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. But one day, Liana Cantacuzino, also a member of the Little Council and a descendant of one of the old noble families, is ordered to bring one in, covertly. Enter Maximilien Hess, a thousand years old vampire determined to ruin the existing order of things.
Suddenly, Liana finds herself forced to protect Hess, instead of having the pandurs kill him. With the help from her trustful friends, Rodica Ghica and Ştefan Sturdza, and that of an innocent bystander, Dr. Jesse Carver, Liana has to find out what is going on and what the President is hiding from her. When all is revealed, Hess’s secret changes everything.
The first novella in The Impaler Legacy series, a vampire saga like no other.
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I’ve read a few other works by Ioana Visan and I always come out feeling so satisfied. She never disappoints and I get this feeling of complete happiness while I’m reading her work. The Impaler’s Revenge revolves around Liana Cantacuzino, The Little Council and a vampire named Maximilien Hess who’s not even supposed to be in Romania.
We start out with Liana hating vampires and we don’t question this because they’re dangerous. Thing is, Liana has to play babysitter to Max, a thousand year old vampire, by order from the President except she has no idea why.
As short as thing book was, so many things happened. I was confused throughout the entire book on whether I liked and trusted Max or hated him. He was an extremely charming character that I’m sure could’ve charmed the pants off a cactus. I liked Liana for the most part but it was easy to tell that she was hiding a very terrible past. She was closed off and distant and refused to show more lest people find out that she’s actually capable of caring.
I had high hopes for this story going in and I was not let down. Ioana’s writing style, as always, was superb and the plot was fantastic. She wrote some amazing characters in this novella and I don’t remember disliking a single one. All questions that needed to be answered were answered and we’re still left with room to continue. I’m eager to carry on with this series as I can already tell that even more action awaits us in the second book.
Read: 18 March 2017
Publication Date: 13 April 2013
Link to Author’s Goodreads Page: Ioana Visan
*Note: This review is long overdue and I apologise for taking so long to get to it.