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Empire of the Vampire: The New First Book in 2021’s Latest Fantasy Series from the Sunday Times bestselling author of Nevernight (Empire of the Vampire, Book 1) Kindle Edition
The New First Book in 2021’s Latest Fantasy Series from the Sunday Times bestselling author of Nevernight--This text refers to the hardcover edition.
‘A gothic bloodbath that will leave any reader breathless. The story is a vast apocalyptic canvass, reminiscent of Justin Cronin’s THE PASSAGE or 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, No.1 NEW YORK TIMES author of THE LAST ODYSSEY and THE STARLESS CROWN
‘A fine crafted tale, the pieces as meticulously interlocked as fine woodwork. A chilling new take on vampire lore and those who must battle that darkness. EMPIRE OF THE VAMPIRE looks fearlessly at how ruthless Good must become when confronted with unrelenting Evil’
― Robin Hobb, SUNDAY TIMES and NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author
'Brilliant and unputdownable, with tenderness and light bound into the bitter dark of a grim and fascinating world'
― Laini Taylor, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of STRANGE THE DREAMER
'This book is bloody brilliant'
― V.E Schwab, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF ADDIE LARUE
Praise for The Nevernight Chronicle:
‘If you love Robin Hobb or George R.R. Martin, you will adore NEVERNIGHT’
‘With a delicate balance of the ancient and the magical, this tense and brutal tale is unflinching, thrilling and satisfying’
― PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
‘Joins lyrical high fantasy, Pratchett-like humour and unflinching descriptions of violence . . . something special’
― SCIFI NOW
- ASIN : B07NRNTJVL
- Publisher : HarperVoyager (7 September 2021)
- Language : English
- File size : 19400 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 721 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0008350442
- Best Sellers Rank: 1,275 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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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!
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.
Jay has created a beautifully immersive world and I couldn't help but be drawn into Gabriel's story.
EotV had your classic vampire lore mixed with some truly inspired twists. Interview with the Vampire meets the Witcher with a hint of Dracula, made this book an incredible joy to read.
Full of beautiful prose and some masterfully creative insults, this book is everything I could have asked for and more!
Truly masterful storytelling.
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.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 September 2021
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.