Monday, September 25, 2023

The Serpent and the Wings of Night by Carissa Broadbent

Human or vampire, the rules of survival are the same: never trust, never yield, and always – always – guard your heart.

The adopted human daughter of the Nightborn vampire king, Oraya carved her place in a world designed to kill her. Her only chance to become something more than prey is entering the Kejari: a legendary tournament held by the goddess of death herself.

But winning won’t be easy amongst the most vicious warriors from all three vampire houses. To survive, Oraya is forced to make an alliance with a mysterious rival.

Everything about Raihn is dangerous. He is a ruthless vampire, an efficient killer, an enemy to her father’s crown… and her greatest competition. Yet, what terrifies Oraya most of all is that she finds herself oddly drawn to him.

But there’s no room for compassion in the Kejari. War for the House of Night brews, shattering everything that Oraya thought she knew about her home. And Raihn may understand her more than anyone – but their blossoming attraction could be her downfall, in a kingdom where nothing is more deadly than love.

The Serpent and the Wings of Night is the first book in a new series of heart-wrenching romance, dark magic, and bloodthirsty intrigue, perfect for fans of From Blood and Ash and A Court of Thorns and Roses.

Hardcover, 502 pages
First published August 30, 2022
by Carissa Broadbent
4/5 stars

Another book that has been sweeping social media, geared especially for fans of Fourth Wing. This was an impulse purchase, which is funny because I dislike snakes as much as I dislike vampires.  But that cover is rather intriguing.

The first book in The Nightborn Duet series. Ward is a renowned vampire leader who discovers a three year old human girl, taking her in and raising as his daughter. Fast forward a couple decades to when the action really begins.

This definitely had that Hunger Games feel but with vampires and lots of blood. The world building was intricate and I’m so glad for the glossary at the end. This story itself flowed and came together nicely. As for the ending, it was awesome.

Now let’s talk about the characters. Oraya is one feisty gal, one can’t help but feel for her, her upbringing and goal for her people. Enter stage left is Raihn, he is the spark that made me laugh, smile and cry (I didn’t really but if I was a crier I probably would have). His personality was so well written, well both of them were. I'm so glad book 1.5 and book 2 are already out and on my bookshelf.

Social media is great for discovering new books. My venture into YA fantasy has ramped up - though this book is shelved in the adult section of my bookstore - could be because it is violent and bloody, remember vampires.

This book was part of my 2023 reading off my shelf challenge

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