Saturday, December 4, 2010

Short Review: The Greyfriar (Vampire Empire Book One)

greyfriar_coverTitle: The Greyfriar (Vampire Empire Book One)

Author: Clay and Susan Griffith

Genre: Steampunk

Published: November 18th 2010 by Pyr


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.

The Greyfriar has everything I love about a book. It really breathes new life into the genre vampires and undead. The vampire society in this book is really extraordinary and stellar, just like the rest of the world building. Based on a richly woven alternative history, Clay and Susan Griffith have made up a world that sucks you right in. This is only my second Steampunk book after The Iron Duke, but I enjoyed them both very much.

The relationship between the princess and Greyfriar and Adele and Gareth was captivating and bitter sweet. I´m a huge fan of relationships that develop slowly over the course of more than just one book so I really enjoyed to see the small steps the respective relationship took throughout the book. Gareth is definitely one of my favorites heroes as of now. His character in contrast to the other vampires of this book was amazing.

There were so many moving, exciting and at the very end even heart-breaking scenes in this book that I can´t start to tell whoch one was my favorite. It´s one of those books that gets a special place in my bookshelf and Clay and Ssan Griffith are on my auto-buy list from now on. Can´t wait for book two!

Five stars for The Greyfriar!


By the way, does anybody know anything about book two in the series? I´ve done a little research but I can´t find anything. :(


Melissa said...

Great review, Christine! I loved this one, too...SO good! According to the authors, book two is in progress right now :)

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Great review. I did see the possible cover for the second, but that was all I know.

Smash Attack! said...

Second great review I've read on this book. I definitely want to read it! :)

Christine said...

@ Meilissa:
Really? You don´t happen to know where? I´d love to see it!

Edna said...

Nice review! I loved this book also. I can't wait for the next one.

Blodeuedd said...

*taps fingers* Everyone makes me wanna buy this book ;)

Karen said...

I loved this book!

Midnyte Reader said...

I want to read this one! I keep seeing it. I'm glad to hear you liked it.

Clifton Hill said...

I wanted to like this book, but it fell kinda flat. Great premise and all, lots of potential, but the execution just wasn't there for me.

Which was a bummer, because I heard the authors on a couple podcasts and they had me itching to get my hands on a copy.