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The Rift Walker (Vampire Empire) Paperback – September 6, 2011

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Book 2 of 3 in the Vampire Empire Series

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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, a married couple who have written and published together for more than two decades, are the authors of the Vampire Empire trilogy—The Greyfriar, The Rift Walker, and The Kingmakers—and the Crown & Key trilogy, as well as the first Vampire Empire: A Gareth and Adele novel, The Geomancer. Their credits include numerous short stories featuring noted genre characters like Kolchak the Night Stalker and the Phantom and comic books including The Tick and The Simpsons. They've also written scripts for the television/web show Monster Creature Feature. They live in North Carolina where they play World of Warcraft and struggle to entertain their cat. Visit the authors' website at clayandsusangriffith.com/ and www.facebook.com/#!/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 (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #911,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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Second in the Vampire Empire steampunk series for young adults that is an alternate reality with war between vampires and humans.

My Take
This was much better than the writing in The Greyfriar (Vampire Empire, #1) and I'm anxious to read what happens next in Kingmakers. Still lots of action with quite the melodramatic touch with betrayals galore. Although, I really don't understand how the Griffiths reconcile the Equatorians not wanting war and hating Clark with forcing Adele to marry the jerk so they can go to war. I am so confused.

As for my reactions to actions within the story:
Gareth/Greyfriar is amazingly innocent as far as politics is concerned.

I did love how upset Clark gets! Even if he did have so much more coming to him!

In some respects, I think that the betrayals in Alexandria will be good for Adele. Cleaning out some old, fossilized wood.

I have a hard time believing that Mamoru can be so prejudiced and closeminded.

Oh, yeah, I did love the dramatic entrance that Adele makes into Alexandria with the Greyfriar!

The Story
The story introduces us to the Greyfriar, the saviour of mankind. And a vampire. It also slides us into the dramatic view that the people of Alexandria have of the man who saved their beloved princess.

Unfortunately, it's only the people of Alexandria who love her. Her father, his government, the powers-that-be refuse to acknowledge that she has knowledge about the vampires that is important to their war planning. They treat her like a mindless idiot and have no respect for her.
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