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This is an alternate-cover edition for isbn 13: 9781481043991Savior.Monster.A Time Wizard who will be the damnation of many...The world already suffers a bitter taste of hell on earth, in a World War II where Nazi warlock vampires battle with Gray Tower wizards in the streets of Europe and in the shadows.The Gray Tower, in its quest to stabilize a world that hangs on a delThis is an alternate-cover edition for isbn 13: 9781481043991Savior.Monster.A Time Wizard who will be the damnation of many...The world already suffers a bitter taste of hell on earth, in a World War II where Nazi warlock vampires battle with Gray Tower wizards in the streets of Europe and in the shadows.The Gray Tower, in its quest to stabilize a world that hangs on a delicate balance, has issued an order: Kill the Drifter.Isabella George, an alchemist trained by the Tower, knows the identity of the Drifter and refuses to go through with it, because it hits too close to home. Instead of executing the Drifter, she protects the Time Wizard at all costs and ensures that the power to control Time never falls into the wrong hands. She sets out to lift the severe decree of the Gray Tower, and prove to the Master Wizards that the Drifter is the only way to win the war.As Isabella unmasks traitors and embraces unlikely allies, her greatest danger may lie in her own heart--from the brutal desire for revenge, to the crushing guilt she carries...and the dangerous passion she tries to deny when she’s with one man in particular.As she attempts to sort things out both in her heart and head--and not mix up the two, a figure from her past comes along and makes an enticing offer to solve all her problems. The only payment required is her soul....

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  • Samantha LaFantasie
    2019-02-01 06:12

    Book 2 of The Grey Tower Trilogy left me wanting more. Simply because, I wasn't ready for it to end. This second installment kept me on the edge of my seat. I was so enthralled with the story that I read it very fast.(*MINI SPOILER*)I felt more in touch and invested in these characters with this book and was sad to see some of them go. I felt Isabella's frustrations and loss and certainly rooted for her as well as the other characters that were siding with her.This story picks up where the last one left off, held higher stakes to lose, and packed full of action, magic, and, yes, even a little espionage. Alesha Escobar has done an excellent job with the continuation of the series and I look very much forward to the final installment. It's bound to be exciting conclusion to this wonderful and surprisingly delightful trilogy.This review can also be found on my site, Amazon, and other sites as necessary.*Please Note: I was given a copy in return for an honest review.

  • Chris
    2019-01-21 07:18

    I was very much looking forward to reading Dark Rift after reading the first book in Alesha Escobar's The Gray Tower Trilogy. Dark Rift, the second book of the trilogy, is action packed and will not fail to grab hold of a reader's attention and imagination.Short Summary:Dark Rift continues to follow the adventures of Isabella George, an Alchemist trained by The Gray Tower and a spy for British intelligence as she attempts to unravel the mysteries of The Drifter and to battle against the forces of evil. However, evil can take many forms, and some new foes, ones which she never dreamed of encountering, enter into her life.Spoiler Free Review:Dark Rift does not give readers any exposition to prepare their minds and hearts for the journey ahead. Instead, readers are immediately thrown into Isabella's saga. The story opens with her making an alchemaic symbol and the reader will discover that things have not worked out all that well since we last saw Isabella.Alesha greatly added to the foundation which she established in the first book, The Tower's Alchemist and uses Dark Rift to expand upon the characters, their histories and their motives. Her writing flows very well and manages to feed the reader all of the information they need, without having lengthy chapters of what feels like forced exposition. The story has a natural pace that ebbs and flows but, never ebbing so much as to bore a reader. However, when the pace quickens, the reader cannot help but hold on for the ride and be compelled to at least finish the current chapter that they are reading.In addition to the variety of allies and enemies Isabella George encounters in the first book, an array of new characters and situations await a reader in Dark Rift. Some of the characters are warm while others are of a most sinister and evil nature. I even found myself having some difficulty falling to sleep at night after one particular encounter.While I will not disclose any of the major plot elements, I will reveal that there are several plot twists for which there is little or no warning. While there might be extremely subtle hints, Alesha keeps her secrets well hidden.I highly recommend Dark Rift and the entire The Gray Tower Trilogy. They are fantastic reads which will be sure to entertain a large variety of readers. I look forward to and await the release of the third, and final chapter of this series with great anticipation.

  • Elle Jacklee
    2019-01-28 07:05

    The story picks up shortly after where The Tower's Alchemist left off, and it put me right back on the edge of my seat! Isabella George has a renewed commitment (SOA sanctioned or not ) to finding out more about the unfolding mystery of her past and the Drifter's role in the future. As Isabella attempts to hone the powers she's just recently learned she possesses, she must protect her father, a fugitive condemned to death by the Gray Tower for actions he has yet to commit, but that they believe he will commit based on the foretelling of their teachings. The pain of the loss of someone close to Isabella is still fresh and raw as she embarks on her quest with some familiar characters that the reader gets to know a little better as well as new and interesting ones. But as is always the case in the spy game, Isabella can never be sure who to trust. Ms. Escobar elaborates beautifully on the already intriguing storyline she began in the previous book, and the suspense ratchets higher and higher right up to the spectacular conclusion! Well done! Bring on the third book in this trilogy PLEASE!

  • Jaleen Wedlow
    2019-02-10 05:14

    Simply ADORED this book! This book have me wanting another slice of journey! and I can't wait to read the 3rd of the trilogy! It was like a roller coaster ride of vampires, warlocks, wizards, Nazism etc! It definitely makes me wish history was this interesting! I never thought of a combination like that! It was well written and well thought out! If you haven't read this book yet, read the part 1 and definitely read this!!! You will love this!! You can actually visualize the events in your mind, I know I did! I might have to re-read it again, it's THAT good! I don't think Twilight or Interview With a Vampire stand a chance on this! I wonder if there's a movie in the works, I'd like this to be in a movie somehow!!

  • Ericka
    2019-02-04 11:24

    I got this book as part of Goodreads First Reads . I had never heard of this series before so I purchased the first in the series. I'm really glad I did because these books were awesome ! It was pretty cool how the author mixed in the supernatural with a period in time that is, for lack of words , iconic in history. I really liked the mash up and couldn't be happier that I was lucky enough to win this book !

  • Jamaica
    2019-01-22 04:20

    I won this book in a giveaway and just finished reading it last night. This is the second book in The Gray Tower Series, and I've got to say this was better than the first. I don't want to spoil this book, so I'll just say that this book sent me on an emotional roller coaster. I went from feeling anxious to laughing and crying. I'm giving this book five stars.

  • Travis Simonson
    2019-02-17 12:17

    I really love Alesha's series! It's written like a first person mystery so that every step of the way revelations get drizzled over the ever expanding story in such a way that left me greedy for more! Excellent story and intriguing characters is why I can't wait for the last installment!

  • April
    2019-01-19 10:59

    Once again, I am blown away! Patiently awaiting the final installment.

  • Pat
    2019-02-18 04:16

    My only complaint is that I have yet to buy the last book in the trilogy. I'll be rectifying that today so that I can find out how Isabella's adventures end.

  • Y. Correa
    2019-02-06 08:26

    Let me see… (insert thinking face here).Where can I start with this book?I find myself in one of those situations where you want to say so much, but almost don’t have the strength—more so, the desire—to.I suppose I’ll start by giving a bit about the premise. However, I’ve made up my mind that this review will be short and to the point. It’ll go something like this: explain the plot a tad, then give my overall thoughts.Today I’ll be veering away from my typical ‘Pros and Cons’ bullets, as I feel like they won’t really be necessary. Mostly because a lot of my thoughts on this book are the same as my thoughts on the 1st in the series, with maybe one or two difference.I’ll start by asking, have you ever read a series and thought to yourself “This one isn’t much better than the first, albeit for a couple of different reasons.”?Basically it’s that thought of “What the first one lacked this one was a bit better on, but what the first one was better on this one lacked.” More specifically, it’s the feeling of being let down.Does that even make sense? I really hope it does.Let me dig into the meat of this review for you as I really don’t feel like going off on a tangent. I want to keep this as short and sweet as I possibly can. Today Mini Truth, will keep her review short and honest, for my name sake.The Dark Rift is the continuation of The Tower’s Alchemist, and instead of continuing where the last one let off, as presumed, it actually does not. It starts off some time later—not much, but certainly not where the last one left off.Here Isabella George deems it necessary to sort things out by presenting the Master Wizard with the proof that the Drifter is humanities only salvation during this time of war and havoc.Wizards, and Warlocks, and Magic, OH MY!But, nope! This is definitely no Harry Potter type thing.Isabella is also dealing with the ramifications of the losses she had during The Tower’s Alchemist, and find it difficult to cope with them. In this story we see the return of a few of the characters in The Tower’s Alchemist as well as the presentation of new ones.I find that the best way to describe the overall scheme of Dark Rift, is to say that it’s a magical (or so we hope) journey of personal discovery.As with the first story in this series, I had some major problems with this read that really killed my gross enjoyment of it. To be completely honest, I didn’t enjoy it at all. I was flat out bored out of my mind.Alright… I changed my mind.I suppose I WILL be doing some bullet points after all, but not in the form of Pros and Cons, just general bullet points.1. Dark Rift is a story that is unfortunately too “preachy” for me. What do I mean? I mean that the book continually went into long segments of unnecessary information, all being told from a first person perspective which many times seemed very presumptuous.2. I still didn’t like the main character. She really is just not very likable to me, unfortunately.3. All of the “magical” elements of this story seemed like an after thought or just all out displaced—as if it just didn’t belong or wasn’t at all necessary.4. While in Dark Rift there wasn’t as many characters introduced, the ones that were introduced weren’t all that interesting, and for the most part had blasé personalities.5. I continually felt like the conflict wasn’t believable and lacked stimuli.6. There were constant bouts of the author trying to plug in the magical/mythological explanations in awkward places. It was like the story’s progression would be halted so that the author could implement some miscellaneous magic lesson.7. I can’t help but keep saying to myself, “One of these elements just isn’t needed. This should be either a magic story, or a war story, or a spy story and not all. They just don’t seem to mesh well. In wanting to have all of these aspects in the story, it seems as though they aren’t being told to their fullest capacity—so one takes away from the other, and in turn it is an all out put off.8. The writing style is still a bit odd, but better than the last book. The syntax can still use a tad bit of work, but isn’t horrible.9. I think that the story would’ve benefited from the exclusion or shaving of some excess scenes to help with the boredom aspect.10. There was still the aspect of the unresolved issues in book 1, that weren’t resolved in book 2. And now book 2 has added more unresolved issues. I hope that book 3 does it’s job and seals the deal.Due to holding the expectation that this one would rank higher on my Reading Richter Scale-—as it was the 2nd in the collection—but didn’t, I found myself feeling highly unimpressed with Dark Rift, and thus causing my ranking to mark even lower this time around.My verdict?2 Stars.I truly pray that the 3rd book is better.

  • Queen Spades
    2019-02-09 07:02

    This is the abbreviated version. For the full version, please check out The Review Board.Note: This was given by the author in exchange for an honest review.Circle of Cool Beans (Magic Spell Pros)1. The abstractness of the cover still remains a top pro to me. It does help to tie together all the books in the series. Plus it does help that my favorite color is blue.2. The significant decrease of double agent speak made it easier to keep up with characters, particularly Isabella.Circle of Perturbness (Magic Spell Cons)1. Circle of Repetitious Resolution: In almost every situation where Isabella meets with trouble, she immediately relies on one source for assistance. The scenes felt extremely anti-climatic because almost like a “train that is never late”, here comes the Circle of Protection. Just like John Cena and his five moves of doom, in order to keep Isabella interesting, she has to pull more out of her arsenal and a lot more often at that. The fact that this is the second book in the trilogy and we are still seeing the same magic tricks of the first is a bit disheartening.2. Circle of Little Substance: Although Dark Rift didn’t have the sickening influx of characters like Tower’s Alchemist, all the introduced characters were treated as if they were passing by, including those who had significance in moving along the story. Not saying that the reader needs to know everyone’s back story but the main chemicals that are going to cause implosion, they definitely needed more exploring.3. Circle of Malnourishment: I didn’t mind the Dark Rift being slower as long as one of the things achieved was improvement in the main character Isabella. If one was reading Dark Rift by itself, one would get annoyed at Isabella’s fits of temper, not thinking things fully through before she acts, and continuing to get in trouble time and time again. It’s even more painful when you’ve read the first book and realize that it’s practically the same Isabella only a different setting. Even when she is given instructions on what to do and told to be cautious, she’s acts like she’s listening but she really isn’t. In addition, her depiction of her emotions and experiences are very detached. In first person, I want to be able to feel the person’s triumphs and sorrows, and although she has lost many in not only this book but the previous book, I am not able to connect with her pain and her torment. I didn’t gain any likability towards Isabella and that spells trouble going into the third installment, since this whole entire trilogy is based on her coming into her own and for the reader to invest the time to ride things until the end.4. Circle of Nonsensical Narration: I feel like a lot of the instructional information about the magic served more as fill in narration than adding to the actual movement or basis of the storyline. Dark Rift would have served as a better read if these teachable instances had been extracted.5. Circle of Disbelief: For me, even a book that is based in fantasy has to have scenes implemented that have a sense of coherence. In other words, the author has to write it in a smooth pattern that makes the action I am seeing in front of me believable, despite the components being heavily rooted in magic. Circles of Protection were broken without explanations as to how a villain was able to do it. Other people are able to break through certain protections placed on Isabella without a smooth lead in as to how this would even play out. Isabella uses a power that she didn’t even have time to perfect and the reader is supposed to buy that she is becoming this awesome force to be reckoned with. It as if the author sat down and was like, “I’ll just throw a head scratching moment in right about now” and just leave the reader to figure it out.Verdict: 2 StarsI did want Dark Rift to serve as a better read for me than Tower’s Alchemist. Unfortunately it felt like “Same Script, Different Cast.” I am going to enact a Circle of Protection around my enthusiasm and hope all of the holes in the 1st and the 2nd books will be solved and conveyed better in the last book of this trilogy.

  • H.M. Jones
    2019-01-25 09:20

    With series books, I'm not always as impressed with sequels as with the opening book, never really. But Escobar brings it in Dark Rift as much as she did in The Tower's Alchemist, if not more so. Now that the stage and characters are set, Escobar lets loose a torrent of thrills, suspense, magical espionage and close calls. Miss George doesn't get a moment's relaxation, as her very being is an imagined threat to almost everyone she meets. Escobar merges fantasy, historical accuracy and time travel even more intricately in the second installment than the first. And where I was disappointed by not seeing an outsider's perspective of the type of life Escobar leads in the fist book, the second book more than makes up for it, and also cleverly contrasts the life Miss George could have by showing her side to side with her brother's wife. Unlike her, Isabella cannot see herself happily settled down, making meals, even having children. The reader gets a very realistic yearning from Isabella, while also appreciating her bravery, her distinct lifestyle that does not fit with her social/historical period. And she feels it, yearns for normalcy but not for boredom, and no one is ever bored in Isabella's life. This thrilling second installment is complex, expertly created and non-stop. I stayed up much too late to find out how Isabella was going to save herself, her friends and her family, and also keep herself shielded from evil. I could only ask for a little more description in the settings from Escobar to be helplessly lost in the books. I always like to really be able to place myself in a character's setting, and I could not always do that in this book, but it was a small kink in a wonderfully written book. I highly recommend readers pick up the FREE first book in this trilogy. Once they do, they will not be able to help buying the second, and once the second draws them in even more, they are hooked, as I am.

  • Jonathan
    2019-01-23 09:03

    “Dark Rift”, by Alesha Escobar, is the second novel in The Gray Tower series, following “The Tower’s Alchemist.” Now the only real problem I had with this novel is that it was a while ago since I read the first one. And I must be getting old because I struggled at first to get a handle on some of the secondary characters. I did a quick rescan of the first one, then got back up to speed. Part of me wishes that all books in trilogies did a recap at the beginning, yet I get why most don’t (because then why read it if the Cliff’s Notes version is at the beginning). Anyway, this is all besides the point. “Dark Rift” picks up shortly after the first one ended. It continues the story of Isabella, an alchemist trained by wizards at The Gray Tower and its again set during WWII. Isabella has a secret, and her father has gone to great lengths and sacrifice to protect her. As the story goes on, Isabella begins to come in to her powers and realizes that what everyone considers a threat may in fact be an ally. Her quest is to convince those that would do her wrong that she is on their side, and is no threat at all (or is she? Despite her best intentions). This one is full of action. It took a few chapters for me to get back into it, but once I did, I couldn’t put it down. In some ways it’s a coming of age hero story, which I always love. It’s the second of three, and you get no resolution in the book (that’s what the third one is for), and it does end in turmoil but it felt totally natural. The author clearly did a lot of research. Off I go on the third one now, so its fresh in my mind. I can certainly give this one a high recommendation.

  • Mike
    2019-01-26 11:01

    This book, and the series of which it's the second, have good bones. It needs an editor, but the author tells me it's getting one very soon, so its issues - mainly tense problems, occasional odd phrasings and possible anachronisms - should go away, leaving an enjoyable and well-told story.Full disclosure: I know Alesha Escobar on social media, and we've been in an anthology together (Theme-Thology: New Myths. I thought her story in that collection was one of the best in the book. She has talent as a writer, and a good editor will bring that out and help her shine as she deserves to.Apart from the problems I've alluded to already, the main issue for me was that it felt like it could be tenser and faster paced, especially near the beginning. I think a bit of cutting of mundane detail that doesn't contribute to plot, character or setting would fix that easily. I was never bored, but I did feel that I could have been more caught up in events, and could have felt a greater sense of urgency in what was, after all, a tense situation: fighting Nazi vampire wizards and their werewolves while trying to keep your allies from hunting down your father for appearing to be something that you, yourself, secretly are.