Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ St. Martin’s Press
  • Date ‏ : ‎ September 14, 2021
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 752 pages
  • Author: Jay Kristoff
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SUMMARY:

From holy cup comes holy light;
The faithful hand sets world aright.
And in the Seven Martyrs’ sight,
Mere man shall end this endless night.

It has been twenty-seven 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 is a silversaint: a member of a holy brotherhood dedicated to defending realm and church from the creatures of the night. But even the Silver Order could not stem the tide once daylight failed us, and now, only Gabriel remains.

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.

REVIEW:
This book took me time to read because there so much was going on. It is not a fast read. I wanted to be sure what was going in the story. This is a very dark book. It’s not like “Twilight” or “Crave” or even like “From the Blood and Ash.” To me it’s a combination of Anne Rice vampire books along with “The Witcher” style. It’s calamitous how Jay spins the tale of Gabriel. This book is not for children.

There is fighting, darkness, swearing, death and blood and more. If this is not your genre, then don’t read it. I’m not giving it all away. If you have seen Jay Kristoff instagram or Twitter or the trending of the book itself, you know people have mentioned this. I don’t mind the dark side because it fits with the story and the atmosphere. I was captivated by the storyline. I wanted to know what was going to happen to Gabriel. I will admit some points in the story gave me a little discomfort.

For me it took a moment to understand that Gabriel is telling his story from two different points in his life. That’s how Gabriel wanted to tell it. So be on task if you read this book.

I could totally see the story in my head of what was happening, probably not exactly like how Jay writes it but it was there. Darkness, medieval feel atmosphere like fantasy wrapped around it and adventure of fighting. Gruesome vampires and other baddies! I kept seeing cliffs, cathedrals and forests along with death surrounding in some of the cities that Gabriel goes to. (I blame movies for these concepts and my love for old architecture). I saw certain themes from Gabriel’s telling of his story: family life, coping skills, anger, dealing with who he is (coming of age), what his purpose in life is and surviving. You may see some of that or not. (This I blame for taking a literature class back in my college days, it’s find to find quirks and themes in stories.)

The ending left me wanting to know if Gabriel is going to continue the damn story or will he do something naughty? So much happened in Gabriel’s life that I’m surprised he’s still going. What keeps him going? I want to know.

I will say this, the beginning of the story had me questioning how the hell did Gabriel get himself in that position to tell it? I hope Jay can keep track of his own story because it’s a lot going on.

I rarely read books that bring such sorrow and mischief. I will admit I have read Jay Kristoff’s “Nevernight” which was hard for me to read.

But I will say I do look forward to the next book.

Review of NeverNight by Jay Kristoff

Publisher : Thomas Dunne Books
Date: August 9, 2016
Author: Jay Kristoff

Summary:

In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer and a future she never imagined.

Now, 16-year-old Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic – the Red Church. Treachery and trials await her within the Church’s halls, and to fail is to die. But if she survives to initiation, Mia will be inducted among the chosen of the Lady of Blessed Murder and be one step closer to the only thing she desires: revenge.

My Review:

I decided to give this book a shot. I must admit that it took me a little while to get into the book and that the past and present flipping back and forth was a little confusing. While I kept reading I did get used to the past and present flipping back and forth. It was different!

As the story went on, the plot began to be build up slowly. The characters were all unique. Majority of them were assassins as few others that were part of the Red Church were downright creepy. The Weavemaker fell into that category….Creepy. I kept trying to figure out which character was the actual “bad character” as I thought I had figured it out but I was wrong. Such a surprise for me. While I kept reading there were two other things that happened that pissed me off because I was so not expecting that. I also felt that Mia should be totally powerful and pissed off to take anything and anyone down. She’s a strong character in her own way. Something about her, maybe she finds a purpose in her revenge or in killing?

I did like her dark friend Mr. Kindly who always has something to say. I’m curious about Mr. Kindly more. What is its background? Where did it come from?

While there are a bunch of various characters going on there were also come other creatures mentioned. It was creative! The library creature was interesting due to the fact that I work in a library. Should I be aware of them at my work place or does it have to be a magical library? (hahaha)

I liked the darkness in this story because darkness can make a person go either way. Revenge or move on. So in this case it was revenge. The story kept building up, it seemed to go slow and then fast and then ending was super fast. Does Mia get her revenge?

Just to warn you there are some graphic bits in this book like death, gore and sex, so if you are going to read this book be prepared.

Oh there’s also endnotes in the book too. I read some of them…skimmed through them as they brought out a bit more information to the story.

I thought the book was very different. Once in a while I read strange books, this one fits in that category. The story will stay with me. I may give book two a shot to see what happens next. This book can go either way for some people. Some will like it and others will flee for the hills or just back away from it slowly. As I said I thought the book was different.

Reading update…..

I’m currently reading two books at once…I must be mad. They are on the opposite ends of the spectrum!

So far it is a little slow in the beginning but I’m hoping more action will happen with the main characters!
I did like how the bodyguard character comes in and how he is trying to stay focus on his job.
The cover is awesome.
The book is checked out from the library.

Okay so I started this one…since the author posted it about it on his twitter. I caved in.
I did check it out from the library.
So far it’s really DARK.
The way it is written took me a little time to get used to because it flips from the past and present.
It’s interesting.
We shall see what happens next.

Cover : Empire of the Vampire

Isn’t this cover stunning?!
The author Jay Kristoff mentions about this stunning US cover in his blog here.
I really want to read this book.
It comes out in September 14, 2021 in the United States.
Will you sink your teeth into this book?

Read below to see what the story is about.

Summary:
From holy cup comes holy light;
The faithful hands sets world aright.
And in the Seven Martyrs’ sight,
Mere man shall end this endless night.

It has been twenty-seven 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 is a silversaint: a member of a holy brotherhood dedicated to defending realm and church from the creatures of the night. But even the Silver Order couldn’t stem the tide once daylight failed us, and now, only Gabriel remains.

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.