I ended up liking this book quite a lot. I have really had a great time with this vampire hunter series set in the Regency period and I was eager to see how everything would wrap up in this final installment. I am pretty satisfied with how everything came to an end. Demons are making their way into the world.
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As later books in the series arrived, the buzz surrounding it has grown. Now, in March, we will see the release of As Shadows Fade , the final book of The Gardella Vampire Chronicles and a new release that many readers have been anticipating.
Signet Eclipse describes the book as follows: 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. 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.
Colleen Gleason graciously sent me an ARC of the book, and my own take is: Everything I wanted it to be — and then some. I had the opportunity to talk to the author about As Shadows Fade, and here is what she had to say: Lynn: Your heroine, Victoria, has spent much of this series being pulled between her calling as a Venator as well as between two very different men.
Was it hard for you to have her make her choices and wrap up the loose ends in As Shadows Fade? But she, like most of us, has had to experience different relationships, and see them begin, end, and change, before she could decide who she wanted to spend the rest of her life with. She also has had to grow into her role not only as a woman, but as a Venator, as Illa Gardella, before she was ready to make that commitment.
It had to be a man who understands her, to accepts her, who respects her—and with whom she shares beliefs, morals, and judgments. Again, just like the rest of us! So, Victoria chooses a man who will support her in her role as Illa Gardella and help her make those choices from now on. As far as the series goes, it was time to wrap up as many loose ends as possible there are still some that remain unanswered—such as, the mystery behind those paintings in the Consilium!
I found it both exhilarating to give Victoria her happy ending, as well as completely devastating. I loved her and her character and her world, all of her men and supporting cast, and it was hard to say good-bye. Lynn: I know what you mean! Was this ending always how you intended the story arc to conclude or did you change the path along the way? For me, as a reader and watcher, I find that series that go on for too long lose some of their sharpness and freshness.
Lynn: A lot of books get attention because of their heroes. However, in The Gardella Vampire Chronicles, you have created a very strong standout heroine who gets more time onstage than the possible heroes. Was this by design or did it just happen that way? So, it was indeed by design that Victoria is the cornerstone of the series.
And it is Victoria who makes Rockley, Sebastian, Max and even Beauregard and Lilith do things and make choices that they might not have made. She changes them, even as they change her. Sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse. Lynn: Victoria has grown into her strength a lot throughout this series. What can readers expect to see from her in As Shadows Fade? Colleen: You can expect to see a very strong, capable woman who has finally come into her own.
Lynn: On a related note, I had gotten accustomed to the familiar Venators vs. The addition of other evils, such as the demons, would have seemed like piling on in many series, but I thought you made it work really well. You mentioned before that Victoria shows her strength by being able to fight evil beyond just the vampires.
What made you decide to go there? Colleen:I felt it was important in this last book in the series to let the reader knowt hat yes, there are other evils in this world, and, yes, Victoria has reached the point in her…shall we say career…where she is confident and capable of handling them. At the end of your last book, When Twilight Burns , you definitely seem to be pointing Victoria in the direction of a particular hero.
Will As Shadows Fade deal primarily with her relationship with her intended, or do you have some surprises in store for us? But, there are some surprises in store as well. What do you want readers to keep in mind about these people as we read As Shadows Fade?
After having lived with the Venators for the past few years, what are your favorite things about your characters? Lynn: I have said at various times around the site that I find this series so addictive.
You have a gift for creating a mood that really fits the story that you tell here. What do you think makes a good paranormal romance? I mean, not everything is going to be happily ever after. I think a good world and solid worldbuilding makes a huge difference in PNR as well.
Things have to make sense and to be consistent…and they have to be interesting. Lynn: Thank you so much for taking the time to talk. As Shadows Fade will be out on March 3. Go check it out!
Books With Buzz – Colleen Gleason on As Shadows Fade