Vampire Empire: The Greyfriar by Clay Griffith and Susan Griffith
In an alternate Earth in 1870, vampires rose up and massacred humanity, pushing them to the south and the warmer climates. 150 years later, humanity is ready to fight back. Princess Adele of Equatoria is planning to marry the westerner Senator Clark in an effort to form an alliance in the coming war against the vampires. But before she can even meet her betrothed, Adele’s traveling contingent is attacked by a vampire clan. But before they can abduct her, the legendary Greyfriar comes to her rescue. The Greyfriar is a legendary, masked vampire slayer and hero.
First in the Vampire Empire Trilogy, this extraordinary debut blends vampire fantasy, alternate history, and steampunk. The Griffith’s vampires are animalistic, predatory, and give little care to civilized society and technology. Princess Adele is headstrong and trained well in fighting, yet has a kind heart and feels a strange attraction to mysterious Greyfriar. The two have a sweet chemistry that is reminiscent of a fairy tale. This is easily one of my favorite reads of the year. With plenty of fast-paced adventure, mystery, plot twists, and romance – The Greyfriar is incredibly enjoyable and entirely spellbinding.