The Greyfriar (Vampire Empire, Book 1)

The Greyfriar - Clay Griffith, Susan Griffith I was very drawn to this book the moment I learned that it was paranormal steampunk. I could not fathom for a moment how these two genres could successfully be married. I have long wanted to read steampunk and stumbling upon this book gave me the opportunity to deep my heels into a genre that has long been calling my name.The world as we recognize it today is much changed in The GreyFriar. In an even called the Great Killing vampires who had walked the earth as long as humans have declare war on humanity and end up taking over the northern part of the world. Countries like England and America move into their colonies and set up stakes there because it is closer to the equator and vampires have deep trouble with the heat. Over a hundred fifty years and pass. It is the year 2020 and neither side is content with the stalemate. The vampires see the humans as insignificant sources of food and the humans see vampires as parasites living off the blood of humans. The vampires are confidant in their speed, sense of smell, superior eyesight, resistance to pain and difficulty being killed whereas the humans believe that their steam technology shall render them victorious.The two are on the brink of war when Adele the Empress of the Equatorian Empire which stretches from India to South Africa was captured on a goodwill tour. Along the way she meets the Greyfriar a man devoted to protecting humans from vampires. He risks his life many times for her and the process love blooms between them. This Greyfriar moves with incredible speed and is capable of feats that no human before him has been capable of, causing the reader to question if there is more to him than meets the eye.I could tell you more but that would absolutely spoil this book for you. The pace was quick and it was really well written and surprisingly despite a female protagonist few of the typical faults in urban fantasy are present. Adele's mother died when she was a young child however, she has a loving brother and father. Adele is strong though a little to quick to trust. I kept waiting for her to have a moment of spunky agency but the Griffith created her to be incredibly smart and at times, downright cunning. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised by this.Read More