Author: Carissa Broadbent
Publisher: Tor UK
Publication Date: 12 December 2023
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Source: ARC from Publisher
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 - and nothing more deadly than love.
I had seen The Serpent and the Wings of Night around for a while and thought it looked interesting, so I was excited to receive a copy from the publisher for this new edition. In a nutshell, I would describe the book as The Hunger Games but with vampires, since it revolves around a bloody contest that vampires from different clans and regions fight to win, the prize being a wish granted by the vampire's goddess. Oraya was a well-drawn character who I was instantly able to get behind. I also enjoyed the arc of her relationship with Raihn. The story moved at a good pace throughout and when this volume finished I was keen to find out what would happen next, so I will definitely want to read on in the series. The book is full of tropes, but there was enough freshness in the world building and characters to stop it feeling too familiar and cliched. Overall, I am giving it 4.5 stars that I would round up to a five, rather than down to a four.
I received this book as a free ARC from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.