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  • A vampire tale very well executed.

    I was expecting a lot from this book. From the very beginning it grabbed my attention. It exceeded my expectation. A vampire tale very well executed.

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  • Can’t put the book down !

    I was so into the story and got to the last page and found out that the eARC I got is just a sampler of the book. I was planning on getting this book on hard cover and after what I read I cannot wait for the weekend to go get my copy. I love how we were reading about the events that take place in the past and is like reading an interview with the vampire, which it is in fact a vampire, LOL. Well, I can only say that I’m in love with what I read :)

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  • A Masterpiece!

    Special thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for sharing this arc in exchange for my honest opinion. I finished the sampler last week and I am still thinking about this book. I can’t get it out of my mind. It’s like a ghost haunting me or a toxic ex-lover stalking me. I’ve read the Nevernight trilogy (and thought it was fantastic) but while Empire of the Vampire is in the same dark, sexy, brooding vein, it hits so much deeper. It’s more than just a vampire story. It’s a story of losing your faith, your trust, the very compass that guides you through life. How does one live when that is gone? Can it be found again? What do you become without it? From what I read, I can honestly say this is the best thing the author has written. Which is a bold statement coming from a woman who would live and die for Mr. Kindly. I am on pins and needles waiting to read the rest of it! The gradual world-building, the dark humor, and the emotional depth of the characters are pure perfection! So while this was not the entire book but a decent-sized sample of ~300 pages. All it did was just confirm the fact that this book is amazing and that I was wise to pre-order it! Of course, I don’t know how it ends but I trust Jay Kristoff’s writing enough to say I'm confident that however, he ends the book, it won't be so horrible that I would dislike the entire story Could my heart be shattered into a million pieces? Yes, most likely, knowing Mr. Kristoff. Will I thank him for doing so? Yes, I will.

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  • Gritty and raw, absolutely worth the hype.

    'Empire of the Vampire' by Jay Kristoff is Book 1 in the trilogy by the same name. A story which finds our narrator imprisoned and waiting to die for the crime of killing the Forever King. With the last proper sunrise twenty-seven years past, vampires have spread their eternal empire far and wide. Destroying the human civilization bit by bit, they've rained death and destruction everywhere they've gone. Silversaint, sworn brother of the holy Ordo Argent (Silver Order).. half-human and half-vampire, Gabriel de Leon has dedicated himself to defense of the realm. Not that it's necessarily stood beside him in return. Still.. he's the last line of defense between our world and theirs. Forced to tell the tales of his legendary battles, forbidden love, loss of faith and self.. his captors press for more. Demanding everything of him.. intimate details of relationships, the Wars of the Blood, and the quest for hope.. The Holy Grail, he has little choice but to give them what they want. If I'm being entirely honest, I'd been waiting for this book for well over a year. It's easily my most highly anticipated 2021 release and I'm happy to say, Kristoff absolutely delivers. Not only is this story right up my proverbial alley, gritty and bloody.. with plenty of suffering to go around, Kristoff's writing skill also seems to reach a pinnacle here. While managing to maintain the rough edges his stories and characters are known for, there's a dark refinement at work within the pages. I saw someone mention once that this book.. to paraphrase.. makes The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice look like an opening act. While I don't know that I agree with that, it isn't because the writing in Empire isn't superb. There's no doubt this book is a masterpiece of fiction, but rather because it's a wholly different kind of monster. I will say that for me, the two are probably neck-and-neck, and that's high praise considering my admiration of Rice's prose. Empire definitely put me through the wringer emotionally. It's funny really, I felt like I was doing very well.. as I'd gotten over halfway through the book dry-eyed, but it wasn't long after that point when the first gut-punch came.. leaving me a little more wary. I have to give Kristoff credit too. Now matter how far ahead he sometimes chooses to let you know the gist of what's coming, he doesn't fail to crush you with the details all the same in the moment you get to experience it. In the hands of any less gifted author, that knowledge takes some of the impact out of the blow.. but with him.. it only seems to hurt all the more. I'm not sure I've ever wanted to be more mistaken during a read before. Despite being over seven-hundred pages long, this book never becomes a slog. Whether he's character building or developing backstory, providing visual references or expanding relationships, I never wanted to put the book down and by the end.. he left me wanting more. Needing more. The battle scenes are visceral explosions of violence and pain, scripted like a well-choreographed dance.. and in the Kristoff fashion we've all come to expect.. no one is safe. Not from death nor turns of darkness. I'm thoroughly invested in the series and cannot wait to see where it goes.. what else will be unearthed in Gabe's tales.. and what he might yet get up to. I know there seems to be a certain end at the road, but The Last Silversaint is nothing.. if not stubborn and resourceful.. and I wouldn't bet against him taking a whole lot of 'coldbloods' with him somehow. If you haven't yet picked up this book, surely there's someone.. somewhere who hasn't.. even if I don't know them, do yourself a favor and remedy that. You're missing out. (I received this title as an ARC, but also purchased multiple copies. All opinions are mine and freely given.)

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  • Epic Vampire Saga!

    This is the first book I've read by Jay Kristoff. It was breathtaking. It was hilarious. The illustrations were beautiful. It was only the sampler, though it was nearly half the book, I've already pre-ordered the hardback I loved it so much. Gabriel is telling his story to a vampire that holds him captive and requires his story for his mistress. He is the last of the silversaints, a brotherhood of men who serve God by slaying vampires that have taken over the lands. The sun no longer shines due to a "curse" which shadows the land. This allows the vampires to expand their empire since they no longer have to hide from the sun. Seriously, if you love a good vampire tale, this one is epic. It's very dark and definitely not for children. Though I have not read the Witcher series, I've seen the show and this book has a very heavy Witcher vibe to it. I highly recommend it.

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