The Rift Walker (Vampire Empire)
by Clay Griffith
Prometheus Books Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781616145231
Date: 15 November 2011 List Price £14.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
The follow-up to The Greyfriar, the first book in Clay & Susan Griffith's Vampire Empire series which I couldn't help but notice was plastered all over my news feeds and mentioned on many of the blogs I visit in the weeks before and following its release. Much positive coverage ensued (the press release for this new book features 24 (count' em!) great quotes for it's predecessor) and this second title, The Rift Walker, looks already to be attracting similar plaudits.
"This is a rousing pulp action steampunk epic adventure - and a story of heartbreaking romance, sacrifice, and heroism. 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 of the British vampire clan, seizes the initiative and strikes at the very heart of Equatoria. "