Book Review: Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff
It's nice to see that vampires are once again evil, scary, and diabolical, rather than sparkly and every young woman's object of affection. Empire of the Vampire has brought back the beast that is the vampire. They are the vampires that have lived for hundreds of years and view every living person as food to be feasted upon.
The Premise: The last Silversaint (a vampire hunter) is telling two different sets of events from his past. The first deals with his induction into the order that made him who he is and the second is many years later after he has left this order and he is helping an old friend bring a special person back to that order, to bring an end to the night that keeps the sun hidden so the vampires can rule the land.
There are so many twists and turns and emotional surprises in this book. You come to care about the characters and then feel the emptiness when certain characters you liked are either killed or show themselves to have ulterior motives. The last 300 pages or so are super page turners and a pure roller coaster ride to the very end. It's really good!
There is also some really great interior artwork that helps paint a picture for some of the scenes. I wouldn't mind more books doing this.
If I was to change anything, it would be the structure that the author used. Most of the book is in first person as the lead character is telling his vampire captor his story. That's all well and good but the use of quotation marks can get confusing because you have a story within a story. I think the author should have used a proper first person (no quotation marks) for the bulk of the narrative and then when he went back to the present time, simply skipped a line and then went into the third person for the conversations and descriptions there. Then skipped another line and proceeded into the first person narrative again to continue relating his story. It would do away with this ("') being used everywhere.
Other than that, this is a MUST READ for any vampire fan.
I was turned onto this book/author from watching this author interview on Mike's Book Reviews. The author comes off as a very interesting person that is down to Earth. Someone you could grab a drink with and easily talk to about a multitude of entertainment. He also intrigued me enough to watch every season of The Vampire Diaries, on his recommendation for the series, which turned out to be really good too! And I was also intrigued by seeing some of the more "Woke" one star reviews that told me this would definitely be a great book for me to read, where I wouldn't be beat over the head with modern day social issues. Yes, one star book reviews are 5 star recommendations sometimes. So now... I give this book a strong recommendation and I look forward to the next one in this series.
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