- Publisher: Prometheus Books
- Format: Paperback | 320 pages
- Dimensions: 150mm x 226mm x 23mm | 318g
- Publication date: 1 November 2010
- Publication City/Country: Amherst
- ISBN 10: 1616142472
- ISBN 13: 9781616142476
- Edition: 1
- Sales rank: 91,522
Rousing pulp action and steampunk come together in a spellbinding story of high adventure and alternate history. In the year 1870, a horrible plague of vampires swept over the northern regions of the world. It is now 2020 and a bloody reckoning is coming. Princess Adele is heir to the Empire of Equatoria, a remnant of the old tropical British Empire. When she becomes the target of a merciless vampire clan, her only protector is the Greyfriar, a mysterious hero who fights the vampires from deep within their territory. Their dangerous relationship plays out against an approaching war to the death between humankind and the vampire clans. The first book in a trilogy of high adventure and alternate history, the Vampire Empire series brings epic political themes to life within a story of heartbreaking romance, sacrifice, and heroism.
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Clay and Susan Griffith are a married couple who have written and published together for more than a decade. Their credits not only include two novels for Bantam Doubleday Dell in the mid-1990s and another novel for Pinnacle Entertainment Group in 2002 but also numerous short stories published in many anthologies, some featuring noted genre characters like Kolchak the Night Stalker and the Phantom. They've also written scripts for television and published graphic novels. The authors have attended many cons multiple times over the years, including World Fantasy, WorldCon Science Fiction, ComicCon (San Diego), DragonCon (Atlanta), HeroesCon (Charlotte), and other smaller conventions. These are two hardworking authors, in every sense! Visit the authors' website at clayandsusangriffith.blogspot.com and www.facebook.com/#!/vampireempire.
By Rebs R 30 May 2011
I'm not sure what I expected when I picked this up, but it's definitely different than anything I have read before. I've read a few steampunk novels, but the ones I have read have taken place in the past. This one takes place in an alternate future, one that was shaped by the vampire race taking control of most of the northern countries in 1870, causing humans to flee to warmer climes. The human race had to develop technologies based on what they had going on in the late 19th century. The humans that have survived for all these years to the year 2020 had to be tough, constantly at war with the vampires. Princess Adele is not your typical pampered spoiled princess. She is tough, can hold her own in a fight and knows how to survive and what she must to help her people survive in a world filled with evil vampires.
This is a fast paced and action packed book, with a tiny bit of romance added in. Both of the main characters I thought were excellent. I was glad that both a man and a woman had their hands in this book making Adele an interesting character and one to root for. This book left me with a happy sigh after reading the last line, which is always a sign that I really enjoyed it. I will definitely be picking up the next in the series.
By Mad Scientist 13 Jan 2011
Concoction of a Review:
This was a great ride - not your average ordinary bland bandwagon vampire novel. I wanted to read it fast because it was so good and slow because I didn't want it to end. When Greyfrair finally did come to an end I was full of emotion for this book that once I read the last word I literally hugged the book. For the Mad Scientist this book was that good. No, it was an amazing string of words that needs to be put on a silver platter!
Vampire Empire: The Greyfriar is quite a book that is made by twisting and welding together Steampunkery, a dash of horror, whipped with major action and adventure, if that were not enough lets top it off with slight romance with a side of politics and of course some bloody war. Really, what in the world is this book missing. Not a thing!
However, this book was not good just because it was the ultimate at combining genres. Clay and Susan Griffith have a gift for providing the most wonderful words together to bring you right into the book. The images that were tossing about in my head were bold and full which had me thinking I was really along for the ride. Not only did the imagery of the world blow me away but the fight scenes had me all up in a huff of excitement! I wanted to grab a sword and a hero and jump into the fight!
The Northern Hemisphere was attacked in 1870, nearly killing and destroying what we know to be the Western Civilization. The Great Killing.
Princess Adele, the heir of Equatoria is due to wed a renowned vampire killer, Senator Clark, and united her Empire with America. This arrangement now poses a threat to the vampires that live in the northern areas of the world. Adele and her younger brother Simon are on their way to northern territories for political matters in Marseilles when their dirigible is intercepted by a larger than normal ban of vampires lead by Flay. She is warrior vampress that follows orders from her master, Cesare the youngest son of King Dimitry. He is known for mass killing of humans. Now the heir of Equatoria, Adele, is running from... Flay. These vampires are parasitic with very powerful physical characteristics whom roam freely in the colder areas, feedlot humans for dinner, and terrorize others so they are afraid of being enslaved by them.
*Damsel in distress announces the entrance of said hero.*
The Greyfriar swoops in to save her. I fell in love with him as soon as he pulled out all of these weapons and started hacking up the vampires on top of him in a gory morbid way. *sigh* It is also quite a shock because The Greyfriar is a man whose stories of heroism and acts of battle are all thought to be fables. He ended up being this strong yet mysterious man who drew in not only me but our lovely Adele as well. (I should mention that she is crafty with a weapon as well!) Ultimately is kidnapped... ah, heiress-napped albeit her best efforts of flight and the efforts of her masked mystery fighter, by Flay who brings her to England for Cesare.
Enter... Gareth, the oldest son and heir to the Vampire Empire once King Dimitry leaves this world. He lives in Scotland away from his role of heir to the supposed throne. He pulls the heir card and takes Adele away from Cesare's hand. He starts to learn more about "human" culture through Adele. I found myself chuckling when he was learning to write.
There is one huge shocking twist to this tale that had me and probably most of the readers a bit shocked when it was revealed. It is something that makes this story just that more incredible. I urge you to read this one because if you don't you are missing out, *wink*.
The growth and development between Adele and Greyfriar was utterly touching, it had me dabbing a small tear away. Their emotions gradual grew to make it all that more believable. She was strong and held herself up to her values. He showed her that not all things you are taught are always right. She learned to trust another. The tender relationship between these two was very pleasing.
Overall, Loved Loved Loved Vampire Empire: The Greyfriar. Tis was truly a grand tale of vampires and humans that was packed full of action right from chapter 1! I am going to be waiting for Book Two... Wait! I am already waiting for Book Two, from the minute this book ended!
*Thanks to the wonderful people behind PYR I received a copy of this fabulous Steampunkery novel. However, this has not affected my actions, feelings, or review of this book.*
By Sally 17 Dec 2010
Have just finished reading this in a day and a half, one word *awesome*. Will appeal to vampire lovers, steampunk, adventure & romance... well worth it!
Praise for the Vampire Empire trilogy: "Vampire Empire is one of the best fantasy series I've read, set in a unique postapocalyptic world. The landscapes, the peoples, and the incredible gizmos will attack your senses. Their unforgettable characters will stay with you as the tale unwinds." - RT Book Reviews "The best vampire series I have read in ages. . . . I am blown away by it. It has it all: romance, steampunk, vampires, adventure, and impossible odds for the hero to overcome." - Vampire Librarian "If I was stuck on a deserted island and could only have one vampire book series with me, my choice would be the Griffiths' Vampire Empire saga. Bye Lestat, farewell Edward. . . . Thank you to the Griffiths for fueling and continuing my love of vampire novels." - Reader Girls "Filled with mind-boggling political intrigue, betrayal, deception, magic, and a healthy dose of romance-you will be once again swept away by this burgeoning epic saga. . . . The Vampire Empire series remains at the top of my must-read list in Urban Fantasy." - Smexy Books