The final book in the Vampire Empire trilogy is here! In The Kingmakers, Empress Adele and the Greyfriar face the ultimate battle of humans vs. vampires. How will Adele handle her newfound geomancy powers, which can wipe out huge numbers of vampires? Will Prince Gareth vanquish his brother and take his place as ruler of the vampires, or will Cesare overpower the humans and create a new vampire empire for the ages? Betrayals and political machinations abound within the walls of the human and vampire kingdoms, with the general populace in the middle of the fray. Dirigibles, ley lines, goggles and more – anyone who likes steampunk and paranormal romance will find something to love. Clay and Susan Griffith have won all sorts of acclaim for the Vampire Empire series, and this third book will not disappoint their readers.
We have an advance reader copy of The Kingmakers! And what’s more, we have a copy of The Rift Walker, the second book in the trilogy, to give away as well. In order to enter the giveaway, post a comment below and tell us what you would do if you were either the emperor/empress of humanity, or the king/queen of the vampires. (Any era, any situation. Just tell us your world domination goal!). The deadline for entering is Friday, September 14th; we’ll hold the drawing over the weekend, and Sir Reginald (who has come to appreciate the Vampire Empire series) will help draw the winning entries. (If you already have a copy of The Rift Walker, tell us; we won't include you in that drawing unless you want to be included!) Good luck!
It is 1976 and the British Empire is still going full steam, along with the Industrial Revolution and the resulting environmental effects. Much of the world is drowned, including London. Under the canals, however, a rebel society is gaining strength. Meanwhile, a scientist and her young daughter are on the run from the law, due to a new discovery which just might change energy production. As a result, Clara Calland (the daughter) and Tim Barnabas (from the underwater London society) find themselves aboard the Cuttlefish, a coal-powered smuggling submarine. Tim just wants a job, and Clara just wants to know what’s going on.
Cuttlefish, the first in a series of stories from Dave Freer, is a fast-paced sailor yarn in one sense and a steampunk novel in another. Clara is smart, opinionated, and confused by the adults in her life; Tim is quiet and trying to get by in a world where racism is still alive and well. The story is told alternately by the two, showing both sides of the cultural divide in their society.
The biggest character in the story, however, is the Cuttlefish itself. With so many dirigibles in steampunk storylines, it’s refreshing to go back underwater and explore the claustrophobic, silent world of submarine transportation. Mechanical details abound, and the hide-and-seek maneuvers are described excellently as the Cuttlefish does its best to outwit its pursuers and deliver the Callands to safety.
We have two – two! – copies of Cuttlefish to give away. One is an advanced reader copy and one is the final published edition. In order to enter the giveaway, post a comment below and tell us where you would go in a submarine and why. Travel? Exploration? Devious motives? Explain! You can enter until Friday, August 31st; we’ll hold the drawing soon after and post the results.
Here in our tiny Steampunk Librarian corner, we don’t pay much attention to what’s happening in the larger steampunk community. We’re sort of bad about that. The Steampunk Chronicle, however, is here to help us keep au courant with the gossip and the events.