The Rift Walker (Vampire Empire Book Two)

Title: The Rift Walker (Vampire Empire Book Two)
Author: Clay Griffith & Susan Griffith
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Publication Date: September 6, 2011
arc, 400 pages
ISBN: 978-1-61614-523-1
genre: paranormal, steampunk
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Summary: 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.

My Thoughts:

If you haven't read The Greyfriar yet, this review may contain spoilers. 

I absolutely loved the first book, The Greyfriar. So I was really excited to read The Rift Walker. I could not wait to find out what was going to happen with Princess Adele and the Greyfriar. I was not disappointed. I could not put this book down. This book is full of blood thirsty vampires and the human race is on the endangered species list.

The story line picks up where it left off in book one, The Greyfriar. Adele is forced into an arranged marriage with Senator Clark. She is trying to find any and every excuse as to why she shouldn't marry him. Senator Clark is an ambitious, power seeking, pompous jerk who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. Marrying Adele will bring him closer to his goals. Adele is prepared to do what ever needs to be done to save her people from the war with the vampires. Adele goes on the lamb and the adventure begins. This story is fast paced and exciting. The Greyfriar, aka Prince Gareth, has to find a way to stop his power hungry brother, Caesar from destroying the human population. Caesar has several aces up his sleeve and is more cunning than Gareth knows. 

I really like Adele's character. In the first book, Adele has to find her inner strength and learn to trust someone that should be her enemy. In this novel, Adele's character grows even more. She discovers that she has a power she never knew about. She has no clue how to use it but it has the possibility to destroy her enemies. She has to become the leader that her empire needs. She is tested over and over again but with the Greyfriar by her side, she has a confidence that she's never had before. The relationship between Adele and the Greyfriar is intriguing. They are so different yet they draw strength from each other. The Greyfriar is fiercely protective of Adele and would fight to the death for her. I really like the dynamics of their relationship. Clay and Susan Griffith have managed to write deplorable characters in Casar and Clark. They both mirror each other in a lot of ways. I hope they both get their comeuppance soon.

The Vampire Empire series is becoming one of my favorite all time series. If you haven't read these books yet. I strongly recommend them. I know there are a lot of vampire books out there but this series sets itself apart from the rest. I can not say enough about this book. The first book blew me away and the second did it again. I absolutely love this series and I can't wait for the third book to come out.  

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Books in this series:
The Rift Walker (Vampire Empire Book Two)

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  1. Thanks so much for this review! I was reluctant to buy the first book but because of this review I might as well try it out! Thank you!

  2. @Naj, I hope you like the books. It's a great series.


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