Thursday 6 September 2012

The Kingmakers (Vampire Empire # 3) by Clay and Susan Griffith - Book Review

Title: The Kingmakers (Vampire Empire # 3)
Author: Clay & Susan Griffith
Publisher: Pyr
Publication Date: 4th September 2012
Pages: 374
Format: E-Book - EPUB
Genre: Paranormal
Source: Bought Copy

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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.
(Goodreads Synopsis)

This is without a doubt one of my favourite vampire series. The first two books were fantastic and this final instalment is just breathtaking. The authors' world building is first rate and I was sucked back into the world of Gareth and Adele from the very first page.

I loved the way the story came to a gripping conclusion and, of course, I adored the continued romance between Gareth and Adele. Despite the fast-paced plot and almost non-stop quasi-cinematic action, there was still plenty of character development and resolution of various elements from the previous books.

All up, this is a thrilling steampunk vampire ride and one I can highly recommend you buy a ticket for. This is a series I could happily read again and again.

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