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The Rift Walker (Vampire Empire) Paperback – September 6, 2011
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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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What really made me smile about this story, was the couple's ability to joke and not take each other too seriously, despite the severity or seriousness of their situation. They were able to fight and relax together, and accept the others as they are. WHile this last bit is slightly unrealistic, it makes the reader like the main characters and want them to succeed despite their various trials.
While I don't really consider this novel steampunk, but more a revisionist historical fantasy novel (a better example of a steampunk romance novel would be The Iron Duke), I still thoroughly enjoyed the ride, as the characters moved physically and emotionally across Europe and Africa.
I don't really want to say much about the plot, because anything I say will give away too much, in my opinion. Suffice it to say I really liked this second book in the Vampire Empire trilogy. Adele's previous experiences with the Greyfriar have made her stronger and more sure of herself; she really comes across as a leader. And Gareth...okay, I admit I'm a little tired of vampires, especially good ones, but I love this guy. He knows, long before she does, what Adele is capable of doing to him and his race and he doesn't care because he loves her so much. Heroes who are willing to sacrifice literally everything for the women they love can come across as sappy or weak, but not Gareth; he's tough, strong and protective, but he gives Adele what she needs and doesn't try and stand in her way; I just love his character and my favorite parts of the book were the ones where they were together.
We learn more about what Adele can do, are introduced to new characters and learn more about some from the first book (I love Anhalt and his loyalty to the princess); but I was hoping to find out more about Mamoru's secret society and exactly what they plan for Adele. There were a few clutch-the-pearls moments and a doozy at the end of the book. I don't know how this series is going to end, or how Adele and Gareth can possibly end up together (but I'm hoping like hell that they do!), but I can't wait to read the final book.
On the run from Adele's would be husband, the ruthless and arrogant "Butcher of St. Louis" American Senator Clark, the princess and her disguised vampire prince seek asylum and protection deep south in the African territory. But when tragedy strikes at the heart of Adel's beloved Equatorian Empire, she and her love are sickened and disturbed to find the treacherous blow may have originated from within her own palace. With traitors in their midst, allies in short supply and her Empire in danger, will the pair be able to save Adel's people and her world from crumbling to this new vulnerability while fighting off the ever strengthening and growing threat of the deadly feral vampires?
This installment of the Vampire Empire series is another strong showing for the husband and wife writing team; full of epic adventure, horrifying bloodshed, betrayal, magic, dry humor and old fashion ill-fated romance. THE RIFT WLKER (Vampire Empire #2) is a truly enjoyable read for any fan of fantasy, vampires (of the vicious non-sparkly appeal) and alternate history tales.