Colleen Gleason – The Rest Falls Away

The Rest Falls Away
Victorian vampire hunters ‘nough said! A new twist on an old idea.

The Rest Falls Away is Book One in The Gardella Vampire Hunters Series

A book to rival any historical love story. It is full of love, angst, deceit and desire.  Oh and vampires but not the good kind. Yea they are seductive but in a tear your throat out sort of way.  Victorian Socialites beware there are vampires in London.

Victoria is born for her new life.  Her debut as an eligible lady into the ton was a coming out in more than one way.  She must choose if she is going to follow in her ancestors foot steps. If she will become a vampire huntress.  She weighs the perks and the perils. Her choice altering her life forever or will it?

The Rest Falls AwayThe head vampire is my least favorite character. A well written evil.  Philip was my next least character.  I kept waiting for something despicable to happen with him or against him.  My favorite was Victoria’s possible partner. He was seasoned and aware of all the dangers. A hero unwanting of the name.

In some places the story got a touch predictable for me hence the four stars but that is my opinion.  The story was also romantically tamer than my normal reads but worth the time.  It can be found on Wattpad for free so I suggest you go check it out for yourself.

 

Robert Thier – Robber Knight

Robber Knight
Great Wattpad find!

The Robber Knight is Book One in the Robber Knight Saga

This is a good book. It is the prequel to The Robber Knight’s Love and it tells the story of how Ayla and Reuben meet. I read The Robber Knight’s Love first and then discovered that this book existed. These books are located on this budding writer web app, Wattpad, a colleague introduced me to. This book has gotten published and is available with additional chapters for purchase. I plan on purchasing it to read the additional chapters, which promise to give more insight into Reuben. Do I think you have to read this prequel to be able to achieve understanding in the following book? No, I don’t. Do I think you should read this book? Yes, I think you should and unlike me try to read them in the right order. I find myself having little epiphanies of understanding the more I read. Things that were alluded to in the second book are painted in brilliant colors in the first.

The world of these books is in the days of Knights and Lady’s, King’s and Queens Robber Knightand Lord’s and Vassals. The Margrave Markus von Falkenstein has offered to marry Lady Ayla von Luntberg and spare most of her people or she could take his declaration of war. Since her father is unable to lead his people, into a feud Ayla must take on his responsibilities as commander. She choses to refuse to marry the Margrave and accepts his feud. He sends Sir Luca DeLombardi and hundreds of mercenaries to take her lands. Even being outnumbered she foils all his plans with the help of the “merchant” Reuben, who she found in the woods with three arrows in his back. She has been caring for Reuben and finds comfort from her woes when she is with him. But Reuben has a secret and Sir Luca could be the devil to reveal it.

As with the second book my favorite character is Reuben. He is a poor guy trying to survive the only way he can. Not the nicest or moralist way but his way. He used to be a good guy and some unknown thing happens to him and now he is a man only concerned with his self. I have issues personally with criminal characters and coming to terms with where the line is. If he was a werewolf, vampire or such he could be a ruthless as the Margrave is but as a man I hold him to a higher moral code. But maybe he isn’t a man. Maybe he is some sort of demon. Having read the second one first I am aware of subtle things that make me wonder about Reuben. He’s definitely different. Maybe after reading the published Special Addition version I will know why.