I really wanted to dislike Clay and Susan Griffith’s Vampire Empire: The Greyfriar because I did not like how refugee European populations fleeing the vampires’ Great Killing, particularly the British royal family, were able to install themselves as rulers of large swaths of Africa from their newly-established capitol in Alexandria, Egypt. How did that happen? If actual European states of the 19th century encountered fierce resistance and had various degrees of control over African and Asian colonies, how did rabble fleeing 18th century homo nasferatus devastation manage to get Africans to install them as rulers? Is this a Spanish conquest myth where the people fall in prostration at the arrival of whitey?
Unfortunately, I can’t get too pissed off because the novel is pretty good! So I’m hoping Clay and Susan will add some more detail in the remainder of the series which will explain how how the few European survivors managed to convince the much more numerous Africans, many of whom had been successfully fighting off European incursions, to install them as kings, and in a manner which has some resemblance to historical accuracy.
Of course this could be an attempt by the authors to win the approval of publishers who believe that fantasy and science fiction published in North America must have white protagonists. I just watch the first episode of Games of Thrones on HBO. Is there a reason why everybody is a pasty white person? It’s really hard to tell these people apart! 🙂 Hell, if we were really being accurate, 1/3-2/5 of all fantasy and sci fi characters should be Indian or Chinese.
@clayandsusan responded via Twitter
Thanks for thoughtful review. Equatoria meant as complex melting pot, not new Brit Empire. More details on culture in Bk. 2.