Review - As Shadows Fade by Colleen Gleason @colleengleason

As Shadows Fade by Colleen Gleason
Series: The Gardella Vampire Hunters #5
Publisher: Avid Press
Publication Date: September 15, 2014
Date Read: July 29, 2018
Length:  296 pages
Source: Purchased
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 him.

But 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.
My Review

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 had some ideas about where things might go in this book and I wasn't completely wrong but there were more than a few surprises worked in along the way as well.  I am pretty satisfied with how everything came to an end.

Demons are making their way into the world.  Demons are a danger not only to humans but vampires also have a lot to lose with their increased presence.  Demons are hard to fight and even harder to overcome.  There are a few special items that could help in defeating this enemy but in order to use them, Victoria and the other vampire hunters must enlist the help of one of their greatest enemies, Lilith, the vampire queen.  I couldn't wait to see how things would finally wrap up with this master vampire and seeing the members of the group working with her was intense.  She has had such a unique hold over Max throughout the series and I knew that things would get exciting when the vampire hunters were finally able to deal with her.

The characters in this series are really well done.  The group of vampire hunters were on the road for much of this book so there were not quite so many characters throughout the book as some of the other books.  Victoria has become such a strong leader and is willing to sacrifice if that is what is required of her.  I do like the fact that she does still want things for herself and actively works to make those things happen.  Max has been through a lot over the course of the story and he takes on another huge obstacle in this installment.  He has proven that he will do whatever it takes to help make the world a safer place.  Sebastian has also changed throughout the series.  He isn't as afraid to show how much he cares and actively pursues what he wants in this installment.  He is also a very brave man that can be very honorable when given the opportunity.

My one complaint about this book was the love triangle that took center stage at the start of the book.  I really wish that this element to the story would have just been left out.  One love interest was more than enough in my opinion.  The love triangle was really set up in the previous installment in the series but this was where things were really dealt with.  Victoria knows what she wants and doesn't waver in that decision which I really appreciated.  I was pretty sure how the romantic element of the story would pan out before I ever started reading this book and I was right for the most part.  The way that story worked out in the end made the whole triangle make a lot more sense to me and I was really satisfied with how everything turned out.

I would recommend this series to others.  This is the fifth and final installment in a series that really does have to be read in order since each book builds on the last.  I have had such a great time watching this group of characters change and learn to work as a team to make the world a safer place.  I definitely plan to read more from Gleason very soon.

This review originally appeared on Books of My Heart as a part of her Friends on Friday feature on August 17, 2018.
The Gardella Vampire Hunters: Victoria Series
Book #1 - The Rest Falls Away - My Review
Book #2 - Rises the Night - My Review
Book #3 - The Bleeding Dusk - My Review
Book #4 - When Twilight Burns - My Review
Book #5 - As Shadows Fade
About the Author

Colleen Gleason is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling author. She has written more than two dozen novels in a variety of genres, including the internationally bestselling Gardella Vampire Hunters series and the young adult steampunk Stoker & Holmes books. Her novels have been translated into a number of different languages. She lives in the Midwestern United States with her family and two dogs and is always working on her next book.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter


  1. Wohooo for it still going strong!

  2. Carole, I loved your review and went to one-click book one...Ooops I bought it in 2014!! Guess I need to read it!

  3. Great to hear it is a good series which turns out well. I'm not reading as much vampire type stories but I'll have to keep this one in mind. Anne - Books of My Heart

  4. I so need to check this series out! I even have the first book already. I love vampires so this is right up my alley. Great review!

    1. I hope you enjoy it when you do get the chance to read it!

  5. I may have to start this series over again to refresh my memory and then catch up. I really enjoyed the first few books I read in it.

    1. I am glad that I was able to read the entire series over just a few months. Everything does connect and my memory is failing. I hope you get the chance to revisit it, Wendy!

  6. This is a little outside of my comfort zone but I do like this more urban fantasy mixed with a Regency setting. I need to see if they have the first book on Audible!

    1. Unfortunately, I don't think that this series is available in audio.


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