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The Rift Walker is the second installment in the Vampire Empire trilogy. Set in a postapocalyptic world, this tale of courage, sacrifice, and heroism takes place against the backdrop of an age of steam and rational humanism, where the social elite have rejected religion and spiritualism as nothing more than quaint superstition. Brutal Vampire Clans rule half the world, keeping human herds for food, and Princess Adele, heir to the throne of Equatoria, is faced with grim choices. War is imminent and her marriage to the odious Senator Clark of America will cement an alliance uniting the Equatorian Empire and the American Republic. This integration of war machines is to be the opening volley in the campaign to reclaim the Northern Hemispheres. Unfortunately, Adele’s betrothed has a bloodthirsty war strategy, one the Princess finds as repulsive as the actions of the vampires they fight.
Moments in advance of the Princess’s marriage to the Senator, the Greyfriar, legendary champion of the human resistance, rescues Adele before vampire assassins can murder her. While on the run from the agents of Prince Cesare, the acting Clan Lord of the Northern Vampires, Adele seeks to discover a way to protect her beloved Equatoria and prevent the genocide Clark intends to implement, all while trying to free herself from an unwanted marriage. Meanwhile, Cesare’s agents have struck deep at the heart of Equatoria and will stop at nothing to keep Adele from ascending to the throne.
Treachery abounds; friendship, loyalties, and allegiances are tested. Will Princess Adele be able - with the help of her beloved Greyfriar; her devoted guard and faithful officer, Anhalt; and her mentor, Mamarou - to turn the tide before human civilization is forever shattered?
©2011 Buzzy Multimedia Publishing Corp. (P)2013 Buzzy Multimedia Publishing
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By Roberta on 03-30-13

Buzzy and Marsters Hit Another Homerun!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Rift Walker to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print edition so I really can't compare the two.

Who was your favorite character and why?

King Misiri. He is so over the top but yet in some way very believable. He goes for the gusto. I also like the fact that he is honest in saying that if one of his daughters had done what Adele did he would be incredibly sad but would not be able to speak to her ever again.

What about James Marsters’s performance did you like?

He makes the book feel more like a movie. It is one thing to read about emotion but hearing it in his voice is so visceral, it really connects.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The connection between the two main characters is magnetic

Any additional comments?

Buzzymultimedia continues to produce quality audiobooks and their collaboration with James Marsters is simply stellar. Marsters is so talented an actor that it comes across in every book he has produced with Buzzy, and the people at Buzzy keep picking interesting material that captures one's imagination with exciting, tasteful books that are beyond compare.

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By Ashley on 07-01-13

Definitely a 'Set Up' book

The first Vampire Empire book took me a little while to get into, but after the first half, I ate it up. I was really excited to delve into this book, and it didn't quite live up to my excitement. It was obvious that this book was setting up for the final book in the trilogy.

I did like a few of the developments that happened in this segment and will absolutely keep reading to see what happens next.

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By Kathryn on 01-02-15

excellent second in the series

If you could sum up The Rift Walker in three words, what would they be?

excellently crafted story

What other book might you compare The Rift Walker to, and why?

not sure i could compare this book as most on the market try to sell vampires and really good but misunderstood creatures. this trilogy doesn't and its a refreshing change :)

Have you listened to any of James Marsters’s other performances? How does this one compare?

i really love listening to James Marsters, having listened to all the Jim Butcher books so actively looked for others read by him. the only thing i have to say about this particular reading is "James... chasm has a silent h in it.. so it sounds like kasm.. not chasm with a ch sound at the front.. i was shouting at you but you didn't listen"!

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Vampires are bad.. but American generals are worse

Any additional comments?

great book don't let me put you off. i really did enjoy it !

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By lynsey on 04-13-13

Bewitching and Enchanting.

This is the second part of the Vampire Empire series and it is as delightfully original as the first. Set in 2020, in a sort of steam punk version of a Victorian esque World ( its hard to describe the multi textured and multicultural World and do it any real justice) Its a tale of love, war, religion, politics, heroes and heroines, It shows the true good and pure evil and most levels in-between. You may not be a fan of vampire tales, but this outstanding work of creation is so much more than a vampire book for young adults, its rich and very rewarding to read and in audio it is beautifully narrated by James Marsters who is a delight to hear.( he is the narrator of Jim Butchers brilliant Dreasden flies ). I love these books and highly anticipate the next volume in this epic tale x

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By Chris on 05-25-17

Just very good

i feel that anytime i hear James on an audio book it makes it so much better. Was nice continuation of the previous book, i hope that the last stands just as tall.

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