Wednesday, November 4, 2015

The Geomancer by Clay Griffith and Susan Griffith

Series: Vampire Empire: A Gareth and Adele Novel
321 p.
Publisher: Pyr
Published: 11/3/15
Source: From author for review
The uneasy stalemate between vampires and humans is over. Adele and Gareth are bringing order to a free Britain, but bloody murders in London raise the specter that Adele's geomancy is failing and the vampires might return. A new power could tilt the balance back to the vampire clans. A deranged human called the Witchfinder has surfaced on the Continent, serving new vampire lords. This geomancer has found a way to make vampires immune to geomancy and intends to give his masters the ability to kill humans on a massive scale. 
The apocalyptic event in Edinburgh weakened Adele's geomantic abilities. If the Witchfinder can use geomancy against humanity, she may not have the power to stop him. If she can't, there is nowhere beyond his reach and no one he cannot kill. 
From a Britain struggling to rebuild to the vampire capital of Paris, from the heart of the Equatorian Empire to a vampire monastery in far-away Tibet, old friends and past enemies return. Unexpected allies and terrible new villains arise. Adele and Gareth fight side-by-side as always, but they can never be the same if they hope to survive.
My thoughts:

I was so surprised when I got this one for review. I hadn't realized that the authors heard the cry for more books in this world and responded with The Geomancer. The first three books do feel complete and I will say this: do not skip those 3 books before you get into this book. It is a fantasy book and often it is hard to skip around in the fantasy genre. This one is no exception and you wouldn't want to miss the goodness in the first three books anyway.

The book continues shortly after the last book and while you knew everything was settled into a perfect situation for our couple, but I wasn't sure where the storyline would take them. You find out that there are still threats and a balance has still yet to surface for the vampires and humans. It is also more than that. It is also both Gareth and Adele's inner growth that still needs to be explored. While Adele does not need to grow into a good leader she still has much to learn about geomancy and her part in it. Gareth still needs to find himself and his place in the world. They both get help from unlikely alliances and that is what makes this book good. Everyone in the book seemed to learn something even if they are secondary characters. So the authors are not only thinking of the adventure but how the characters in the book grow, expand or devolve.

I give this book 4 stars. It is a great addition to the story and also an interesting direction the characters take in their personal lives. If you are looking for steampunk with vicious vampires, impossible relationships, and lots of adventure, this is your storyline. Pick up the series and enjoy!

25 comments:

  1. I still need to read the last book but I love this series.

    Karen @For What It's Worth

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    1. I have to admit the last book wasn't my fave, but now knowing that it went on, I wonder if I'll feel differently.

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  2. I loved their steampunk series I so need to start the first and then this one. It looks so good!

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  3. I was so excited when I found out about this one too Melissa! I had no idea they were writing a 4th in this series. I can't wait to get back to Gareth and Adele, so glad to know you enjoyed your time with them once again:)

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  4. An apocalyptic event in Edinburgh? From a Britain struggling to rebuild to the vampire capital of Paris to a vampire monastery in far-away Tibet? I am intrigued and especially given my recent discovery of Steampunk.

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    1. Oh yea... it is all in Europe. :) Well, actually the trilogy does mention America.

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  5. Good to hear it was an interesting direction for the characters

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  6. I read a review for this yesterday, It sounds like an interesting world. I have never heard of the other series so I would have to do some research.

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    1. I think you'll like the vampires in this one. I also think you'll like how the romance was handled.

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  7. thats amazing that the author responded like that, i think its always hard when our fav series is a trilogy

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    1. I know! I also understand when an author wants to move on. Don't like it, but understand. ;)

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  8. I was told I can read this without having to read the previous books. I hope I can get away with it, I do love their steampunk series. Love their style

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    1. Seriously, you don't want to do that. There is so much that is referenced from the trilogy you could be lost.

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  9. I love it when you get a surprise book in a world you love !sounds like it was a great addition too!

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  10. I should start this series! It's always so fun to get a surprise book. Great review!

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  11. I'll really should try the authors one day!

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  12. Ooh, I haven't heard of this series but it sounds exactly like something I'd love! So glad you enjoyed this next installment--am definitely going to try to pick up Book 1 soon!

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  13. Oo exciting when an extra read comes out like that and the authors rock it :D One day I will get them read :)

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  14. I didn't even know about this series. it sounds and looks exciting.

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  15. I haven't read any of these, but then I am not a steampunk fan.or at least I am not one yet. But I am glad you enjoyed this :)

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