Domingo, a lonely street kid, is scraping out a living collecting rubbish when a jaded vampire swoops into his life. The aristocratic descendent of Aztec blood-drinkers, Atl has suddenly found herself alone and vulnerable and on the run in the dark streets of Mexico City. All she wants is to get out of Mexico but that's easier said than done when you are being hunted by the cops, human gangsters, and a psychotic vampire from a rival cartel.
I really liked this tale of vampire narcos set in modern-day Mexico. It's gritty and bloody and violent with characters who are both complicated and morally grey. I loved the vivid world-building which draws on vampire folklore from around the world, and I also like the way Certain Dark Things subverts a lot of the tropes of vampire novels. Definitely a breath of fresh air into a very tired genre. Great stuff!
Recommended For: Fans of gritty and diverse urban fantasy
Read On: Another fantasy inspired by Mexican mythology is Servant of the Underworld by Aliette de Bodard.