Title: Empire of the Vampire
Author: Jay Kristoff
Series: Empire of the Vampire
Pages: 718 pages
HB or PB: Hardback 
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Publication Date: September 2020
Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers
How did I get this book: Bought 
Format (e- or p-): Physical
Purchase Book: Agenda Bookshop

From holy cup comes holy light;
The faithful hands sets world aright.
And in the Seven Martyrs’ sight,
Mere man shall end this endless night.

It has been twenty-seven 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 couldn’t 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.


I didn't know what to expect from Jay Kristoff, being my first novel from him and being "vampire themed" I immediately pre-ordered this book when the pre-order popped up on Waterstones. Diving into this book during Halloween Weekend seemed fitting for the theme of the book, monsters and vampires and all sorts. I actually followed along with the Audiobook since it has a French background story and I loved it.

The story itself jumps from two timelines, I actually loved the way it was written as it was something different. With each "story" that Gabriel De Leon narrates his life, there are 6 in total and we get to know the characters more within the stories he tells through-out this book. 

The last 200 pages or have you in for a ride, amazing, thrilling and shocking details come out during the last part of the book which you would have guessed with one particular character you would have never thought to be who they really are.  

Overall, the first book I have read by Jay Kristoff was by far amazing, the story was set in the sort of medieval times, a proper vampire/monster themed book which is gripping. The end of the story i.e. cliff hanger was amazing, meaning I cannot wait to read the next instalment. Definitely a book perfect for autumnal halloween vibes.  

StefyTalks Rating
Empire of the Vampire ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️