The Greyfriar (Vampire Empire, Book 1)
by Clay & Susan Griffith
Pyr Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781616142476
Date: 15 November 2010 List Price £13.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
I've become very aware of the existence of this book over the last month - which is a sign of great viral marketing by publisher Pyr. The Greyfriar, the first book in Clay & Susan Griffith's Vampire Empire series has been plastered all over my news feeds and mentioned on many of the blogs I visit. If the book is half as good as the buzz, there'll be plenty of happy readers.
"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 in the chaos 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 where the vampires could not tolerate the constant heat. They brought technology and a feverish drive to re-establish their shattered society 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 of Equatoria, a remnant of the old tropical British Empire. She is quick with her wit as well as with a sword or gun. Eager for adventure before she settles into a life of duty, her world is turned upside down when she becomes the target of a merciless vampire clan. Her only protector is the Greyfriar, a mysterious figure who fights vampires from deep within their territory. Vampire Empire: The Greyfriar is the first book in a trilogy of high advenure and alternate history. Combining rousing pulp action with steampunk style, it brings epic political themes to life within a story of heartbreaking romance, sacrifice, and heroism. "