The Greyfriar by Clay & Susan Griffith is the beginning of a new Vampire Empire trilogy that crosses adventure, alternate history and steampunk with a lot of drama. In 1870, the vampires conquered the Northern Lands of Earth while the elites from those countries escaped to the south where they established their own colonies. Now in 2020, Princess Adele of the Equatoriarn Empire gets lost in vampire territory with only a mysterious hero who fights the vampires from deep within their territory to help her. Their relationship evolves while an approaching war to the death between humans and vampires approaches. It is an interesting concept and the world building is fantastic. It is filled with action, romance and sacrifice. Personally, it took a bit to like Adele and the story was a bit predictable. Also, I found some of the “technology/science” to be a bit impossible, but I think most would enjoy this story. I was more intrigued with the world and how it came to be in this state than in the characters’ relationship, but that could be a personal preference issue. This one I recommend for paranormal romance and steampunk alternate history fans. Rated 3.75 stars!
This is the first book in a trilogy of high adventure and alternate history. Combining rousing pulp action with steampunk style, Vampire Empire brings epic political themes to life within a story of heartbreaking romance, sacrifice, and heroism.