Rises The Night by Colleen Gleason
Series: The Gardella Vampire Hunters #2
Published by Avid Press
Published on: September 15, 2014
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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The saga of Victoria Gardella continues as the glorious nineteenth-century city of Rome gives rise to a new threat from the immortal undead....
Lady Victoria Gardella Grantworth de Lacy has been a vampire slayer for just over a year, balancing her life as a peer of Society with the dangerous role that takes her out on moonlit streets, stake in hand. She has learned brutal and heartbreaking lessons about the sacrifices that must be made in order to save humanity from the evil that secretly preys upon it, but she has not wavered in her vow to fight on.
Now, in Italy, a powerful vampire is amassing the power to control the souls of the dead. As Victoria races across Europe to stop what could be the most deadly army the Gardellas have ever faced, her unlikely companion is Sebastian Vioget--a man as tempting as he is untrustworthy.
But when Victoria discovers she has been betrayed by one of her most trusted allies, the truth will challenge all her powers as a Venator...and as a woman.
I really couldn’t help it. As soon as I finished The Rest Falls Away, I immediately began reading book 2, and literally could not put it down-as in, I read it until 6 am. I am so happy I found this series. If you haven’t read the first book, there is going to be a big spoiler coming up. Just a heads up.
It’s a year later, and Victoria’s mourning is officially over as far as the ton(high society) is concerned. Now she is a very rich widow, and can pretty much do as she pleases. And what pleases her, is hunting vampires on the streets of early 1800’s London. As a Venator, otherwise known as a vampire hunter, she has much more strength then a normal woman. As before, she puts herself into all kinds of dangerous situations, involving evil humans, vampires, and even a demon. Lilith’s son, Nedas, is plotting to raise the dead in order to massacre as many human’s as he can, just because he is the embodiment of evil. With his mother being the ancient queen of the vampires (dating back to biblical times), how could he not be evil? To make matters worse, Max, her fellow Venator, is missing. So Victoria must go to Italy to try and get to Nedas before he can unleash his evil. The Tutela, the human society that is made up of vampire protectors is featured this time. It’s a secret society, and Victoria has to infiltrate it as a regular society woman. Danger at every turn.
This book was a complete roller coaster ride of a story. Adventure, danger, blood thirsty vampires, and even a romance of sorts, made this book a non stop read for me. Victoria is really coming into her own as a Venator. She has fears, but you wouldn’t know it by her actions. She takes the cake as a Type A vampire hunter for sure. She lets nothing stop her, even when something really should. Sebastian is back for this book as well. As the handsome. sometimes really shady, man most interested in Victoria for his own purposes, Victoria would as soon slap him upside head, as sleep with him. Their sparring banter is fraught with sexual innuendo, and that was one of the fun parts of the book for me. Will they or won’t they? I am not telling!
As with the last book, I found this book to be a major page turner, stay up all night read. I didn’t think it was possible, but I think perhaps this book is even more exciting then the first one. My only problem now is, I can’t wait to read the next one, but I have other book obligations, so it’s going to be awhile before I can get back to this series. It’s definitely going to be an impatient wait for me.
I highly recommend this series to all adult Urban Fantasy/historical fans. Even if you don’t read historical fiction, please don’t write this one off, as it is totally worth the read!
Originally published in 2007