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Empire of the Vampire Kindle Edition
Praise for Empire of the Vampire:
“Kristoff wields his writing like a fine blade―well-balanced, graceful and wickedly sharp.” ―V.E. Schwab, bestselling author of The Invisible Life of Addie Larue
"Kristoff’s Empire of the Vampire is a wonderfully crafted tale, the pieces as meticulously interlocked as fine woodwork." ―Robin Hobb, New York Times bestselling author
“Jay Kristoff’s latest dark fantasy, Empire of the Vampire, is a gothic bloodbath that will leave any reader―including this one―breathless. The story is a vast apocalyptic canvas, reminiscent of Justin Cronin’s The Passage, even Stephen King’s The Stand, yet Kristoff’s work stands on its own ruthless merit as the opening gambit of a richer tale yet to unfold. I can’t wait to return again to this rich, lush, and bloody world. Until then, read this book now!” ―James Rollins, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Last Odyssey and The Starless Crown
"With Empire of the Vampire, Jay Kristoff has once again shown why he is a master storyteller. Gabriel de León is a complex and complicated new hero for Jay’s legion of fans, and soon-to-be fans… I absolutely cannot wait to share this book with my friends and fellow book lovers." ―Sarah Danforth, Towne Book Center (Collegeville, PA)
"Empire of the Vampire is an epic marvel! …This is the best book that Jay Kristoff has written. He is a master storyteller …This is a story of vampires and heroes, of love and sorrow, of friendship and loss, of joy and devastation. It is a story of death and darkness, but if you look closely you will find a thread of hope that shines brighter than the sun." ―Meghan Vanderlee, Schuler Books (Grand Rapids, MI)
About the Author
JAY KRISTOFF is a #1 international, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of fantasy and science fiction. He is the winner of eight Aurealis Awards, an ABIA, has over half a million books in print and is published in over thirty five countries, most of which he has never visited. He is as surprised about all of this as you are. He is 6’7 and has approximately 11,500 days to live.
He does not believe in happy endings.
- ASIN : B08R2K5LRM
- Publisher : St. Martin's Press (September 14, 2021)
- Publication date : September 14, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 100873 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 725 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,693 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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•And some would say (myself not being one of them) Sexy
This is NOT:
•A book for kids
•A read to be taken lightly
•The best vampire story I’ve ever seen…
I’m not one to shy away from crass language—I, personally, can have an admittedly foul mouth—but here in Empire of the Vampire the vulgarity is severe overkill. I can understand the necessity for worldbuilding and characterization, but it’s SO frequent to the point of absurdity. It took me out of the story often. Every sentence or spoken dialogue had some form of four-letter words. The insults were always bullysome playground-styled nonsense. It was unfortunate that for a fantasy novel, the author chose to resort to high school-level profanity, which in turn made the adult content seem less intelligent, and more immature. Show me a character is hardened and butch some other way. Seriously. All the macho male posturing was ANNOYING!
Kristoff promised us gay content, and while I won’t go into specifics, I'd say (personally) that he didn't deliver. When a *presumed* straight male author frequently writes queer women and queer f/f sex scenes (i.e. The Nevernight Chronicles), I find it disgustingly male gaze-y. I shouldn’t even say “women,” because every gay female he writes is a teenager!!!!!!!! What we have here in Empire of the Vampire is gratuitous hetero male fantasy posturing in the guise of fantasy literature. Nearly all of the male characters are so offensively… STRAIGHT! The effeminate vampire is painted in a borderline homophobic way, all the jokes in the book are straight boy macho jokes, and the author also makes it a point to mention in his world building how “sodomy is a sin.” There are slurs galore within this book, but Kristoff also uses a few gay jabs, as well.
Rant aside, going back to the writing… I mean, when it’s good, it’s GOOD, but when it’s not, it’s cringe. “Ha Ha, you jerk! I slept with your mother, and your sister, and your grandma” or “That’s not what your wife said last night, you meanie.” It was those kinds of jokes and remarks—nearly every other page—and with much more colorful language. The kind teenagers find funny, or people with a low maturity level. I was fine with it the first few times, but it got old real fast the more it went on and on and on and on. It wasn’t clever or funny, it was childish and annoying. Within the span of a few pages, there were two “jokes” about menstruating women, which is just… it’s just tacky: “a she-devil on the rag” and “a dragon on her period.” Blah blah blah. Like, who finds that funny? (HAHA A PERIOD JOKE! GOOD ONE!) You can’t see it, but I’m rolling my eyes right now. Also, a quip about a bishop and an altar boy that I found in terribly bad taste. However, there were many passages that engaged me thoroughly. Jay Kristoff has a deft hand at worldbuilding that doesn’t feel tacked on or info-dumping. It’s masterfully layered; not all of it spoon/fed to us. The kind of worldbuilding you need to pay attention to. Many references are made to past events and characters that we know absolutely nothing about, but it’s never frustrating not knowing the context, because the accompanying dialogue is usual enough to convey meaning and emotion. There’s a quote that I had to jot down immediately after reading it, because it was so good: “…a ball of nerves and restless energy, a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs.” If that doesn’t perfectly capture my constant state of being, nothing else will.
On the other hand: Sexualizing minors yet again in his books. It made me infinitely uncomfortable.
Top reviews from other countries
The main character Gabriel de Leon is moody, brave, intelligent and totally bad ass! The adventures he goes on are like nothing I have read before. It is exciting, thrilling and shocking, with a fair few twists that I definitely was not expecting at any point in the book.
It is not all just about the action though, there is so much more to this book with themes such as the importance of friends and family, trust and betrayal, love and loss and life or death. My heart was broken a fair few times reading this. Kristoff holds no prisoners!
The stunning illustrations also deserve a mention. They gave me an even more immersive experience reading this book.
I honestly think this may be my book of the year. I have read some amazing reads recently, but I haven’t felt this excited reading a fantasy book in years. It is an epic, magnificent, gothic vampire story and I am now desperate to read the next book.
Dark fantasy fans, get this book as soon as possible. I promise you will not regret it. It is something special and it deserves all the hype.
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.
The character Gabriel has suffered abuse, hate crimes and loss. Some years back there was an award for pipe smoker of the year-he would be a certain winner.
The low level vampires are as much a threat as a house invasion of flies. Thousands upon thousands attack and two of the significant characters defend against them.
There were good interactions between characters and the journey of reading the book is mainly enjoyable. The 700+ pages will pass quickly.
3 star rating+ 5 stars for 'woke' which some readers will not fully appreciate.
I'm not always into fantasy as I find there is always so much to follow but this was incredible. The writing style and character development is 10/10.
I'm not one for keeping books to re read but this I would certainly read again once I've managed to put it to the back of my mind.
I highly recommend this to anyone who thinks they may like it, or anyone hesitant. It's one hell of a book and will be going down as one my all time favourites.