For the first time in five hundred years, pandurs and vampires need to work together and defeat the new breed of vampires that threaten to upset the current order of things. Liana Cantacuzino travels to New Zealand to find the new breeds and their makers, but even with the help of her friends, Maximilien Hess, Dr. Jesse Carver and Radu Basarab, the task turns out to be close to impossible to accomplish. The enemy is vicious, always one step ahead, and has no respect for any kind of life, including its own.
With a prize put on her head, unreliable informers, exploding arrows, and turned pandurs, Liana has to lead what’s left of her troops through a terrible siege, while struggling to keep Jesse safe and fight for her own survival.
The second novella in The Impaler Legacy series, a vampire saga like no other.
About the Author
Award-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”, she dealt with vampires in “The Impaler Legacy” series, and then she designed prosthetics in “Broken People” 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 Romanian short story collection “Efectul de nautil” and the Romanian edition of “Human Instincts”.
She received the Encouragement Award from The European Science Fiction Society at Eurocon 2013.
For more information, please visit http://www.ioanavisan.tk
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
After reading book 1.5, Sweet Surrender, I was left wanting to know more about Liana and Jesse. What can I say? I'm a romantic at heart. It touched on them some and how they'd fallen into a relationship, but I really wanted more! This book was more about solving the problem, and Liana has such low hopes of them beating the new breed it kind of made me depressed.
Liana leads a group of pandurs to New Zealand to investigate the threat of a new breed of vampire. Regular vampires are threatened by this new presence and join forces with the pandurs to stop this new breed from carrying out their evil plan. They are amassing an army, geared toward a dark purpose. Liana is a strong female lead. She doesn’t need someone to protect her, even though she is constantly followed by bodyguards at the insistence of those around her. She teams up with Max, a thousand year old vampire, who is assisting her in investigating the new breed. Liana mentions once allowing him to feed on her, but she later mentions that she has poisoned blood to protect her from vampires. Earlier in the book she says her blood was modified to be undesirable to vampires. The wording left me unsure whether it was simply bad to the taste or actually poisonous. Since Max lived through that experience, I must assume it was not truly toxic. There are some gruesome moments in this story. The writing is not overly graphic, and I doubt most people would find the violence offensive. There is a torture scene that is written well enough that I got the point (and was well aware of the victim’s suffering) but it didn’t go over the top and become off-putting. It has violent moments without becoming a blood bath. As a dog lover, I must mention that I enjoyed the character Bella, a vampire hunting dog. I’m not sure if that name is a slap in the face to Twilight or a thumbs up, and perhaps it is neither. The dog’s actions are well described, and I always enjoy moments in books that include animals. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite In A Victory that Counts, Liana Cantacuzino and her fellow pandurs have to work with the vampires to stop a new breed of vampires that are dangerously growing in numbers. Written by Ioana Visan, this is the second installment of The Impaler Legacy series. To be honest, I was a little bit lost in terms of characters' background and wished that I had read the first book. Even so, this is a minor setback and did not deter me from enjoying the story. I like the sharp and well-crafted dialogue. The plot is good and well-written; although I realized that I would have to read the previous installment to grasp the whole plot better. This is the best vampire-themed fiction I have read in years. I instantly gravitated toward the protagonist, Liana, who gives off the alpha female vibe right away but is still vulnerable. Her relationship with Jesse is more like best friends instead of lovers. I’m used to reading about alpha female protagonists with partners who are equally strong in terms of personality. However, the pairing of Liana and Jesse makes sense for this story, as Jesse is able to balance Liana’s fiery nature. Along with great pacing and flawless prose, the fighting scenes are excellently depicted and the suspense element is high from start to finish. Overall, Ioana Visan knows her craft well; there are enough loose ends dangling at the conclusion for readers to crave a follow-up, Order Restored, which is indeed in the works. In other words, a cracking read.