The Hunter's Gambit

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Pub Date Jun 25 2024 | Archive Date Jun 25 2024

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From the award nominated author of Bluebird comes a tale of seduction, sadism, and survival featuring malevolent vampires and a locked-room escape adventure… Perfect for fans of Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff.

Locked in a castle with a clan of devious vampires, one woman is caught in a literal fight for her life.

Vampires have always fascinated Kazan Korvic, so much so that she’s made it her life’s work to craft weapons designed solely to kill them. But when she is attacked and captured by an entire clan, Kazan’s fascination turns ferocious.

In their Citadel, Kazan is forced to attend the Vampire Court where she must act as their Queen. She is told that she will be waited-and-doted upon, until the end of her reign in three days’ time. Then, an extravagant and lavish feast will be held… where the vampires will consume their newly crowned Queen.

Desperate and afraid, Kazan finds no allies in the castle except for a pair of distractingly alluring vampires who seem sympathetic to her plight. But as she devises her escape plan, she comes to realise that she is not the only one who is trapped, and no one is prepared for how far she’s willing to go to survive…
From the award nominated author of Bluebird comes a tale of seduction, sadism, and survival featuring malevolent vampires and a locked-room escape adventure… Perfect for fans of Empire of the Vampire ...

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If you like vampire books you have to pick this one up. It’s a brutal and fascinating story about a woman trapped in a mansion full of vampires and what she will do to escape.

What I love about this book is that it doesn’t shy away from the brutality in the world Pierlot has built. Kazan is dangerous and intelligent and determined. She doesn’t get pushed around or bullied and she definitely doesn’t fall head over heels for a vampire and lose the ability to do anything on her own (which is such a common trope). It’s such an interesting read that asks the question - how far would you go to survive? I would highly recommend checking this one out June 5th, 2024 when it is officially published.

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This really scratched the vampire itch I had going on! Ciel Pierlot has crafted a whole world overrun with boujie, upper-class vampires and I am obsessed. I felt like the wait for that *one* spicy scene was agonising, but mostly worth it! The character arcs were well fleshed out for each of the three MCs and I grew to love them despite their moral discrepancies.

The ending was the dark, 1-to-100 craziness that I wanted, however there were a few tidbits of information I wanted to know but didn't find out. Like: what happened to the humans after that final big event?

Thank you to 2018 Ciel for writing this, and thank you to Angry Robot & Netgalley for the gifted e-book! I can't wait to get my physical copy so I can take lots of pretty picturessss

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A vivid, wicked vampire tale, with everything you’d want from it: a moody blacksmith heroine with questionable morals; rugged protector Wardens, a mysterious Gothic puzzle-box inescapable castle; ghosts; a stolen sword; dark bloody magic; and of course, vampires: political, courtly, feral, masterful, insipid, gory, sexy, traitorous: in all the flavours you might want.

The prose is delicious, too - it just draws you on and in. There is a spicy scene (everyone is bisexual) after some slow burn. Not the main focus nor the best part of the book for me, but if you’re looking for it, it’s there.

Loved Kazan and her determination to survive at all costs: but can she do so without sacrificing her humanity?

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