The Greyfriar

The Greyfriar

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"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."--Publisher's description.
Publisher: Amherst, NY : Pyr, 2010
Description: 303 p. ; 23 cm
ISBN: 9781616142476
Branch Call Number: Grif
Additional Contributors: Griffith, Susan 1963-

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LibraryGorilla Nov 02, 2012

Vampires and airships - this one is a fun alternate history in which vampires have conquered most of the colder parts of the world. Adele, heir to what's left of the British Empire, based in Africa, ends up far from her guardians, allied with the mysterious Greyfriar deep within vampire-controlled territory. There's a lot of interesting politics as surviving human nations try to forge alliances while having their own power struggles. The hero, Adele, is rather immature, but this is the start of a series so we can expect to see her maturing through her adventures.

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