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Empire of the Damned: 2 (Empire of the Vampire)

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Characters you love and hate, a world that feels hauntingly real, and an adventure that grabs you and does not let go, this book is destined for the Fantasy Hall of Fame.

Empire of the Damned: The most hotly anticipated fantasy

Little sounds that reshape or unmake your entire world, like great spells of old to redraw the very lines by which you see yourself and all else about you.At first glance, it may appear to be garnished with sour cynicism, but in the very bottom of the tale, when you stir it, you will find a rich gravy of faith and belief in humanity and the virtues of friendship.

Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff | Waterstones Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff | Waterstones

They exist in two categories: Underage humans and vampires Kristoff goes out of his way to specify are actually old, but look prepubescent.The whole genre just drives me batty, and I am yet to find a vampire character that I haven't found to be a giant pain in the neck. Gripping, terrifying and visceral, this is that rare beast of a tale that rips your heart from your chest, stamps on it and leaves you wanting more.

Empire of the Vampire Makes Vampires Scary Again Empire of the Vampire Makes Vampires Scary Again

Releasing the series as Jay intended to do in 2020 after reading his explanations just doesn’t seem feasible to me at least.It evokes many of the same feelings you get reading the characters in Realm of the Elderlings, which is extremely high praise as I think Robin Hobb is the undisputed champion for character writing in fantasy novels. He isn't thrilled to have to tell his tale to the vampire historian but, as the stories progress, there is some excellent back-and-forth banter between the duo. I can understand the necessity for worldbuilding and characterization, but it’s SO fucking frequent to the point of absurdity.

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