The Greyfriar (Vampire Empire #1)
Author: Clay Griffith and Susan Griffith
Vampire predators run wild in this exciting steampunk adventure, the first in an alternate history trilogy that is already attracting attention. In 1870, monsters rise up and conquer the northern lands, As great cities are swallowed up by carnage and disease, landowners and other elite flee south to escape their blood-thirsty wrath. One hundred fifty years later, the great divide still exists; fangs on one side of the border, worried defenders on the other. This fragile equilibrium is threatened, then crumbles after a single young princess becomes almost hopelessly lost in the hostile territory. At first, she has only one defender—a mysterious Greyfriar who roams freely in dangerous vampire regions.
Steampunk vampires? Maybe. Dark, mysterious robin hood-ish hero? OK. A sassy spunky fighting Princess? Good. A different take on vampires which makes them fresh but not yucky or sparkly? Awesome. A good plot, interesting characters and intrigue? Well, damn, now, I need to read the rest. I hate trilogies.