The Rift Walker Review

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Title: The Rift Walker (Vampire Empire #2)
Author: Clay & Susan Griffith
Publisher: Prometheus
Publish Date: September 20, 2011
Genre: Paranormal, Steampunk
Pages: 399
Source: Publisher

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. 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.

Adele is running out of time. Her wedding is fast-approaching, and she's running out of reasons to delay it. Though her marriage to Senator Clark will provide an alliance that's great for her people, she's at a loss. She's fallen for the mysterious Greyfriar, despite the fact that he should be her mortal enemy, and everything she does and thinks turns right around to him once again. But when things go from bad to worse and Adele learns of a heinous plot to willingly use humans against the vampire race, she realizes something must be done...only fast because her wedding is going to be held no matter what. The Greyfriar learns of other plans though - plans that could threaten Adele's life, and the two will be reunited on adventure that will change the course of their lives and all those around them, as well.

I always have to add this disclaimer to reviews of books involving vampires because, let's be honest, they still have vampires in them, and I loathe vampires. With a passion. That said, yet again, I was blown away by a book that defied my staunch stance on vampires. The Rift Walker deftly picks up where book one left off, carrying a heavy load of backstory with ease, all the while introducing new problems, battles and enemies for our hero and heroine to work through. Clay and Susan Griffith have created a sequel in The Rift Walker that may very well surpass its predecessor. With surprising depth, this love story brims with gripping action, potent characters and an enthralling world that seeps through the pages into real life.

Honestly, I adored The Greyfriar, and I will rarely (if ever) say that a sophomore novel ups the ante and might just be better than the first book, but The Rift Walker is truly dangerously and deliciously that good. While we saw the Greyfriar as a passionate hero in book one, we now see Adele coming into her own. She becomes stronger and more steadfast in her beliefs, and she ardently fights for what she wants and knows is right now. Though she knows what should be done with the way the world is, Adele is more concerned in what must be done for the good of everyone and not just herself. She carries the novel from start to finish - a heavy burden to be sure - but it's done well. The Greyfriar lends his nature to the depth of the story, which enriches it without making their dynamic cloying or overbearing. Furthermore, The Rift Walker makes you want to get into the mind of the villains. When a plot so gruesome is brought to life, you want to comprehend what makes a character tick, and the best part of The Rift Walker is that you can see it, and you can feel it and through each of the characters' actions, you can live it. The true beauty of The Rift Walker though is that, although it features a paranormal romance, the seamless blend of political agendas, power and prejudice, love and war make for a striking story that is compelling and dynamic.

Yet again, I was blown away by this series, and I'm so excited to finally read a sequel that steps up its game! The Rift Walker was a fabulous read, and it's one I'll be happy to read time and again. I give it a 5 out of 5, and I'd recommend it to all fans of both YA and Adult reads, especially those who enjoy paranormal romance and steampunk.

I received this book free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This, in no way, affected my opinion or review of this book.


  1. So glad you loved this. I've been reading lots of great reviews. I can't wait to pick it up. I have it on hold at the library but I may end up buying it if I can't wait that long.

  2. I have had the first book on my TBR shelf for a while and have not read it yet, but after reading this review and your meant of book one I may just have to move it up on the pile.

  3. Woohoo we are coordinated perfectly! I posted my review of this one today as well but, I must say, it is far less positive ;).

  4. I haven't heard about this series, nor have I read a -good- vampire series for quite awhile. I'll have to look into The Greyfriar. Thanks for the review!

  5. This one sounds really interesting. I would like to explore more Paranormal/Steampunk novels.

  6. It's great when the sequel lives up to and even surpasses the first good entry.
    Your feeling about this one on the vampire issue reminded me of how I felt 20 years ago after reading Interview With The Vampire -- it was so not my kind of book, but I ended up being riveted to the story -- sort of compelling and repulsive at the same time :)

  7. I've never heard of this, but I'm surprised you've given it a full five stars! I'll definitely check this out - thanks, Melissa!

  8. I had no idea that you had such a strong aversion to vampires! This series must be great to help you overcome your hatred. I've seen great reviews for the first book in series and now I'm leaning towards adding this one to my tbr pile. Thank for the recommendation!

  9. DUDE! Loved. This. Book! OMG! I was just awed by it! Plus is made my mouth hand open at the end! EEEPPP! Need the next one please!

  10. Oh, wow! I definitely need to pick up the first book in this series, then. I'm not the biggest fan of vampires, either, but if you still loved The Rift Walker, I definitely should give it a try! Fantastic review, Melissa! :)

  11. Seriously. Your review is ridiculously amazing and that's really all I have to say about that. I'm in the middle of this one right now and can't read fast enough and everything you said pretty much sums up how I'm feeling thus far.

  12. I wonder what will happen in book 3! *bites nails* I have no idea at all

  13. I haven't read the first in the series, but I hear amazing things about it. I'm even more excited now. Loved this review, Melissa!

  14. A 5 out of 5, huh? I really liked the first one in the series and am curious to see what happens to Adele (yes, despite my current strong dislike of vampires...why are they still hanging around? Is it just to drive us insane?).

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  16. I'm with you! I loved this one as well. I really loved Adele's growth in this book! Great review!

  17. Wow, a 5 star sequel?!? Where have I been and why have I never heard of this series? Adding this to my TBR pile now!
    Truly Bookish


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