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Empire of the Damned

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4.9 / 5.0 Empire of the Damned by Jay Kristoff is an astoundingly good book.

This book is dense, well written, and thought provoking. If you enjoyed the first book you will be doubly pleased with this one. It is a deep, thorough exploration of so many themes, all wrapped in an exquisite world with the most lifelike characters. The character development is a layered tapestry so intricate and detailed that I cannot fathom how Kristoff keeps his head on straight.

This book is a masterpiece and I highly recommend it for anyone that enjoyed the first.

Until Next Time,
MC

Thank you to the publisher, author, and NetGalley for access to this ARC to review.

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DNF @ less than 10%.

I loved Empire of the Vampire when it came out, and I was excited to receive an ARC of the second book. However, and this is a Me-Problem (TM), but I'm just not in the right headspace for a violent, blood-filled vampiric saga right now. I feel like people who loved the first book will most likely love the second, if they can stomach the blood and the gore. Right now, though, that's just not me. I'm firmly in my "I need a happy ending, and I need it now" era, and this book just isn't the right fit for me at the moment. I may revisit later--this feels like a late fall/winter in the dead of night read, not a cusp-of-summer, I just want to go to the beach read.

I did find the list of characters at the beginning helpful since I had forgotten so much about the first book.

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An excellent follow up to one of the most surprising releases of the last year. While this wasn't the full novel, it definitely was nice getting an early taste of what was to come.

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Gabriel de León is a vampire-like creature called a silversaint, who is continuing on his quest to undo Daysdeath. He has saved the Holy Grail. Gabriel and the Grail set out to learn the truth of how Daysdeath might finally be undone. The last silversaint faces peril, within and without. Pursued by children of the Forever King, drawn into wars and webs centuries in the weaving, and ravaged by his own rising bloodlust, Gabriel may not survive to see the truth of the Grail revealed. What is the truth?

The book is the sequel to “Empire of the Vampire” which I have not read only because I was not aware of it until I received the arc of this book.
“Empire of the Damned” is an amazing dark fantasy book. At the beginning of this book it does give a summary of the first book. This is not a book for the faint hearted. For example, there are scenes of human lives being used as cattle. The author writes an almost perfect mix of familiar characters and new exciting players in the novel. I look forward to reading the next book.

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Jay Kristoff does it again. This book has all of the beautiful imagery, quotes, and gallows humor you’d come to expect from Kristoff, but with a storyline that will haunt you even days after completing it. I cannot wait for book 3!

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This short sneak peek was enough to make me go out to purchase the book when it was published. Thank you for the opportunity to read it online.

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This was such a short, cruel tease! I need the whole book like yesterday.

I absolutely loved the “recap” at the beginning. So often it has been a while since I read the first book that by the time I read the second I feel like I’ve forgotten half of what happened. It was so refreshing to have a little recount at the beginning.

Empire of the Damned picks up exactly where Empire of the Vampire ended. Gabriel is down right hilarious and I swear kept me on my toes. You honestly never know what’s going to come out of his mouth.

I cannot wait to continue reading! This ARC leaves off on a cliffhanger where it seems we are going to continue the story on, at least temporarily, from another’s POV. This will be an interesting change of pace to say the least!

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Jay Kristoff. You do it again! Loved the first and couldn’t put down the second. Another great fantasy read and loved every second of it

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This book just like the first one grabbed my attention from the beginning. The way the conversations are written between characters makes it feel like your sitting there watching them.

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Great preview! Excited to read the book!! Jay Kristoff is a master of prose and I’m so excited to continue the series.

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This was a rough one but only because I didn't realize it was book 2. Boo for me for not doing research.

However! It was enough to entice me to go back and read book one and march into book 2!

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I was so excited to get the teaser galley for Empire of the Damned and I absolutely devoured it and then had to wait until my actual copy of the book showed up to finish it. Empire of the Damned is the epic sequel to Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff. The book starts off right where the first book ends and you’re thrown right back into the action with Gabriel, ex silver saint, and the mysterious Dior. This series has everything, blood soaked action, romance, betrayal, magic, and of course, vampires. If you are looking for a new vampire series to read and don’t mind 600+ page books you have to check out this series. Kristoff knows how to tell a story that will keep you wanting more even after you get to the end of these thick ass books. Thank you netgalley and stmartinspress for the digital teaser of this book.

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I was excited to start the second book of the series and so excited to be given the opportunity to read the sample. Let me just clarify that the sample is around 200 pages!! This was the perfect amount needed, though, to thoroughly get you hooked and ready for what comes next. I've already received my book and am looking forward to finishing the rest of the book.

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This made me hyped for the next full novel but left me wanting more so mission accomplished. Thank you to NetGalley for the sneak peek.

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Thank you so much to NetGalley for giving me this advanced sneak peak into Empire of the Damned! I had kind of forgotten just how epically intense a world Kristoff had created in these books & the second one picks things right up, throwing us back into the action!! Even though it was just a sampler, I was hooked from the first page. Thank goodness I have my physical copy now becasue I need more Gabriel de Leon in my life!!

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Empire of the Damned is an amazing follow-up to Empire of the Vampire that does not disappoint. If anything, it may be even better than Empire of the Vampire. I’m anxiously awaiting book number three!

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This was a 5 star read for me!

This series is amazing. It’s an epic tale full of battles, gore, hilarious profanity, sentient swords, and found family.

Gabriel De Leon is hell bent on revenge and protecting those he loves. Blood debts need to be paid, family needs to be protected, the undead have the upper hand, and the fate of the living hangs in the balance - what could go wrong?

Great redeemer…… I need the next installment ASAP!

If you haven’t read this series, you are missing out. Life altering good!

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Empire of the Damned started right where Empire of the Vampire left off. I loved getting more of Gabriel’s story and appreciated the new POV. I can’t wait for the next installment in this series.

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Taking place immediately after EotV, this sample of EotD is a wonderful glimpse into book two of the trilogy. Because this review is only for a sample of the whole novel, I can only touch on the text provided. However, thus far, I can tell I’m going to enjoy the sequel more than the original. EofD does a wonderful job of reminding the reader of events from book1 without being too repetitive. Kristoff’s writing is superb— rich while not being overwritten. Celene is a welcomed addition to the cast and being reunited with past characters is always a treat. The issues I had with the first book (female characters, overuse of the word “bitch”), are gone too— huzzah! Excited to keep reading!

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This was just a sneak peek but man mind blown! Off to read the entire book now that it’s published!

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