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Jay Kristoff’s ‘Empire of the Vampire’ not as sharp-fanged as anticipated

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Dive into a world of gothic fantasy, mysterious anti-heroes, and danger around every turn with New York Times bestselling author Jay Kristoff‘s latest novel, Empire of the Vampire.

Fantasy fans have been eagerly awaiting new work from Kristoff and he has certainly not disappointed with his latest novel which is a 700-page mega-read! This makes it the perfect book to take with you on holiday this festive season and is guaranteed to keep you busy.

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‘Empire of the Vampire’ suited to older young adult audience

It should be noted that this is not a book for young readers and belongs squarely to older members of the young adult genre. The themes, language and content mean this book is not safe for younger readers and should be kept away from prying baby bookworm eyes.

The @GoldsboroBooks Platinum Edition of EMPIRE OF THE VAMPIRE have arrived in my dread lair.

Behold the metal

— Jay Kristoff (@misterkristoff) August 20, 2021

‘Saints suffer alongside the sinners’ in ‘Empire of the Vampire’

Even the greatest fools can’t deny the existence of evil. We dwell in its shadow every day. The best of us rise above it, the worst of us swallow it whole, but we all of us wade hip-deep through it, every moment of our lives. Curses and blessings fall on the cruel and just alike. For every prayer heeded, ten thousand go unanswered. And saints suffer alongside the sinners…

Prologue of ‘Empire of the Vampire’ by Jay Kristoff.

Clash of writing style and themes

Even though this book is a stellar example of escapism — as fantasy books usually are — there are some elements in this book that don’t always work well together. As is the case with food, the combination of some flavours are heaven to some — like chilli chocolate — while it simply does not appeal to others.

The writing style in this book is like chilli chocolate; while it just doesn’t work for me, it might be perfect for you…

“A life without books is a life not lived”
Finally finished this thic boy. Can we get the next one already?

— Nietzche (@chasingbugaboos) October 30, 2021

My issue with this book is in the clash of the writing style, dialogue and the general themes. The themes lean very much towards adult genre with lots of gore, violence and almost too many sultry scenes, while the writing style seems juvenile.

At times, the dialogue reads as a cliché with humour that falls short in its childishness. And regrettably, it is also sometimes unnecessarily crude. The dialogue, writing style and humour clash with the dark themes, making the whole story seem off-centre and jarring.

But fantasy is very much like coffee (or chocolate) and we all like ours a certain way. I prefer my fantasy books to have a more mature tone in the writing and dialogue, and less oftentimes forced humour. You might like yours with a bit of chilli and childlike humour, and if you do, this book might be one to put on the Christmas wish list.

Redeeming quality

A redeeming quality of Empire of the Vampire is definitely the story (who doesn’t love a story with magic and vampires?). It is truly an adventure with lots of thrilling and entertaining twists and turns which make this book read like a deliciously dark fairy tale.

‘Empire of the Vampire’: Synopsis

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— Jay Kristoff (@misterkristoff) November 5, 2021

It has been 27 long years since the last sunrise. For nearly three decades, vampires have waged war against humanity; building their eternal empire even as they tear down our own. Now, only a few tiny sparks of light endure in a sea of darkness.

Gabriel de León is a silversaint: a member of a holy brotherhood dedicated to defending realm and church from the creatures of the night. But even the Silver Order could not stem the tide once daylight failed us, and now, only Gabriel remains.

Imprisoned by the very monsters he vowed to destroy, the last silversaint is forced to tell his story. A story of legendary battles and forbidden love, of faith lost and friendships won, of the Wars of the Blood and the Forever King and the quest for humanity’s last remaining hope: The Holy Grail.

More about the author Yay Kristoff

Jay Kristoff is a No 1 international, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of fantasy and science fiction. He writes both for adult readers and young adults and lives in sunny Melbourne, Australia.

He is the winner of eight Aurealis Awards, an ABIA, has over one-and-a-half-million books in print and is published in over 35 countries.

‘Empire of the Vampire’ is available from Exclusive Books and other leading bookstores.

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