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EMPIRE PALADIN: Realm of the Dead

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Empire Paladin is a tale of dark, brutal, and gritty historical fantasy.
The year is 1241. The Holy Roman Empire is being torn apart both by civil war and invading forces from foreign lands. The Pope has recently died leaving the Holy Church in turmoil while an ambitious Emperor seeks to consolidate his power and his holdings in the resulting power vacuum.

Camila Chastain
Kindle Edition, 280 pages
Published March 8th 2015 by M. S. Valdez
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Ian Miller
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is a religious fantasy set in the times of the Holy Roman Empire about the early 13th Century. There were twelve primus paladins and a number of lesser paladins, who were holy warriors. (The name, paladin, apparently comes from the twelve foremost warriors in Charlemagne's court. The paladin was originally a government official, from the Latin, someone who lived on the Palatine hill, which in turn meant someone extraordinarily rich. The riches seem to be done away with in this story.) ...more
Píaras Cíonnaoíth
May 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A well-crafted dark historical fantasy...

EMPIRE PALADIN: Realm of the Dead by M. S. Valdez is a wonderfully written and richly descriptive novel with brilliantly drawn settings and characters. The author weaves a well-crafted historical fantasy that will captivate the reader from the start. Skillfully constructed, this dark fantasy will have you turning the pages from beginning to end. There’s plenty of imagery in the writing style that makes you feel you are right there in the story, and that’s
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
EMPIRE PALADIN: Realm of the Dead begins with the death and destruction of the paladin, Vhaldrynn Malleus, wife and two daughters. He grieves and bitterness completely destroys his faith and servitude for God. He chooses to take a path totally contrary, and is resolved to destroy everyone on earth so no one is left for God. It is at that moment the Father of Lies supplies him with the ability to raise an army from the dead. Satan had set the stage; a leading paladin had been possessed by a demon ...more
Julie Porter
Jun 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Brian Aird
May 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Epic Journey

Empire Paladin: Realm of the Dead (Empire Paladin Series Book 1) by M.S. Valdez is a bold and daring epic novel set in the mid 13th Century. The well-developed and engaging narrative involves the enemy known as the Lord of the Dead, against the Holy Roman Empire and the Order of Paladins and four Paladins in particular.

All paladins have been gifted with powers. Lord Vhaldrynn Malleus, a palladin, is able to heal the severest of wounds as well as the power of resurrection.

James W
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The first entry in M. S. Valdez’s ‘Empire Paladin’ series, ‘Empire Paladin: Realm of the Dead’ is an instantly-captivating, surprisingly brutal piece of historical fiction (with a heavy emphasis on the ‘fiction’) set in the Holy Roman Empire.

The story follows a classic ‘good vs. evil’ template, pitting our hero Camila against a grief-stricken Paladin (Malleus) who is bent on misguided revenge. What follows is an intense, action-packed adventure that stirs up healthy doses of horror and suspense.
Katherine Parsons
Oct 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Empire Paladin is a brilliant read - it's fantastical, historical, and all-round a whole lot of fun.

It follows the perilous journey of Camila, a Paladin knight in service of the Holy Roman Empire at a time when stability and security are of paramount importance - with the Pope gone and the Empire in a vulnerable state, Lucifer himself has raised an undead army at the command of another Paladin who, in grief for his family, has turned against God, and against the Holy Roman Empire. There's a lot
May 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
In 1241 the Hole Roman Empire is under siege from outside and within. The death of the Pope further throws the Empire into chaos, setting the stage for ambitious men seeking to consolidate their power. In this tumultuous age, a lone Paladin Knight by name of Camila Chastaine is set on a dangerous mission with fellow Paladins. They must seek out and stop one of their own who has been corrupted by Satan and taught the powers that will allow him to raise the dead for his own purpose. This is only t ...more
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Empire Paladin: Realm of the Dead by M.S. Valdez is not for the faint hearted. I don't recommend this as a bed time read either. It's been written with an adult reader in mind. It's a historical dark fantasy.

The scene is set in the year 1241, the holy Roman Empire is being torn apart by several up rests including Civil war. Unfortunately the Pope has also died causing the church to be in turmoil.
We meet Camila Chastine, a paladin knight for the Holy Church, she finds it hard however to maintain
May 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a gritty and engaging story.

The cover and the beginning of this book are very interesting and catch. “Empire Paladin: Realm of the Dead” is the first one in the series called Empire Paladin. The author of this fantasy book is M.S. Valdez. He affirms being a great fan of Stephen King´s books.
The story is set around the year 1241 when the Roman Empire is crumbling into pieces due to civil wars and unwanted invasions. There are several problems to deal with in the Empire. Camila Chastaine is
Julius Blitzy
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Unbelievable, this is another masterpiece added to the collection, this year has surely surprises me in many ways, and this is another amazing book!
Set in the Roman Empire, the Pope has recently died, the struggle to keep the peace is increasing and one brave paladin knight, Camila, commits to her duty to protect the realm against everything that poses as a threat, the thing is, what if that said threat defeats her?
This book is amazing, it’s dark, it’s scary at times, there is a lot of action, t
Mia C.
May 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
“Empire Paladin: Realm of the dead” is the first book in a series called Empire Paladin, written by M. S. Valdez, an avid and voracious reader of all times, and now also writer.
This middle length book has less than three hundred pages and is perfect to enjoy during the week. This historical fantasy book is dark, brutal and gritty.
The story is set in 1241, when the Holy Roman Empire is being torn down. The pope has died and the emperor wants to take control of all. The main character, Camila Cha
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
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There is a person out in the world who decided that the Roman Empire wasn't brutal enough and thought to themselves, "why not throw zombies into the mix?". And I guess, now that I think about it, Game of Thrones could be construed similarly. However, in this case, that author is M. S. Valdez and that book is called EMPIRE PALADIN: Realm of the Dead.

Despite the grim summary featuring a grieving man raising an undead army to unleash revenge on the empire responsible for the horrors of war, EMPIRE
Ivana S.
May 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
“EMPIRE PALADIN: Realm of the Dead” is a fantasy book written by M. S. Valdez. It is the first book in the Empire Paladin Series. It is an action packed tale perfect for reading these days. It is a thrilling tale about good versus evil and the story is narrated in third person. Camila Chastaine is the protagonist and the story is set in the year 1241 in Rome.

The bit I found most thought-provoking and entertaining in this novel is when she has to fight to maintain order. The story, soon after the
Payal Sinha
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Empire Paladin is a horror story that gives you goose bumps and boosts up your adrenaline. The story is centered around Paladins who are gifted fighters in the holy Roman empire. These Paladin are tremendous fighters and great healers. In fact some could even make a recently dead person alive. However one unfortunate incident turns one of the Paladin's into a villainous character and takes him on a spree to destruction.

The story is immensely interesting and thrilling and keeps you connected with
Sol Tyty
May 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
EMPIRE PALADIN: Realm of the Dead is a 46-chapter tale set in 1241. Religious, historical, dark, fantastic, brutal and gritty aspects of life during the times of civil war and invasion in the Holy Roman Empire are woven in this book.
The story portrays a really strong female character, Camila Chastaine, a devout Paladin knight who serves the Church and fights to maintain order.
Written in the third person, the tale is centered around the brutal Paladin fighters who become one more threat to the Em
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Historical novel fans will get a real kick out of this thriller. The author put a lot of research into his work, so you can see where the story connected to the historical period. The descriptions in this novel really add to the thriller element too, which made the book stand out to me. Plus, they help to create an image that will actually make you feel as if you have taken a step back in time. I really loved the characters and how it all comes together to create a story that I won’t soon forget ...more
Jimmy Jefferson
May 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fantasy adventure based in the mid 1200’s

This historical fiction is based in the mid 1200’s and takes a dark journey through the Roman Empire and the religious fanaticism of that particular time. An army of zombies and a corrupt battle for survival are the intro to this fast paced story. The characters are developed and relatable. Camilla is the main female lead and I found myself hoping she would survive and be successful as I followed the twisted path of this story. This story covers both heav
May 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book in the Empire Paladin series by M.S. Valdez. This book is so much fun. It is difficult to classify but is probably best described as historical fantasy. It is pure fiction but is set firmly in the real past in the year 1241. The Holy Roman Empire, the Pope, and the Emperor all play important roles in the story making this a very interesting entry into the fantasy genre.

Despite it being set in the real world and in real history, the author really creates a unique world and
Katherine Hebert
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it

Empire Paladin is at its core a story of good vs evil. A paladin -Malleus- becomes angry at God when his wife and children are killed, and basically starts working for the devil with an army of the undead. The main character, Camila, is the chosen one to fight him and restore good. She is an engaging character; a good example of trying to keep fighting for good no matter the cost. The novel really isn’t my usual cup of tea but I like branching out occasionally. If you lik
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Dark Fantasy!
As the name suggests its dark, scary, historical fiction, fantasy, set around 1200 during the time of the Holy Roman Empire. After the pope’s death the scene is chaotic, where empire wants to take the control and Camila has sworn to protect the empire from evils. She did not realize the evils can be deal soldiers too. The plot is good and well written and as the books unfold it does manage to capture the reader’s attention.
Argenis Ovalle-Sánchez
Sep 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book to the fullest! I appreciate the transparency of the other characters that did not particularily agreed with Camila. I absolutely loved that we didn't have to wait long for the villains to come out. I do feel the idea of Lucifer was a bit of a cliché, but nonetheless the book does a splendid job combining history and horror all together. ...more
Carolina Solano
May 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Empire Paladin: Realm of the Dead by M. S. Valdez is a different and dark science fiction novel.
The order of the Paladins, rare holy knights, was made up of extremely skilled warriors within the empire's army, who were trained with powerful specific combat skills. They also possessed healing and resurrection powers from fallen soldiers as long as their souls remained in purgatory.
One of the superior paladins Vhaldrynn loses his entire family to enemy soldiers and vows to avenge his death by des
M. S. Valdez
Apr 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What can I say? I'm heavily biased! An exciting story about paladins during the year of 1241 A.D. It is set in the Holy Roman Empire and has numerous historical references to that time period.

The main character, Camila Chastaine, is a paladin (or holy knight) in service to the Empire. She is quite zealous and self-righteous in her beliefs. Her two companions, Talitha and Atrael (also paladins), are considering whether to remain in her company due to her extreme beliefs. They have to put that dec
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