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.
Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free e-ARC in exchange for an honest review! All opinions contained within are my own.
If you’ve been around my blog for awhile, you know that horror is probably my second favorite genre. I love me a scary book! What I don’t love quite as much? Vampires. I don’t know what it is about vampire books, but I’ve found most of the ones I’ve read lackluster at best. Yet, when I read the premise for Silver Under Nightfall, I have to admit I was intrigued. I’m so glad I put aside my longstanding ambivalence to bloodsuckers aside and gave this one a read because I ended up loving it!
This novel follows the story of a vampire hunter (or Reaper, as they are called) named Remy Pendergast. Remy is at the top of the game, one of the most efficient Reapers in all of Aluria, but most of the country barely tolerates him because of whispered rumors about his parentage. Add to the fact that his father, the Duke of Valenbonne, has been embroiled in a feud with the leader of the Reapers for years, and Remy’s life as a hunter is challenging long before you throw tangling with the undead into the mix. Then a strange and horrifying new breed of vampire starts terrorizing Aluria and Remy finds himself allied with the last people he would ever imagine: Xiaodan, a vampire heiress, and her vampire lord fiancé, Zidan. Now his life gets even more difficult as he grapples with the mystery of the Rot… and his complicated feelings for his new vampire compatriots.
So Imma be up front and say, despite the VERY OBVIOUS HINTS in the synopsis, I went into this book not realizing it was going to feature a vampire hunter/vampire heiress/vampire lord throuple. And when I say “feature”, I mean it gets quite explicitly steamy and I was not mad about it! It was like a fun bonus to an exciting, scary romp, haha. I don’t think I would have loved the romance quite so much if I wasn’t instantly enamored with all three of our main characters. Remy is a freakin’ idiot but I would fight people for him. Xiaodan has such a big heart and I just want to be her friend. Zidan is a jerk, but he’s a loveable jerk and his chemistry with Remy is just 🥵 All of their chemistry is top tier, but there’s something about not knowing whether Zidan wants to fight Remy or… engage in other activities that just ups the tension to a delicious place. Ugh… I’m gonna be thinking about this power throuple for a long time to come.
Beyond the well crafted characters and the steamy romance, this book is an adventure that I was happy to lose myself in. There’s mystery, there’s incredible fight scenes, and it certainly has the creep factor when it comes to the vampire mutants on the prowl. I loved all the layers behind what is happening in Aluria and how we not only get ghouls but political intrigue. I’m sure that’s because this leans more towards fantasy than horror and I quite enjoyed it! I though the worldbuilding was well done. I found myself completely wrapped up in this story and I certainly didn’t want it to end. I think (??) this is a standalone, but I’m desperately hoping that it’s not. I want more from this world!
I would say check trigger warnings before jumping into this one, though. This story tackles some pretty heavy topics, like child sexual abuse, head on in a way that worked seamlessly within the story. I loved the messages that Rin Chupeco conveys through Remy and the conversation around male victims of rape.
Overall, this was an engaging, exciting read that had me absolutely captivated. This is the first book I’ve ever read from this author and now I want to consume their backlist! Especially if their other books contain couples that are half as compelling as Remy, Xiaodan, and Zidan.