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Not much surprises me lately. This however is a true work of art. I was sucked in, spat out, while totally immersing myself as I devoured this read.
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!
Jay Kristoff has done an incredible job with creating this amazing world. I loved getting to know about Gabriel de Leon and how he got where he was.
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.
I almost stopped reading around chapter 8 thinking it was all feeling a bit too cliché but I’m glad I didn’t. I could also say it contains almost every type of swashbuckling, medieval-fantasy and vampiric trope but actually it’s hard to break away from once caught in the breakneck pace of the story. Fight scene after fight scene rush by in a red, blood soaked blur. The main character Gabriel becomes less grating as the story evolves and although the dialogue feels mechanical at times, the overall effect is thrilling.
I love the story telling style of Gabriel and Jean-Francois’s conversation, enhanced by the intermissions and illustrations. I love the world that is so vividly built around a story of love, brotherhood, and family, yet marred by betrayal, death, and vengeance. 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.
I loved the Nevernight Chronicles by Jay Kristoff and when I found out he had a new book coming out I couldn't wait. Devoured this book in a few days. Was a great read, looking forward to the next one (whenever) that might be :-)