Saturday, October 1, 2011
129) The Rift Walker by Susan & Clay Griffith
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.
My Thoughts :
The Greyfriar took me by surprise when I read it a few months ago. It was an amazing read and I was impressed by the start to what looked like a promising unique series. So when I saw Rift Walker was out I had to get it asap. I couldn't wait to see what would happened next in Adele's royal life and what the Greyfriar was going to do about her destined marriage to Senator Clark.
However I have to admit that this second part in the Greyfriar series didn't really wow me as much as the debut. It was still a good read and it was exciting enough but it lacked that that surprise effect that first book had going for it. Of course there were little twists and turns like any good plot but it wasn't enough.
It was interesting to see what the authors had thought up as a plot for the second book. Of course it was obvious that certain things would have to happen in order for the series to continue and it was no surprise that Greyfriar ends up getting Adele by his side again. It was nice to travel with the pair again and see how this intriguing world works but somehow despite the action I was left a little unimpressed by most of the story.
I did enjoy reading The Rift Walker because of its continuing originality and cool steampunk paranormal elements but anyone who hasn't read The Greyfriar would be lost in this world. I would still recommend reading both books and I can't wait to read the next one.