Beneath the glitter of dazzling 19th-century London Society lurks a bloodthirsty evil…
In every generation, a Gardella is called to accept the family legacy of hunting vampires, and this time, Victoria Gardella Grantworth is chosen, on the eve of her debut, to carry the stake.
The Rest Falls Away is a fun, but rather shallow, bit of historical paranormal romance. While there is an interesting enough set up – vampires are the descendants of the Judas of biblical fame and there are different kinds of vampires…somehow. It’s impossible to miss the Buffy the Vampire Slayer influence vibes that this book has. Vampires turn to dust when staked, and both our heroine and the heroine’s aunt are called to their duty as hunters. While the book does avoid Chosen One cliches – there’s no prophecy or anything – it’s only by the slimmest of margins as Victoria quickly proves to be a super quick study that rapidly sends the vampires into hiding of sorts, avoiding the streets lest they be staked.
The biggest problem of this book is that it feels like we see almost nothing. We see none of her training, but get told soon enough that she’s killing multiple vampires a night. This is supposed to be the story of a girl in Society, and yet we spend very little actual time there either. She attends one or two parties, but we never see her making calls for example, or any of the social activities that you might normally expect to see a girl on her Season participating in. It feels largely of tell, tell, tell.
Adding to this frustration is that the romance with the Marquess feels very instant. He apparently remembers her from when she was 12 and that’s basically all it takes for them to fall in love. One of the highlights of the book is the fact the way the book comes to reconcile her profession and her love life – it certainly feels like it has more consequence than most books of this sort – but I really wish more time had been taken to develop all the characters and their relationship.
All told, I might have have had fun reading it, but by the next morning I’d forgotten 95% of it. Fans of the genre may yet still enjoy it (I do have the next two books and will likely read them at some point) but it’s not necessarily a title I’d go out of my way to seek.
Verdict: Borrow it.