Silver Under Nightfall
Full of court intrigue, queer romance, and terrifying monsters—this gothic epic fantasy will appeal to fans of Samantha Shannon’s The Priory of the Orange Tree and the adult animated series Castlevania.
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.
YA author Chupeco (The Bone Witch) makes the vampire genre feel fresh in their sensual and thrilling adult debut. Alurian vampire hunter Lord Remington "Remy" Pendergast is cast out by his own troop, the Reapers, thanks to rumors that he may be half-vampire, clan politics, and his arrangement with the leader's wife, whom he sleeps with for information. His circumstances change even more unexpectedly when vampire nobles Zidan Malekh and Xiaodan Song visit Aluria to establish an alliance with the kingdom. As word spreads that dead vampires are being revived and controlled by some unknown dark force, the noble couple solicit Remy's help to investigate—and both develop an infatuation with him. Now it's up to this polyamorous trio to stop the evil and forge a peaceful alliance between vampires and humans. Chupeco's multilayered gothic world is packed with political intrigue and treachery in both human and vampire realms and a delightfully queer cast. Gory action, exciting plot twists, and steamy love scenes keep the pages flying, but the author still makes time for a delicate, sensitive exploration of trauma and recovery. This stands out among the crowded vampire fantasy field. Agent: Rebecca Podos, Reese Literary.