Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Rift Walker (Vampire Empire #2) by Clay and Susan Griffith Plus GIVEAWAY!

The Rift Walker (Vampire Empire, Book 2)Description:
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. 
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. 
The Rift Walker is the second book in a trilogy of high adventure and alternative history. Combining rousing pulp action with steampunk style, the Vampire Empire series brings epic politcal themes to life within a story of heartbreaking romance, sacrifice, and heroism.
Well, you might remember that I reviewed the first book The Greyfriar shortly after my steampunk week because I just couldn't stop reading steampunk! I was excited to get the second book in this trilogy for review. For those that have yet to read the first book I will try, as I usually do, to avoid spoilage. I mean no one wants a rotten book review! ;)

This one was action packed pretty much from the beginning. And although Adele was the main character of the first book, I felt it was more The Greyfriar's hero story. In this one Adele plays a wonderful heroine and even is able to take care of the indestructible Greyfriar! I loved that turn of events. Adele really comes into her own power not only as a heroine but as a woman, and a leader. So for those who love a strong woman lead, you will enjoy this book immensely.

The romance continues within this book as well. Often within books that have characters who cannot see how they can be together, we, as readers, often can see the path on which they could take to become that couple they seek. With this couple I cannot see how they could ever be together on a permanent basis. Too many things conspire against them. I have never come across such a tragic romance before and it makes the tension delectable. You wonder if stolen moments will ever be enough.

In the end, I give this book 4 1/2 stars. It is a trilogy so it should be read in order. If you are a fan of a different type of vampire, fantasy, UF, PNR, and/or steampunk you really should read these books! It has something for just about everyone.
I was given this ARC by the publisher PYR and no compensation for my review was given.


Guess what??? The publisher contacted me and there is a giveaway of this book! TWO winners!! Squee! Oh and guess what international people? It is international! Just fill out the rafflecopter form below. Good luck!



48 comments:

  1. I'm not very familiar with the steampunk genre, but this sounds like a heck of a good read!

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  2. I'm a huge steampunk fan. Also this series is just awesome so far. I'm so excited for the sequel!!

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  3. I am such a slacker I still haven't read the first book. I want too because of your review and also Jenny's. It seems to get a lot of love.

    Thanks for the international giveaway too :)

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  4. I loved the first book and I bought the second one - I can't wait to start reading it! Your great review encouraged me even more!

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  5. I recently bought book 1 at a Borders sale, and I'm pretty excited to read it. Thanks for this insightful review and giveaway!

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  6. Thanks for this giveaway ! I didn't know the serie but I think i will look about it !

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  7. I love the idea of this being a tragic romance - makes a welcome change, don't you think?

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  8. the trailer and the book sound great the authors are some one who write and the book is multy one so it should do good

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  9. I've heard good things about the first book, and even though I haven't read it yet, I'd like to read this one as well when I get my hands on both.

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  10. I've been trying to get into steampunk, thanks for the recc :D

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  11. I am a vampire and PNR fan, but I have yet to jump into any steampunk. Sounds like I could kill 3 birds with one stone with this series!!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com

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  12. I am a huge fan of this series! Thanks so much for the giveaway! I am mot entering since I have it, but to all others good luck! You should definitely read it!

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  13. This is on my definite must try when I work up the courage to try steampunk again read! :)

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  14. I am reading a sample of the first book - it looks very good so far!

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  15. YESSSSSSS! SO EXCITED TO READ THIS! I loved book 1 so so much, I'm so glad to know you loved book 2, that makes me feel better. I always get worried I won't like a second book as much as the first. Don't enter me, I just got this one in the mail and will be diving into it shortly:)

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  16. Wow! I'm amazed that you read the books in order....lol

    Kidding aside, I'm definitely looking forward to reading this series. I mean steampunk and vampires = WIN!

    I love the sound of the forbidden romance. It's all about those stolen moments! *le sigh*

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway, Mel.

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  17. I haven't read this series yet but your enthusiasm has me all a twitter!

    Sounds like I need to start reading!

    Thanks for the fab review and the giveaway!

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  18. These do sound like the perfect mix and I love the idea that they are a trilogy and so I can see the endgame coming soon - I like closure. While I love series reading I'm a bit burnt out on it right now. Luckily I just picked up book two at borders closeouts so hot dog hopefully I'll win #2!~

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  19. I LOVED the Greyfriar!

    Lynn

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  20. Cos of Goodreads I thought it was coming out the 20th, and now, omg, I could have read it earlier!*drools a bit* This weekend it is!

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  21. EPIC!!! I totally have the first one and I've heard such great things about it! I'm dying to ACTUALLY read it!!!

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  22. I have the first book in this series and heard that the romance was great in it. I don't know what's kept me away except for this huge stack of books here. I'll have to move Vampire Empire to the top of the stack. Hmm, seems like I've been saying that a lot. Maybe I'll just stop sleeping! I really want this second one. I have to know why she's the one that can stop the war. Why is she the key and why does her true love have to die??? Why????

    Heather

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  23. I didn't love the first book as much as everyone else seems to but I'm curious to see how the story progresses. I would like to get to know Greyfriar a bit better, especially since I felt that he was really distant in the first book and we never got into his head.

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  24. Yay! An international giveaway! :)
    I haven't read the first one but it is on my wishlist and you know I love me some steampunk! :)

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  25. I loved The Greyfriar, it was one of my favorite books read last year. I'm really looking forward to reading The Rift Walker to see what happens next with Princess Adele and the Greyfriar.

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  26. @Missie... I had no choice. The second wasn't out when I read the first. ;)

    Great comments everyone!!

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  27. Okay, I have the first book here and HAVE to read it. ANd love the sounds of the second one being amazing too. :) Thank you!!!

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  28. This sounds like a really exciting read and if I win I know at least three friends who I'll have to pass it on too. Ahh, the long chain of books. We're all reading the Game of Thrones series now. Borrowing the books out 1 by 1. lol

    misusedinnocence@aol.com

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  29. Oh, I love romances with lots of tension! I certainly don't want my lovers to have it too easy :)

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  30. This book sounds awesome! I love steampunk books, especially ones which are action-packed!

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  31. I've only read a few steampunks I've really liked but throw vamps into the mixture and it's a winner.

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  32. I am so in lust with this series it's not even funny! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  33. I wish I could show you my imagination. Alas, I read. I do not write. I must say though that the cover is to die for & thanks for the opportunity to expand my reading world.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  34. I have the first book of the series sitting on my shelf waiting to be read, but I think it's lonely. If I could just win the second book here, think how happy it would be to have company!! Don't do it for me - do it for the book!! Thanks :)

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  35. I do enjoy stories with lots of action.

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  36. You have said it right my friend, no one wants a rotten book review. :)

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  37. Vamp steampunk? Well, steampunk is steamy as hell, so why not? The vampire clans from the north? I think the author is referring to Canada. Bad choice - there is nothing scary in Canada.
    -Mac Campbell
    http://iwritehorror.blogspot.com

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  38. @Mac... LOL Luckily then the book isn't set in the US. ;D

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  39. I haven't read this series, but I've been dying to. I hear such amazing things about Vampire Empire! *squee* Love it!

    Jen

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  40. This book looks like a fun read!!

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  41. Ohh, it sounds SO GOOD! count me in ;)

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  42. Oh gosh... Rafflecopter! Every time I do it I think that my computer (or mind) is going to explode. Thank you so much for the giveaway Melissa! I have heard such good things abut this series! Seriously, vampires and steampunk- what could be better?

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  43. OOOH! Awesome giveaway! I just got book 1 for my kindle and I can't wait to start! Heard such awesome things about both books!

    GFC ~ erin
    efender1(at)gmail(dot)com

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  44. I absolutely loved Greyfriar and cannot wait to read The Rift Walker. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  45. I have been following The Rift Walker and would love to read it. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway opportunity.

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  46. I absolutely love this series! It's has such an original take on the whole vampire genre.
    Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

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  47. I love steampunk and the first book was really great. Can't wait to read the second one. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  48. I love vampire books!

    kaylalovesandrew09@yahoo.com

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