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The Impaler Legacy Omnibus (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Ioana Visan

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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 complete The Impaler Legacy series, a vampire saga like no other.

Biographie de l'auteur

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”, 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 Romanian 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.

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 338 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 149606240X
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  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00J03AJKE
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Ioana Visan has always dreamed about reaching the stars, but since she can't, she writes about it. Her stories have been published in several Romanian anthologies and magazines. Her English debut came with the short story "Unhinged Reality" published by Every Day Fiction. "Human Instincts" is her first novella in English and she also has a story included in the upcoming "Evolution 2" anthology published by Evolved Publishing. For more information, please visit http://ioanavisan.zxq.net

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent vampire saga 8 avril 2014
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Whenever I first started reading The Impaler Legacy, I could immediately tell that I was in for a vampire epic. From the very beginning, I was swept up into this tale. Ioana Visan has a way with words that wraps you in her story, and you don't want to leave its pages. The attention that was paid to the paranormal parts of the story are very appreciated. It's so well thought out, and that really shows as you're reading it.

The characters in this series encompass such a broad spectrum. I easily found myself enjoying and appreciating several of them. Liana was my favorite, though. Whenever I finished the last of this series, I had the feeling of missing a best friend.

There are some very dark scenes in this series, and I think Ioana Visan does a fantastic job at handling them. Her writing is able to craft these bone killing scenes with such clarity. I would love to read more by this author just because of her talent for making the world leap off of the pages and surround you.

Every vampire fan should consider this a must read series. It breaks the mold and carves out its own unique place with vampire fiction. It isn't for easy readers. This series is very involved. Warning: There is a cliffhanger with absolutely no promise of resolving it.

**I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. My thanks to Ioana Visan.
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Interesting Take on Vampires 20 décembre 2014
Par Reflection - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
'The Impaler Legacy' is a great read with a brand new concept of vampires and those opposed to them played out from the prospective of the narrator Liana, a member of the Little Council descended from Romanian nobility.

I always delighted when there is a female protagonist in stories, and i was further drawn by an interesting new concept in vampire lore. This was an interesting read. I struggled a little with the first book in the series, for a couple of reasons really, most essentially I found the prejudice Liana held against vampire Maximillian Hess difficult to read (even the explanation provided midway through the first novel did little to endear the narrator to me). I think I find blanket prejudice a difficult position to identify with, preferring instead for people/vampires to be judged on a case by case basis. Secondly, I prefer my heroines a little more 'kick ass' or proactive and I found Liana's attitude to be be rather irritating and ignoble.

Luckily Liana falls for the affections of a good msn on whom she came to rely and perhaps this encouraged her to become a better person, which seemed to occur more within the next three books in the series and I found myself warming at least a little towards Liana as her grudging tolerance and respect for Max grew with their struggle to build a better world for humans and vampires.

Therefore, this is an intriguing read and the author Ioana Visan is to be congratulated on her sophisticated and new approach towards vampires and a worldwide exploration of struggle and triumph and a story in which Lian as narrator and female protagonist grew and developed. Liana may still not be a heroine entirely to my tastes, but the story is intriguing, well written and thought provoking.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Vampira saga with a twist 18 juin 2014
Par geurts - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
With all the books, movies and series out there, it seems like all vampire sagas have been done already. But you'd be wrong to think so. Writer Ioana Visan takes the common take on vampires, turns them around and spins a whole different kind of story. With the whole world being aware of vampires, she has the lead character Liana, living in the only vampire-free country, actually not only being very familiar with vampires, but also hating them through upbringing. Due to circumstances, she has to team up with first one, and later an entire army of vampires, in order to save her country, her life and ultimately the world.

Despite this being a heavy story, and a tense read at times, a laugh or a pun are never that far around the corner, no matter how bad the circumstances may be. That combined with some romance (but not in the way you expect it!) makes it for a much lighter read than the summaries suggest.

The characters are very well fleshed out and you truly care for them. Even though, as in a good epic tale, there are character deaths and many losses, which make you fear for everyone's safety.
Through the course of the 3 novellas and 3 short stories covered in this omnibus, Liana, who I liked as a character from the get-go, learns that despite her upbringing there are vampires she can trust, which changes her worldview quite a lot, which I assume will have it's reflection in the future of how Romania will be ruled.

Below my (somewhat) condensed reviews of the seperate novellas - so spoilers!

#1 The Impaler's Revenge

Through main character Liana, Ioana takes you by the hand and introduces you to the world her story is taking place, as well as the characters who are involved.
Liana (an important member of the "little council" ) receives from the president of Romania the assignment to pick up vampire Maximilien Hess and escort him into her country. This is a rarity, as vampires are not allowed to enter Romania, thus making it the only "vampire-free" country of the world (which is quite ironic, considering the origins of the Dracula stories) and guard him while there.

Liana does not know what the reason was for this strange assignment, but nevertheless carries out her orders, even tho begrudgedly. Which puts her in the position of having to arrange blood for him with the help of Dr. Jesse Carter - who provides a look into the outside world which does include dealing with vampires - and having to entertain him because he gets bored.

You can tell she doesn't like it at all, and through her interactions with her friends and how they react you learn slowly more and why. In her dealings with Maximilien, you learn the history of the countries history and how the politics work.

#2 A Victory That Counts

Time has jumped forward a bit. After learning in the previous novel that there is a new breed of vampires, which even makes the older race of vampires feel threatened, Romania, once the worlds only vampire-free country has striken a deal with this older race, to join arms against the new threat.

For this cause, Liana, our female leadcharacter is sent out to New Zealand with an army of Pandurs (Romania's guards, initially trained to defend the country against vampires) where the new breed of vampires stems from. This to learn more about their origins, nature, and most important, how to defend themselves against them.

In this warlike setting, which is undoubtly a lot grittier than the first novella, there are some expected fight scenes, even including torture and slaughter, yet it never gets too gruesome for the squeemish ones amongst us.

#3 Order Restored

WIth Jesse being kidnapped now, Liana is hell-bent on finding him. To do so however, she lets Max put a compulsion on her with regards to her feelings for Jesse, so she can make judgments with a sound mind. Then, by accident she stumbles upon a base of the new breeds and finds out what they are up to there. This part is chilling, and told so vividly, I was literally cringing when reading. To my surprise she finds Jesse fairly quickly, but of course things are not as they seem and Liana has to make a horrible agreement to get back her loved one. One you can't believe she truly would go through with, but our main character has gone through a lot, and perhaps this changed her morals just enough?
5.0 étoiles sur 5 It will suck you in... 23 mars 2014
Par R. Deschamps - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
When I was given "Impaler's Revenge" by Ioana Visan, I didn't expect to get caught up in Liana, Max and Jesse's journey, NEEDING to follow their journey through the remaining 6 books in the series. Make that 3 books, with 3 mini stories that tied into the main books. It was a brilliant decision by Ioana to add short stories, which give the reader a chance to see what happened between situations, doing this keeps readers engaged and not scrambling to figure out what, and where, everything changed.

"Impaler's Revenge" left me begging for the next story. Ioana through some curveballs, most unexpected curveballs, which kept me glued to each page. Devouring Liana and Max's each step, each word and each political maneuver, until I thought I knew how the book would end. Ioana Visan proved to me and the point that assuming/judging is wrong.

Ioana set the stage for readers to expect more in the second book, and she delivered "Sweet Revenge" book 1.5. While this short story may seem unimportant to most readers, it's not. I had many questions about the romantic aspect of the main plot, and this answered them all. Allowing for a better progression for the action/political focus, while keeping the smaller story lines clear and not confused. Liana is by far a well rounded character, Jesse compliments everything about her, they balanced each other out in ways that made certain plot twists even juicier. While Maximilian adds his version of self righteousness that drags you in to his ways of thinking, even while trying to keep the Little Counsel visions alive

"A Victory That Counts" book 2 and yet again, Ms.Visan has managed to work her magic through to make me long for book 2.5. Between the romantic relations, the new breeds, Max and Radu mixed in with politics makes this series among my top favorites. Being able to work political bureaucracy and their hoops, finding ways to manipulate loopholes, into a story is hard, but she does it beautifully.

"Causalities of War" story 2.5. SERIOUSLY?!? I was sideswiped by the turn of events with one of the major characters! I didn't expect the who, I knew the why, or at least I thought I did, but the path they chose to follow has left me begging for a little more quiet time to get into book 3 "Order Restored". I must admit though, the ending left me wishing it were possible to turn the switch off for emotions and get through tough situations being clear headed and knowing the right thing to do.

The final book in this series, AWESOME!! Although, I'm not sure I'm ready to let Liana, Jesse and Maximilian go yet. Through the series, I've had my questions, thoughts and opinions answered, which is a difficult thing for an author to do. There was a question brought up midway through this last book, it was touched on and was answered about 96%, but again I'm not read to say goodbye to Liana just yet, so I may be grasping at straws.

The last short story, "The Third Wheel", finished the last of the lingering questions, based on 2.5 & 3, just enough to know that Liana, and her circle will be make it through thick and thin, making the best of circumstances. While concluding Liana's story, Ioana Visan opened up the possibility for a new series for Max. I will be anxiously awaiting word if I will be able to follow his history, the what's and why's, along his journey to make him who he ended up being, and working with "the enemy".

If you pick up this series, you won't be sorry.

Thank you Ioana Visan for your work, your trust in allowing me to read and review this fantastic series, and for bringing your visions, dreams and stories to life.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 An excellent and unusual vampire tale! 10 mars 2015
Par Book fanatic - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
This is certainly a vampire story with a difference and a most enjoyable read. Liana is a member of the Little Council, the organization that has kept Romania free of vampires for centuries, and forbids them from entering the country. A Specifically trained group of warriors are there to ensure this. Suddenly, the President himself invites one in for his own purposes. This leads to political intrigue and suspicion, until that little problem is solved. The solution, whilst practical, results in humans being in grave danger from a new, hybrid breed of vampires, who are extremely volatile and dangerous. Thus begins the mission to save the world from these monstrous vampires. Strange alliances are formed and interesting situations arise.

I was pulled into the book almost immediately. The world created therein is very believable and the characters are well-defined and endearing. It is impossible not to care about them, from beginning to end. Leaving them is actually like losing a friend. It was hard to put the book down and every time I managed to get back to it, I was immediately back in their world.

My only problem was with the grammatical errors, which tended to distract me on occasion. As English is not the author's first language, I do find this forgivable as translations from other languages makes it difficult to capture what the author wants to project, but in this case, I feel it was an incredible translation, in spite of those errors. Nothing was lost in the translation. An excellent read, and well worth the time!
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