December 5, 2021

Empire of the Vampire (Empire of the Vampire Book 1) by Jay Kristoff

Empire of the Vampire (Empire of the Vampire Book 1) by Jay Kristoff

Rating: 5 Stars

Release Date: September 14, 2021

Format: eARC (Sampler) + Hardcover + Audiobook

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

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Readers should buckle up and be prepared for anything before embarking on the wild ride that is Jay Kristoff’s Empire of the Vampire. It is a beast of a story that is filled with incredibly well-developed characters and multiple unexpected plot twists. Jay Kristoff has proven that the world is not done with vampires just yet. Curious readers should take a look at the content warning list (at the bottom of my review) prior to starting to read this book as there is a LOT happening. Empire of the Vampire is in no way a book I would recommend to younger readers due to the violence, the language, and the sexual content featured. However, adult fans of dark paranormal fantasy should absolutely love it. 

Empire of the Vampire is a dark, gritty vampire tale that follows Gabriel de Leon, the last Silversaint, as he shares his life story with the court historian. I love how the art is incorporated into the story. The artwork featured in the book is supposed to be what the historian is drawing as he takes down all the details of Gabriel’s life. The illustrator of the book, Bon Orthwick, absolutely did an amazing job illustrating some of the key moments in the life of the last silver saint. I hope that the other books in the series continue to include illustrations, as I can’t wait to see what else she produces. My favorite piece is the one she described as “thousands and thousands of vampires” - this piece was featured on her Instagram (@monolimeart) so I’m not really spoiling anything by sharing the description. 

Thank you to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for allowing me the opportunity to read and review a teaser eARC of Empire of the Vampire. I loved it so much that I got the hardback and the audiobook - one hundred percent worth it. Can’t wait to read the next installment in the series! 

CW: adult language, graphic content, graphic sexual content, violence, torture

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 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.

He does not believe in happy endings.

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