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Empire of the Vampire

(Empire of the Vampire #1)

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  20,349 ratings  ·  4,895 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 725 pages
Published September 14th 2021 by St. Martin's Press (first published September 7th 2021)
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Scavenger Read the book before you give up on the LGBTQ theme. You might be surprised. I'm always disappointed that people don't read the book before judging it…moreRead the book before you give up on the LGBTQ theme. You might be surprised. I'm always disappointed that people don't read the book before judging it. And, it is a 3 book series, so don't give up friends. Kristoff never disappoints.(less)
T.HiggsReviews The author states multiple times in his meme review that this is NOT a book for children or young adults.
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Jay Kristoff
Oct 24, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
EMPIRE OF THE VAMPIRE is not a book for children.


It's basically what would happen if INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE


hooked up with NAME OF THE WIND


in an S&M club while all eight seasons of GAME OF THRONES streamed in the background (consecutively not simultaneously).


It is not a book for children.


It concerns an ex-monster-slayer named Gabriel de León, who was once quite-the-awesome but has been having a tough time of late and has become a bit of an edgelord


but he mostly gets away with his drunken
Robin Hobb
Feb 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Let's begin with the usual caveats: I received an Advanced Reading Copy of this book, for free, from the publisher. I think Jay Kristoff is a nice person. And I think that neither of those two things will affect my honest review of this book.

First impressions: 879 pages! And it's only the first part of the story. So for people who like to move into a book and live there for several years, this is for you. It's a rich, well-realized world of darkness and danger. You won't be bored there.

The bla
Apr 20, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
wow I thought I was over vampires but suddenly I am not
Sep 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
the empire of the vampire is upon us.

and i was not prepared for how much i would love this, obsess over this, devour this.

the story is dark and gritty and vulgar and takes vampires, as well as the tale of the holy grail, in a completely unique and bloody direction. JK wasnt lying when he said this book is for adults only - it gives ‘nevernight’ a run for its money in terms of mature content. but i love how brutally real this feels. if vampires were to take over the world, this is exactly how i
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
UPDATE: $3.99 on Kindle US today 2/27/22

Omg! Artstation - Sara Mirza - captured Gabriel’s hotness 😏

I’ve been back and forth with this book. My feelings may change as I’m trying to sort myself out. I will say the narrator did an amazing job on the audio. The book is really sad and of course dark. I'm not sure about keeping books like this anymore as life is doom and gloom enough. I enjoyed most of the book accept a few parts. I’m interested to see where this trilogy will go. I want to know if it’
Nilufer Ozmekik
Aug 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-m-intrigued
Two things I can say about this book:
1)This is definitely not for children as Jay Kristoff mentioned on Goodreads review.
2)This is more than vampire story: it’s about losing your belief, your life purpose, your inner source of light, your compass!
So far I can honestly say this is the best thing the author wrote. And I want to read the rest of it ! The world building, the clear, dark, wild, haunted depictions, emotional depth of characters are pure perfection!

I was up all night and my head feel
John Gwynne
Apr 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my word, what a book Empire of the Vampire is. Gripping, terrifying and visceral, this is that rare beast of a tale that rips your heart from your chest, stamps on it and leaves you wanting more. Characters you love and hate, a world that feels hauntingly real, and an adventure that grabs you and does not let go, this book is destined for the Fantasy Hall of Fame. I loved it.

Full 5/5 stars from me.
Helena Paris
Jan 28, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: asap, adult, paranormal
First, Renée, Jay Kristoff...VAMPIRES ARE MAKING A COMEBACK!


Also me:
Aug 28, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Many thanks to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for access to this eARC sampler, in exchange for an honest review.

UPDATE 9/6/21: I’ve stewed in my thoughts for a while now, and I’ve decided to lower my rating completely.

Note: this is a review of the 400-page sampler I was provided, NOT the full book (which is around 800 pages).

This book is: The Witcher meets Interview with the Vampire meets Game of Thrones meets the movie Underworld

It’s also:
•Violent as fuck
•Bloody as fuck
•Profane as fuck
•And so
Nov 29, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: absolutely no one
1.25 stars and the .25 is given incredibly reluctantly. This is an absolute dumpster fire of a book and I’m going to do my best to articulate why in a concise and organized way...but honestly the book made me so angry that I might go off the rails.

First of all I’m gonna separate the problems I have with this book into four sections:
The misogyny
The obsession with underage children
The “humor”
And lastly, the actual writing style/story

1. The misogyny
So yes, we are starting off with the misogyny. It
Books with Brittany
Fuck my face. Bloody brilliant.
Hands down Jay’s best work and a fav of the year.
You gonna do us dirty like that, Jay? 😒
James Tivendale
I received an advanced review copy of Empire of the Vampire in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Jay Kristoff and Harper Voyager. Minor spoilers may follow.

"It was the twenty-seventh year of daysdeath in the realm of the Forever King, and his murderer was waiting to die."

The murderer is Gabriel de Leon. Paleblood. Silversaint. Vampire-hunter and bane of the creatures of the night. He is a legend and having settled a vendetta, killing the Forever King, he is now at the mercy of his ene
Margaret M (Semi hiatus until October)
Five 'blood drenched' stars, for a Vampire tale in the Empire of the Undead.

“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.”

I am about to tell you a story that was hundreds of years in the making, a story of deadly vows and death, of love, loss, fate and promise, as we are ‘sucked’ into a supernatural and gothic world of vampires and demons, as Jay Kristoff creates a lurid theatre of evil to reveal his lat
Star Rating: —> ALL. OF. THE. STARS. (!)
[ But if we have to get technical/ official here... FIVE(5) bright, bursting with light, Stars ! ]


RE-READ(!!!)— 12/15/21 [ Well, f*ck. my. face. (!) FIVE (5), bursting with light, & lifeblood, Stars, again, of course. What other outcome would you expect ?! 😉 ]


Which, quite honestly, I know that may sound pretty odd, given how dark as night this novel was, but every single aspect of it was a bright & incredible light in my eyes. I mean, the signatu
myo (myonna reads)
i feel like this book is just purely based off of aesthetics and it almost got me too, i was loving Gabriel in the being, he’s like Geralt from The Witcher mixed with Klaus from TVD and i was eating it up at first. But as the book went on i began to not care, I don’t care for the side characters and i was getting bored. I noticed that Jay Kristoff focused on his flowery writing and aesthetics more than anything else and that was my problem with Nevernight as well. This book does remind me of Int ...more
Gavin Hetherington
A huge thank you to HarperVoyager for sending me an ARC copy of 'Empire of the Vampire' by Jay Kristoff.

I've not long finished this and I'm still trying to process my feelings. I have been wanting to sink my teeth into a really good vampire story for such a long time, and this FINALLY gave me that fix that I've been craving forever. This is dark, bloody and downright entertaining. I was filled with a constant sense of dread every time I turned a page for fear of what was going to happen next.

Becca & The Books
4.5 stars

In Empire of the Vampire we are following the infamous Black Lion, Gabriel de Leon, as he recounts his life story to a historian shortly before he is executed for the murder of the Forever King.
Throughout the course of the book, Gabriel tells his story across 2 timelines - his early days being initiated into the Silversaints, a holy order dedicated to fighting back against the creatures of night, and over a decade later, as he stumbles into an old friend and joins her quest to find th
Feb 05, 2021 marked it as to-read
Shelves: dnf
I'm pulling the plug on this one for the moment at 36%. This isn't an official DNF.

I may pick it up again later. I mean, I am not in a rush about it, but it could happen.

I'm just not into it at the moment. There's nothing inherently wrong with it. I like the set-up and the writing is lush, with dark, descriptive elements.

However, it is requiring way more brain power than I am willing to invest in it right now. This definitely has a heavy, epic fantasy feel, which I generally love, but yeah, I a
Lucie V.
I received a 400 pages SAMPLER of this book via NetGalley (thank you St Martin's Press). All thoughts and opinions are my own.
*This is a review for the whole book, not just the sampler*

✅ Great writing
✅ Cruel and vicious vampires
✅ Beautiful cover
✅ Thorough world-building
✅ Dark atmosphere
✅ Characters
✅🆗 Pace
❗️❗️ This is not a book for kids, it is bloody, vulgar, and dark.

4.5 stars

There is a time for grief, and a time for songs, and a time to recall with fondness all that has been and go
Apr 23, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Vampires are making a comeback and the late 2000's are quaking ...more
♠ TABI⁷ ♠
"I swear by the Almighty, Mothermaid, and all Seven Martyrs," Aaron sighed, "I've never heard a tale half so strange as this."


I somehow managed to power through this sprawling drag of a novel that was basically nothing much except blood, gore, weird sexual descriptions, and so-called "humor" that took 700+ pages to really do not much of anything. Which is really hilarious when the author thinks it's a stunning masterpiece (and literally threw a fit on Instagram when this wasn't chosen for GR Cho
"And in sight of God and his Seven Martyrs, I do here vow; Let the dark know my name and despair. So long as it burns, I am the flame. So long as it bleeds, I am the blade. So long as it sins, I am the saint. And I am silver."

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (more like 3,75)

This review may contain some minor spoilers

⚠️Trigger Warning: Gore, violence, vulgar language, nudity, bloodsmut. NOT SUITABLE FOR YOUNGER READERS!⚠️

Well, I did it, guys. I finally finished it. It took me more than a week, I reache
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“You’re past is stone, but your future clay. And you decide the shape of the life you’ll make.”

I have a weird relation with Kristoff’s writing/books. I love the Illuminae series and it is still one of my favorite YA series. I could not stand Aurora Rising. I loved Nevernight but Darkdawn disappointed me. I am glad that Empire of the Vampire is a book that mostly worked for me. I originally gave this book 4.5 stars immediately af
Amy Imogene Reads
WHAT is this SORCERY I absolute LOVE IT and will be reading it AGAIN and again FOREVER.

Plot: ★★★★★
Characters: ★★★★★
World: ★★★★★
My undying love: ★★★★★

"No fear, only fury."

No negative thoughts at all for my precious, my bloody sweet cinnamon roll.

This is a reaction review y'all, check out the official blurb for the general stuff.

Empire of the Vampire was gorgeous. It took me a whole week to read, which is long for me, but in all honesty that is a compliment—I savored the heck out of this rea
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

and now I am cautiously optimistic
Sep 13, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

DNF 41% basically throwing money away.

What a waste of a gorgeous book cover.

I am wondering why Robin Hobb (I love) and John Gwynne are bigging up this puerile flex of profanity, your mama/wife jokes, and Periods as an excuse for bitchiness referenced TWICE in the span of a few pages (my gawd, hi, the 90s called and they said to tell you that v-health bashing is passé *eye-roll*).

Moving on.

Utterly boring dogmatic pontification (of the lazily disguised Catholic secret sect variety) but, get this,
Sep 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Give me the fuc*ing sequel
William Gwynne
I finally read Empire of the Vampire. It has been waiting patiently on my shelf, and its time had come. This is a crazy, unique, iconic, page-turner of a read. And an absolute MASTERPIECE!

Empire of the Vampire is my favourite read of the year, and one of the best books I have ever read. It was truly an exceptional reading experience. I cannot praise this book enough. It is so atmospheric, so original, so iconic, and so engaging. It is a rare read, and I enjoyed every single page.

It will take me
Robin (Bridge Four)
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4.5 hearts

I was so done with Vampire books but then they pull me back in.


I was so done with Vampire books, like so over then. But then what happens is a favorite author of mine is like 'hey I'm writing this book and it is about vampires'. And I TOTALLY fall over myself saying "What! I love vampire books, tell me more." If I didn't ultimately enj0y myself through this book, I might feel like a fraud,
Ꮗ€♫◗☿ ❤️ ❤️
No sparkling vampires here!

I like the sound of this book. Like getting back to the basics when vampires were scary monsters, instead of romantic Hero’s/heroines. I feel like I felt all those years ago when I wanted to read Interview With A Vampire, long before the movie was filmed. I can’t wait to read it! I want it now!!!

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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 two 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 12,000 days to live.

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