- Hardcover: 490 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (24 Aug. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316033227
- ISBN-13: 978-0316033220
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 3.8 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,618,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Vampirates 5: Empire of Night Hardcover – 24 Aug 2010
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About the Author
Justin Somper's high-octane Vampirates sequence, fusing pirate adventure and vampire myth, is published in 34 countries and 24 languages. The six book sequence concludes in June 2011 with Immortal War. Justin has one of the most active and dedicated fanbases of any author, with 6000 regular Vampirates VIPs. Fans have nicknamed themselves "the Nocturnals" in homage to a key Vampirate ship, The Nocturne and have set up several fan websites. They have also launched an online petition for the books to be turned into a movie.
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More changes are in store in this ever-evolving and always suspenseful series. This is the 5th installment in the Vampirates series and the darkest by far. I have to admit that I didn't care for the direction Somper has taken the series, with Sidorio revealed to be the twins' father. At times, all seems hopeless, sad, and completely depressing. But by the climactic ending, I saw the turn the series is taking; and I'm on board to see where the story goes next. Full of swashbuckling excitement and mayhem, the Vampirates are back and as bloody as ever. Laced with plenty of dark humor and silliness to lighten the mood, the Vampirates always seem to be the most enjoyable characters to read, even if they are ruthless killers. This series continues to be one of my favorites. Fans of vampires and pirates, both young and old should not miss this extraordinary series.
Empire of Night is mainly about Grace and Connor spying on the main villian, Sidorio, by living on his ships. Since Sidorio is actually their father, the twins do lose focus at times. Grace and Connor learn more about their family and themselves and what it means to be a dhampir. Along the way, Connor and Grace both make some bad decisions and essentially lose who they are, but they find their way back in the end. Connor finally excepts who he is to some point, but he still does not like it.
In Empire of Night, we get to know Sidorio more, and he has definitely changed! I did not find him as evil as he used to be. He easily accepts Grace and Connor as his own and takes them under his wing as his heirs. He obviously cares for his children.
I definitely enjoyed this book. There was plenty of pirate action with sword fighting, of course! The ending was completely unexpected. I am curious where Somper is going to take it. This series is a fun, thrilling ride, and I am looking forward to the next book!