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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 be 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' ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 342 pages
Published March 3rd 2009 by Signet
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The Flooze
A fitting end to an exciting series. As Victoria, Max, and Sebastian engage in their final battles, the tension is at an all-time high. Gleason's ability to switch between character perspectives with ease grants the reader an enlightening and thorough knowledge of everyone's emotions and motivations. We feel their anguish and confusion, their passion and panic as they deal with human, demonic, and vampiric temptations.

The end, though bittersweet in some ways, is also ultimately appropriate. For
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Romance Novel TV
Reviewed by Kati Dancy for Romance Novel TV
Publisher: Penguin
5 stars out of 5

Look, I’m a fan of Colleen Gleason. A big one — frankly, with extremely good reason. In the Gardella Vampire Chronicles she has created a singular heroine, Lady Victoria Gardella Grantworth, who is both a lady of ton and, more importantly, Illa Gardella, the leader of the Venators — those who are chosen to battle the vampires who prey on humankind, generally without anyone being the wiser for it. In the past four books,
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Zeek
The most romantic of Colleen Gleason's Gardella Chronicles* As Shadows Fade is the 5th and last, according to the author.

The book begins just weeks after the fourth novel in the series, When Twilight Burns, and ties the entire set of novels together with an ending that made me sigh in satisfaction.

Victoria, Illa Gardella and Vampire Slayer extraordinaire, has finally made her choice in the infamous Max/Sebastian/Victoria love triangle. In addition, the action remains on point as we finally get t
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4.5 / 5 Hearts - Reviewer Top Pick

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The final book in the Gardella Vampire Chronicles, As Shadows Fade, opens with Victoria trying to figure out how to deal with her new “relationship” with Max. At the end of When Twilight Burns Victoria and Max declared their feelings for each other in a passionate way. Max admitted he loved Victoria, but couldn’t be with her and left her there…alone…strick
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Megan
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P.Z.
วิกตอเรียยังใช้ชีวิตต่อไปในฐานะวีเนเตอร์ แต่เธอก็ไม่อาจปฏิเสธได้ว่าเธอต้องการแมกซ์เช่นกัน ในขณะที่เวย์เรน ที่ปรึกษาของเธอถูกจับตัวไปโดยฝีมือของอสูรที่ชั่วร้าย ทำให้วิกตอเรีย เซบาสติยงและแมกซ์กับเอาชีวิตไม่รอดในภารกิจครั้งนี้

หนทางเดียวที่วิกตอเรียจะอยู่กับแมกซ์ได้ก็คือ เธอต้องกำจัดลิลลิธทิ้งซะ แต่นั่นก็ไม่ใช่เรื่องง่ายเพราะแมกซ์ไม่ยอมให้เธอทำแบบนั้น แต่เขาก็ยังจะหนีวิกตอเรียไปอยู่ดี เพราะแมกซ์ปกป้องเธอไม่ได้ เขาไม่ใช่วีเนเตอร์แบบที่เคยเป็นด้วยซ้ำ แต่เมื่อแมกซ์ได้รับโอกาสในการกลับไปเป็นวีเนเตอร์อี
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Katie(babs)
As Shadow’s Fade is the final book in Colleen Gleason’s outstanding Gardella Vampire Chronicles. This Victorian Paranormal series has great action, suspense, drama and romance. The hardest part for an author must be writing the final book in a series they have invested so much work and emotion into. The same goes for the reader.

This is a bittersweet review on my part because not only did I have absolute joy in reading about an amazing heroine in Victoria Gardella, Grantworth de Lacy, but had won
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Cherie
My ratings system is as follows. One star is GOOD. The book is entertaining, easy to read and you don't want to stop reading because something about the book is compelling you not to. Two stars is GREAT! This time the story is not only entertaining, but highly creative, unique, easy to read and hard to put down. Three stars is EXCELLENT. Here the book has all aspects of one and two stars, but now the book is thought and emotionally provoking. Four is AWESOME. This is the read that is not only cr ...more
Carrie (Care)
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Kim
Perfect ending to an amazing series!

When some series come to an end it feels forced, like the author is trying to give everyone a fitting farewell and story lines don't seem to match up. This is not one of those times. Colleen has expertly ended the series with each character getting their respected goodbye.

As Shadows Fade is another action packed page turner. Vampires, Demons and the dreaded love triangle.
Victoria has finally come to the realization that she is in love with the tall brooding Ma
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Kim
Perfect ending to an amazing series!

When some series come to an end it feels forced, like the author is trying to give everyone a fitting farewell and story lines don't seem to match up. This is not one of those times. Colleen has expertly ended the series with each character getting their respected goodbye.

As Shadows Fade is another action packed page turner. Vampires, Demons and the dreaded love triangle.
Victoria has finally come to the realization that she is in love with the tall brooding
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Sadia
I can't remember the times I felt like sinking in the book and killing Lilith myself. I wish she'd died in the first book.

Anyways, Victoria is all the more determined to kill Lilith now. About time I'd say. The Max-Victoria-Sebastian love triangle is finally heading in some direction and the right one that is. I'm beyond myself to finally see Max and Victoria as a couple, I think they're perfect for each other. I knew that the first time Victoria tried staking Max. They compliment each other so
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Natasja
Victoria Gardella, Vampire slayer or Illa Gardella venator as she is called, knows she has to make the hardest decision in her life. For quite some time now, two men have been fighting for her heart and it’s time to make her final decision between Max and Sebastian.

But that is not all she is been worried about, Wayren is kidnapped by some demons and the only way to get her out of there is with the help of Lilith, Queen of the vampires. Victoria knows the price will be high when she accepts the Q
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Caitlin
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Ferdy
4.5 stars

Victoria the vampire slayer is back and she's still as badass as ever. As Shadows Fade is the conclusion to the Gardella Vampire Chronicles. The series started with Victoria adjusting to her new duties as a vampire slayer aka venator, her slayer duties interrupted her other obligtations and ultimately led to the death of her new husband. Victoria has come a long way since the first book, she's no longer an inexperienced, reckless venator..she's suffered loss and hearbreak which has only
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Brandi
I really enjoyed this book, though the ending I felt was not well written. It seemed a bit like it was rushed, and a lot of things were left unsaid. The epilogue I felt was rather clunky, and didn’t really seem to serve much purpose (view spoiler) .

This seemed to be the end of this particular series, although it did leave itself open for a companion series of sorts. I am a bit sad th
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Debora
"E quando avremo finito, non ricorderai neanche il tuo nome."

No, dico, ma quanta forza, sensualità, brutalità e perversione emanano queste parole? Ve lo dico io quanta: TANTA!

Roba da farmi alzare ed attaccarmi alla bottiglia dell'acqua per 1 minuto, avevo bisogno di un breack. Questo libro è un concentrato di eleganza, sussualità, forza e... testardaggine!

E' incredibile, in genere detesto i finali delle saghe, mi lasciano sempre l'amaro in bocca in un modo o in un altro. In questo caso, a parte
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Blake16
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Steph
*POSSIBLE SPOILER WARNING: If you haven't read the other books in the series ... stop reading this and get readin' book 1, The Rest Falls Away!

As Shadows Fade takes place two weeks after When Twilight Burns left off. Two years have now passed since Victoria was informed by her great-aunt, Eustacia, that she was the next in their long family line of Venators, vampire hunters. So much has changed since then and now she has a problem that has nothing to do with vampires. Two weeks ago, in a fit of
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KatiD
Reviewed by Kati Dancy
Publisher: Penguin
5 stars out of 5

Look, I’m a fan of Colleen Gleason. A big one — frankly, with extremely good reason. In the Gardella Vampire Chronicles she has created a singular heroine, Lady Victoria Gardella Grantworth, who is both a lady of ton and, more importantly, Illa Gardella, the leader of the Venators — those who are chosen to battle the vampires who prey on humankind, generally without anyone being the wiser for it. In the past four books, we’ve watched Victor
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Crystal ♥ RBtWBC
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04.20.2011
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I was enthralled from the first page of The Rest Falls Away and was captivated until the end of As Shadows Fade. I devoured all five Gardella novels with in a week.

The Gardella Vampire Chronicles is a historical paranormal romance with a heroine, Lady Victoria Gardella Grantworth de Lacy, struggling to balance her normal life with her not so normal. I don't want to give any spoilers but she has a lot to deal with throughout the ser
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Karissa
This is the fifth and final book in the Gardella Vampire Chronicles. It did a nice job of tying things up and resolving the main story. I really enjoyed the characters, the action, and the plot involving the evil Lilith.

This time it is not vampires who threaten Victoria Gardella, but demons. In order to fight these demons the Venators must do the unthinkable and team up with Lilith. Lilith is still obsessed with Max, and the Venators are forced to use her obsession with him to aid in the fight.
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Mistik | I ♥ Monster Fkery |
Again, the action was fabulous. Even during the afternoon tea with her mother and friends there were interesting comments and surprises. Victoria is a great heroine: lovely, determined and brave.
There was a lot of Sebatian in this one and that was good but I felt it could have been revealed in the last book a bit more. I was surprised what happened with him in the end and I felt it inconclusive.
Why didnt I like the book more? Max. I usually love the all brooding alpha males but he was just incom
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Jodi Aubihl daume

There are 5 books in this series and it is set in the 1820's where Victoria (our heroine) kills vampires in corsets and with big hair. The other 4 books have been leading up to the finale with Victoria going against the Vampire Queen. There is a love triangle going on with her also - she's a busy girl.

One of the issues I have with these books is that all vampires are bad and must die. However, the vampire fighting crew is not that big so not sure how they stay ahead. This doesn't even go into al
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K
As Shadows Fade picks up two weeks after the last book When Twilight Burns. An ever-growing presence of demons is discovered and so Victoria and her Venators set off to go about closing the portal from wince they come. Their mission does not come easy though, they must first obtain 5 ancient rings and an orb spelled within a pool and will need the help from Lilith, the vampire queen, to do so. Her help does not come without a heavy price. This book is face paced and will bring the reader through ...more
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
Rating: 4.0 stars
Setting: London in the Victorian Age


As Shadows Fade is the last book in the Gardella Vampire Chronicles that has followed Victoria Gardella Grantworth De Lacy, Illa Gardella of the Venators, as well as Maximillan Pesaro, and Sebastian Vioget. The story picks up two weeks after the conclusion of When Twilight Burns when Max finally admits his feelings for Victoria.

We have followed Victoria over the course of this series, or for two years of her life. We watch as she is told by he
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Miraphora
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Emily
Jan 11, 2011 Emily rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Buffy fans, Jane Austen fans
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Theresa
Fantastic! Plenty of action, romance, surprises and vampires. Venators rule!

Demons are mutiplying and threaten to take over. Vampires are running, hiding from the threat. The Venators have to use all their skill and knowledge to find a magical orb that can send the demons back where they belong. Then they can deal with the vampires, including our 'favorite' Queen.

We finally find out Wayren's background. Sebastian redeems himself. And Max comes to his senses about Victoria. Though not without alo
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Aimee
This is the last book in the series, and I think it was well worth the wait. Victoria finally makes her decision about which man she wants to share her life with, and the final battle with Lilith finally commences. I was very happy about that because let's face it, the showdowns with Lilith were pretty repetitive. Of course, there are more demons to thwart in order to save the world. There are still plenty of loose ends, however, that were not tied up so neatly. Sebastian's fate is somewhat cryp ...more
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Award-winning, NEW YORK TIMES and USA Today bestselling author Colleen Gleason has written more than twenty books for major publishers such as Penguin Group, Harlequin Enterprises, Chronicle Books, and HarperCollins (as Joss Ware). Her books have been translated into seven different languages.

Colleen lives in the Midwest United States where she is fortunate enough to be working on her next book.

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Other Books in the Series

The Gardella Vampire Hunters: Victoria (5 books)
  • The Rest Falls Away (The Gardella Vampire Hunters: Victoria, #1)
  • Rises The Night (The Gardella Vampire Hunters: Victoria, #2)
  • The Bleeding Dusk (The Gardella Vampire Hunters: Victoria, #3)
  • When Twilight Burns (The Gardella Vampire Hunters: Victoria, #4)
The Rest Falls Away (The Gardella Vampire Hunters: Victoria, #1) The Clockwork Scarab (Stoker & Holmes, #1) Rises The Night (The Gardella Vampire Hunters: Victoria, #2) The Bleeding Dusk (The Gardella Vampire Hunters: Victoria, #3) When Twilight Burns (The Gardella Vampire Hunters: Victoria, #4)

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“I don't plan to be a gentleman about this Victoria. He doesn't want you - he doesn't want anyone - an I do." ~ Sebastian” 1 likes
“I've changed my mind, and when we're finished, Victoria, you won't remember your own name... let alone Viogets." ~ Max” 1 likes
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