Review: Silver Under Nightfall by Rin Chupeco

Book Review

Silver Under Nightfall by Rin Chupeco
Silver Under Nightfall #1
Fantasy, LGBT, Romance

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Remy Pendergast is many things: the only son of the Duke of Valenbonne (though his father might wish otherwise), an elite bounty hunter of rogue vampires, and an outcast among his fellow Reapers. His mother was the subject of gossip even before she eloped with a vampire, giving rise to the rumors that Remy is half-vampire himself. Though the kingdom of Aluria barely tolerates him, Remy’s father has been shaping him into a weapon to fight for the kingdom at any cost.

When a terrifying new breed of vampire is sighted outside of the city, Remy prepares to investigate alone. But then he encounters the shockingly warmhearted vampire heiress Xiaodan Song and her infuriatingly arrogant fiancé, vampire lord Zidan Malekh, who may hold the key to defeating the creatures—though he knows associating with them won’t do his reputation any favors. When he’s offered a spot alongside them to find the truth about the mutating virus Rot that’s plaguing the kingdom, Remy faces a choice.

It’s one he’s certain he’ll regret.

But as the three face dangerous hardships during their journey, Remy develops fond and complicated feelings for the couple. He begins to question what he holds true about vampires, as well as the story behind his own family legacy. As the Rot continues to spread across the kingdom, Remy must decide where his loyalties lie: with his father and the kingdom he’s been trained all his life to defend or the vampires who might just be the death of him.  

What I thought

I am going to try to put all of my thoughts together for this one. Sorry, but they are all over the place. I am not really sure what I was expecting when I picked up this book, I was like oh a “real” story about vampires. Don’t get me wrong, but vampires have been so romanticized since Twilight that they seem to have lost the origin of what makes them…well…vampires. Just my opinion, so please don’t come for me. What I did get was definitely an interesting take on vampires.

So what do you get in this story? Well, you get a world with has humans and multiple vampire courts. The vampires and humans want to come together to deal with a big bad that is happening. I’m sure you can guess how well that goes over.

This book is full of action, political drama, and a mystery at the heart of the story. Our main character Remy is not very likeable, at least he wasn’t for me. I simply just did not like his character, not because of who he is, a vampire hunter who is half-vampire, but because he just sucked as a character. So the half-vampire thing still throws me for a loop, but somehow this author pulls if off. The story flowed really well and for it being a first book in a series it wasn’t info dumpy at all. Also, this is the author’s first foray into adult fantasy and I have to say that she pulled it off extremely well. You would never know that she primarily writes for younger readers.

It looks like they finally announced book two, Court of Wanderers, and it is set to be released on October 3, 2023. When I picked this up I honestly thought it was going to be a standalone, that was solely due to the series not being listed anywhere that I could find easily. So I am not sure if it was done that way on purpose by the publisher as a let’s see how this is received and go from there or what. But I am supper happy that we are getting the next book.

Note: This book is definitely not for younger readers, no matter their reading level.

My Rating: /5

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