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The Greyfriar (Vampire Empire, Book 1) (edition 2010)

by Clay Griffith, Susan Griffith

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Title:The Greyfriar (Vampire Empire, Book 1)
Authors:Clay Griffith
Other authors:Susan Griffith
Info:Pyr (2010), Edition: 1, Paperback, 301 pages
Collections:Adult, Read but unowned
Rating:****
Tags:audiobook, vampires, fiction, fantasy, 2012, war, steampunk, strong women

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The human world has been nearly destroyed by a great vampire killing war. Humans are living in small closed communities along the equator. A princess from one of the larger settlements is to marry the Butcher an American Vampire Hunter to unite the two nations into one giant campaign to end the Vampires world dominance. Her visit to neighboring towns goes terribly wrong when her ships are attacked and she is taken hostage. Greyfrair, a legend among humans tries to save her and the empires future heir. He is a mystery always covered, a great swordsman, nobody knows his true identity. Their path curves and twists going deep into the politics and horrors of state of the world.
i loved every page, I was swept away into this world the authors created. They created a very visual world, detailed and flowing beautifully. The characters where believable and reacted in a realistic way to their environments. The Vampires are nasty, not human at all, no sparkles. It is book 1 in a Trilogy. I can't wait for the next book ! ( )
  TheYodamom | Jan 29, 2016 |
Premetto che le 5 stelline sono in effetti un pò troppe per quello che è il contenuto, il libro ne vale 4...anche 4 e mezzo... ma non ancora 5 piene (spero nei prossimi). Ma ci stavano tutte per un insieme di ragioni prima fra tutte l'originalità, se non altro nel panorama fantasy italiano, del genere. Questo romanzo, infatti, fa parte del filone fantasy steampunk (da Wiki: Lo steampunk è un filone della narrativa fantastica-fantascientifica che introduce una tecnologia anacronistica all'interno di un'ambientazione storica, spesso l'Ottocento e in particolare la Londra vittoriana dei libri di Conan Doyle e H. G. Wells. Le storie steampunk descrivono un mondo anacronistico - a volte una vera e propria ucronia - in cui armi e strumentazioni vengono azionate dalla forza motrice del vapore (steam in inglese) anziché dall'energia elettrica; dove i computer sono completamente analogici, o enormi apparati magnetici sono in grado di modificare l'orbita lunare. Un modo per descrivere l'atmosfera steampunk è riassunto nello slogan "come sarebbe stato il passato se il futuro fosse accaduto prima").
Genere che ancora non ha preso piede da noi e risulta quindi una vivificante ventata fresca...se fate poi i conti che personaggi principali sono i vampiri la cosa riveste un peso ancora maggiore.
Altro punto a suo favore?
I vampiri sono VERI vampiri. Quelli sanguinari, crudeli, animaleschi del folklore storico comune.
Non vi ritroverete certamente il bellone di turno che fa sospirare le teenager. No.
E non c'è una scuola in un raggio di chilometri!
Come già si intuisce dalla trama, l'ambientazione è "post-apocalittica" (se volete vedere i vampiri come elemento catastrofico che ha ridotto il mondo, da come lo conosciamo, ad una landa desolata). Dopo un attacco perpetrato dai clan vampiri nel 1870, il mondo umano è stato decimato e costretto a ritirarsi in quelle aree del mondo in cui il clima è decisamente caldo...una delle poche debolezze dei vampiri è infatti l'incapacità di vivere in temperature calde.
In questa situazione si sono create le nuove nazioni.
Equatoria, potenza primaria, è il nuovo impero nato dalle ceneri delle nazioni europee...e i sovrani sono gli eredi diretti della monarchia inglese.
Siamo ora nel 2020.
Protagonista della storia è l'erede al trono di Equatoria, Adele.
Il volume si apre proprio su un viaggio diplomatico di Adele verso i territori indipendenti di quelli che sono ormai divenuti i confini del mondo umano. Viaggio che riveste un'importanza cruciale. Infatti, tramite l'alleanza per matrimonio tra Adele e il senatore Clark della repubblica americana, è imminente la guerra per lo sterminio totale e definitivo del mondo vampiro ed è necessario rinsaldare i rapporti per preparare il terreno della rivolta.
Ma nessuno ha fatto i conti con le spie vampire...e con Grayfriar, eroe fantasma che persegue una personale lotta contro il dominio e la follia vampiresca.
Sarà durante un attacco in massa alle aeronavi della flotta imperiale che Adele e Grayfriar si incontreranno e inizierà l'avventura dei due.
Non aggiungo altro per non rovinarvi la lettura. Vi dico solo che si tratta di un apprezzabile fantasy, finalmente discosto dagli ultimi cloni che ormai hanno saturato il mercato letterario italiano.
I due autori hanno saputo miscelare bene parti "storiche", che spiegano la situazione del mondo attuale, con altre ricche d'azione. Sprazzi di suspance e tensione con un tenue romanticismo.
I dialoghi sono incalzanti e non ci sono momenti morti.
Da provare. ;) ( )
  AzureStrawberry | Jan 12, 2016 |
Dangerous vampires, steampunk atmosphere, good characterization and fast-paced, well-written action scenes. What more could you want? This story was original and had an interesting vampire mythology. A series I'm looking forward to delving into further. ( )
  ClarissaJohal | Apr 25, 2015 |
The Greyfriar occurs in the future, but, as is typically the case in such post-catastrophe scenarios, life for humans is anything but modern and computerized. The vampire attacks left humans with nothing, and the only technology humans have been able to harness is steam power. Thus enters the steampunk aspect of the narrative.

The vampires are an interesting blend of myth and new creation. These vampires drink blood and survive by subjugating humans to their will. However, rather than the mythical undead, these vampires are nothing more than a subspecies of human, a parasite that exists because humans exist. There is even some question whether they are truly evil or simply selfish in their needs. This aspect of the story raises a lot of questions about origins of species all of which are unfortunately left unanswered at the end of the novel.

Most, if not all, of the characters are little more than caricatures. Adele is the not-so-hapless princess gifted with great but as yet unknown powers. Her fiancé is a braggart, the proverbial bull in the china shop and utterly incapable of nuanced thinking. There is the ineffective king and his manipulators, two kings in fact. Then, we have the one character with the potential to change everything, with Adele’s help of course. None of these characters evolve overly much, which is a shame because character development would be one way to improve the story.

James Marsters, as always, is impeccable as the narrator. He brings with him his talent for voices and uses it with maximum effect to differentiate the characters. In fact, the characters come alive under his ministrations. He captures their emotions and unspoken motivations even when there is none called out in the narrative. He takes the time to understand the characters and this care shows in the three-dimensional quality of his narration. Mr. Marsters is a natural storyteller, and any audiobook he narrates automatically improves as a result.

In fact, it is Mr. Marsters’ narration which saves the story from becoming pure drivel. Without his added emotional depth, the story would falter from melodrama and weak characters. In many ways, the story is nothing more than a steampunk spaghetti western with vampires, which is only a good thing if one likes that those genres. The narrative hodgepodge also draws on too many modern vampire clichés to be truly unique. These vampires do not sparkle, but one still manages to fall in love with a human and vice versa. The Griffiths get points for creativity, but in the end, The Greyfriar is still just a mediocre amalgam of genres and literary devices that provides nothing but superficial and highly predictable entertainment.
1 vote jmchshannon | Sep 5, 2014 |
A book that didn't suck. ^_^ ( )
  JennyJen | Aug 14, 2014 |
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In 1870, vampires took over the northern regions of the world, forcing the surviving humans to flee to the southern hemisphere. Now the year is 2020 and Princess Adele, a human, is on the verge of coming to power just as a final war with the vampires is approaching.… (more)

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