The epic Vampire Empire trilogy rushes to a heart-wrenching conclusion of honor and love, hatred and vengeance, sacrifice and loss. A war to the death. Empress Adele has launched a grand crusade against the vampire clans of the north. Prince Gareth, the vampire lord of Scotland, serves the Equatorian cause, fighting in the bloody trenches of France in his guise as the dashing Greyfriar. But the human armies are pinned down, battered by harsh weather and merciless attacks from vampire packs. To even the odds, Adele unleashes the power of her geomancy, a fearsome weapon capable of slaughtering vampires in vast numbers. However, the power she expends threatens her own life even as she questions the morality of such a weapon. As the war turns ever bloodier and Adele is threatened by betrayal, Gareth faces a terrible choice. Their only hope is a desperate strike against the lord of the vampire clans - Gareth's brother, Cesare. It is a gamble that could win the war or signal the final days of the Greyfriar.
©2012 Clay Griffith, Susan Griffith (P)2014 Buzzy Multimedia Publishing
"An adventure to remember"
In the top 5.
That's like asking who is my favorite child. If I have to choose I guess it must be Adele because of how much she has grown over the course of the 3 books. She was always strong willed and independent but loss has had an effect on her and also seeing the results of ill considered actions in general seem to make her plan more and not just fly by the seat of her pants. By the end she is mature as a leader and as a woman.
King Misiri. Probably because Misiri lives life with such gusto.After working on such serious characters it must have been a release to bring the African King to life.
"JAMES MARSTERS KEPT ME UP ALL NIGHT"
More like WHY WOULD I NOT listen again? First of all, I am a shameless Vampire/Love mixed with Action/War fan. I have seen every episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, read the Twilight books, seen the movies, obsessed over The Vampire Diaries, and called out of work for a week when I bought the True Blood DVD Box set. This is in my entertainment repertoire. The Vampire Empire Series covers all bases and I intend to start from Part One and listen to them all again just to make sure my brain did not miss any details when I was struggling to stay up for "one more chapter" at three in the morning.
Adele. As per norm, Adele had a birthright to rule, which she so stubbornly accepted at the start of the trilogy. Throughout the three books, she adapted and grew into a leader worthy of ruling an empire, even in times of war. She is guarded, politically calculated, and able to make the tough decisions that affect all of the people under her ruling… AND still find time for a love life! I want to be like her when I grow up. Aside from the running a war against Vampires things…
I may be biased due to my ABSURD crush on James Marsters that started in my elementary school years, but his narration brought the entire story to life. It is one thing to read a book and muster up some kind of image in your head, it's another to have James Marsters in my bedroom at night reading one of my favorite stories and putting on an entire production just for me! Okay - not just for me, but he's so good that it felt that way.
I cried at the end. And some throughout. I cried when I had to leave for work and pause in the middle of a chapter. I WILL SAY NO MORE. I am not one to spoil for those who have not listened yet.
I would like for Clay and Susan to write a bonus book for me. And also get with these Buzzy Multimedia people again to have James narrate. Then make movies. Thanks.
Yes. I'm a big fan of the books, but there's something about hearing them that makes the story come to life. The universe in this trilogy (honestly the selling point for me) is so large and detailed, sometimes it's easy to not get everything when you're just following the plot.
Adele. She's well written, nuanced, and it's always great to see a powerful female character in fantasy. It's been good to see her really come into her own over the course of the series, especially in her relationship with Gareth. It can get a little cloying at times, but overall she's both fascinating AND relatable, and makes for a great main character.
James Marsters has been a fave of mine since his Buffy days. He has a cool, grounded, charisma that just works beautifully for this. Also he has a fantastic speaking voice.
I won't write down any spoilers, but Mamoru...just have some tissues ready, that's all I'll say.
Honestly? I would like to see the Griffiths go all ou,t expanded universe with this trilogy. If there were companion novels, board games, movies, comic books, etc., I WOULD BUY THEM. It's just that good.
"Great Ending to a Wonderful Series"
The first two books were very well written and narrated. I was concerned the third one would let me down; not so at all. The ending was very satisfying as it tied up all loose ends and I cannot say anymore without spoiling the next dear reader. Suffice it to say, this is good story telling and James Marsters puts his whole heart into his performance. There's enough material in this series for a few seasons of compelling television.
"Could've used more angst; Marsters is perfect"
James Marsters is perfect, as usual, with his performance. His mastery of all the voices and accents is amazing! The story itself could've used a GIANT dose of angst, especially near or at the end. There should've been tears; there weren't. I still enjoyed it, but I think the ending could've been better.
Loved every minute of it, even though I shed a few tears. Well worth it.
"great end of a great series"
Marsters was phenomenal on these books, to the point that I was willing to overlook the few author plot decisions I thought were too easy. Riveting story telling overall.
I really loved all of them. these books are wonderfully written ...more of the series please!
"Slower than the first two."
While I thoroughly enjoyed all three books, this one took the longest to get started. once it did it just seemed to lack the drive of the first two books. The ending was too long and anti-climactic. As always, James Marsters narration was perfection.
"The Marsters of voice acting :)"
The story is so-so but good enough for me to finish the book. Sometimes I forget it's just one guy reading, the voice acting is so incredibly good. I wish the reader picked better books to read because there is only so much he can do for a flat story.
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