[Book Review] The Serpent and the Wings of Night by Carissa Broadbent


Human or vampire, the rules of survival are the same: never trust, never yield, and always – always – guard your heart.

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. War for the House of Night brews, shattering everything that Oraya thought she knew about her home. And Raihn may understand her more than anyone – but their blossoming attraction could be her downfall, in a kingdom where nothing is more deadly than love.

The Serpent and the Wings of Night is the first book in a new series of heart-wrenching romance, dark magic, and bloodthirsty intrigue, perfect for fans of From Blood and Ash and A Court of Thorns and Roses.

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Published: August 2022
Length: 532
Genre: Fantasy
Format: eBook

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Hi Everyone

I know its been a minute since I posted…. But here I am and today I’m bring you my review of The Serpent and the Wings of Night.

This book has been all over my TikTok for the past few weeks and I decided to see what all the fuss was about. More than once I saw that people were saying that Carissa Broadbent is going to be the new Sarah J. Mass. Well I’m going to have to disagree. I really really wanted to love this book but it just didn’t happen. I took me until about the 300 page mark for me to be mildly interest in the storyline. I really did have to dig deep and push through.

Lets start by looking at our main characters. Oraya, found her extremely frustrating, there was no character growth. I found her relationship with Vincent incredibly disturbing, that guy is a walking red flag! Needless to say I did not like him! And then we have Raihn, again I really did want to like him but he just felt like every other fantasy love interest – there was nothing unoriginal about him.

The storyline was a confusing. I don’t understand the vampire system in this world… there was no explanation on how vampires are turned. The trials were same same and seemed to drag on needlessly. The pacing just felt off. And don’t get me started on the ending… it was so predictable.

Overall, this book had lots of potential, but the execution was a little lacking. For a book that is over 500 pages long I feel like needed more.

My Rating: 2/5 🌟🌟

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About the Author

I’ve been freaking out teachers and parents with mercilessly grim tales since I was roughly nine years old. Since then, my stories have gotten (slightly) less depressing and (hopefully a lot?) more readable. Today, I write fantasy novels with a heaping dose of badass ladies and a big pinch of romance. My books include the Valtain Preludes trilogy and the War of Lost Hearts series — with hopefully many more to come!

I work as a marketer in the fascinating world of cybersecurity during the harsh light of day, and I’m also a graphic artist in my spare time. I live with my fiance, one very well behaved rabbit, one very poorly behaved rabbit, and one perpetually skeptical cat in the extremely underrated state of Rhode Island. 

You can find me around the internet on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook — when I remember that social media is a thing I should do, I guess. 

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