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The Rift Walker (Vampire Empire #2)

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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. Re...more
Kindle Edition, 399 pages
Published September 6th 2011 by Pyr (first published January 1st 2011)
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Anzu The Great Destroyer
The Rift Walker Y U HAVE TO END???

And ugh the next book is coming out in September! And it has a cover! And it seems amazing! And it’s the final book in the series!!!

Ugh so much pressure!! How am I supposed to handle all this?

Breathe Anzu, breathe. All will be well!!!

Oh gosh I love this series! I guess this gives me an excuse to act like a mindless fangirl. Or mostly swoon over Gareth, cheer for Adele and yell at Cesare and Flay.

Yep, that’s what happened throughout the book. This and wiping tea...more
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
*Rating* 5 stars
*Genre* Steampunk/Horror/Vampires


The Rift Walker (Vampire Empire book # 2) by Clay and Susan Griffith picks up three months after Princess Adele returned home to Equatoria after being held captive by vampire Prince Cesare, the younger brother of Gareth, better known as the Greyfrair.

Adele continues to put off her intended marriage to the US Senator Miles Clark for as long as she can because in her heart she has found its desire in Greyfrair who she knows is really the vam...more

Princess Adele is back in Alexandria and despite her efforts to postpone it, her wedding date to Senator Clark which will trigger the beginning of the war against the vampires, is near. She fills her days training her newly discovered powers with her teacher, Mamoru, and at nights she disguises herself as commoner and watches the popular theatrical plays that tell the story of her rescue and the undying love between her and the Greyfriar.

Meanwhile, Prince Gareth visits London as often as possib...more
Mogsy (MMOGC)
I don't know what I was expecting when I first got into Vampire Empire, probably something light and fun given its vampire and steampunk concept. But I have to say though, this is shaping up to be quite an impressive series. Somewhere along the way, these books have gone beyond simply being candy for my mind, to the point now where I find myself emotionally invested in the story and its characters in particular.

After the events in The Greyfriar, Princess Adele finds herself back in the heart of...more
smexys_sidekick (Tori-Smexybooks)
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The Rift Walker (Vampire Empire #2) by Clay Griffith & Susan Griffith
Urban Fantasy
September 6, 2011
Prometheus Books

Favorite Quote: “Fine, I was brooding. It’s not like you don’t.”

“Mine’s inherent in my romantic nature. Cloaks and castles.”

“That’s it. You are forbidden to look at anymore cheap books about yourself.”

Note:There are some mild spoilers from book one in here.

At the end of book one, The Greyfriar, Adele is back with her family in Equatoria, recover...more
*The first book, The Greyfriar, was my 2010 Best Steampunk Pick.*

The Vampire Empire trilogy is quickly becoming one of my all time favorites. The Rift Walker is book two and filled with more action and life or death situations than one reader can bear. Book one, The Greyfriar, left the main characters Adele and Greyfriar apart with an unknown future. By the end of The Rift Walker, we are left with an all too unsettling plot twist that includes a very vicious vampire.

The Griffiths have created a...more
I guess it would normally be a 5-star book for me, but I have to admit we had some unfortunate events spoiling this one star for us. First, I was reading the e-book version of it (I practically stormed through the first 220 pages), but then I gave my Kindle to my friend, so I had to wait more than a week for the paper copy to be delivered (overseas order...). And while waiting I was desperate to read something, so I started reading The Graveyard Queen trilogy - and anyone who has read it knows h...more
Damaris (GoodChoiceReading)
The Rift Walker was everything I expected it to be and more! I don't even know where to begin to put into words just how much I truly love this series. Clay & Susan Griffith are one heck of a team. They have created a world and story that you will be talking about for weeks. The first in the series took me by surprise, especially since I am not a huge Sci/fi fan, and now The Rift Walker has done it again. I am killing my brain here trying to figure out exactly what to say.

More than half of t...more

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 serie...more
Aly is so frigging bored
Dec 31, 2013 Aly is so frigging bored rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Aly is so frigging bored by: Anzu The Great Destroyer
Shelves: audiobook
I finished The Rift Walker last night and I’m still wow-ed by it. Clay and Susan Griffith wrote a wonderful series and I’ll be forever grateful to my friend Anzu[Zombie Hazard blog] for making me read it!

Before starting the proper review I want to mention that I listened to the audiobook. It was narrated by James Marsters, he does great accents and the intonation is wonderful, the woman voices not so much… I’ve been spoiled by the narrator of the In Death series, Susan Ericksen, she is the best...more
Jess the Romanceaholic
This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.

*** Spoiler Warning ***

While spoiler-free for The Rift Walker, this review does contain spoilers for The Greyfriar. Please scroll to the next BOLD text if you wish to avoid any possible spoilers.

Expected Release Date: September 2011 (Available Now!)
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Imprint: Pyr
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My Source for This Book: Gift from the Publisher
Part of a Series: Yes, Bo...more
While I really liked Greyfriar, The Rift Walker is a major step-up in the series; I just got a pdf arc and opened it and could not put it down until I finished it since I just needed to see what happens, while enjoying every moment of it.

The book is end-to-end adventure with everything you want - duels, battles, treachery, intrigue, revelations, not to speak of romance and magic.

Despite being a middle book in a trilogy, this novel both expands its universe considerably, advances the story an...more
About the authors (Goodreads): "Clay and Susan Griffith are married. Coincidentally, they write together and have publish books, short stories, and graphic novels. They share a love of adventure stories, sprawling epic romances, pulp-action tales, Victoriana, and dark fantasy. And since they both like those things, they put them all in the Vampire Empire trilogy. "

And I love them for that. I'm so so glad to have jumped into this series! Hey, Mr. and Mrs Griffith. Are you thinking in adapting it...more

This was so boring. The plot was crap — it basically consisted of Gareth and Adele acting like lovesick idiots and moaning about wanting to be together. The story just dragged and dragged, even when Adele and Greyfriar reunited, all they did was travel from A to B to C whilst occasionally fighting vampires and other enemies. The book was just one long nonsensical journey.
I hated both Adele and Gareth/Greyfriar in this one, they were nowhere near as endearing as they were in the first boo...more
REVISED 1/21/13 -- This series is amazing. It's complex storytelling with engaging characters. I am amazed by how much Clay and Susan Griffith expanded the scope of the story from book one, Greyfriar.

Princess Adele has returned home from her adventures with Greyfriar in vampire infested England. She has learned much about the vampires that she can't share including Greyfriar’s true identity. The world knows him as the legendary vampire slayer and hero of the people. Adele has also returned to ma...more
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One of my favorite series. I get deeply lost in the turmoil that is this world created by these master writers. This second book in the series lives up to the excellence of the first novel. Greyfriar and Adele have been separated by species and hatred for months. Adele is to wed the horrible Mr Clark, combining America to Equatoria. She dreams of her Greyfriar but knows where her duty must be. The wedding day arrives, she is escorted down the isle.. something happens, and the two (Greyfiar and A...more
A great middle book in the Vampire Empire trilogy. The characters, main and secondary, bad and good, continue to be fleshed out into 3D individuals. The relationship between Garth and Adele matures and grows. The stakes in the war between humans and vampires are raised.

However, by the end of the book, I could not see how our two leading characters could find a way to be together! To save her people, Adele will have to wield a power that is deadly to Garth! After everything these two have been th...more
4.5 Was going to go with a 4, but even though this was a hefty read, I still couldnt put it down for long. I would have liked more Northern action going on, but this is a book that probably had to be done so that we could get to book 3.. There was way too much description on geography and politics, and I lot could be edited out, but im not going to give a lower rating because the book is fleshed out and thorough. tbh i just didnt want to bundle it with my rating 4 books..I need a new rating syst...more
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
It was soooo good. Better than the first. LOVED it. Review coming soon.

Updated- 9/14

I'm such a bad reviewer, I get this wonderful ARC of a book I was greatly anticipating, I read it, love it and I'm a super happy reader and then I completely forget to review it!

I will review this book very soon!!! But until then, the book rocked!!! Isn't that enough? No? Gosh, you guys are a tough crowd.
Amazing, simply amazing! I honestly can't find the words to accurately describe how truly fantastic it was. 5/5 stars!
I read it in a day; that means it gets 5 stars

The Rift Walker (Book 2 in the Vampire Empire series) takes place a number of months after first book, The Greyfriar. Adele is trying her best to stall her wedding, and in turn stall the impending war against the vampires, which would come at a much higher price than Adele is willing to pay. Lucky for her she has Greyfriar who returns to her side, putting us on pace for another swashbuckling adventure, and then some. They are on the run with her nat...more
Desiree reilly
i love this book i had it read in about 4 hr that how good it was
i have to see if i can find the other one it a nd read it.
This book is a very different kind of vamp book the vamp here
want to help and not kill no one unless it was necessary here is Greyfriar using a disguise to help weak and the humans were he is suppose to kill them he fall in love with the next empress and then help her to achieve her goal and take over what her father left behind the female vamp killed the king so the next...more
Bastante entretenido, lo bueno de esta historia es que Greyfriar no se toma asi mismo en serio como heroe romántico, y se hacen burla solos de esta condición.

-Princesa que ama a otro, pero que debe casarse por razones de estado.
-Americano aspirante al trono, demasiado sobrado de si mismo (de hecho es el personaje más caricaturesco de todos).
-Principe vampiro, con identidad secreta, enamorado de una humana, en desacuerdo con las politicas generales de su raza.
-Politicos varios, y sujetos...more
After introducing us to a world of astounding technological advancement and creativity combined with the nightmarish yet innovative portrayal of creatures of the night in The Greyfriar, we find in this installment an increased focus on the truly labyrinthine world of politics. Navigating the twists and turns of Equatoria’s political maze is fascinating, and we read with our noses pressed to the pages as the desire for power blinds some to the cruelty of their actions, while those who have little...more
Kendra Recht
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This is the best Steampunk series ever! I love these books! And I’m very annoyed that I have to wait for The Kingmakers, because I want to read it now, damn it!

First off, let me say I love the dangerous and exotic world the Griffiths have created. One of the things that I adore about good Steampunk is this idea of an alternative Earth. Vampire Empire has had a massive power shift and all of the countries have been remapped since the vampires have taken over the north. So this series goes everyw...more
I just love this series. The only reason it took me so long to read Vampire Empire: The Rift Walker is that I got the book signed by the authors so I didn’t want to drag it back and forth to work on the train with me.

Only a few months have passed since Adele returned to Alexandria. She’s been given a slight reprieve from marrying Senator Clark, as she’s being given time to recover from her experiences in the north. However, her belief in the alliance is severely tested when she learns exactly ho...more
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4 1/2
Something pulled me back to these characters this week. The first book was slow to start and a bit boring. It had me worrying that the next might be same. It wasn't. The first book does all the set up for the 2nd so we don't need the work up and slow feel. Instead it starts out quick and stays that way throughout. There is usually a few story lines going but you know the characters and they will cross, you can see it coming, so you don't feel like there is no reason or that it is set up.

I s...more
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Clay and Susan Griffith are the authors of the Vampire Empire trilogy -- The Greyfriar, The Rift Walker, The Kingmakers.

"Vampire Empire is transforming genre fiction." Paul Goat Allen, B&N Explorations.

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“Gareth's eyes slipped open. “You make me nervous when you do that.”
“Do what?”
“Brood. Your brooding is rather loud.”
“Oh please. I was hardly—”
His eyebrow rose.
“Fine. I was brooding. It's not like you don't.”
“Mine is inherent to my romantic nature. Cloaks and castles.”
Adele threw up her hands. “That's it. You are forbidden to look at any more cheap books about yourself.”
“I'm in this relationship for the capes and castles.” 6 likes
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