The Greyfriar Vampire Empire #1 {Ebook} ☆ Clay Griffith


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The Greyfriar Vampire Empire #1

Rousing pulp action and steampunk come together in a heartbreaking story of high adventure and alternate historyIn 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 Update Book 2 is The Rift Walker Vampire Empire 2 it will come out in September 2011 YeahReview is still below The rambling review of a book fanaticI finished the book and I hugged it Yup I m gonna admit it I hugged the book It was THAT good You are going to have many reviews for this book that will do an awesome job of detailing what the book is about and they will do a much better job of explaining the story Therefore I am going to do a funky bullet point list of what I loved about this book and what I did not likeWhat I loved about this book The characters The book is full of them These are not your superficial I ll put you in to take up pages characters but characters with meaning and a story behind each one You have Princess Adele the main character of the story In addition to Adele you have and this is just a few of them Greyfriar but who is he really Clark the American War Hero again who is he really Colonel Anhalt I loved him he is so sweet Lord Kelvin I think he will be big in book 2 Mamoru such an interesting character Selkirk Simon and one of my favorite characters Flay The characters are so well written I was never confused Trust me that is saying plenty The combining of genres The book combines horror romance action adventure politics war steampunk and satire with such ease that you don t even realize you are reading a book outside your comfort zone because it blends so perfectly The imagery holy cow can the authors write can you tell I cant The best I can do is give you an example Adele saw dark mounds scattered on the avenues streets and alleys A closer examination revealed that the mounds were piles of dead bodies The city s wide circles and narrow courtyards were heaped with bones The turgid river Thames was at low tide and as the airship skimmed over it Adele saw white femurs and rib cages protruding from the muck along the shoreline Nearly all the glass windows in the city were smashed except amazingly some of the stained glass of The vampires These vampires are not your typical vampires It would be easy to say they are vile horrific simplistic creatures that either destroyed or imprisoned most of the humans in the Great Killing of 1870 but that would be far from the truth I cannot really explain the vampires since one of the rewards of reading the story is learning about the vampires as Adele does Not everything is what it seemsOk so I am going to stop now since as the top line states I am rambling I forgot to write about what I did not like about the book It endedDefinitely my favorite book of 2010 A 6 star out of 5 yup I just wrote 6 out of 5

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Euatoria 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 Absolutely loved it Fabulous world building I love the idea of a vampire empire the characters were great I don t normally read the books one after another in a series but I plan to with this series as I am so invested

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The death between humankind and the vampire clansThe first book in a trilogy of high adventure and alternate history Combining rousing pulp action with steampunk style the Vampire Empire series brings epic political themes to life within a story of heartbreaking romance sacrifice and herois Note I received a review copy of this book compliments of the publisher in exchange for my honest opinions Thanks PyrPrometheus BooksVampires and steampunk The former obviously is a topic that s been wildly popular for years and years The latter as well has been a subgenre gaining traction in the science fiction and fantasy world lately hence the fact that I would finally stumble across a book which unites both concepts in the foundation for its story was only a matter of time What did strike me as a pleasant surprise however was finding a book that does this so well The Greyfriar is set in an alternate history in which humans and vampires have been locked in a bitter war for than a century In 1870 the blood drinkers rose up to conuer the northern lands driving the humans towards warmer climes Now the young princess Adele of Euatoria is to wed the famed vampire hunter senator of the American Republic their marriage to be the start of an alliance to take back their lands But a month before the wedding an ambush on the princess airship throws all plans into turmoil Adele s way home now involves a partnership with the Greyfriar a semi legendary figure who has become a symbol of humanity s fight against the vampiresNotice I say partnership with and not dependency upon because as princesses go Adele is far from your dainty damsel in distress and can most certainly hold her own In this book both the main protagonist and also the enemy vampire warchief are female characters one would not be wise to cross as each woman has a commanding presence about them in their own way With Adele I loved her for her independence intelligence fighting skills as well as for her protectiveness and love for her little brother All the characters here are pretty well written but it s extra nice having a heroine I genuinely like and enjoy reading aboutStill while I m steadfastly rooting for Adele it s hard not to be drawn to the vampires as well with their fascinating empire politics family conspiracies and infighting among their peerage The vampires in this book are atypical enough not to bore me with their strange biological uirks allowing their bodies to be lighter and to float in the air and it amuses me to no end how disdainful they are of human myths like the ones claiming vampires to be their own dead risen to life Their culture is well defined like everything else in this book s worldMy favorite part though is the thread of romance woven through the second half of the book Admittedly as much as I enjoy love stories romance in these types of books usually make me balk like seriously why spoil a perfectly awesome action adventure tale by forcing a contrived and cringe worthy romantic side plot just for the sake of having it And yet the thing is the love story in this book could not have been natural and justtotally appropriate like it belongs I don t know what it is but perhaps the fact that the authors are a married couple who have been writing and publishing together for years has something to do with it because the attraction between Adele and Greyfriar felt passionate gradual sweet real and most importantly earned None of that insta love nonsensePlus no worries if romance isn t your thing as I ve said it s not the dominant focus and does not overtake the entire story and I liked how there were just as many if not action oriented battles and fight scenes in this book In fact my only wish is that the novel was better paced and balanced After a very bombastic introduction it wasn t until halfway through the book that my enthusiasm spiked again but once it did you can be sure I was completely enad I read the second half all in one sitting and loved every minute of it


10 thoughts on “The Greyfriar Vampire Empire #1

  1. says:

    Update Book 2 is The Rift Walker Vampire Empire #2 it will come out in September 2011 YeahReview is still below The rambling review of a book fanaticI finished the book and I hugged it Yup I’m gonna admit it I hugged the book It was THAT good You are going to have many reviews for this book that will do an awesome job of detailing what the

  2. says:

    Whoah my dear book Steady now you just might make me fall on my arse with all the ROCKING you’re doing I’m in loveI’m in love with the story I’m in love with the authors and most importantly I’m in love with Gareth My only tiny proble

  3. says:

    Soon he would have to reveal himself to her and he knew what her reaction would be His numb heart broke at that realization What to say what to say what to saySwashbuckling Adventure Political Intrigue Forbidden DesireMy apologies in advance for the sheer amount of uotes I'm saddling you with this time I tried to cut back as much a

  4. says:

    Would you like some wine with your pasticheSoulless meets Beauty shares meaningful whispers and lingering gazes then elopes to The War of the Worlds undoubtedly to spawn a trilogy if they sell wellUnderstand I didn't mean to read this But it

  5. says:

    Absolutely loved it Fabulous world building I love the idea of a vampire empire the characters were great I don't normally read the books one after another in a series but I plan to with this series as I am so invested

  6. says:

    This was unexpectedly good and I have to thank Sandra for recommending it time and time again So what's so good about this one✔ Steampunk✔ A masked hero Which in my head was some sort of crossover between Zorro and Dread Pirate Roberts aka Dreamy✔ A kickass princess ✔ Some pretty awesome world building th

  7. says:

    I swear I have no words but dangit I'm going to tryThis book has a little bit of everything There's steampunk romance the heartfelt kind not the steamy kind swashbuckling adventure horror complete with gore politics religi

  8. says:

    Note I received a review copy of this book compliments of the publisher in exchange for my honest opinions Thanks PyrProme

  9. says:

    Here’s what the blurb on the back says “In the year 1870 a horrible plague of vampires swept over the northern regions of the world Millions of humans were killed outright Millions died of disease and famine due to the havoc that followed Within two years once great cities were shrouded by the grey empire of the vampire clans Human refugees fled south to the tropics because vampires could not tolerate the constant heat there They brou

  10. says:

    WOW Starting from the gorgeous cover the setting the characters the fights this book is absolutely amazing I honestly don't know how to write a review of The Greyfriar without spending hours praising its original

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