This Ravenous Fate

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Pub Date Aug 06 2024 | Archive Date Not set
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Description

The first book in a decadent fantasy duology set in Jazz Age Harlem, where at night the dance halls come to life—and death waits in the dark.

It's 1926 and reapers, the once-human vampires with a terrifying affliction, are on the rise in New York. But the Saint family's thriving reaper-hunting enterprise holds reign over the city, giving them more power than even the organized criminals who run the nightclubs. Eighteen year-old Elise Saint, home after five years in Paris, is the reluctant heir to the empire. Only one thing weighs heavier on Elise's mind than her family obligations: the knowledge that the Harlem reapers want her dead.

Layla Quinn is a young reaper haunted by her past. Though reapers have existed in America for three centuries, created by New World atrocities and cruel experiments, Layla became one just five years ago. The night she was turned, she lost her parents, the protection of the Saints, and her humanity, and she'll never forget how Elise Saint betrayed her.

But some reapers are inexplicably turning part human again, leaving a wake of mysterious and brutal killings. When Layla is framed for one of these attacks, the Saint patriarch offers her a deal she can't refuse: to work with Elise to investigate how these murders might be linked to shocking rumors of a reaper cure. Once close friends, now bitter enemies, Elise and Layla explore the city's underworld, confronting their intense feelings for one another and uncovering the sinister truths about a growing threat to reapers and humans alike. 

The first book in a decadent fantasy duology set in Jazz Age Harlem, where at night the dance halls come to life—and death waits in the dark.

It's 1926 and reapers, the once-human vampires with a...


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It's 1926 and reapers, the once-human vampires with a terrifying affliction, are on the rise in New York. But the Saint family's thriving reaper-hunting enterprise holds reign over the city, giving them more power than even the organized criminals who run the nightclubs. Eighteen year-old Elise Saint, home after five years in Paris, is the reluctant heir to the empire. Only one thing weighs heavier on Elise's mind than her family obligations: the knowledge that the Harlem reapers want her dead.

Don't walk, RUN to pre-order this!

When going into a book with a lot of expectations, you often set yourself up for terrible disappointment. This was the opposite. This book has met all my admittedly high expectations and far surpassed them. When I read the first page I said "This might become my top read of the year" and it is, it really is. The writing style is absolutely gorgeous and really draws you in right from the first sentence. The characters too are beautifully crafted. I really couldn't name a character that felt flat or unnecessary to me. And what is always important to me in a book that contains romance but isn't primarily a romance: The romance feels important to the plot but doesn't overshadow or take away from it. I love the way their past weaves into their present when it comes to the difficulty of their feelings for each other, and everything just develops so perfectly fitting. Last but not least, the setting of 1920s Harlem is not just beautiful but also given so much importance in the story and is just perfectly chosen.
Honestly, I was so blown away when I finished this like half an hour ago that I'm proud of myself for even writing semi-coherent sentences. It may only be March, but I am definitely calling this as my book of the year and will now go on to recommend this to everyone I know (prepare to be sick of me).

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I loved everything about this! A queer black vampire in the 1920’s! It was absolutely delicious. This author’s writing style is beautiful, poetic and descriptive. I cannot wait for book 2. Please don’t make us wait long! Thank you for the opportunity to read!

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