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It's giving "Pedro Pascal escorts a very special child across a given space only for him to become said child's father figure" and I am HERE FOR IT!

Some thoughts.

1. Can Gabe and Jean-Francois bang already because damn
2. It's giving The Witcher vibes and that is A-Ok with me
3. "So the enemy of my enemy..." "Is usually just another enemy." Incredible.
4. "East shit, you cask-gargling twatgoblin." Immediately adding this phrase to my vernacular.
5. Gabe has so many useful uses for a book
6. "there was an old woman who ran a fine inn..." 10/10 would not stay at this inn. Thank you so much, Ash.
7. PHOEBE! KITCAAAAAAAAT!
8. Jean-Francois and Gabe's eyebrows. Lol.
6. Phoebe :(

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I thought this was the whole book. Obviously I didn't read it correctly but in any event I've already preordered multiple copies of this and loved EOTV dearly. I can't wait to get it in hands.

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I am so looking forward to reading this book. Following up on the first book. I absolutely loved the characters in the first book. The story is gripping and thrilling and dark.

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I was provided the sample from NetGalley, then screamed for joy when a full ARC showed up in the mail. I stayed up until 1AM to finish. Now I have that bereft feeling you get after reading something so amazing you just don't know what to do with yourself.

This is a very bloody but still hopeful story. The different POVs between Gabriel and his sister worked perfectly to tell the tale, and was a clever way to show the reader all that happened during this epic adventure while still keeping the storytelling aspect of the writing. The characters were all amazing, including the despicable vampires. Some mysteries are revealed, yet others remain. And based on some hints at the ending, not all is as it seems.

A saga that keeps you enthralled with the poetic writing style, this is an epic journey of a literary phenomena. The kind of book you will remember long after you've read it. And even though each book is gloriously super long, I will reread both the first and second books before the 3rd comes out. I've already pre-ordered my hardcover copy for this one so I can own the physical aspect of this magic, and to get a look at the amazing artwork tucked in between the pages of the tale.

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Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read the sampler! I’m now impatiently waiting for release. I loved Empire of the Vampire so I am so excited to see what Jay does with the story!

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Thank you to NetGalley, Jay Kristoff, and St. Martin’s Press for a sampler of Empire of the Damned in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed many novels by Jay Kristoff and was excited to be approved but I did have a hard time getting into this series but I’m hoping once the novel is out I could review it properly!

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What a fantastic sampler!!! Once I got to the end of that, I realized how long of a wait I still have to dive back in and finish this bad boy. I swear this is going to be the most perfect series starring vampires anyone could write up. I forget how long the book as because each page just engulfs you into itself and it's easy to forget there is life outside it. Can't wait to get ahold of the rest of this!

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Thank you to the Publisher and the NetGalley for an advanced copy of this book!!! I really do enjoy the prisoner being forced to give their story to the captor. Especially when it breaks for small measures for some back and forth between the pair. I also enjoy a darker fantasy with the probability of no happy ever after. That the 'heroes' will lose.

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Well holy redeemer. I just finished the sampler up to page 215 and what a ride. There is a fantastic recap at the beginning summarizing who is who and what is what. Much needed and thank you. Book two starts right where one left off and we jump in and out of our narrated story. Gabe is still Gabe and all that he is. Swearing, epic quotes of knowledge and tattoo worthy lines. There are epic battles and fights. Strategy and tricks and I'm only half way. As with all of kristoffs works don't trust anything he says and guard your heart. But what is utterly amazing and spectacular is the art throughout the book telling its own story. I cannot wait to have color copies of these images.
Please let me read the other half.... This is well on its way to stealing Nevernight out of the top spot in my favorites list.

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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.

Gabriel de León has saved the Holy Grail from death, but his chance to end the endless night is lost. Drawn into an uneasy alliance with the mysterious vampire Liathe, Gabriel must now deliver the Grail to ancients of the Blood Esani, and learn the truth of how Daysdeath might be finally undone.

But the Last Silversaint faces peril, within and without. Pursued by terrors of the Blood Voss, drawn into warfare between the Blood Dyvok and duskdancers of the frozen Highlands, and ravaged by his own rising bloodlust, Gabriel may not survive to see the Grail learn her truth.

And that truth may be too awful for any to imagine.


This second book better be good for the rest of the story. Just like this sample...
Thank you Netgalley for the advanced copy!

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Thank you Netgalley and St Martin Press for this sampler in exchange for an honest review.

Empire of the Damned Sampler continues telling Gabriel's story from Empire of the Vampire.


I would give "Empire of the Damned Sampler" by Jay Kristoff a 5 star review because, this is a long anticipated continuance for me this continues to be soo good, I loved the writing, the storyline was great, Gabriel continues to be my favorite character but now I have to wait to continue this.

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My only complaint is that it’s not the full ARC! I love where this picks up, and it’s made me even more excited for the release. I’ll be doing a reread of the first book before this one comes out. Jay Kristoff knows how to write vampires!

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5 plus plus
Very happy to be able to read this sampler. The book has a great start continuing the story. I love that we go back to the queen and J.F. I appreciate the character summary at the start. It's perfect. More fantasy authors should do this. So well done that one can pick up this novel without reading the first and would not be confused.
I'm very excited to read the full version. This is an auto-buy author for me. This sampler shows the illustrations and, like the writing, they continue to be spectacular. There are still many aspects of the story that this book can answer from the previous volume. I love that the author is consistent and although we already know so much from the previous volume we still keep turning the pages for more.
I love grumpy, fearless nothing-to-lose-main characters.
Thank you netgalley and publisher for this sampler.

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After just finishing the sampler from NetGalley, I am assured that I will love this novel just as much as I loved the first one. I just read Empire of the Vampire for the second time last month and it has only made me even more excited for this novels release.

When I got the email that I was approved for the netgalley sampler - I put everything else on hold to read this. I simply cannot wait for the release of Empire of the Damned. And I will make sure to update as soon as I read the full length novel.

This one is my most anticipated book of 2024, and I can already tell it is likely to be shelved under "favorites". ❤

Tremendous Thank you to NetGalley, and St. Martin's Press for the opportunity to read a bit, early!

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So bummed this was just a sampler but stoked for the book! I will update once I have read the full book.

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This made me so excited for Empire of the Damned!! I didn't realize this was just a sampler so I devoured it far too quickly and it definitely was a tease. But ahhh. I'm so ready!

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Thank you for the opportunity to read a sample of this.

I have been waiting for the next installment of this series and was really excited to jump back in! I'm really happy that the book picks up right where the first left off. I'm still intrigued by this world and the character's motives. The artwork is also stunning and it helps bring the imagery in my mind to life. The writing is easy to read and found myself flying through the pages. I can not wait to get my hands on the physical copy.

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I need the rest. Biblically. Jay, you have out done yourself again. So far 10/10 and my thirst for this tale cannot be stated! March can’t come fast enough

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Empire of The Damned, the second installment in Jay Kristoff's grimdark vampire saga, retains the enjoyable elements of the first book while introducing a new perspective. While Gabriel's narrative continues, his long-lost sister Celene, revealed as an Esani Vampire with unique abilities, offers an omnipresent view, unraveling stories of characters like Dior. This additional point of view not only delves into Celene's character but also puts Dior in the spotlight, shedding light on her adventures and struggles through the impartial lens of Gabe's sister. This perspective also unveils more about the vampire hierarchy, portraying their characters more vividly while reaffirming their less-than-admirable nature.

Hard to give a full review when I only get the sampler, sigh.

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I only received an arc of the first couple hundred pages but it was just as amazing as the first book and I am upset that I have to wait a couple months for the rest of the book.

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