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 Impaler Legacy Omnibus, a vampire saga like no other, includes:
The Impaler's Revenge (novella)
Sweet Surrender (short story)
A Victory that Counts (novella)
Casualties of War (short story)
Order Restored (novella)
The Third Wheel (short story)
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Bella returned and pressed her nose against my knees, whining. The guys ahead had stopped too.
"What is it?" I asked, while the rest of the pandurs and vampires in our small group caught up with us and surrounded us in a loose circle.
"There are barely enough hours of light left to make it back," Max said. "We should return."
Radu frowned beside him, and although he didn't say anything, it hinted at how he felt about it. He would go all night and probably longer than that if it were up to him. Max could have easily matched him step by step, but he also had to think about me. The new breeds wanted me, there was a prize put on my head, and while it would have made more sense to hide somewhere safe, preferably out of the country, we had all agreed this wasn't the way we did things.
I checked my watch and looked at the sun's position in the sky. It wasn't safe for me to be out here in the open, but we still had time. Descending on familiar ground would take less time than going up.
"Let's get over there first," I said with the voice of a kid asking for five more minutes of watching TV before bedtime, and I pointed at a small plateau fifty meters ahead of us. "We can take a good look around from up there."
Max gave a slight nod, as it wasn't far, and let me go in line with them, already knowing there wasn't any danger ahead. Of course, Bella got there first. She circled the flat rock, her paws leaving footprints on the fresh snow, and then she looked at me as if asking why we had stopped. You and I both, girl. I sighed, aware that they weren't going to let me go any farther.
The view was magnificent from above-many snow covered mountain peaks and no activity below us. I didn't see the point in going higher than this. The entrance had to be somewhere closer to the ground. It wasn't practical to have a new breed army squeeze down that narrow path to get to any kind of transportation.
"Okay, I think we can-" I began to say, but stopped when I noticed Max staring intently into the distance.
What was he looking at? I took a step closer, then another one. The ground gave way underneath my feet.
And I fell.
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", 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 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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