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The Rift Walker (Vampire Empire) Paperback – September 6, 2011
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- Item Weight : 15.7 ounces
- Paperback : 399 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1616145234
- ISBN-13 : 978-1616145231
- Product Dimensions : 6.04 x 1.1 x 8.97 inches
- Publisher : Pyr; No Edition Stated (September 6, 2011)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,722,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
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Der zweite Teil ist deutlich stürmischer als der erste. Es wird mehr gekämpft und es gibt noch mehr völlig ausweglos erscheinende Situationen. Und erst die Intrigen. Nichts ist wie es scheint und eigentlich kann man keinem über den Weg trauen. Die Romantik ist atemberaubend und Garrith hat schlimme Kämpfe mit seinem vampirischen Naturell auszufechten. Nicht dass jetzt jemand denkt, sein Blutdurst wäre sein größtes Problem - bei den Griffiths ist die Hitze das größte Problem für Vampire. Und in Kairo ist es sehr heiß. Die Reise über den Nil zählt für mich zu den schönsten Kapiteln im Buch. Aber es gibt noch so viel mehr schöne Szenen in diesem zweiten Teil. Zum Lautlachen, zum Weinen und zum Haare raufen. Ich kann diese Trilogie wirklich sehr, sehr empfehlen. Kann es kaum bis zum 4. September erwarten, wenn der letzte Teil veröffentlicht wird.
Garrith und Adele sind ein wundervolles Liebespaar und ich hoffe so sehr, dass sie eine Chance bekommen, zusammen zu bleiben. Good luck!!!
Prinzessin Adele ist zurück im Palast in Alexandria im Reich ihres Vater's Constantine II. Um die übriggebliebenen menschlichen Reiche zu einen und somit einen erfolgreichen Krieg gegen die blutrünstigen Vampire führen zu können, soll sie den amerikanischen Macho Senator Clark heiraten. Der erhofft sich dadurch die Krone des Reiches. Adele zögert die Heirat mit dem ihr widerwärtigen Mann hinaus, sie liebt den Vampirprinzen Gareth, alias Greyfriar, der ihr das Leben gerettet hat.
Gareth, der eigentliche Erbe des englischen Vampirreiches hält sich am Hofe seines Vaters König Dmitri auf und erfährt, dass sein verhasster jüngerer Bruder Cesare plant, Adele während ihrer Hochzeit zu ermorden. Er macht sich auf, Adele zu retten und trifft sie am Altar an.
Unterdessen wird Adele von ihrem Lehrer, dem geheimnisvollen Marmoru, Leiter der Kabale, in ihren einzigartigen Fähigkeiten geübt. Diese sind weitaus grösser als erwartet und entwickeln sich zur Waffe gegen die übermächtigen Vampire.
Ein Verräter am Kaiserhof betreibt den Umsturz und übernimmt die Macht.
Die Geschichte geht weiter, offene Fragen des letzten Buches werden geklärt, es macht Lust auf mehr.
Princess Adele struggles with a life of marriage and obligation as her Equatorian Empire and their American Republic allies stand on the brink of war against the vampire clans of the north. However, the alliance's horrific strategy for total victory drives Adele to abandon her duty and embark on a desperate quest to keep her nation from staining its hands with genocide. Reunited with her great love, the mysterious adventurer known to the world as the Greyfriar, Adele is pursued by her own people as well as her vengeful husband, senator Clark. With the human alliance in disarrray, Prince Cesare, lord of the British vampire clan, seizes the initiative and strikes at the very heart of Equatoria.
As Adele labors to bring order to her world, she learns more about the strange powers she exhibited in the north. Her teacher, Mamoru, leads a secret cabal of geomancers who believe Adele is the one who can touch the vast power of the Earth that surges through ley lines and wells up at the rifts where the lines meet. These energies are the key to defeating the enemy of mankind, and if Princess Adele could ever bring this power under her command, she could be death to vampires. But such a victory will also cost the life of Adele's beloved Greyfriar.
The Rift Walker is the second book in a trilogy of high adventure and alternative history. Combining rousing pulp action with steampunk style, the Vampire Empire series brings epic politcal themes to life within a story of heartbreaking romance, sacrifice, and heroism.
In most trilogies the "middle book" suffers from a lack of real story devolpment before the grande finale in book three. And yes, I liked "The Greyfriar", book one in the series, more than "The Rift Walker".
But still it did a great job of fascinating me - and especially in keeping me glued to the pages. Book one was Greyfriar's book, this is Adele's. It is the story of her personal development and wow, did she develop.
There were times when I wanted to scream at the equatorian men around her and I hated the moment she realizes, how little political power those men were willing to grant her - and that there seems to be nothing she can do about that. And for me, the most detestable character was not a Vampire [they are predators and behave accordingly -not that I like that, but I can understand their disresepct for human live. Ok, I only understand it from a very very theoretical, academic point of view....], not even one of the traitors, but the disgusting "husband" - Senator Clark. Boy did I hate him!
And then to see the story unfold and watch her become a woman that does not wait any more for others to make her decisions, but who makes them for herself [and her people], was all the more satisfying. I like her as a believable heroine that feels real as a person, as well as I like the strange hero Greyfriar is.
In everything he does and says [and yes, it's wonderful to see them reunited again], the authors manage to make you feel that he indeed is of another species. And I love the consequence: there is never a slip in language, attitude or action - all the characters in this story are believable because of their consistent behaviors. The Vampires always behave like the Vamires they are, never "human", even if Greyfriar is his most romantic, he is not a man - and you can actually deduce that from his language, thoughts and behavoir.
The same is true for the alternative world the authors created. You can really feel the heat in Equatoria, smell the stink of the streets of London and the damp air in the Moon Mountains. And from time to time, I even felt kind of depressed, because this world is not a good one for humans and some of the things happening are gruesome and horror-like.
There were twists and turns in the story I did not expect and not at all anticipate and they rattled me, but I liked them nonetheless. Although there is more political intrigue this time and less true-to-the-form-adventure, there still is a lot of travel in airships, fights with pistols, swords and claws and last not least: romantic moments between Greyfriar and Adele.
I so recommend this book - especially if you like Steampunk, gripping world-building, relatable characters and a good story