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 due to the havoc that followed. Within two years, once great cities were shrouded by the grey empire of the vampire... show more
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 due to the havoc 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 because vampires could not tolerate the constant heat there. They brought technology and a feverish drive to reestablish their shattered societies 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. She is eager for an adventure before she settles into a life of duty and political marriage to man she does not know. But her quest turns black when she becomes the target of a merciless vampire clan. Her only protector is The Greyfriar, a mysterious hero who fights the vampires from deep within their territory. Their dangerous relationship plays out against an approaching war to the death between humankind and the vampire clans.The Greyfriar: Vampire Empire is the first book in a trilogy of high adventure and alternate history. Combining rousing pulp action with steampunk style, The Greyfriar brings epic political themes to life within a story of heartbreaking romance, sacrifice, and heroism.
Publish date: November 18th 2010
Pages no: 301
Edition language: English
, Young Adult
, Science Fiction
, Urban Fantasy
, Paranormal Romance
Series: Vampire Empire (#1)
Since this was alternative history (and a mix of a handful of other genres), it was disappointing to see women's roles largely unchanged.That being said, I liked Adele a lot. The authors could have made her weak and stupid, but they didn't. Flay was also a great villain.I wondered at the Greyfriar's...
I've been thinking about mood and reading recently, although maybe that's the wrong way to put it. My Summer of Steampunk has morphed into Steampunk Planet (which I now think I'm ready to get off, thank you), and I'm still churning through the lower midlist of steampunk titles available at my librar...
The Greyfriar takes place 150 years after the Great Killing of 1870 when vampires rose up from being rumors and attacked humans. They don't do well in the heat so humanity field to the tropics and warmer areas. Adele is the princess of the Empire Equatoria, which is the remainder of the British Empi...
The Greyfriar occurs in the future, but, as is typically the case in such post-catastrophe scenarios, life for humans is anything but modern and computerized. The vampire attacks left humans with nothing, and the only technology humans have been able to harness is steam power. Thus enters the steamp...
The Greyfriar was a quick, light read. It successfully combined various genres and could partly be classified as pulp fiction. What worked for me is the alternative Victorian setting and the interesting take on vampires. Vampires are predators and not your cute love interest. *minor spoilers*Some as...