Vampire Empire, book 1: The Greyfriar by Clay Griffith and Susan Griffith

Why I picked this book up: Saw a mention of the book over at the Little Red Reviewer.

Where I picked it up: First book to be read on my new Paperwhite Kindle!

My Thoughts:

As I already mentioned I saw a mention of the series over at one of my favorite science fiction and fantasy review blogs. I’ve read a lot of fiction that involves vampires over the years (I’ve always had a fascination with their mythos) and lets face it, the world of books has been saturated over the last few years with plenty of vampire fiction.

I came late to the game with The Greyfriar. I missed it’s initial release in 2010. If it weren’t for seeing it mentioned on the review blog I might never have even known about this little gem of a book.

Without knowing anything about the book I dove into it and was swept away by a wonderfully written story. There was no filler or fluff. Just simply a well written story. The concepts, the alternative history, everything worked quite seamlessly to hold my attention. It was truly refreshing to read, not to mention satisfying.

Perhaps it is a sign of the times in which I read this book, but I can’t help but relate events in The Greyfrair to real world events. Or that I can see how there could be an unspoken message taken from the book. (Do not make snap judgements about a people/culture you are not familiar with.) The story is rife with examples of preconceived notions being shattered. It was truly brought home late in the book during some rather poignant interactions between the two central characters in the story.

Characters. There are a lot of them. And everyone of them, no matter how briefly they appear serve a purpose in this book. If you’ve read any of my other reviews you know how much I love books with well written characters. This is one of those books.  There are characters that you will love, and love to hate. I know I do.

All in all, I am really glad this caught my eye and I didn’t miss out on a great beginning to what I hope will be a wonderful series.

The third book in the series was just released a month or so ago so I will be picking up it and the second book fairly soon.



  1. J.C

    Sounds like it might be worth me reading! I have struggled with vampire books of late, so it would be nice to read a good one. How are you finding the Paperwhite? I am hanging out until they release them for international sale. Hope it’s not too long as I think my current Kindle is heading for the grave. Trying to read through all the books I have on it before it does die.

    1. Cheryl

      I’m really digging the Paperwhite. The menu system is taking me a little to get used to. My first Kindle was a Keyboard Kindle which I passed on to my husband. I didn’t even try to read all the books I had on there, I just transferred them to the new kindle.

      1. J.C

        lol well I figured I might as well while I wait for the Paperwhite to become available!!! I have the keyboard one as well, though I have barely used the keyboard.

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