Absolutely! Especially to people who have roleplayed Steampunk or V:tM. Howevet, it's also a star-crossed love story, which makes it terrific for those who don't require "Shades of Gray' in romance.
The book is NOT comparable to thle "Twilight" franchise; the Griffiths can write,
The heroine is brought before the vanpire king -- and most of the vampires in England.
, When the lovers have been separated, ostensibly forever, he manages to send her meaningful gift. The only thing protecting her is the word of a vampire prince.
The book is told with cinematic delight, almost gleeful. I appreciate vampire stories that are high on action, low on angst.
The book is read by James Marsters/ He is, by far, my favorite narrator. He manages to differentiate among the characters and to read the entire book with clarity and his melliflous voice.
I can't wait for the sequel.
To much emotional reiteration. I was heartily sick of the characters by the time we were done. The story should have been awesome, but it was predictable and overshadowed by melodrama.
I am going to listen to James doing a great job of the Dresden books again.
James is great, but this book does not really leave him with much to work with. Given that he got me into audiobooks with Grave Peril I find it difficult to reconcile how I feel about this book with how badly I want to hear James telling stories.
Perhaps as a movie some of the melodrama would be diminished.
along with dresden files & carnival of souls
dresden files & carnival of souls no boring parts james marsters is amazing
insane not to see it
can't get enough of james marsters he brings book to life. makes one neglect to remember the brillience of the authers
I enjoyed this book, I would listen to it again. The story was interesting and had more than a few twists that kept it interesting.
Everybody likes the heroes, in this case a very nice split of hero and heroine, but I really enjoy the dynamics of the villains. The villains are on the surface easy to predict, but as you get to know them you see they hide emotions and desires that twist them as events unfold. I really enjoyed the conflict of the female villain, as she warred within herself over her desires, training, loyalties, and basic upbringing.
He was consistently able to give differentiating voices to each character, making it easy to understand who was speaking.
No, even though I was forced to stop at points where I wanted to continue, there were other points I did stop because I had to process the impact of the last chapter, or the idea of this dramatic change in society due to different events in the history of the described world (our world with divergent history due to a vampire uprising).
I enjoyed this book and look forward to seeing where the author is going with this story. I get the feeling it really can't ever end 'happily ever after' for anyone, and I find that different and exciting.
One of the most imaginative vampire thrillers ever! And James Marsters (many will know him as Spike from Buffy) is an excellent narrator!
Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter: again a very imaginative book.
He brings the characters to life with his wonderful narration. His stage experience really comes in handy.
I"m afraid I might give away some essentials of the plot. Let"s just say the relationship between the Princess and Greyfriar is touching and exciting.
I can't wait for the next book!
Interesting overall story, even if the love story was a bit predictable. And having it whispered into my ear by one of my all-time favorite vampires? Amazing. Now where is The Rift Walker??
I want to say, upfront that this book is masterfully narrated (no pun intended). The performance can make or break an audiobook and James Marsters is superb.
The story started off very well, interesting premise, great writing and kept me listening. For those who like steampunk I do not think it will disappoint. Character development was excellent and I found myself genuinely interested in what would unfold. At the halfway point I was already looking to see when the next in the series would be released. However, by the end, what had been an intriguing story full of promise, seemed to descend into a romance, suggesting that book two might be just another girl meets vampire, hates vampires, but loves this "different" vampire genera. I hope I am wrong, and I will give the second installment a go, even if it is just to hear James Marsters' performance.
I have to admit I haven't read the book, only listened to the audiobook.
The Greyfriar and Mamaru (sp?) were great characters as well as the Senator. This will undoubtedly make a great movie taking advantage of the Steam Punk trend.
Every character voiced by James Marsters is one worth listening to. He is possibly the best audio book reader out there. I read this only because he narrated and I have to say I wasn't disappointed. Great job as usual.
Without a doubt. Listened to the entire book driving from Dallas to El Paso and back.
Make sure you bring back James Marsters for the sequels!
I loved this story. It has a great plot, some excellent charachter development and is a new and interesting take on the world of Vampires. I am also a huge fan of the narrator James Marsters. He has a great voice to listen to, very good character voices (even his women) and he reads as though he is sitting by your bed reading a story to you - with a natural, warm voice that justs pulls you into the story.
I have only listened to this book once and did it over three days because I really liked it so I will have to go back and listen again before I would comment with any depth.
The vampires have risen up and defeated mankind in the colder countries of the world such as England and Europe and pushed human society into the equatorial areas of Egypt, Asia and the Americas.
Technology is steam powered and the book is a Steampunk fans dream with fantastical machines, gas powered weaponry, dirigbles, lighting, etc. I know I want to get me a long military coat, long skirt, gloves, goggles and let my steampunk child out.
The Vampires are quite savage, have little use for technology and in fact have almost no fine motor skills or touch with their hands so are basically incapable of using much in the way of technology. In their realms humans are bred and raised like cattle and used for food and as servants.
The book follows the adventures of Princess Adele and the mysterious Greyfriar after she becomes trapped in the Vampire Realms and attempts to escape the Vampire courts who want her for their own agenda. There are twists and turns though I had guessed fairly early the identity of Greyfriar.
This books is good fun and a good listen/read. Can't wait for JM to read book 2.
CLEVER VAMPIRE STEAMPUNK
GREYFRIER (GARRETT). THE CHARACTER WAS SO WELL DEVELOPED.
I WAS SURPRISED AT HOW WELL MARSTERS DID. HE DID ALL CHARACTERS VOICES EXTREMELY WELL AND HAD NO TROUBLE TELLING EACH ONE APART.
TWILIGHT MEETS HUNGER GAMES.
HOPE THE DO AUDIOBOOKS OF THE NEXT TWO BOOKS AND THEY STICK WITH MARSTERS.