzi penultimo, dato che l autrice ha scritto anche una novella su Max, che legger a breve. Per me stato un colpo al cuore, un susseguirsi di colpi di scena uno di quei libri che ti tengono incollata dalla prima all ultima pagina e vorresti leggere, leggere, leggere e continuare farlo all infinito, dimenticandoti di tutto e tutti, anche della padella sul fuoco, ma allo stesso tempo vorresti che non finisse mai Uno di quei libri che, giunti al termine, ti strappano il cuore per poi rimetterlo al suo posto con l ultima parola, uno di quelli che ricorderai tra i pi belli mai letti di quel genere e, soprattutto, uno di quei volumi che ti fa scrivere una recensione di getto, senza nemmeno pensare alle parole. Qui la lotta tra bene e male giunge al termine, l epilogo di tutto e di tutti, la fase finale dove i giochi avranno una conclusione e dove gli intrecci di odio e a troveranno un lieto fine. Vedremo una Victoria sempre pi impavida, che mette davanti il dovere di Illa Gardella, il capo di tutti i Cacciatori, ma che, con un moto di istinto, segue il suo cuore, dopo aver combattuto lotte interiori e fisiche per tutto il corso della storia Vedremo un Max che finalmente prende la sua decisione, ai pi conosciuta o sperata, e un Sebastian che si immoler per la buona causa. Le scene erotiche, seppur minori in questo ultimo capitolo, non sono mai volgari o pesanti, ma sempre perfettamente dosate e descritte. La Gleason ha creato una storia e dei personaggi davvero formidabili e ben caratterizzati, ti affezioni a ognuno di loro e allo stesso tempo li odi tutti, a volte vorresti prenderli a sberle, ma allo stesso tempo li ami per le scelte che prendono perch in fondo sono loro che ne portano il peso, non la scrittrice stessa, vivono la storia e non se la fanno imporre da nessuno Non volevo amarti, ma non posso evitarlo Non voglio stare senza di te, ma lo far Victoria Maledizione Non voglio che succeda di nuovo Non metter ancora a repentaglio la tua vita Cos deve essere Maljka per RFS
I still have questions Will read the next ones in the spinoff. I actually really like this series, but things started to go downhill for me in book 4, and I didn t care for this volume much at all I almost don t even want to write anything about it, but I ll try to explain the issues I had. Warning major rant about the romance in spoiler I didn t realize I had so many feelings about this view spoiler I haven t shipped Max and Victoria since the first book I didn t know enough about him then to realize what an ass he was Back then, he was just mysterious But in book 2, I went ahead and shipped Sebastian because he was just so charming and sexy and yet retained a dangerous edge Max was nothing Max was cold Infuriatingly cold He was the same in book 3, but that s the one where he and Victoria randomly kissed There had been nothing leading up to this No sexual tension All the sexual tension had been with Sebastian. Then in book 4, Max and Victoria have sex Again, nothing leading up to this I m just so annoyed I was fairly certain she was going to end up with him, but I feel like their romance deserved a better build up I mean, there was NO build up I felt so cheated with this pairing, as if I were being pandered to Because almost unfailingly, the heroine in romances ends up with the dark, broody, mysterious guy Never the blond, charming, smiling guy Which is fine, but can I, as the reader, have some freaking build up instead of random lust from nowhere Max is just so damn unlikable, and not in a fun way I feel like not enough was done to make me want him as a love interest I don t even care about the sacrifices he s made in his life Maybe they were noble, but they weren t enough to make him deserving of this romance. Anyway, in book 5, Max is still an ass, but now both he and Victoria are angsting over each other at every opportunity, and it s so annoying And I actually like a healthy dose of angst Sebastian falls victim to angst as well In every other book I couldn t get enough of the romance and of Sebastian, but in this one I felt like the multiple perspectives were too much. Also, what s up with the sudden emphasis on Victoria s appearance I noticed in book 4 how she would just be preciously but hastily described as beautiful and having long, dark curls I get that she s pretty, but suddenly it was like she became some sort of goddess So annoying. Last, that ending I really hate Sebastian as a martyr He lost his edge I don t even care about reading the spinoff series now hide spoiler 2 stars Because I fkn hate love triangles Especially where one party becomes so wronged that they are a shadow of their former selves How am I supposed to identify or root for a person who practically showed no remorse in destroying another The story may have been quite okay otherwise.
Award winning, NEW YORK TIMES and USA Today bestselling author Colleen Gleason has written than twenty books for major publishers such as Penguin Group, Harlequin Enterprises, Chronicle Books, and HarperCollins as Joss Ware Her books have been translated into seven different languages.Colleen lives in the Midwest United States where she is fortunate enough to be working on her next book S