Synopsis

Gabriel de León has saved the Holy Grail from death, but his chance to end the endless night is lost.

After turning his back on his silversaint brothers once and for all, Gabriel and the Grail set out to learn the truth of how Daysdeath might finally be undone.

But the last silversaint faces peril, within and without. Pursued by children of the Forever King, drawn into wars and webs centuries in the weaving, and ravaged by his own rising bloodlust, Gabriel may not survive to see the truth of the Grail revealed.

A truth that may be too awful for any to imagine.

Review

Some weeks ago, I did a “prediction” post about why I thought that Empire of the Damned would be worth 6 stars or all the stars.

Now that I have read it, I can say that I was right!!!

Here were the reasons I gave completed with some new insight!

When I began reading,  I thought: “It’s like a Sergio Leone western cross with interview with a  vampire. We have the wounded hero whose family died seeking revenge on all vampires. He is crude, rude, strong , courageous and still has a heart. And we have duels with powerful vampires and their armies, when all odds are against the hero.”

And it really is like these western movies because Gabriel de Leon has a foul mouth, he is swearing like a sailor but he is also determined to protect his charge, Dior, at whatever cost.

Then we also have a variety of villains.

Some being morally grey like Celene, Gabe’s sister turned vampire and called a liathe.

Celene was a real “piece of work” (I am trying to stay polite here) and love is certainly not what motivates her to help Gabriel! But she also was a total badass!

‘“I am Celene Castia. Sssword of the Faithful. Liathe of dread Wulfric.” ‘Dead eyes gleaming, Celene raised her blade toward the Untamed. ‘“And I am deliverance. For you and all our accursssed kind.”’

I really admired her!

If Gabriel is the experienced warrior/loner in our western, Dior looks like the green cowboy, wanting to prove herself. Full of hope and energy but lacking in experience. Having raised herself for some time now, living on the street, she too has a foul mouth an lots of sass so that gives us incredible banter filled with sarcastic retorts.

The banter between Gabe and Phoebe is also amazing!

“Call me Kitcat one more time, Silverboy, and I’ll bury ye up here myself. I know daft heroics are the ale and honey of yer kind—’ “‘There you go again with that my kind shit, I swear—’ “‘But were y’born stupid, or did ye just take one too many Dyvoks to the head?’”

Even the vampire Chastain interviewing Gabriel will have some good quips!

“You’re doing it again,” the historian said. “It’s not quite a frown … more like a frown had a drunken ménage à trois with a glower and a pout. It’s very good, you must have practiced it at length in the mirror.”

So there is a lot of dark humor and sarcasm BUT only in Gabriel’s POV!

Because we get parts from Celene’s POV and these parts are DARK and BLEAK and GORY!

That was so much more hopeless than Empire of the Vampire!

That’s for sure, Celene is a badass but she doesn’t share Gabriel’s sarcastic personality!

The writing is EPIC!!!

Going from powerful when Celene gives all her titles before announcing that she will be the end of someone to having me snickering when Dior gave as good as she got from Gabe!

I love the elegant writing, the old language mixed with crude and foul mouth of Gabe.

The characters are also amazing!

Not only Gabriel who is a rough man with a big heart and no fear for the battles ahead but Dior and her ironwill, Celene’s badassery and other characters I won’t mention for fear of spoiling you!

Add to it that there is of course a quest/race to save mankind and lots of twists and turns! And that ending!!!!!!!! I had predicted some of it BUT Jay Kristoff still surprised me!

Now tell me you don’t think it is amazing hu?

Thanks for reading.

Sophie

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  1. I cant believe I haven’t started this series. I’ve always lived Kristoff’s writing, especially his dialog, so I’m sure I’ll love this too