Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Kingmakers (Vampire Empire, #3)” as Want to Read:
The Kingmakers (Vampire Empire, #3)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Kingmakers (Vampire Empire #3)

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  933 ratings  ·  156 reviews
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 dash
Paperback, 392 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Pyr (first published January 1st 2012)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Kingmakers, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Kingmakers

The Greyfriar by Clay GriffithSoulless by Gail CarrigerChangeless by Gail CarrigerThe Rift Walker by Clay GriffithTimeless by Gail Carriger
Best vampire steampunk novel
8th out of 15 books — 37 voters
The Greyfriar by Clay GriffithThe Alloy of Law by Brandon SandersonThe Final Empire by Brandon SandersonThe Rift Walker by Clay GriffithThe Kingmakers by Clay Griffith
Chris McGrath Book Covers
5th out of 121 books — 35 voters

More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 2,388)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Anzu The Great Destroyer
You are the empress, but I'm just the Greyfriar, popular elephant-riding hero.”
“No. You're the future King Gareth of Britain.”

First impressions
Sadness. Pure sadness. No more Greyfriar. No more Adele. How am I supposed to go on with my life after this? How??

Long story short
Humans are at war with the vampires and they are losing. Their only hope is Adele's geomancy power which may end the war in their favor. Adele and Gareth's relationship meets a strong barrier since Adele's gift can easily
Powerful, Perfection

Epic doesn’t even begin to describe Kingmakers, the final novel of the Vampire Empire trilogy. Each installment is better than the last; Susan and Clay Griffith have done an amazing job at building momentum to this moment and it really doesn’t disappoint.

Adele leads the war against vampires to the north and Gareth is getting first hand experience with the it, fighting for Adele in the front lines of battle. But the vampires are formidable opponents and have gained the upper
This was a good conclusion to the Vampire Empire trilogy. I like the world the Griffiths created. It was a steam-punk alternate version of our own world. Despite that it had definite "fantasy" feel to it which I liked.

I love the romance between Gareth and Adele and was happy with how their relationship progressed in this book. They are a great couple. Very caring and romantic. I enjoyed most of the scenes they shared together. My favorite probably being the play they seen together in Alexandria

This was the worst book in the trilogy — it was slow, cheesy and predictable. The plot was boring - Adele, now the Empress of Equatoria uses her powers to help her people in the battle against the vampires. Whilst vampire prince, Cesare, wants to crown himself king after killing his father so he can unite all the vampire clans under his rule and win the war against the humans. He needs his brother, Gareth, to become king but Gareth wants to stop Cesare so that his beloved Adele will be s
What an ending for this trilogy, WOW-it had it all- intrigue, betrayals, action, political upheavals, and of course love. What a wonderful end to the series. I found myself cheering at the demise of some nasty characters, they really asked for it so many times. I was also in tears for the ones lost for no reason other than cruelty. There is a lot of drama packed into this one book. It all comes to a fine point that left me satisfied and a bit jarred from the thrill ride.
I can't tell you anythin
(Leido al 2 intento...)

3.5 stars

lost half star just for this:

“You don't see it, do you? The Greyfriar was never about saving the world.”
He regarded her quizzically.
“He was about saving only one.” Adele picked up his hand and placed it on her chest. “Me.”

yep, speshul snowflake all along with that sentence make me wanna kick her shins, (view spoiler)

more later...
First read, December 2012: *****
Reread, July 2014: **** 1/2

I'm very happy I did this reread. This is one of my all time favourite series and it's kept its appeal. I loved the steampunk fantasy feel of the world. The world building and the story were quite interesting.

Adelle and Gareth were great characters and I loved their romance all the way through. I loved (to hate) the villains of the story, too.

My only problem with this final book was the ending that (view spoiler)
All in all, I have to say this was a great ending to the Vampire Empire trilogy. I had no idea how the Griffiths were going to pull everything off, but they did. And what’s funny is, they truly waited until the wee end of the book to resolve everything. While reading, I wanted to peek ahead, but I stopped myself, saying ‘’No no, don’t do it.”

Now I don’t want to give anything away, but this review is probably a little spoilery. Don't worry though, I promise not to give away the ending. :)

Now th
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Vampire Empire is by far, an amazing series. I have followed this series from the first book and love it. I'm, sad to see the story end, but so happy that it's ending well.

The characters of the book have grown and learned so much. It is so cool to see both Gareth and Adele working together. The way the came up with plans so flawlessly, the way they work together, the trusted each other. They were a fabulous team. They both made some very important decisions, that I think well do them good. They
Epic story.

***Spoilers from the previous two Vampire Empire books***

He was the Greyfriar, the mysterious swordsman of the north. He was the consort of Empress Adele.

First, let me begin by gushing about this cover. All three of the books in this epic series, The Greyfriar, The Rift Walker and The Kingmakers are gorgeous. These are some of my favorite covers to view. I love how both main characters are portrayed. It's a shame that this series was penned as a trilogy, because I would love to see
The Kingmakers is the 3rd and final installment of the Vampire Empire trilogy. I have read many glowing, nearly rhapsodic, reviews of this book, but for me, it was definitely the weakest of the three. I really enjoyed the first book, The Greyfriar, Vampire Empire Book 1. It was my first introduction into a steam punk world of dirigibles and steam engines, and an alternate history of the planet. It also had the most charming of swash-buckling heroes in the mysterious Greyfriar. I gave it a solid ...more
Short review - A very lackluster and disappointing ending, Sure the empire is safe and England is secure. However major things are left kinda up in the air, without a real resolution. Many of which could of provided an interesting chapter or two.

People don't know the truth about the Greyfriar, or even what happened to him.

How will Adele and Gareth work out? (Empire needs a future ruler and she isn't going to get one from him!) *Side note* most of the Adele/Gareth talks as they are just the same
The most important thing for me to say it's how much I wish someone else would give this series a shot.

Reasons to try:
-It's already completed,
-It's really remarkable in every single facet: well written, plot, world, action, pace, main characters, secundary ones!, where adventure and love doesn't strangle each other,...

I wonder what else would you ask for?
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

The Vampire Empire series has been a cinematic thrill ride from start to finish. High adventure, pulse-pounding danger, and sweeping romance have been the calling card of this series since THE GREYFRIAR. Now, in the final book of the series, all out war has broken out between the humans and the vampires. It’s bloody and unforgiving and a powerful sendoff to a fantastic series.

What has remained so compelling throughout this series is the character of The
4.5/5 stars

The human advance has been halted at Grenoble, and the situation is dire.

The newly crowned Empress Adele is fighting a costly war against the European vampire clans. What was once successful Imperial siege on the vampire city has been turned around on the weary and beleaguered Equitorian troops. The human cost has been staggering. Now winter has set in and supplies dwindle as the vampires close in around them on every side. Retreat is no longer possible, the ammunition and food are al

Beyond Love and Politics

Vampire Empire Book Three
Clay Griffith
Susan Griffith
PYR September 4, 2012
374 pages
Trade Paperback / e-book

Disclosure: Received unsolicited from published. No remuneration received and all opinions herein are my own unless otherwise noted.



A war to the death.
Empress Adele has launched a grand crusade against
(Tori-Smexybooks) smexys_sidekick
Originally posted at

Favorite Quote: “How will history judge me? I care not.”

There are some spoilers from last book so read at your own risk!!

The Kingmakers is the dramatic, pulse pounding, emotional, heart wrenching conclusion to Clay and Susan’s epic Vampire Empire trilogy. From the first sentence of The Greyfriar (book one), I was instantly swept away into an incredible adventure of unimaginable horror, and an impossible romance so pure, that it shatte
Despite my few qualms, the Griffith team has managed to do something that is (in my opinion) nearly impossible. They took an extremely tired trope (vampires) and spun them differently, captivating even the overly-cynical Sarah here at Bookworm Blues. Their steampunk world, oppressed humans, and rabid vampires managed to intrigue me where just about 99% of other vampire novels never did. While in some ways The Kingmakers outshined its predecessors, it was a properly epic ending to a series that t ...more
Now that's the end I'm talking about. For every book series I read, I usually expect there to be a huge grand finale for the last book. I want it to be explosive, with a really big bang towards the end. It should have the obstacle of all obstacles. And it has to have that oomph, that one final, strongest ever, most intense, at-your-limits push towards victory. I want the characters to work really hard for that happy ending. And usually, the finales I encounter don't meet my epic expectations. Fo ...more
Jeffrey Michael
OMG! Such a great ending to the series but I can see the opening for a sequel or spin-off. I love the Griffith's writing and highly recommend this series to anybody interested in a Vampire series with a strong female character, good story line and a different approach to the world of vampires. My hat is off to Clay and Susan on the entire series. Well written, great characters, and enough suspense to keep you reaching for it right after you put it down. I'm sad to say that this is supposed to be ...more
Damaris (GoodChoiceReading)
I am so in love with this series. I want more... :-(

Full review to come!
Audio book narrated by James Marsters

This is the third book of what we could call a steampunk vampire trilogy. I still like the first book the best but this one competes with the second as far as things go. The story once again carries a strong sense of Beauty and the Beast mixed with Romeo and Juliet with a strong steampunk flair. If you liked the first two books, you'll like this book since everything wraps up rather nicely in the end. One ding I had was that I still didn't think there was a s
Blodeuedd Finland
A bit torn, it's more 3,5 or 3,75. Not as good as book 1, but much better than book 2. hm

My thoughts:
Can it end well, can it? Can it? That was my question throughout this book; make that throughout the whole series. I will not give you that answer; you have to read the book for yourself. I will not say if it ends well, bad, I will just say that, oh I will not say anything at all about that.

Which brings me to the story. Doomed love, utterly doomed love. All vampires are evil and will kill and dri
I was so excited when this came in the mail for review. And with the anticipation, the book opens up with a bang. The war is on and Adele is leading the campaign against Cesare and his packs. In fact most of the book is about the war and Adele's growing power. The action is intense and the war has everything you expect... including political intrigue on both sides.

Since this was the last book of the trilogy I had to be curious as to how it would end. How would our couple, who is of a completely
Note: This review is spoiler free, so you can still read it if you haven't read the other books.

Vampire Empire was a breathtaking series. I have had a few issues with it, and I did have some with this final book. But all in all I think Clay & Susan really brought it all to a fantastic ending with The Kingmakers. This book felt much more upbeat than the others, there is a lot more going on between all of the battle and other things taking place. But through all the craziness you are left with
By the time I got to the last page, I was emotionally exhausted. To describe Adele and Greyfriar's journey as difficult would be an understatement. I wasn't sure at any point that these two would survive their own tale. Clay Griffith showed his h/h no mercy. They never seemed to catch a break.

The first thing I believe a reader should know going in -- you will not be satisfied unless you read all three books of this series. Not just because it's a trilogy but because every character has a story a
I reviewed this for a web magazine for a while back, and--without posting that same review here--I can't help but mention how absolutely horrible this book is.

First of all--every villain is Starscream. If you don't understand the reference, look on TV Tropes. Well, perhaps I shouldn't say every villain--there is one that's an evil version of Inigo Montoya, but his wasted potential depresses me enough that he's hardly worth mentioning.

Second, the writing is so purple I was nearly vomiting the ov
Spoiler near the end. The Kingmakers is the concluding book in the Vampire Empire Trilogy. I use the word “concluding” loosely because I would love to know what happens next. I have invested my time and my emotions into these intriguing characters and I do not want to let them go. Garth is one of the most complex characters I have read in a long time. I wish we could turn back time and follow Garth on his journey from the ruthless killer he was in the Great Killing War to his creation of the Gre ...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 79 80 next »
  • Tin Swift (Age of Steam, #2)
  • Incarnation
  • Tarnished (The St. Croix Chronicles, #1)
  • Riveted (Iron Seas, #3)
  • Long Live the Queen (The Immortal Empire, #3)
  • The Mysterious Madam Morpho (Blud, #1.5)
  • Heart of Iron (London Steampunk, #2)
  • The Seduction of Phaeton Black (Paranormal Investigator, #1)
  • The Janus Affair (Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences, #2)
  • Moonlight & Mechanicals (Gaslight Chronicles, #4)
  • New Blood (Blood Magic, #1)
  • Wilder's Mate (Bloodhounds, #1)
  • The Hidden Goddess (Veneficas Americana, #2)
  • The Impossible Cube (Clockwork Empire, #2)
  • Expedition to the Mountains of the Moon (Burton & Swinburne, #3)
  • Ghosts of War (The Ghost, #2)
  • Heart of Iron
Clay and Susan Griffith are the authors of the VAMPIRE EMPIRE series and the CROWN & KEY trilogy.

"Vampire Empire is transforming genre fiction." Paul Goat Allen, B&N Explorations.

If you're on Facebook, please think about going to and clicking LIKE. If you done it already...Thank you.

Clay & Susan Griffith are a married couple who have written and published
More about Clay Griffith...

Other Books in the Series

Vampire Empire (4 books)
  • The Greyfriar (Vampire Empire, #1)
  • The Rift Walker (Vampire Empire, #2)
  • The Geomancer (Vampire Empire, #4)
The Greyfriar (Vampire Empire, #1) The Rift Walker (Vampire Empire, #2) The Shadow Revolution (Crown & Key, #1) The Tick: Six Action-packed Adventures The Undying Legion (Crown & Key, #2)

Share This Book

No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »

“Simon blurted, "Can I put the dead hand in my blood?"

"May I put the dead hand in my blood," Adele corrected. "Yes, go ahead.”
More quotes…