Victoria is a direct descendant of the Gardella vampire hunters, called Venators. There haven’t been many women Venators, but she willingly accepts her destiny as the next in line. But living a double life isn’t easy, a lady of the ton by day and vampire hunter by night. Dealing with suitors while trying to hide her secrets, Victoria soon finds herself in way over her head.
Gleason has created quite a few memorable characters. As a strong but feminine heroine, Victoria is easily likeable. And the men in her life are just as deftly drawn. The plot is suspenseful and engaging. The book was almost impossible to put down.
The Rest Falls Away has a classic take as far as vampire lore, but with a wonderful twist with Gleason’s creation of the Venators. I loved this book and can’t wait for the sequel!
The second in the Gardella Vampire Chronicles, Rises The Night, will be released on June 5th, and is now available for preorder through Amazon.com.
Thanks, Colleen! Ideas for the drawings were forming in my head as I read it.
* Side note: Maybe I missed something, but there was a detail that bothered me. I’m sure Colleen can explain. And maybe someone else has mentioned this. (Sorry if I missed it.) Max was constantly bothered that Victoria wanted to marry, and insisted that Venators remain monk-like. If this were the case, Venators (at least the Gardella line) would have died out long ago, as they wouldn’t be procreating. Is this just a double standard for the women? Or is it that he’s just so jealous?