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Today we welcome back Vivien. She’s going to review THE KINGMAKERS, book three of the Vampire Empire series.

THE KINGMAKERS
Book 3, Vampire Empire
Clay and Susan Griffith
ARC provided by PYR
Review by Vivien

The Kingmakers is the third book in the thrilling Vampire Empire trilogy. A fast paced action adventure filled with war, vampires and political machinations. In a world that could mirror our own, it stands out with the heavy doses of steampunk woven throughout.

The third book takes off immediately where The Rift Walker (book 2) ends. There is no down time in this book. It starts off with a bang and keeps you on your toes until the very end. Every scene plays an important role in weaving the plot together. The Griffiths found the perfect way to fool the reader into thinking that you knew what each character’s motivations were. Only to tweak the plot lines a little to leave you not knowing who to root for.

The characters are by far my favorite aspect of this series. While the world building and technicalities play their role, they aren’t what kept me invested in this series. Over the course of the trilogy, you get to see many sides to each character. Some selfish, some stubborn but most of all they were all very passionate in their beliefs. It’s invigorating to be able to glimpse these…human characteristics.

Adele finally emerges as the mature woman she was meant to be. She holds her power well and stands by her decisions both good and bad. The Greyfriar/Gareth really lets his soft side show through. He becomes more vulnerable in the realization of his feelings for Adele. Their relationship grows more intimate in the few moments that they are able to steal away. There aren’t many, but they draw strength from their trust in each other.

A very satisfying ending that leaves me wanting more. This conclusion was a very explosive novel. The action starts off with an explosive battle and ends with a victory. But who will win in the war of humans versus vampires? Who will be crowned King? How many will be left standing in the end?

~Vivien

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Today I welcome back Visiting Lolita Vivien to guest review THE RIFT WALKER, book 2 of the Vampire Empire series.

 

THE RIFT WALKER

Book 2, The Vampire Empire

Clay and Susan Griffith

PYR Books

Review by Vivien

After really enjoying the first book in this trilogy, The Greyfriar, I was very eager to sink my teeth into The Rift Walker. It immediately picks up exactly where The Greyfriar left off. So, if you don’t remember everything, I’d recommend a refresher.

While The Greyfriar was filled with technological advancements and a bloody war, The Rift Walker is more about political intrigue. The schemes and machinations of everyone involved is just utterly fascinating. It held my attention throughout. I can’t divulge any more without completely spoiling it all!

Getting a few different point of views this time around, The Rift Walker takes a slower pace than it’s predecessor. Having linear plot lines that all need to be told can seem tedious at times, but it really fills out the story. You need every bit of information that you’re given.

While the relationship between Adele and The Greyfriar wasn’t in the foreground in The Rift Walker, it still blossoms right before our eyes. Gone is the abrasive tension and replacing it is a more comfortable companionship. Towards the end I really felt their struggle as a whole with the world they live in.

A fascinating sequel to The Greyfriar. While some may not find The Rift Walker as engaging, I think it really adds to the depth of this trilogy. The Griffiths really built on the characters in this sequel. I am on edge for The Kingmakers, the last in the trilogy. I can’t wait to see how all the pieces that they have created, fit together to create one cohesive world.

~Vivien

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