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The third volume in award-winning New York Times bestselling author Colleen Gleason's International Bestselling Gardella Vampire Hunter Series. 

"Gleason is really on a roll!" --Publishers Weekly 

"Gleason keeps upping the ante with each novel, weaving the characters around her readers with each engaging conversation and narrative, every stage set of all the appropriate gothic gloom and melting beauty. -- Book Fetish 

“Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Jane Austen.” —The Book Standard 

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... 
This is a five-book series about Victoria Gardella, Vampire Hunter. 
The series should be read in order to avoid spoilers. 
The series is: 

The Rest Falls Away 
Rises the Night 
The Bleeding Dusk 
When Twilight Burns 
As Shadows Fade 

All five books are now available.

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    Very creative with a theme that has been done to death.To me, the middle of the book became a bit boring, as if the author had lost her way. But she redeems herself in the last chapters, so I am happy that I persevered. I really enjoy books wherein the women are stalwart and competent. I do wish Victoria's emotional dithering had not been so prevalent at times. It is not logical for her character to react like a regular woman of that putative historical period. And at times Gleason channels Gail Carriger in the portrayal of Melly and her gal pals. On the whole, perhaps 3.5 stars would be a more accurate rating.


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