by Colleen Gleason

June 2007
ISBN: 978-0-451-22146-9
Reviewer Graphic Button Signet Books
Mass Market Paperback

Rises the Night is the second story in the Gardella Vampire Chronicles. It has been one year since Lady Victoria Gardella Grantworth de Lacy has been a vampire slayer, and one year that she has been in mourning for her dead husband. In that time, the vampires seem to have abandoned London to follow Lilith back to her hideaway. Victoria is a Venator with a passion for vengeance and much anger to unleash, but, there is no vampire to take it out on.

Of course, the vampires are not going to stay hidden and inactive for long. Soon, new trouble is afoot and it all begins with the disturbing alliance between a vampire and a demon. A dangerous sign of trouble to be sure, and then Victoria learns of the trouble in Italy. Lilithís son Nedas is trying to gain control of a powerful and deadly weapon that will allow him to control the souls of the dead. This is not a prospect Victoria, her grandmother, or any of the other Venators want to see happen. The race is on as Victoria travels to Italy to infiltrate Italian society and stop Nedasí terrible goal.

Wow, Colleen Gleason really ups the tension in her newest tale. Victoria has a totally new situation to face and instead of having a slew of allies at her aid, there are only those people whose loyalties she must continually question. The intrigue is deep in Italy where appearances and personalities are all in question. Victoria is a character who not only grows stronger through her training as a Venator, but she is growing stronger as a Gardella leader. She channels much of her rage and helplessness with her husbandís death into becoming a better Venator, a more purposeful Venator.

The romantic element is present again in Rises the Night, but even that should not be taken at face value as there is a lot of play beneath the surface between Victoria and Sebastian Vioget. The lust is there, but can there ever be more when trust is tenuous at best?

All in all, Rises the Night is a sharp and intense tale that will leave vampire fans itching for more. It is obvious Ms. Gleason has some very interesting stories to tell and new character facets to reveal.

Reviewed in June 2007 by Sarah.

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