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The Greyfriar (Vampire Empire, Book 1) by Clay &. Susan Griffith
Review by Drew Bittner
Pyr Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781616142476
Date: 02 November 2010 List Price $16.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

Princess Adele and her brother are en route to a joining of two great powers when their airship is attacked by a veritable army of vampires. Crashlanding in vampire-held France, Adele's survival depends upon a legend: the Greyfriar, tireless foe of the vampires who rule Europe, Russia, and North America. He is the only one who can save her from the rapacious Prince Cesare--if his own secrets don't betray him first.

From official release/information:

Product Description: 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.

(Source: Pyr)

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