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Holy crap, that was so good.

I could not believe I got approved for this arc, even if it is just a sampler and now I want to know who to sell my soul to for the full arc.

I have been anticipating this book since I finished EoTV and this did not disappoint! We are thrown right back into the story and I could not read this fast enough. I love how Jay Kristoff has written this world and the vampires. It’s everything I could want in a vampire series. The Voss vampires stay terrifying and it feels like somehow the stakes are even higher in this book. I was gasping in shock, sadness and excitement while reading & I am so excited to read the rest of the book.

Thank you so much to the publisher for the arc sampler!

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Thank you to NetGalley and St Martins Press for this sampler. The sampler included Book I and Book II, and it is 215 pages long.

EoTD picks up right where EoTV left of. However, it feels darker and more foreboding. I can't wait for March!!

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This is my most anticipated read of 2024 and this teaser was NOT enough! I am so excited to immerse myself back into this fantastic world Mr Kristoff has made. Gabriel and his tale is so enjoyable and I cannot stop reading. Jay Kristoff has created a literary master piece

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Sampler thoughts -
First thoughts on reading the cast of characters from the first book and on - I'm thrilled to be reading more of this story that as I may have written in my review of the first title, this is the series I didn't know I needed and now I just want more (and if writing that didn’t just put one of the more overdramatic Sisters of Mercy videos into my head).

In a word, epic. So far it's perfect.

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I'm also completely furious with myself. I was offered a full book from the publisher and I guess it had been long enough since the first book that I forgot just how much this made me 😍

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next day
Wow, St. Martin’s Press is forever in my heart - I contacted them and they’re still sending me out a physical copy of this ❤️❤️❤️❤️


Full review to come (and I can’t wait to hold this in my hands and read it all!!!)



Thank you to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for the DRC!

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Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC in exchange of an honest review. Amazing!! I need more but I am so excited for what's to come. Everything feels so familiar when you read and get to plunge back into this dark, marvelous world. Give me the whole book.

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This sampler was amazing! I cannot wait to get the whole thing because I am so ready to dive back into this world and fall in love with Hay's writing, storytelling and characters.

Loved this so much!

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This sampler was fantastic! Throws you right back into the world of Jay Kristoff and it makes me want to live in it forever! This sampler was utterly fantastic and I cannot wait to read more!

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One word Amazing, nothing short of Amazing just not enough,a sampler,a tease for what's to come this little sampler got my blood boiling pretty good back to this world and the character Gabriel. I can't wait to see what else is to come.......

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What the hell did you mean by “sampler”?! I NEED MORE!
I can't believe I have to wait so many months to discover what happens next. Don't get me wrong, thanks very much to the publishing house and NetGalley, but a taste is not enough!

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A taste has me craving more. Another book of spectacular writing is coming in March and I am straight up anxiously waiting.

This sampler includes the first two ‘books’ in EoTD and starts off running from where Empire of The Vampire ended. Gabriel is back with his wine drinking self continuing to recount the story of the Holy Grail.

Packed full of everything we expect from Jay Kristoff, including the brutal violence. This sequel also starts off heavy due to the events that occurred at the end of EoTV, leading to consequences later on down the road.

Filled with the morbid humor, and the wit we all know and love is not lost here and shines bright. The light hearted quips keep you from getting lost in the doom and gloom. But honestly I love the dark cat and mouse game in play here and I can’t wait to have this book in hand.

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This gave a great taste for this novel, it had everything that I was hoping for from Jay Kristoff. I enjoyed the sequel elements, and can’t wait to read the full book.

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The cruelest part of this copy is that it’s just a sampler. I devoured this sampler as quick, if not quicker, than I did EOTV. I love that we are getting more of Dior and Celene in this book, and I cannot wait for them to take the front seat for POV in the next part of the book. Gabe is such an enjoyable character to follow, and I am pleased that we are getting more Jean-François interaction as well. Middle book syndrome does not exist for Kristoff in this series. Bloody stunning series!! Absolutely cannot wait to finish this book once it comes out!

Thank you to NetGalley, the author, and the publisher for an advanced reader’s copy in exchange for my honest review.

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I was SO excited to receive the sampler of Empire of the Damned! This sampler included the first two “books” in EotD, and honestly… I need more right now!!

Gabriel is back and recounting his story of the Holy Grail to the vampire that has him captive. We jump right back into the story where Empire of the Vampire left off, and it’s everything you want it to be.

Stakes (ha!) are raised, action scenes are epic, and Gabriel is still drinking a lot of wine.

I can tell this is going to be an epic continuation of the EofV series and can’t wait to see how it ends. Is it March yet??

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“Empire of the Damned” by Jay Krisoff is a book about vampires and war. First off, the world and story line were complicated and confusing. It is a good book for people who like super detailed High Fantasy books. This book was really not for me, I didn’t like the characters much. I give a 2 out of 5 stars.

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Although this is a sampler of what I presume is the 1st half of the book, I was so excited to get this ARC. Wow, I am chomping at the bit to get my hands on the rest of the story. The wait for March 2024 will be so difficult. This is a great follow up so far to Empire of the Vampire.

This story is much darker (really, more violent) than what I normally enjoy. But the story here is so good that it doesn't detract from my enjoyment. This has really fun world building, fills in some of the gaps from book 1, as well as promising character development (of at least what I'm hoping becomes development in the 2nd half).

Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for providing this sampler!

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Empire of the Damned - Sampler by Jay Kristoff is the sequel to the phenomenal Empire of the Vampire.
And I knew I probably shouldn’t have requested this because now it left me in a state of anticipation.
This is going to be such an epic story and I can’t wait till 2024!
I already know EofD is going to be a FIVE STAR READ! I’m calling it here…. Now!

I would like to thank NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for the opportunity to read this ahead of its publication date in return for my honest review.

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"Empire of the Damned - Sampler" by Jay Kristoff, the highly anticipated sequel to the #1 international bestselling sensation "Empire of the Vampire," takes readers on an enthralling journey into a world of darkness and mystery.

Following the events of the previous book, Gabriel de León has saved the Holy Grail from death but faces a new challenge. Teaming up with the enigmatic vampire Liathe, he must deliver the Grail to the ancients of the Blood Esani to unravel the truth of how Daysdeath might be undone and bring an end to the endless night.

As Gabriel navigates this perilous quest, he finds himself entangled in conflicts between the Blood Dyvok and the duskdancers of the frozen Highlands. The Last Silversaint is pursued by the terrors of the Blood Voss and battles his own rising bloodlust. The journey is fraught with danger, both external and internal, and the fate of Gabriel and the world hinges on the revelation of a truth that may be too dreadful to contemplate.

Kristoff's storytelling prowess shines in this sampler, offering readers a glimpse into a dark and captivating world where ancient prophecies, vampire lore, and epic battles converge. With richly woven narrative threads, the author sets the stage for a thrilling continuation of the Empire of the Vampire series.

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Damn it. I knew I was going to regret falling prey to the vampire's call and immersing myself in this early sampler of Empire of the Damned. The first book was so bloody amazing, and I've been so anxiously awaiting Jay Kristoff's sequel, that I surrendered myself to the thirst for more blood ... for the Grail ... for it all ... and now I fear I may go mad waiting for the rest of it.

This sampler captures, as near as I can tell, the first half of the book. It picks up right where the first left off, takes us through several new set pieces, thrusts us into increasingly deadly battles with the undead, twists the silver blade just a bit deeper into Gabriel's heart, unveils new layers of mythology, and leaves us with not one, but two cliffhangers.

There's not much I can say without spoilers, but this is a book that's heavy with consequences. There's the bloodbath that ended the first book, the loss of Gabriel's birth family, the fate of friends and allies, and (more than anything) the choices made that have led us here. That's not to say it's all doom and gloom - the wit, the banter, and the morbid humor of the first book is still here - but the more we know of the world and its characters, the more we feel the significance of every action.

Here's hoping I manage to land an ARC of the entire book before release but, if not, I'll be in line at the bookstore on release day with everyone else.

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Just when you thought it was safe to read another Kirstoff book without being surprised,,, or recognizing the possible twists... you are mistaken. Empire of the Damned brings us farther into Gabriel and Dior's story. And while it's easy to get lost in the doom and gloom of a perpetual cat and mouse game between Paleblood and a murderous death, Jay Kristoff is still able to sneak in a few light hearted moments and quips between characters to give readers just a slight break from the heavy ending we all know will eventually will come.

All I know is that I continue to torture myself by reading and requesting titles like these knowing the wait for the next book is that much longer for reading it early.

Damn you Kristoff...

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So good!!!! I need the full book now. I can't wait to see what happens next. Going to somehow be better than the first!

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