Monday Sampler: The Impaler Legacy Omnibus by Ioana Visan

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In our mission to connect readers, writers, and books, Caleb and Linda Pirtle has launched a new series featuring writing samples from some of the best authors in the marketplace today. Monday’s Sampler is an excerpt from The Impaler Legacy Omnibus, a new twist on the Vampire saga by Ioana Visan.

As one reviewer said: 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.

The Story

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 Sampler

 

Ioana Visan
Ioana Visan

“You’ve been here what—for over a month now? And what did you accomplish?” He tilted his head at me. “Sure, you hunted down and killed a few new breeds, but other than that, what did you do?”

I could have told him that we hadn’t been let loose in the country. The Cabinet had accepted our presence here but imposed some restrictions. We couldn’t bring vampires into the populated areas, and the locals didn’t see eye-to-eye with our pandurs, even if they were here to help them. I didn’t. I pressed my lips tightly together and accepted my failure the way a true leader should. Hopefully, he didn’t know about the ten thousand pandurs waiting on the Australian shore.

“We’re looking for leads, but no one is talking. That’s why we came to you,” I said.

“Wrong. You were so bored out of your mind that you would have accepted any excuse to get out of those woods,” Keller said. “Did you stop for one second to think that it might be a trap to draw you out?”

“My pandurs are the best. I’m not afraid of your new breeds,” I said, thinking he was referring to the reward placed on my head. Maybe I didn’t feel as secure as I pretended to be, but I trusted the pandurs to do everything in their power to protect me and everyone around me.

“You Little Council members are so self-absorbed. What if you weren’t the target?” Keller’s voice went dangerously low.

No. “What do you mean?”

“We need to go. Now!” Max grabbed my arm to pull me towards the exit. The look on his face promised nothing short of murder.

“Too late.” Keller looked at the heavy clock on the desk. “It should be over by now. I’m sorry.”

No no no no. “I’ll be back,” I told him before running to the door. “And then you’ll give me some answers.”

“I’ll be here.” Keller leaned back in his chair. “And then maybe you’ll be the person I need.”

I threw him a cold glare, but I didn’t waste any time with an answer. I ran in the corridor, giving orders on the way. “Call the camp! Find out what the hell is going on!”

Trotuş and Max held the phones to their ears, both trying to get in touch with the people in charge in their respective camps.

“Spânu’s not answering!” Trotuş reported, his face paler than ever. Max didn’t seem to have an answer either.

We rushed into the elevator, the pandurs on our trail. I fetched my cell phone and called Radu. No matter what had happened, he would survive. He was both a vampire and a pandur. “Come on, come on, come on … answer dammit!”

We reached the ground floor, scaring the pandurs stationed there with our haste. I bent at the waist with an arm wrapped around my middle as the chilling words dripped into my ear. “No…”

Jesse’s arms caught me. “Liana…”

“They’re dead … They’re all dead…”

 

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