The Serpent And The Wings Of Night Book Review

This TikTok sensation was touted as a Hunger Games meets A Court of Thorns and Roses, so obviously I had to read it. Did it live up to the hype? You bet it did.

Carissa Broadbent has created a decadent and deadly world with her novel The Serpent and the Wings of Night. The vampires are beautiful but terrifying. Operating at a level closer to beast than human. This is a world where any weakness is death especially a weakness of the heart.

The Plot

Oraya has been raised as the strange human child of the Vampire king. Out of necessity, he has honed her into a living weapon. Any weakness or forgetfulness on her part will see her dead, torn apart by the beautiful creatures she lives with. The only way to fix her human weakness is to enter the Kejari, a tournament with one surviving victor, and the chance to make a request to the Goddess. During the deadly games Oraya meets Raihn, a mysterious vampire from the rival nation, and discovers that being human might not be her only weakness.

The Review

TSWN starts running from the first page and doesn’t stop until it shatters everything at the end. The characters are raw and conflicted. Love is a weapon in this world, and even love with pure intentions has devastating consequences.

Oraya is a complicated character torn by her learned strengths and inherent human weaknesses. She inhabits no worlds and has been taught to hate her humanness. It’s the Vampire Raihn who teaches her how to be human. Oraya’s adopted father, Vincent, the Vampire king, is a complicated father figure that I found fascinating. I was never sure of his feelings until the very end.

It’s definitely got flavours of ACTAR. There’s a very notable cave scene that is super hot and the hero seems like a villain but isn’t. It’s grittier than ACTAR with a more ugly, brutal world, and for me didn’t quite live up to the lofty heights of Sarah J Maas. As for the Hunger Games similarities, there is a competition that is a fight to the death, and two competitors do face the complication of having feelings for each other. The stories however are very different.

It ends on a super twist, cliffhanger, so I’ll be interested to see where it leads in the next books.

Summary

The Serpent and the Wings of Night is an action packed story set in a brutal, decadent world. The characters are multilayered and Oraya is a strong heroine. The love interest is hot, with a nice dash of spice. I’ll definitely be reading the second book when it comes out.

— Bliss
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