Clay & Susan Griffith's third book in the Vampire Empire trilogy, THE KINGMAKERS, brings an action-packed and satisfying conclusion to the series. Action. Adventure. Romance. What more could one want? Hmm...maybe fangs, gears and kitties! (Yes, cats in abundance. Hey, I like cats, and how can you not love a vampire who is kind to felines?)
This story begins with an extended war scene that had me itching for some romantic interludes. With patience, I was rewarded as the story ventured into the personal relationships and deeper into the characters we've come to read about over the previous two books. Do I think you need to read the first two books to understand this one? Nope. But you'll be more fully immersed in the world if you do so I highly recommend checking out the first two, if possible.
The heroine, Adele, is coming into her own as she masters geomancy and the relationship dynamics revealed between she and Greyfriar are unexpected, yet well-crafted. Both Adele and the Greyfriar are strong, confident characters in their own right, and blending the twosome as a pair allows for some deliciously touching romantic moments.
The Greyfriar is faced with accepting a role he had not before wanted in this story, and his journey towards the ultimate conclusion is challenging and well-deserved. The story comes down to who will sacrifice for who as everyone involved gets to reveal either their heroism, or is delivered their due. Action, tension, betrayal and a test of loyalties leads to a very satisfying ending to the trilogy.
Now, will readers perhaps someday get to read Gareth the vampire's memoirs?
—Michele Hauf for VampChix & Bite Club