The Greyfriar by Clay Griffith & Susan Griffith
Released Nov 2010
Genre: Steampunk/Adult Fantasy
Rating: 5 out of 5
Sexual Content: I don't recall there being much in the way of smutty-ness, but it has been a while since I finished this.
My Cover Blurb: "An Action Packed Roller Coaster Ride"
In the year 1870, a horrible plague of vampires swept over the northern regions of the world. Millions of humans were killed outright. Millions more 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 brought technology and a feverish drive to reestablish their shattered societies of steam and iron amid the mosques of Alexandria, the torrid quietude of Panama, or the green temples of Malaya.
IT IS NOW 2020 AND A BLOODY RECKONING IS COMING.
Princess Adele is heir to the Empire Equatoria, a remnant of the old tropical British Empire. She is quick with her wit as well as with a sword or gun. She is eager for an adventure before she settles into a life of duty and political marriage to a man she does not know. But her quest turns black when she becomes the target of a merciless vampire clan. Her only protector is the Greyfriar, a mysterious hero who fights the vampires form the deep within their territory. Their dangerous relationship plays out against an approaching war to the death between humankind and the vampire clans.
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. She's is the type of kick ass heroine I love to read about.
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.
Vampire Empire Series
Book #1 The Greyfriar
Book #2 The Rift Walker (Sept 2011)