Series: Vampire Empire: A Gareth & Adele Novel 1Format: PDF
Release Date: November 3, 2015
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.
Thanks for asking us.
We’ve tailored THE GEOMANCER to be an entry point for new readers to the Vampire Empire world. All characters and settings will be introduced and explained. While existing fans will fall right into the story again without a great deal of repetition, it isn’t really the fourth book of the trilogy. It’s a whole new thing, but with many of the same characters and the same setting as the trilogy. We didn’t want new readers to have to go back to read the original three Vampire Empire books, unless they want to . . . and we certainly recommend they read the trilogy because we’re very proud of it.
Fair enough. For fans of Vampire Empire, what can they expect from THE GEOMANCER since it's the same universe, and what kind of freshness are we all going to get from it?
The previous trilogy was about the coming of war and was painted with broad strokes and lots of characters to explore the politics of both sides of the conflict. But at the heart of that was the story of individuals desperate to overcome impossible odds. We want these new stories to take hold of those characters and keep them at center stage. Going forward, Adele and Gareth will be the focus, much like the first book in the trilogy, The Greyfriar. We love writing them; they are a wonderful couple. The new books will center around their relationship and their efforts to find a way to bring the warring sides to some sort of resolution. As the war works to change both their societies, they will travel the world and discover new allies and enemies. We want to show readers that there are aspects to both human and vampire society that they may not have expected.
I'm sure fans of Vampire Empire were thrilled when news of THE GEOMANCER came out. What prompted this spin-off?
The fans mainly. After The Kingmakers, we were content that the story of Vampire Empire had reached a suitable emotional conclusion, but so many people wanted the story of Adele and Gareth to continue. And to be honest, we realized we had a great number of stories left to tell in the Vampire Empire universe. Most of the original trilogy was set in the vampire territory of Britain and in Alexandria, capital of the human empire of Equatoria, but we only had limited chances to branch out to see how the rest of the world was shaped by the vampire-led Great Killing of 1870 and by the human crusade of reconquest in the current day. We want to show how the war impacts everyone else, so we will be letting our heroes travel more. THE GEOMANCER uses some of the old settings that the fans love, but we visit new locations in Europe as well as other parts of the world so readers can begin to see the variety in how vampire-human relations have shaped the world.
I'm a big fan of Crown & Key. Although I loved that the novels were released in close succession, I'm left wanting for more. It ended too soon! Is it futile to hope that Crown & Key will get a spin-off too in the future?
Thank you. We’re glad you liked Crown & Key. Those books were a blast to write. In terms of whether there will be more of them, all we can say now is you never know. We would love for it to continue. Those characters were a great deal of fun. We love Simon and Kate and Malcolm and Penny and Charlotte, and all the monsters and villains too. We’d love to be able to spin more of their adventures. If the fans demand it, perhaps there will be a chance.
Fingers crossed Crown & Key gets a spin-off too, and maybe Penny, Charlotte and Malcolm can take the lead this time around.
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I am new to the Vampire Empire world, yet inspite of this handicap I managed to thoroughly enjoy THE GEOMANCER while simultaneously banging my head for missing out on the first three books. Adele and Gareth are awesome plus the Griffins are a powerhouse when it comes to writing fantasy.
As mentioned, THE GEOMANCER is a continuation of Adele and Gareth's adventure. It gives us a good glimpse of the Empire now that Adele is its Empress, as well as her happily ever after with Gareth. The ever after is still pending. Obviously, peace is yet to be had between humans and vampires so the good fight is still ongoing with lots of interesting characters driving the story. I particularly like the Demon King, Lothaire and Caterina, as well as the other Geomancer.
Like I said, failing to read the Vampire Empire series did not impede my enjoyment of THE GEOMANCER as the Griffiths designed the novel to be appreciated without any prerequisites. Now I don't know if it's my awareness that there are books pre-dating the events here that had me feeling like there are missing pieces, but I wish there more details. More of what happened in the recent past that led to THE GEOMANCER; the vampire myth; what encompasses a geomancer, etc. Anything to acquaint us newbies to the Vampire Empre world as it can supposedly be read as standalone despite it being a new chapter/phase. Also, I have no idea if some of the characters are recurring or new so I just limited my love for them to name dropping. Ignorance is so hard to disguise! Lol...
Now I can't compare if THE GEOMANCER is a great follow-up to the original series. All I can tell you is that I loved it and I hope that Vampire Empire fans will approve of THE GEOMANCER. It's packed with action while maintaining a strong story arc and developments in both plot and characters. I also love its epic feel and hints of Steampunk elements not to mention the odd pairing of Gareth and Adele aka Death Bringer. So would I recommend THE GEOMANCER to newbies? Most certainly! Even if I'm not knowledgeable enough of this universe, I was able to grasp the bare necessities and it's nothing short of awesome. And if anything, reading THE GEOMANCER has whet my appetite for more of Adel and Gareth so expect a Vampire Empire cherry popping sometime soon.
Clay & Susan Griffith are a married couple who have written and published together for more than a decade. Their credits not only include two novels for Bantam Doubleday Dell in the mid-1990s and another novel for Pinnacle Entertainment Group in 2002 but also numerous short stories published in many anthologies, some featuring noted genre characters like Kolchak the Night Stalker and The Phantom. They've also written scripts for television and published graphic novels.
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