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marți, 3 decembrie 2013

Review "Sweet Surrender" by Ioana Visan - The Impaler Legacy Series #1.5

Synopsis (Goodreads):
At the end of The Impaler's Revenge, Liana confessed she was dating a doctor. This short story unveils how that came to be. 

My Review: 
This story continues the first novella of The Impaler Legacy Series. 
After President Stănescu's resignation, the Little Council got involved in Romania's political affairs to prevent things getting out of control. They have become more vigilant to keep the vampires outside our borders and everyone safe at all costs. Also, Maximilien's news is making them nervous and distrustful towards what's going to happen in New Zealand. 

My sweet Liana is better now and her wounds are almost healed, but Dr. Jesse Carver still pays attention to her condition and convinces her to let him check her vitals at home. This is the point when their relationship begins and the readers learn more about the man behind the title of "doctor".  

I really liked the story, because it captures the first moments between Liana and Jesse and his love confession. At first, I was skeptical about this character and I did not appreciate him as much as I do now, but he turned out to be a great and mature guy who would not hesitate to risk his life to take care of the persons he loves, even skipping the fact that he hates vampires. The bond that encloses both makes them more human, more sensitive, in a world where the thirst for blood and power is ready to conquer all. Also, together are stronger, but are they strong enough?       

My Rate:

You can find the story for free HERE.

About this author

Award-winning writer Ioana Visan has always dreamed about reaching the stars, but since she can't, she writes about it.

Her stories have been published in on-line magazines like Argos, Nautilus, Gazeta SF, SRSFF, Revista de Suspans, Suspans, SFera Online, EgoPhobia, Every Day Fiction, and they have also been featured in several Romanian anthologies, “Dansând pe Marte şi alte povestiri fantastice” (2009), ”Steampunk: A doua revoluţie” (2011), ”Venus – Povestiri erotice science fiction” (2011), "Cele 1001 de scorneli ale Moşului SF” (2012), "Zombii: Cartea morţilor vii" (2013), "Călătorii în timp. Antologie de povestiri SF" (2013), "Ferestrele timpului. Antologie de ficţiuni speculative" (2013).

So far, the highlights of her writing career have been having her Romanian short story collection “Efectul de nautil” published by Millennium Books in March, 2013, and being awarded the Encouragement Award by The European Science Fiction Society at Eurocon 2013.

She made her debut in English with a short story published by Every Day Fiction, and also has one included in Evolved Publishing's "Evolution: Vol. 2" short story collection. 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’s Revenge”, before tackling longer works like a fantasy trilogy and a science fiction series.

Keep up with Ioana's writing news on her website, her blog, Facebook and Twitter.