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The Greyfriar: Vampire Empire, Book 1    by Clay Griffith & Susan Griffith order for
by Clay Griffith
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Prometheus, 2010 (2010)
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* * *   Reviewed by Lyn Seippel

In 1870, the vampires had come out of hiding and struck the human race with such force that they pushed the humans out of the North to the warmer climates around the equator. The great powers of Europe, America and Asia were broken. Millions were killed. It is now 150 years later and another war between humankind and the vampires clans is brewing.

Princess Adele, heir to the Empire of Equatoria, a remnant of the old tropical British Empire, is on a goodwill tour of the independent cities on the frontier. For her, this is her last escape from the tedium of court life before she marries. Her marriage, to an American senator she has never met, will be a political alliance between two great powers. When her airship is attacked by vampires, she escapes with the help of a masked legend named Greyfriar.

This is the first book of a trilogy. It takes a new look at vampires who are said to be parasites who've lived from the beginning of time, but until the Great Killing of 1870 were not a threat to mankind. Princess Adelle discovers within herself strength of body and mind and begins to understand that true heroism involves sacrifice. She also finds romance. This was a great read. Waiting for book two of Vampire Empire won't be easy.

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