Saturday, October 23, 2010

Pre Pub Book Buzz -- The Greyfriar (Vampire Empire Book 1) by Clay and Susan Griffith

Oh, I've seen things buzzing around about this book for months now! With the release practically around the corner (November 2), I've got to get a preorder in for it. (And don't you love the cover art?)

Here's the synopsis from the Pyr book page:

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 gray 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 a 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.

Vampire Empire: The Greyfriar is the first book in a trilogy of high adventure and alternate history. Combining rousing pulp action with steampunk style, Vampire Empire brings epic political themes to life within a story of heartbreaking romance, sacrifice, and heroism.

Ok, really?! It's steampunk and vampires! And you know I'm all about steampunk these days. Jackie over at Literary Escapism was apparently able to snag an early copy. You can read her review here.

1 comment:

Vickie said...

I added it to the WWBL and to my shopping list to Cynthia after a rave review somewhere. This confirms my choice.