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The Greyfriar (Vampire Empire, Book 1)

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A book by Clay & Susan Griffith

Griffith and Griffith, perhaps best known for their media tie-in work, merge vampires with steampunk in this tale of derring-do and star-crossed romance. In 1870 the vampires rose up and conquered the northern lands of Earth. The northern elites fled … see full wiki

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Author: Clay & Susan Griffith
Publisher: Pyr
1 review about The Greyfriar (Vampire Empire, Book 1)

Amazing vampire mythology, a chilling alternate history, & a poignant romance that grips your whole heart and refuses to let go.

  • Nov 18, 2010
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

I was blindsided by how phenomenal THE GREYFRIAR was from start to finish. Amazing vampire mythology, a chilling alternate history, and a poignant romance that grips your whole heart and refuses to let go.

Imagine a world where vampires have decimated the population on nearly every continent for the past century, where the remnants of humanity have fled to the warmest parts of the earth and attempted to rebuild society, where the humans who didn't escape (and those who are captured during raids) live as cattle. Welcome to the Vampire Empire.

The vampires in THE GREYFRIAR are frighteningly fascinating. Cunning and merciless, they view humanity much the same way we would a hive a bees: useful yet bothersome, and ultimately expendable. They have a complex political structure steeped in tradition and social pedigree. They are preternaturally strong and, among other abilities, they can control their density enabling them to `fly' along wind currents.

As rich and absorbing as the vampire empire is, the heart of THE GREYFRIAR was the blossoming romance that grew between Adele and Greyfriar amidst the war between humans and vampires. It was moving and heartbreaking at every turn. She duty bound and promised to another man, he torn between family loyalty and the woman he desperately wants to understand.

I'm amazed that a story as epic and lavish as THE GREYFRIAR comes in at just over 300 pages. That's a testament to writing ability of husband and wife duo Clay and Susan Griffith who wasted not one word in their superb vampire steampunk novel. The action is exhilarating, the vampires are refreshingly sinister, and the love story a gentle force so captivating that I truly believe it will weather even the most daunting obstacles. Book two in the Vampire Empire can't come soon enough.

Sexual Content: Kissing.

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