Monday, 20 October 2014

The Rift Walker

The Rift Walker (Vampire Empire, #2)

The Rift Walker by Clay and Susan Griffith is the second of their Vampire Empire trilogy.

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 disarray, Prince Cesare, lord 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 key to defeating the enemy of mankind, and if Princess Adele could ever bring this power under her command, she could be the death to vampires.  But such a victory will also cost the life of Adele's beloved Greyfriar.

The Breakdown:
1.  In this book, the Griffiths throw in some pretty great twist.  Not all the characters' allegiances are where they are suspected to be. Plus, this book travels down the Nile to some pretty cool places.

2. Adele certainly comes into her own in this book.  Not only is she gaining better control and understanding of her powers, but she truly becomes a leader to her people.  I do feel bad for her at times, because it seems like almost everyone close to her wants to use her for some sort of gain of their own.

3. I have to say that this book seem to drag a bit at times, which made it harder for me to get through. I did love the Greyfriar/Adele reunion. It was quite the romantic hero gesture.

4. This book does have me wanting to know more about Adele's mother. She inspired such loyalty in both Anhalt and Mamoru.  How much did she know about her daughter's destiny before she died?

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