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loved how it left off right where it ended and am interested in learning more from Celenes POV but cannot wait for the book to be released to finish it.

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I had no idea this was a series but I will most definitely go and read book 1 I like what I read in the sampler

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Can’t waittttt for this one. It’s going to be so goo. Been waiting for what seems to be forever. Full of action and excitement. Can’t wait to read the rest of it

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Interesting so far, but it didn't capture my attention like book one did. Curious to see where it goes though.

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Wow! This is only a sampler, but it was action packed from start to finish! I can’t wait to read Empire of the Damned in its entirety. I love Jay’s writing and the tension you feel throughout this sample leaves you dangling on the edge of your seat. I need more!

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Obviously, this review won’t be long, because I want to avoid as many spoilers as possible.

I loved Empire of the Vampire. It was one of the first ARCs I was approved for when I first started reading and reviewing back in the summer of 2021, and I’ve been dying waiting for this sequel to come out. I can assure right, straight out of the gate, that I was just as enamored with Empire of the Damned as I was its predecessor, if not more so.

The book starts with a very much-needed Dramatis Personae, which I was very grateful for. It’s very thorough, not simply reminding us readers of who people are but also their context in the story. It was helpful enough to me that I didn’t need to go back to EotV and do a re-read to completely get my bearings. Considering the depth and breadth of the story contained in EotV’s pages, I think that’s fantastic.

The Marquis Jean-Francois sits down with Gabriel once more to continue recording history, which has now moved beyond simply Gabriel’s history and has intertwined with the history of the grail. We see great tragedy, hear of great horrors, meet terrible evils, and there is a betrayal. I was absolutely absorbed by what I read. Some passages in the book made me laugh out loud and some were absolutely insane, which is refreshing when the terror bites down. The illustrations were as gorgeous as in the first book.

I can’t wait until the full book is released. I know I’ll be preordering it. I have space on my bookshelf reserved for it.

I was provided with a copy of the excerpt from this novel by NetGalley and the author. All thoughts, opinions, views, and ideas expressed herein are mine and mine alone. This review was written without compensation. Thank you.

File Under: Body Horror/Book Series/Dark Fantasy/Epic Fantasy/Fantasy Series/LGBTQ Fantasy/Supernatural Horror/Vampire Fiction

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Thank you NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press, and Jay Kristoff for a sampler of this book. It got me even more excited for the book to come out! It seemed really well-paced and I was intrigued the whole time. I recommend picking it up when it comes out!

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I.need.the.whole.book.NOW! This taste just wasn’t enough! I was absolutely hooked and so glad that it started up right where the first left off. Jay Kristoff’s writing was terrific as usual and grabbed the reader. It was intense and wonderful!

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I felt this book moved at much better pace than the first one.
I enjoyed the way the story progressed though sometimes I found the crass language unnecessary.
Dior and Gabriel's relationship was actually amusing to read. Their banter felt like family and it really pulled me in.
I'm curious now to see what happens next.
Thank you to Netgalley for the review copy

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This book was not for me. Personally I will not be continuing to support this writer. I really don’t understand the hype. Thanks for the sampler but no thanks.

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I'm so excited to see where this book leads. I love that EotD started off running. I also really appreciated the EotV refresher in the beginning. I wish more authors did that honestly. I am shook by that mid-way ending and will be anxiously awaiting the full books release in the spring.

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It has everything good with book one, action, vampire, magic and etc. it’s bonus point is that there is no need for world building so the pacing is much faster compared to book one as well. Since this isn’t a review based on full copy, I hope it won’t suffer from middle book syndrome, starting from nowhere and going to nowhere. Considering the storytelling format, I don’t think it would be that way.

If you were a fan of book one, you’re going to love this one even more. If you were Ok with book one, you’re going to like this one. And finally if you did not like book one, due to genre or whatever, I don’t think your opinion would be any different about this book.

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Just as good as the first book, I can’t wait to get my hands on the full thing. There was detail, plot, imagery, and the characters development throughout everything is immaculate. I can’t wait to immerse myself into the world again.

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Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this sample!

So, it's appears to be roughly half the book. I did not re-read EOTV prior to beginning, so I was concerned I would forget a lot. But Jay did a great job of working some recapping into the beginning of the book, and I don't feel I missed anything or was confused.

This book has the same tense, emotional and dark tone of book one. I absolutely loved seeing the relationship development in this book, it really built on the foundation of book one so beautifully.

Seeing Gabe struggle so much with the fallout of book one was touching, and sad.

Beautiful addition to the series, gorgeous art yet again! Can't wait to read the rest, it's my most anticipated book of 2024!

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Very excited for this book when it comes out. I enjoyed returning to this world but now I just want the sequel! This promises to be a very good sequel to one of my favorite books of last year!

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this sampler is AMAZING but it just makes me want the rest of it even more than I did before!! Literally cannot wait. This series is one of my favorites from 2023 and I know the last half of EotD will make it one of my favorites next year too.

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It was just a clip, as stated in the offer. So far, so good! Looking forward to the rest of it. :) It drew me in just like the first and I was happy to get the clip that I have.

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This is a very interesting sampler. We get to see some chapters of EOTD and tehy certainly make you excited about the book!
I'm very curious about Jean-François's feelings for Gabriel. They're enemies, but he desires him in a strange way.

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Jay kristoff could send me his grocery list and I would read it.The man is a genius and I'm so excite for the full release of this book. I'm only giving this 4 stars though because netgalley and the publisher did not clearly communicate that this was only a sampler .-

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This book wasn’t for me!! I couldn’t get into it no matter how hard I tried. I picked it up several times but I just couldn’t stick with it. I put it back down permanently.

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