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The Rift Walker

(Vampire Empire #2)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  2,443 ratings  ·  289 reviews
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
Paperback, 398 pages
Published September 20th 2011 by Prometheus (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 te
Dec 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: UF lovers/vampire fans
I read the whole trilogy without pause and finished it too quickly for my liking. This series turned into a surprising gem and I can't wait to reread it. All I can say is, if you like books about vampires with slight twist on the vampire myth, humans battling with the vampires for the survival of the human race, a masked hero, a kickass heroine, interesting new take on magic, slow-build romance, steampunk and the Victorian era then this book is for you.

Just a quick heads up...this series has cl
Apr 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
*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

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
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. Whenever I read a new book with vampires, the element I most enjoy is seeing what the author attributes to the . Some authors decide vampires will die in daylight, most say that vampires create vampires through attacking humans; they can eat food or they can't; I like this writer team's take on the vampire world and I particularly enjoy th vampiric cultures and empire created.
A really good sequel to the Greyfriar. Adele begins to discover more of her skills, betrayal abounds, changes
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
Linda (not getting friends updates at this time)
The Rift Walker was an interesting continuation in the Vampire Empire series. More magic, villains and conspiracies with a gentle reminder this story is not a standalone. The Greyfriar is a must-read first or you will be lost.

I have to admit that my favorite parts were when Adele and the Greyfriar were together. From the streets of Alexandria to the tropical forests of Africa to the tomb of an Egyptian sarcophagus, this narrative does not lack action. I would love to see this trilogy made into
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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, recovering
Aug 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
*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
May 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing

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 Vam
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 this
Aly is so frigging bored
Dec 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars rounded up

On to the next. So glad I don't have to wait.
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
Jess the Romanceaholic
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*** 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
Kendra Recht
Sep 25, 2011 rated it liked it
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Lynn Williams
Jul 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars out of 5
Just finished reading the Rift Walker, the second in the Greyfriar series by Clay and Susan Griffiths. Whilst the first book threw us straight into a dark and violent world, where vampires rule and the vast majority of people have become little more than cattle with no sense of hope, the second is a much deeper exploration into the world created and in particular a good look at Princess Adele. If you haven’t read the first book yet this w
Jun 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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.
Timothy Boyd
Jan 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Very nice 2nd book in the trilogy. The villains are nice and villainous and the Heroes and Heroines are dashing and in love. Good action and plot. Nice new take on vampires and their abilities, (NO SPARKLES!!!!) Recommended
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Elaine Howlin
Image and video hosting by TinyPic was ok. I liked the ending but the first half was a bit slow and boring.
Sep 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 i
Oct 07, 2012 rated it it was ok

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
May 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite
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
Jun 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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Clay and Susan Griffith are the authors of THE FLASH: THE HAUNTING OF BARRY ALLEN and ARROW: A GENERATION OF VIPERS, as well as the creators of the VAMPIRE EMPIRE series and authors of the CROWN & KEY trilogy.

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