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Empire of the Vampire: The blood-soaked first book in the latest series from the SUNDAY TIMES bestselling author of NEVERNIGHT: Book 1 (edició 2023)

de Jay Kristoff (Autor)

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THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY, AND WALL STREET JOURNAL BESTSELLER
From New York Times bestselling author Jay Kristoff comes Empire of the Vampire, the first illustrated volume of an astonishing new dark fantasy saga.
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.… (més)

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Títol:Empire of the Vampire: The blood-soaked first book in the latest series from the SUNDAY TIMES bestselling author of NEVERNIGHT: Book 1
Autors:Jay Kristoff (Autor)
Informació:HarperVoyager (2023), Edition: 1, 736 pages
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  d23freeman | Jan 31, 2024 |
This is a super-duper swashbuckling vampire book but holy cow is it long. I'm a really fast reader and it took me days. If you are an ordinary person with an ordinary life to live, you might keep reading for a year, and then there are two follow-on books that are about as long. Never mind, it's worth it.

When the sun's light is blocked out by some event, a volcanic explosion spreading ash perhaps, several things happen. The world grows colder. Without light, green plants stop growing but fungi thrive (although potatoes seem to get along ok). And the Dead rise as vampires, and assorted other wretched creatures. We are 27 years into the dark days.

The world building is superb. The mythology is internally consistent. The book is especially fun to read on a cold winter day. ( )
  Dokfintong | Jan 18, 2024 |
This book was quite an investment in time and I mostly enjoyed it. However, I am not sure I enjoyed it enough to read another book in the series. It had a lot of little annoying problems for me. One it could have been wait shorter. I felt like their was a bunch of padding in this story.m I was constantly waiting for it to go somewhere new. It suffered from stupid character syndrome. Places where characters would do something to move the plot but what they did was obviously the worst choice in the situation. The battle scenes started to feel very much like the last battle I read. Overall, the book was frustrating for me. I wanted to like it more than I ultimately did. ( )
  cdaley | Nov 2, 2023 |
The quality of the writing is strong, which is why I gave it 4 stars. ( )
  pandr65 | Oct 25, 2023 |
I'd been saving Empire Of The Vampire as a final read before Halloween. It's a long book, (721 pages / 27 hours 10 minutes) that I'd intended to spend a week with, yet here I am, setting it aside after two hours (five chapters).

Even after only two hours, I can see the book's appeal and understand why it's been recommended to me by people who have immersed themselves in it and come out eager for the second book.

It's a richly imagined dark fantasy with a complex main character at its heart, a man who is part monster and all killer and yet is still humanity's last best hope of survival. A man who is telling his life story to his enemy and doing it with a mix of regret and relish that is part taunt and part confession. It's a story with an epic scale and it promises to be soaked in blood. The audiobook version is narrated by Damian Lynch who has a rich, dark voice that I could listen to all day,

So why am I setting it aside after having listened to less than ten per cent?

Mostly it's because I find the style of writing so annoying that I can't sink into the story. The language is laboured and heavy, slowing the story down. It's overwrought and tiring to listen to.

Every page is laden with similies and metaphors and most of them are trying too hard. I keep being thrown out of the story by phrases like "Silence entered the room on slippered feet". I find myself wondering how silence would do that and what it would sound like and whether, if it sounds like slippers walking, it's really silence, instead of concentrating on the content of the story.

The impact of this language is amplified because most of the story is being told directly by Gabriel de León so his habits of speech dominate the narrative and are the main instrument for world-building. I don't find his way of talking convincing. It seems like a pastiche of 'olden-times talk' with a dash of French to add some spice and it undermines the world-building, making me see derivative faux medieval fantasy landscapes rather than anything real.

Finally, the setting is too static to sit with for hours on end. We have our hero, imprisoned in a dingy room in a castle that isn't a dungeon but isn't designed for comfort, narrating his story to his enemy, a vampire whose main role seems to be to present a civilised front that contrasts with our heroes brutishness and occasionally to ask questions to move the story along while taking notes and producing impressive sketches of Gabriel. It's a fine place to start but not a place to stay in for twenty-seven hours.

The setup also means that Gabriel's story, even though it's relentlessly embellished by similies, lacks immediacy. It's a campfire story rather than an immersive experience.

Maybe it will get better. Maybe I'll be missing out. I'll take that risk. I'm moving on to something else.
  MikeFinnFiction | Oct 24, 2023 |
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Fantasy. Fiction. HTML:

THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY, AND WALL STREET JOURNAL BESTSELLER
From New York Times bestselling author Jay Kristoff comes Empire of the Vampire, the first illustrated volume of an astonishing new dark fantasy saga.
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.

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