Voiced by the Divine James Marsters, I found the story to be generally pleasing with a mixture of canon and alternate views of Vampires. I enjoyed the mix of magics in the pot but found the American war leader clichéd. Big mark for the performance.
I thoroughly enjoyed this audible book. To be frank, I selected the book because it was read be James Marsters who is an awesome reader. He doesn't just read, he voice acts, giving each character a different voice personality. It was a big plus that the story is also a fun one. I am downloading the second book right now.
Fresh take on the Vampire story and masterfully narrated by Mr. Harry Dresden himself! I adore his voice and the story kept me listening with interest. love the way he does different voices so well, they are entirely believable and the first book prompted me to immediately buy the next two. i thoroughly enjoyed this story.....and i am halfway thru the second book already!
I found myself frustrated towards the end due to the predictable nature of the storyline. But it was a good ride, and well told. And of course the narrator does a lot to make the experience a good one.
Started kind of slow but as the book progressed I found that I could not stop. Great new veiw on the world of vampires. I would definitely recommend this book look forward to reading the next one.
sometimes when my back hurts so bad I lie down and it takes me 2 hours just to try to find one book there are so many to choose Iluv audible
I did not read the book I only listen to it on Audible the narrator is fantastic he put you right there in that fantastic well-thought-out world
When you find out who the Grayfriar really is
This is the first time I've heard him he is in the top three best male voices I think and I'm the type of person I don't care how great the story is if the narrator isn't good then it's not worth getting the book
This book and the other two in the vampire Empire series I lost a lot of sleep with this trilogy but it was well worth it I need more of vampire Empire the story was so great
Clay and Susan Griffin are incredible writers the world they created was awesome the detail the characters are phenomenal i've heard other vampire stories summer okay some are horrible this series is the best trilogy I've ever heard I need more of the Grayfriar Clay and Susan please write more books about the Grayfriar please
I would and have. The vampires, not the type expected. The steam-punk...definately NOT expected; a wonderful surprise!!!
I can't compare this to any other book that I've read, the steam-punk aspect was a unexpected and gave me a new genre to try.
I picked up this book, strictly because James Marsters was the narrator. I absolutly LOVE his narration of the Dresden series. Now this is a new favorite series. Both author are very well written, but Marster's narration hickes it up several notches!
Vampires, steam-punk, and head strong princess. The hero has his work cut out for him.
While the premise of 'steampunk vampires' initially turned me off, it seemed a little gimmicky, I am really thankful that I passed that and actually read the story!
The story is incredibly nuanced while still staying relatively light hearted and fun. This isn't a heavy read (or listen) but it still manages to stay away from tropes and pitfalls. The characters are believable and all as reasonably flawed as they are charming. Characters double-cross for good reasons, make unexpected turns that are still within character, and their interplay is truly delightful.
Another great thing about this series is the use of supernatural/magical powers. This is managed really well, without being over-powering or eye-rolling. It's really gracefully done while keeping the premise fresh and interesting.
In short, I would highly recommend this series to anyone! If you liked this series, I would also recommend The Riyira Revelations. Similar level of fun.
Lovin' the Listenin'
The reworking of the Vampire Genre is an interesting and refreshing re take on what is becoming an over worked area of fiction. The world is intriguing and there is potential for interesting twists and turns - both involving action and the political undertones.
Adele - she has an untapped potential that breaks through at times and I am looking forward to how she develops over the series.
The battle scenes were written with great description and when the Colonel called his troops into square to defend against the attacking Vampires the whole thing sprang to life for me.
No - you could but I like breaks.
A great performance by James Marsters who has a fantastic way of bringing the story to life.
I really like books about supernatural creatures, but sometimes they tend to get a bit hokey and stale. I was very pleasantly surprised with this book!. The vampires are actually scary (not just sexy immortals that prefer the nightlife). The Greyfriar is a great hero that started out mythical, as the story progresses, we get to know a complex character that is almost childlike, rather than just a dashing swordsman. Princess Adele isn't the usual damsel in distress. She can kick some vampire butt, but also manages to remain feminine and regal. I like seeing strong female characters, but all too often, a "strong woman" is given male qualities, which defeats the purpose of proving that women can hold their own in a male dominated society. She is 19 and very mature for her age. At first I thought she was too mature, but I suppose her royal upbringing took away her childhood at an earlier age. This is a great book! So glad I stumbled across it.