Vampire Empire Book One: The Greyfriar by Clay Griffith & Susan Griffith

Title: Vampire Empire Book One: The Greyfriar
Author: Clay Griffith and Susan Griffith
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Publication Date: November 18, 2010
paperback, 304 pages
ISBN: 978-1-61614-247-6

Summary: Vampire predators run wild in this exciting steampunk adventure, the first in an alternate history trilogy that is already attracting attention. In 1870, monsters rise up and conquer the northern lands, As great cities are swallowed up by carnage and disease, landowners and other elite flee south to escape their blood-thirsty wrath. One hundred fifty years later, the great divide still exists; fangs on one side of the border, worried defenders on the other. This fragile equilibrium is threatened, then crumbles after a single young princess becomes almost hopelessly lost in the hostile territory. At first, she has only one defender: a mysterious Greyfriar who roams freely in dangerous vampire regions. 

It's no secret that I love a good vampire story. Vampire Empire Book One: The Greyfriar definitely falls under this category.  This was a very exciting and engaging story.  The vampires in this book are terrifying, blood-thirsty predators that do not sparkle in any way.  The vampires have defeated the human race. They have wiped out many cities only keeping some humans around as slaves and food.  They have few weaknesses and are a force to be reckoned with.  Adele is the future leader of the Empire Equatoria. She has lived a sheltered life. She's taken captive by the vampires who are ready to start another war. She only has one hope and that's the Greyfriar.  I liked Adele. She starts out in the story, a little naive. Her character grows throughout the story. I loved seeing her strength and weakness portrayed across the pages. The Greyfriar is mysterious. Few have seen him. He fights the  vampires and is regarded somewhat like Robin Hood. I liked his character a lot too. The mystery and suspense of finding out who he is. The Greyfriar is very intriguing.  The story is full of adventure and Adele and the Greyfriar go up against the tyrant, Cesare who is renowned for his cruelty and ruthlessness. Cesare is one bad dude and the heir to the vampire empire. He is bloodthirsty and ready to start a war that could end up killing everyone.  The storyline is really good. It holds your attention throughout the entire book. I didn't want it to end. This is the first book of the Vampire Empire series. I will absolutely be reading the next one.

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*I received this book in exchange for a review. This in no way influenced my opinion. 
*Summary and picture taken from Good Reads


  1. OOooo after reading your review I think I will pick a copy up. I see it at my job all the time and keep saying to myself, "should I?" lol now I think I will. Thanks girl!

    Romance involved at all? lol

  2. I've been wanting to read this one! Thanks for the review, if you liked it I know I will...:)

  3. I bought this one and can't wait to get to it!

  4. I love your review, I want to read this book now! another book for my wishlist

  5. This book sounds like one I would love too!! Thanks for the review!

  6. I loved this book so much I hugged it once I was done. Now I can hardly wait for the next one!

    Black Disaster Fairy
    A World of Personality 

  7. This was my 2010 Steampunk pick of the year. I'm glad the authors are doing promo for it. I had never heard of it and amazed how many others have not as well based on the comments I got. Yours seem similar. :) Glad you are spreading the word.


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