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review 2018-07-11 07:22
Lackluster ending
The Kingmakers - Susan Griffith

***Possible spoilers you've been warned***


I don't know what happened in this one. The first two books were excellent and fun to read. It got you looking forward to the final installment and wanting a nice close to the series. This one falls short. Drastically.


You get smidgens of action here and there but the bulk of the novel is Gareth and Adele having cheesy love sick conversation about their relationship and what the future holds for them. The setting changes throughout the book but they keep talking about the same bloody thing over and over again. It's a bloody record that's been scratched and you can't turn it off.


Adele goes on the major pity party and gets whiny. I don't know how she managed to pull this 360 when the first two books she was an excellent character to read. Now all of a sudden it's "poor me" and "What about Gareth?" "Everybody is leaving me. Wah. Wah. Wah" Oh lordy Adele. Shut up. You're an Empress. Act like it.


The geomancy theory was okay and interesting but there wasn't much to it. Sure Adele, let's destroy the vampire race right? okay good. Save humans. Yay. Oh wait your boyfriend is a vampire but hey! he's okay with the massive genocide you're doing. Yeah! that's great! Thumbs up Gareth! we're voting for you next time around!


The most disappointing factor of all was the inner vampire plotting was left to a few pages here and there and it lacked any substance. Cesare barely made an appearance and if he did it's all about "Bwahhaah my plot is unfolding" several more scenes later: "Bwahahaha my plot is still unfolding" it's like the villain who talks to much and doesn't actually do the deed he's supposed to do.


I was severely disappointed with this final book. It's unfortunate to see such great characters come to a lackluster end.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-07-20 00:07
Wow! I loved this one. Just as good as the first book!
The Rift Walker - Clay and Susan Griffith,Clay Griffith

***Spoilers ahead you’ve been warned!***


It is greatly recommended you read The Greyfriar before jumping into this novel. You’d be pretty much lost if you started reading out of order.


This one was just as good as the first one and better. I enjoyed reading Adele’s development throughout the book! I never thought of her as a whiny damsel in distress even though there were times when she wasn’t sure what to do but in this book she went from a strong character to someone even  stronger. She immediately knew what to do and there were times when she didn’t take no as an answer (and the empress in her came out! That was fun to watch!)


You now have a more developed plot and you also get to see who’s on who’s side and who has a private agenda (Yes Mamoru, we’re talking about you.) I used to like Mamoru so much until the last third of this book. Wow. I understand where the hatred is coming from but it goes to show how blinding it can be and the way it can twist someone around.


Also: Everybody needs a friend like Colonel Anhalt. You need a loyal friend like that in life. No kidding. He’s become one of my favorite characters in the series because of his loyalty, despite discovering who the Greyfriar really is. He adores and cherishes Adele so much I loved reading about him. She treats him just the same way and they both are the best match when it comes to a good loyal friendship, in fact it’s almost a father daughter relationship.


Speaking of fathers. The deaths of both Constantine and Dmitri just tore me up. It’s interesting how they died similarly. Both heartbreaking, and wanting you out there crying for revenge because of the way they died.


So who do I dislike more? Cesare? Or Senator Clark? I’d go with Cesare on this one. He’s cunning, ruthless but there’s something slimy about him that you just want to sink a stake into his heart and watch him disintegrate. Senator Clark on the other hand is just an uncouth baboon that’s funny when he’s upset. You can’t help but laugh at his antics even though he’s a jerk.



The plot in the book is evenly paced as for the majority of it you follow the Greyfriar and Adele through their journey (GARETH THE WEDDING CRASHER! I LOVED IT!) their romance is well written and it’s not sappy or too sweet. It’s just right. They have their funny moments, and their sad ones, and ones where it was a close call to ending them. I rather wish they had more moments on Cesare and his plotting but he’s sporadically featured here and there throughout the book. Not enough though (there’s just something about villains that you want to read more about anyway…)


I definitely can’t wait to read the third one! I want to see what’s going to happen now that Adele is using her skills as a Geomancer and she’s getting more training on it (although there’s a downside to that as well.) Can’t wait to see what’s in store for them next!

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review 2015-04-17 04:32
The Rift Walker
The Rift Walker (Vampire Empire, Book 2) - Clay Griffith

This was a bit slower than book 1, it took a little bit of time to really take off.  Once it did, oh boy.  I really, really didn't want Adele to marry Senator Clark (I didn't like him and he didn't respect Adele or her abilities) and I was happy with the resolution.  I love, love how Greyfriar had no problem deferring and taking orders from Adele.  He was quietly supportive.  Awesome villain(s) (some that I knew, others that I wondered about, and the surprises).

Looking forward to book 3 (The Kingmakers), strongly considering pre-ordering book 4 (yes, there is a 4th book listed!)

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text 2014-02-28 03:30
Setting this one aside ...
The Greyfriar - Clay Griffith,Susan Griffith

I've tried reading this a couple of times now, and I finally realized I didn't have to read it!  There are so many other books I can read and it's really OK to tuck this into my "maybe as a last resort" and "meh" shelves. The concept was neat - steampunk and vampires - but the characters not-so-much.  The princess felt very Mary Sue-ish (she's a teenager and managed to decapitate a taller and stronger vampire with a single stroke of a sword in a melee). I just felt very disconnected to the plot, the characters and the writing. I was really hoping to get caught up in a good series, but oh, well ...


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text 2014-01-02 15:38
Why Do All the Library Requests Always Come at Once!
The Darkness That Comes Before - R. Scott Bakker
Ancillary Justice - Ann Leckie
Iceland's Bell - Philip Roughton,Halldór Laxness
The Kingmakers - Susan Griffith

So I just received my email notification that these 4 books are now ready for me to pick up!  They always seem to come in batches instead of one at a time.  Most are long reads as well, so it looks like I'll be pretty busy :D


Any suggestions of which one I should start first???

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