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Editorial Reviews


Praise for the Vampire Empire trilogy:

"Vampire Empire is one of the best fantasy series I've read, set in a unique postapocalyptic world. The landscapes, the peoples, and the incredible gizmos will attack your senses. Their unforgettable characters will stay with you as the tale unwinds."
- RT Book Reviews

"The best vampire series I have read in ages. . . . I am blown away by it. It has it all: romance, steampunk, vampires, adventure, and impossible odds for the hero to overcome."
- Vampire Librarian

"If I was stuck on a deserted island and could only have one vampire book series with me, my choice would be the Griffiths' Vampire Empire saga. Bye Lestat, farewell Edward. . . . Thank you to the Griffiths for fueling and continuing my love of vampire novels."
- Reader Girls

"Filled with mind-boggling political intrigue, betrayal, deception, magic, and a healthy dose of romance-you will be once again swept away by this burgeoning epic saga. . . . The Vampire Empire series remains at the top of my must-read list in Urban Fantasy."
- Smexy Books

About the Author

Clay and Susan Griffith are a married couple who have written and published together for more than a decade. Their credits not only include two novels for Bantam Doubleday Dell in the mid-1990s and another novel for Pinnacle Entertainment Group in 2002 but also numerous short stories published in many anthologies, some featuring noted genre characters like Kolchak the Night Stalker and the Phantom. They've also written scripts for television and published graphic novels. The authors have attended many cons multiple times over the years, including World Fantasy, WorldCon Science Fiction, ComicCon (San Diego), DragonCon (Atlanta), HeroesCon (Charlotte), and other smaller conventions. These are two hardworking authors, in every sense! Visit the authors' website at and!/vampireempire.

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Product Details

  • Series: Vampire Empire (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 399 pages
  • Publisher: Pyr; No Edition Stated edition (September 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616145234
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616145231
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #866,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Liviu C. Suciu on August 22, 2011
Format: Paperback
INTRODUCTION: The Vampire Empire series by Susan and Clay Griffith that debuted with The Greyfriar last year, is a steampunk alt-history in which vampires - homo nosferatus, a parasitic cousin species having powerful physical attributes and living in clans in zones of moderate temperature - banded together and attacked the Northern Hemisphere states in 1870, almost destroying the western civilization.

The survivors retreated south and mixed with the locals creating the Empire of Equatoria -India, S.Africa, parts of Africa, Egypt, the Gulf - with the capital at Alexandria, the American Republic with the capital at Panama City, the Japanese Empire with the capital in Singapore and other smaller states, while free city-states in Southern Europe eke a meager existence, and the vampires have their own states in England, France, Germany, North America, etc.

Fast forward some 100+ years later and an union between Adele, the heir of Equatoria and Senator Clark the hero of the temporary reconquest of St. Louis presages an alliance that plans to start the reconquest of the North with better guns and better ships.

And the story in The Greyfriar starts when on a show the flag mission to Marseilles, Adele's party is attacked by the British vampire clans led by Cesare, the younger son of the doddering king Dimitry, infamous for his "human-cleansing" of Ireland and she is ultimately kidnapped despite the best efforts of the mysterious cloaked resistance fighter Greyfriar.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By elyn on November 14, 2011
Format: Paperback
Clay and Susan Griffith's The Rift Walker, sequel to The Greyfriar, made me somewhat apprehensive. The first novel was one of my favorites last year, so would the next installment of the Vampire Empire series live up to my high expectations? It did. The Rift Walker is as fantastic as The Greyfriar, if not more.

The Rift Walker takes place a few months after The Greyfriar ended. Princess Adele of Equatoria receives more pressure from her father Emperor Constantine and her intended, the American Republic's Senator Clark, to proceed with their wedding so their nations can unite as one against the British vampire clan. The humans don't know that the vampire Prince Cesare is forming his own alliance with other clans around the world. When Greyfriar learns of Cesare's plans to strike at Adele and Clark's ceremony, he comes to the rescue, whisking the Princess off to safety and away from her royal responsibilities. But that doesn't mean her duties and nation are far from her mind since war with the vampires seems inevitable. All the while, Adele also learns more about her strange powers which are evolving into something grander than she ever thought. There's so much weighing on her but with Greyfriar at her side, maybe they can find a balance between their worlds.

The Rift Walker was entirely addicting with excellent, detailed writing. It has a little bit of something for every reader by smoothly blending several genres. It even included some very well placed humor, notably with Adele and Greyfriar, which pleasantly surprised me. Another outstanding element was the vivid descriptions of the new African locales that take readers right into pages. I can always count on the Griffiths to set up a great world to get lost in.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BastardBooks on March 22, 2012
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Once I finished up The Greyfriar, I dove right into The Rift Walker. As mentioned in the debut's review, an extremely fun novel, but noted some grievances I had with it. So started reading the sequel with some trepidation and leveled my expectations; I shouldn't have. The Rift Walker took all my concerns and rendered them moot. If Clay & Susan Griffith's debut was a good one, then The Rift Walker is an excellent sequel in the Vampire Empire series.

War has been averted for the time being, though concerns still remain and the possibility of retaliation is being planned. The citizenry have romanticized through numerous plays and stories the possibility of a relationship of Greyfriar with their Princess Adele. In the meantime she's set to be wed to Senator Clark and finally forge the alliance between their respective empires, and the date is fast approaching; Adele has been trying to avoid it. The vampires are on the move, and they're planning something big, maybe even catastrophic with the cunning Cesare leading the way.

I described The Greyfriar as a very fun, but unbalanced novel. It was action packed, but a bit uneven on the plot progression and some of the character interaction. I'm glad to say, that as far as I'm concerned, these issues were fixed in The Rift Walker. While still having plenty of action, it was more sparse allowing many of the underlying elements to come to the forefront to be developed. This is particularly true with how the political intrigue gets into the meat of the story and makes it that much more interesting. I've always felt that a good political intrigue, no matter how small a part it has, really has the potential to enhance a story exponentially.
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