Early Review: The Kingmakers (Vampire Empire #3) by Clay Griffith, Susan Griffith

August 27, 2012 Review 3 ★★★★

*This title will be released on September 4, 2012*

Cover Illustration: © Chris McGrath

The Kingmakers

(Vampire Empire, #3)
by  Clay and Susan Griffith

Genre: Paranormal Steampunk |
Excerpt: No | Book Trailer: Yes
Reviewed by: Abigail | Source: Publisher

  • Paperback: 374 pages
  • Publisher: Pyr (September 4, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1616146745
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616146740

Rating

Excellent – Loved it! Buy it now & put this author on your watch list.

Sexual Content

Kissing, references to sex

Description

A war to the death.
Empress Adele has launched a grand crusade against the vampire clans of the north. Prince Gareth, the vampire lord of Scotland, serves the Equatorian cause, fighting in the bloody trenches of France in his guise as the dashing Greyfriar. But the human armies are pinned down, battered by harsh weather and merciless attacks from vampire packs.

To even the odds, Adele unleashes the power of her geomancy, a fearsome weapon capable of slaughtering vampires in vast numbers. However, the power she expends threatens her own life even as she questions the morality of such a weapon.

As the war turns ever bloodier and Adele is threatened by betrayal, Gareth faces a terrible choice. Their only hope is a desperate strike against the lord of the vampire clans—Gareth’s brother, Cesare. It is a gamble that could win the war or signal the final days of the Greyfriar.

The Vampire Empire trilogy rushes to a heart-wrenching conclusion of honor and love, hatred and vengeance, sacrifice and loss.

Review

The Vampire Empire series has been a cinematic thrill ride from start to finish.  High adventure, pulse-pounding danger, and sweeping romance have been the calling card of this series since THE GREYFRIAR.  Now, in the final book of the series,  all out war has broken out between the humans and the vampires.  It’s bloody and unforgiving and a powerful sendoff to a fantastic series.

What has remained so compelling throughout this series is the character of The Greyfriar. This legendary hero whose bravery and unmatched prowess with a blade even inspires fear in the vampires.  He is nothing short of magnificent, and yet, he doesn’t see himself that way.  His secrets won’t allow him to.  And he is well matched in Adele, the young princess turned Empress of Equatoria.  She has grown into a strong and selfless leader, as well as a formidable threat to the vampires because of her unprecedented geomancer abilities.  Together, Greyfriar and Adele have discovered a love that cannot be broken, and a strength that could save the world.

From the first explosive scene depicting a pivotal battle where bombs lit up the night’s sky, briefly illuminating the swarms of vampires descending from the sky, I got chills.  Assassination attempts, betrayal, sacrifice, and passion fill THE KINGMAKERS pages leading up to an ending that was nothing short of heroic.  Greyfriar and Adele’s romantic adventure will leave an indelible mark on all who read it.

Titles in Series

  1. The Greyfriar – 5/5
  2. The Rift Walker – 4/5
  3. The Kingmakers

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3 Responses to “Early Review: The Kingmakers (Vampire Empire #3) by Clay Griffith, Susan Griffith”

  1. Lexi

    AHHH! The final book! I can’t wait! Well written review, makes me even more excited =)