Empire of the Vampire: Empire of the Vampire, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
From the Sunday Times best-selling and award-winning author of the Nevernight Chronicle comes this masterful new series.
It has been 27 long years since the last sunrise.
For nearly three decades, vampires have waged war against humanity, building their eternal empire even as they tear down our own. Now, only a few tiny sparks of light endure in a sea of darkness.
Gabriel de León, half man, half monster and last remaining silversaint - a sworn brother of the holy Silver Order dedicated to defending the realm from the creatures of the night - is all that stands between the world and its end.
Now imprisoned by the very monsters he vowed to destroy, the last silversaint is forced to tell his story. A story of legendary battles and forbidden love, of faith lost and friendships won, of the Wars of the Blood and the Forever King and the quest for humanity’s last remaining hope:
The Holy Grail.
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|Listening Length||27 hours and 10 minutes|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||07 September 2021|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 386 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
9 in Dark Fantasy (Audible Books & Originals)
21 in Action & Adventure Fantasy
24 in Dark Fantasy (Books)
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High fantasy reigns, honest to goodness vampire grit, gore and bloodshed. Dark themes, smutty all thrown in - and a character in Gabriel you’ll love to hate. Violence and profanity abound, this isn’t a children’s fairy tale.
The internal hardcover formatting is absolutely divine. Bring on the next book!
I really enjoyed his take on vampires and can definitely see the Vampire Dairies inspiration throughout with not only the vampires but the personalities of some of the characters.
Gabriel de Leon of course was my favourite as well as Dior, Astrid and Chloe.
I loved the characters and relationships throughout and loved travelling the incredible world.
The sarcasm through out the book contrasts the dark nature that Gabriel experienced. I wanted to throw my book across the room at multiple parts in the book and I need the next one as soon as possible.
Empire of the Vampire was fantastic and I will definitely be rereading it again.
If you love books that will tear your heart out and laugh at your feeble hopes that it’ll get better, then this is for you.
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It’s so much more than just a vampire book. It’s about family. It’s about friendship. It’s about finding faith and losing it, betrayal and heartbreak, and still finding the strength to go on.
As with all of Jay’s books, I was completely captivated from start to finish.
The world building is so rich you can easily picture where you are at any point in the book.
The vampires — even though there are similarities to their predecessors — also feel different enough that the concept of vampires feels new and gives them a new angle, and that really takes some skill and imagination to pull off.
I loved Gabriel. The flaws make him so much more believable and likeable a character and I really empathised with him every step of the story.
None of the characters are black and white. Many times I found my opinion of certain characters changing over the course of this book and even when I thought I knew a character and what their motives were, my opinions were turned on their head. I ended up loving characters I didn’t like in the beginning and distrusting or even hating those I liked at the start.
I can’t quite find the words to say how impressed I am and how much I loved this book. I expected nothing less, and it definitely lived up to — if not exceeded — my expectations.
And let’s not forget that the illustrations are absolutely stunning.
This book was everything I hoped it would be and more.
I've been reading books pretty much all of my 56 years and with the advent of tech I devour books on Kindle.
THIS IS THE MOST RIVETING, EXCITING, FABULOUS BOOK OF ITS KIND I HAVE EVER READ.
That's a Review to you knobjockey spoilers - you know who you are ;-)
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 September 2021
can really tell which bits are "influenced" by various other books. Especially "the Witcher". But also many more. I found myself playing "spot the story" while I read. If you can get over that though, it's a good book.
Now the bugbears: the illustrations. Deary me. No need for them and a bit distracting. No shade on the artist, I'm not doubting they have a talent, but they reminded me of the drawings of teenage fandom. Like something you'd find on a fan-fiction website. Not suited to the story at all. Secondly, some of the language - the curse words. I don't care about swearing but the wordplay around them was a bit "meta" - like the author trying to prove how funny they were.