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September 11, 2022

Silver Under Nightfall by Rin Chupeco ~ a Review

by MK French

Remy Pendergast is the only son of the Duke of Valenbonne and an elite bounty hunter of rogue vampires. At the same time, he's an outcast among his fellow Reapers because his mother had eloped with a vampire. His entire life is devoted to being a weapon for the kingdom of Aluria despite the rumors about him. He's determined to investigate the new breed of vampire outside of the city, but Remy isn't alone. Vampire heiress Xiaodan Song and her fiancé, the vampire lord Zidan Malekh, are also investigating. Remy knows working with them won't help his reputation, but it might be his only chance to save the kingdom from the Rot spreading. As they work together, he begins to question everything he knew about vampires, his family legacy, and the kingdom itself.

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book cover of fantasy novel Silver Under Nightfall by Rin Chupeco
September 2022; Gallery / Saga Press; 978-1982195717
audio, ebook, print (512 pages); fantasy

From the start, the dreary, foggy nation of Aluria is fascinating. We open with Remy on the hunt, easily dispatching newly created vampires and then running up against an elder. Then we see the disdain his own father has for him, as well as that of the city, the other Reapers. This not only sets us up to feel for Remy and root for him, but we see how the kingdom is set up, learn about the nobility, and learn about the vampire courts as well as the weirdness from new vampire victims found. It's clever and so well done, just like Rin Chupeco's other works. It's incredibly easy to fall into this world, to feel the tension in the fights and feel the sting of rejection and betrayals right along with the characters. 

There's intrigue in the different vampire courts and the potential alliance with Aluria. At the same time, there are the vampire covens stalking villages and the Rot creating what are essentially zombie vampire creatures that are incredibly difficult to kill. Remy is talented but mortal, and falling for both Xiaodan and Malekh wasn't something he planned. All three are determined to destroy the Rot infected vampires and the courts that created them; the secrets revealed in the final quarter of the book are amazing. I hope there will be more books in this universe, because I love the trio of main characters and their efforts. Side characters are done well, and I hope to see them again, too.

Born and raised in New York City, M.K. French started writing stories when very young, dreaming of different worlds and places to visit. She always had an interest in folklore, fairy tales, and the macabre, which has definitely influenced her work. She currently lives in the Midwest with her husband, three young children, and a golden retriever.

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