The Rift Walker (Vampire Empire)

The Rift Walker (Vampire Empire, Book 2) - Clay Griffith The Rift Walker is the sequel to The GreyFriar by Clay & Susan Griffith. When I realized that The Rift Walker had finally been released I was ecstatic, and more than ready to jump into this amazingly unique world once again. When we last left prince Gareth, he was in Edinburgh and princess Adele has returned to her home in Equatoria, an amalgamation of states that formed after the great killing - the event in which vampires made their presence known to the world, by slaughtering humans en masse and occupying the majority of the global north. Even though they are thousands of miles apart, Gareth and Adele long for each other. At this point I think it is important to tell you that if you are looking for a straight paranormal romance, this is not book for you. The romance plays a role in the story, but it is not the main theme of the story.In order to secure an alliance with the Americans, Adele is forced to agree to an arranged marriage with the arrogant, brash Clark. She is particularly resistant to the marriage, when she learns that as part of his war plans, Clark intends to destroy the vampires food supply. Since vampires feed on humans, this means that he intends to slaughter innocent men, women and children, all in the hope of winning the war, but Adele who has spent time with them, finds it absolutely abhorrent that these people should be annihilated. Her reaction to his proposal showed a great strength of character that is often lacking in female protagonists in this genre.When Gareth learns that his brother Cesare plans to kill Adele and Clark on their wedding day, he sweeps in and whisks Adele away. Together they must battle for Adele's right to rule Equotoria, deal with traitors and fight vampires as the specter of Cesare looms large. If that were not enough, Adele must learn to negotiate her newly found powers in geomancy to protect those that she cares about, without hurting Gareth. I am so tempted to tell you more about this story, but doing so would cause you to miss a fantastic adventure, that is absolutely a feast for the mind (yes I am fanpoodling).On a social justice front, people of color are again in servile positions. Much of this can be attributed to the fact that the protagonist Adele is royalty. Adele is described is as half Persian on her mother's side. Unfortunately, once again the parent of color is absent which as we know is a trope in urban fantasy. Like Mercy Thompson, Anita Blake and Adele, when protagonists are mixed they often are do disconnected from the part of their heritage that is of color, it nigh impossible to count them as characters of color. Read more