Description (taken from blog tour):
In a world crawling with vampires, Romania is the safest place left on earth. Thanks to the Little Council, there hasn't been a vampire on Romanian ground in over five centuries, until one day when Liana Cantacuzino is ordered to bring one in, covertly.
Enter Maximilien Hess, a thousand-year-old vampire determined to ruin the existing order of things. When all is revealed, Hess's secret changes everything, and a reluctant alliance is formed because the alternative is much worse.
The Impaler Legacy Omnibus, a vampire saga like no other, includes:
The Impaler’s Revenge (novella)
Sweet Surrender (short story)
A Victory that Counts (novella)
Casualties of War (short story)
Order Restored (novella)
The Third Wheel (short story)
Liana has a past associated with vampires. But it's no surprise considering her role in Romania is to keep the vampires out and the humans safe. But when a vampire is allowed on Romanian grounds without a death sentence, things become very fishy...
The first book opens up with Liana welcoming a vampire into her home country, one that prides itself with having no vampires. She must ignore the urge to kill on site because Max has diplomatic immunity. But the news Max brings isn't very good. And while he works his way at a bargain to use Romania's resources, Liana is forced to embark on a war against vampires.
As far as the dialogue and the immediate story goes, these short stories flow well together. It's easy to go from one to the next and enjoy what's going on. However, there isn't a big explanation on the history in this series. You're kind of thrust in the middle of a world aware of vampires but only bits and pieces of its history are given away. Don't get me wrong, Liana is a strong character who has a good companion in Max as well as a budding romance with Jesse. But there's not a whole lot of history to fall back on. However, the last story does tie everything up nicely leaving no loose ends (and we all know I like a complete ending).
This is a story that will sweep you off your feet into a world of vampires. But this book doesn't put vampires in a cute sense; it shows them for what they are: creatures almost at the top of the food chain that feed on humans with very little regard.
Thanks goes to Ioana Visan for providing me a review copy.
About Ioana VisanAward-winning writer Ioana Visan has always dreamed about reaching the stars, but since she can't, she writes about it.
After fighting the apocalypse aftermath in "Human Instincts", she played with shapeshifters in “Blue Moon Café Series: Where Shifters Meet for Drinks”, and then she dealt with vampires in “The Impaler Legacy” series, before tackling longer works like a fantasy trilogy and a science fiction series.
Aside from publishing short stories in various Romanian magazines and anthologies, she published a short story collection "Efectul de nautil" and the Romanian edition of "Human Instincts".
She was awarded the Encouragement Award by The European Science Fiction Society at Eurocon 2013.