By: Clay Griffith and Susan Griffith
Steampunk and vampires. I have to admit they do go together quite nicely, and I was happy with the world building in this story. I’ve always been a fan of alternate history, and the evolution of the world after a successful vampire uprising is really interesting. Vampires don’t like warmth so the civilized world heads for the equator, with Britain setting up camp in Egypt. I liked the quirky details of the vampires, like how they don’t have a strong sense of touch, or how they can float or fly in the air. These extra bits of information make the vampires personal to the story, rather than just the usual generic type.
And now for the Vampire Spectrum!
The Vampire Spectrum
Romantic———-*—Cool but Deadly————Gruesomely Monstrous
Greyfriar falls somewhere between the romantic and the deadly vampires. In this story, some vampires are more monstrous than others but on the whole it’s nowhere near the gore of Twelve. The plot feels a bit like Beauty and the Beast, with Gareth, the vampire that wants to be human, which is a fun twist. When it came to the characters, however, I felt they could have been a little bit stronger. As much as Adelle was frightened or in peril, she still came off a little too cool, but the relationship between her and Gareth was nice, in that Beauty and the Beast sort of way. I liked Gareth. His desire to learn about and protect humans was endearing, as was his relationship with cats, especially when surrounded by so many vampires who were ready to go to enslave the entire human species at a moments notice.
Overall, it was a nice story, but not as captivating as I would have liked it to be. I wasn’t totally sucked in, but the books that really grab my attention are few and far between. Could it be because it was a YA novel? Possibly, but I think it was just lacking a certain depth that I was looking for. I still found it thoroughly enjoyable, and a fun quick read at only 300 pages. I’ll probably be reading the rest of the trilogy soon enough, and maybe the story will get deeper as it continues. Oh, and for you Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans out there, the audio book version is narrated by James Marsters! Until next time…