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The Kingmakers

(Vampire Empire #3)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  1,530 ratings  ·  206 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, 391 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Pyr (first published January 1st 2012)
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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 ca
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

I was so happy when I found out that Clay Griffith and Susan Griffith were returning to the world of Vampire Empire this fall with another Adele and Gareth book. Even though you can read the upcoming novel as a stand-alone without reading this trilogy first, I still wanted to find out how things will end in the third book before tackling The Geomancer. Plus, I am a completionist at heart.

It’s actually been quite a while si
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 upp



I need this book ... like ... NOW!!

All I can say is Colonel Anhalt is the besstttttt. He's not even the main character, but he's literal perfection. His honor, loyalty, and kindness. *sigh* I don't even know what age he is (don't know if I missed it or the series just didn't say), but whether he's 20 or 100, I'll marry him in a jiffy.

As for the actual other stuff in this book, it was OK. I'm still not 100% into the romance or politics or pacing of this series, but it has been interesting and different.

The ending was pretty satis
Dec 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: repeat-read
I really enjoyed reading The Kingmakers, the conclusion to this brilliant trilogy. I read all three books too fast to do a proper review, since I was desperate to know what happens next but now that I'm finished, can't wait to reread this series, take my time and savour each moment. ...more
Jul 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Oct 08, 2012 rated it it was ok

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
Mar 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Nov 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: most-favourite
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)
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.
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(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...
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
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Aug 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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?
Nov 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio-books
Best of the best.

The audiobook was fantastic!

There is nothing more to say about it.

Apr 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: steampunk, vampires
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
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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
Sep 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: griffith-clay
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
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
This. This right here is my unenthused face. This series started off well and then steadily nose-dived to this thoroughly uninspiring conclusion. Why come up with really unique and interesting world building only to use it for the setting of a cheesy romance and tepid plotting? What a waste. Final verdict on the Vampire Empire trilogy: NOT FAVORABLE.

It took me almost a complete month to finish this audiobook. How often does it take me that long to read a book? Not fucking often, I can tell you.
May 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
***Possible spoilers you've been warned***

I don't know what happened in this one. The first two books were excellent and fun to read. It got you looking forward to the final installment and wanting a nice close to the series. This one falls short. Drastically.

You get smidgens of action here and there but the bulk of the novel is Gareth and Adele having cheesy love sick conversation about their relationship and what the future holds for them. The setting changes throughout the book but they keep
All Things Urban Fantasy
Apr 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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
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
Sep 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: steampunk
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
Oct 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: steampunk, audio
I think this is my rating for the series in general. I really enjoyed the first book, second one was okay, and then I took a long break before reading book three, which was alright too. There are some funny moments, but overall the tone is depressing and reminded me of Sanderson's propensity to kill off any joy his characters desire to have. It was interesting to see how the whole thing can end, but I didn't enjoy it. It felt more like a necessity to finish reading it. I am not sure I'll continu ...more
Damaris (GoodChoiceReading)
May 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I am so in love with this series. I want more... :-(

Full review to come!
Lynn Williams
Sep 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
I worried about how the authors would manage to conclude this but they did a great job. Review to follow.
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Clay and Susan Griffith are the authors of THE FLASH: THE HAUNTING OF BARRY ALLEN and ARROW: A GENERATION OF VIPERS, as well as the creators of the VAMPIRE EMPIRE series and authors of the CROWN & KEY trilogy.

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