Format: E-Galley, 321 pages
Release Date: November 3, 2015
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
Genre: Steampunk, Fantasy
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.
Welcome back to the Vampire Empire series by authors Clay and Susan Griffith. The Geomancer is actually the FOURTH installment in the series, with more to come! The Geomancer picks up a year after the conclusion of The Kingmakers. As the series begins again, Equatorian Empress Adele (human) and Prince Gareth (vampire), aka Greyfrair, are spending time in Gareth's Scottish Castle after Adele destroyed all the vampires of England with her geomancer powers.
The vampires believe that she is the Bringer of Death and fear her. But, what readers MUST understand is that she could have destroyed every single vampire in the world, but stopped short. After receiving word that vampires may have returned to England, Adele and Gareth set out to investigate how that is even a possibility. An investigation that leads them to Paris where Gareth has allies in King Lothaire and Queen Caterina, and a scary new adversary.
They also travel to the Himalayas (Tibet) where a powerful relic may be hidden. Along the way, Adele and Gareth meet new allies in Nadzia, Kasteel, Yidak, and Takeda. Each of these new allies bring hope that vampires and humans can find common ground and work together. Something Gareth is skeptical about, but Adele embraces gladly. Adele and Gareth also have powerful enemies.
Enemies that would love nothing more than to see both of them dead. There is the powerful human called the Witchfinder. The Witchfinder is a geomancer like Adele, but has found a way to make vampires immune to her powers and intends to give his new masters the ability to kill humans on a massive scale.
My favorite villain, Flay returns along with a few remaining vampires from England. Flay is like a bad penny. No matter how many times you think she's dead, she keeps coming back for more intense fighting scenes and scary plans to destroy all humans. I don't think the authors will let Flay get away from them anytime soon. I think she brings an added darkness to the story that can't be matched.
I don't know how much more I can gush about these authors, or Adele, and Gareth. I love the romance between the couple. They don't let a little thing like Speciesism interfere in what they hold in their hearts. They may have different ideas about how to do things, but there's no long term arguments, or angst to wade through. I absolutely love General Anhalt and how he's stuck with Adele through thick and thin, and has nearly died several times over fighting by her side.
I love this world. One could definitely consider this world to be a mash-up of dystopian and steampunk. It is a world where in the winter of 1870, vampires rose up against the humans, and destroyed the world as we know it. The most interesting facet of this world is that vampires don't much care for the warm weather. That means that the world is divided into human territories in the south and vampire territories in the north.
I love the cover to this story. It is perfect and it captures the essence of a really important scene in the book. Some have asked me if it is necessary to read the previous trilogy first. I would say yes since otherwise you will be completely lost in understanding why you should care about Adele, or Gareth, or even Prince Simon.
One way or the other, once you read The Geomancer, you will be eager to go back and read the previous three novels starting with The Greyfrair. I do give the authors loads of credit. First, they came back to this series after 3 years away. Not many authors do. Second, they do a nice summary of events up to this point so that you can remember what happened in the previous novel.