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The Geomancer by Clay and Susan Griffith caught my eye immediately with its title and cover. Something about that wintery scene just calls to me (though I’m not looking forward to winter!). I also like this pair’s other series, Crown & Key. However, I’ve never been much of a fan of vampire stories, and after reading the first chapter, I’ve realized that this is still too much of a vampire story for me to enjoy it. I’m sure that fans of paranormal romance with vampires will enjoy it though!
Note: I received an advanced copy of The Geomancer from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.
The Geomancer by Clay Griffith, Susan Griffith (Vampire Empire #4)
Published by Pyr on Nov. 3rd, 2015
Genres: Adult, Historical Fantasy
Page Length: 321 pages
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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.
How is the writing style?
The writing doesn’t have anything particular to it for the most part. It seems like the typical style for the story with third-person past tense and nothing too fancy. Most chapters seem to be from Adele’s perspective, the queen of the land, though there are a few from other characters. I suspected the chapters might switch off between Adele and her consort, Gareth, but I don’t see evidence of that.
General tone of the beginning
The prologue opens with a bite ;-). Apparently everyone thought the monsters were gone, but there are still vampires wreaking havoc. I got the impression that there was a lot of back story from the previous series that I should probably have been aware of to really know what was happening in the first chapter’s dream sequence. This annoys me with something that is supposed to be the first of a spin-off series since I felt very much out of the loop and couldn’t even figure out if the guy was actually dead or if that was just a dream. I suspect you might want to read the previous series first.
Setting, genre, etc?
Obviously this is paranormal given the vampires, but it seems like it is alternative history too since Britain and London are mentioned. Again, if I had read the previous series, I would know better. Also definitely adult based on the age of the characters I’d say. We only get a glimpse of Adele’s geomantic powers from which I assume the title comes, but those are what really made me hope I’d like this one since earth powers sound cool :).
- My current read, leave me alone! (~5 stars)
- Reading in the near future *hides from TBR pile glare* (~4 stars)
- Hoping to get back to eventually (~3 stars)
- Probably not getting back to but someone else will like it (~2 stars)
- Don’t really want to push this copy on anyone else (~1 star)
I’ll have to give The Geomancer 2 stars since it isn’t the book for me, but I’m sure that others who like vampires and alternative history will love it. I suspect you should start with the Vampire Empire series first though!
Have you read this one yet? Are you inclined to check it out?
The Geomancer by Clay and Susan Griffith
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