Author: Jay Kristoff
Publication Date: 2021
Source: Xmas Gift
Twenty-seven years have passed since the last sunrise, and for almost three decades, the creatures of the night have walked the day without fear. Once, humanity fought bravely against the coldblood legions, but now, we exist only in a few scattered settlements—tiny sparks of light in a growing sea of darkness.
Gabriel de León is the last of the Silversaints, a holy order dedicated to defending realm and church, now utterly destroyed. Imprisoned for the murder of the vampiric king, Gabriel is charged with telling the story of his life.
His tale spans years, from his youth in the monastery of San Michel, to the forbidden love that spelled his undoing, and the betrayal that saw his order annihilated. Most importantly, Gabriel will tell of his discovery of the Grail—the legendary cup prophesied to bring an end to the eternal night.
But the Grail was no simple chalice; it was a smart-mouthed teenage urchin named Dior. Their journey with a band of unlikely allies would see Dior and Gabriel forge an unbreakable bond, and set the broken paragon on a road to redemption.
But now, the Grail is shattered. And with the cup of the Savior destroyed and the last Silversaint awaiting execution, what can bring an end to this unholy empire?
I read the first half of Empire of the Vampire back in July 2021 as a sampler on NetGalley. I liked it enough to add it to my wishlist and received a copy from my husband for Xmas. Since only six months had passed, I decided to pick up reading from where I'd left off in the sampler, rather than returning to the start. It took me a couple of chapters, but I soon remembered where I was and what was happening. Overall, Empire of the Vampire, was a solid fantasy novel. It had an interesting premise, memorable characters and good world building. The style of the narration also appealed to me and any time jumps were clear and easy to follow. The ending left me intrigued to find out what would happen next, so hopefully book two is not too far off. From me, this book gets 4.5 stars, which I will round up to a five.