Have You Read “The Serpent and the Wings of Night”? (My Thoughts)

The Hunger Games meets vampires with a touch of romantic intrigue, aided by excellent writing and characterizations? That summarizes my latest obsession, The Serpent and the Wings of Night by Carissa Broadbent.

I stumbled onto this book among Amazon’s Kindle recommendations while looking up something else, and I’m so glad I did. It reminds me a lot of the series that hooked me last year–Fourth Wing–but in the fantasy-vampire genre instead of fantasy-dragons.

The general concept is that as a child, a human girl was spared by a vampire king and raised as his own daughter. She grows up–I think we meet her in her low-20s–learning to live with vampires, but with no love lost towards them, as she often slips out of the castle to dispatch vampires who are hunting humans in town.

Without wasting time, the book slips into high gear when the girl begins a special competition (mostly for vampires), the winner of which is granted a wish by a vampiric demigod. It’s in that competition that the rest of the book takes place–I’ll stop here to avoid spoilers.

Broadbent’s pacing, dialogue, descriptions, worldbuilding, and characterizations are all superb. Perhaps I shouldn’t be surprised, but I don’t often associate vampires with great writing (The Passage might be the only exception among the books I’ve read). The Serpent and the Wings of Night is a rare exception. I haven’t even finished the first book and I’ve already ordered the second book and preordered the third–I’m all-in on this series and the author.

I’m curious to hear your thoughts if you’ve read this book (or any other excellent vampire novels)!

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