King of Battle & Blood by Scarlett St. Clair


Book Synopsis

Book Details

Pages: 368

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Bloom Books

Format: Paperback

Their Union Is His Revenge.

Isolde de Lara considers her wedding day her death day. To end a years-long war, she is to marry vampire king, Adrian Aleksandr Vasiliev, and kill him. ⠀

But her assassination attempt is thwarted and Adrian threatens that if Isolde tries kill him again, he will raise her as the undead. Faced with the possibility of becoming the thing she hates most, Isolde seeks other ways to defy him and survive the brutal vampire court. ⠀

Except it isn’t the court she fears most—it’s Adrian. Despite their undeniable chemistry, she wonders why the king——fierce, savage, merciless—chose her as consort. ⠀

The answer will shatter her world.

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Review

* Non-Spoiler Review*

Those who read a Touch of Darkness by St Clair and didn’t enjoy it might be surprised by this retelling. Based on the story of Tristan and Isolde, which I confess I do not know well. This story is an enemy to lovers trope, which I confess is one of my favourite romantic tropes.

Adrian Aleksandr Vasiliev is King of the Vampires, he is currently raging a war on the Nine Houses of Cordova. Isolde is a Princess of the House of Lara whose House is currently trying to prevent the Vampires from taking over. Unsuccessfully, Isolde’s house loses to Adrian, surprisingly the King of the Vampires has no wish to dominate or ruin their lands but in an unexpected turn asks to be wedded to Lara. Lara agrees to this in order to keep her father from mindlessly going back into a battle he cannot win.

From that, we follow the newlyweds back to Adrian’s palace in Revekka. Along the way we get to meet his inner circle, experience the push and pull between Adrian and Isolde. I found the pace to be lively and the world building interesting, while you only get to see House Lara and Revekka, there is this heavy atmosphere. Many do not know the true history as to why the Vampires came to be, so prejudice is rife in all Houses.

The romance does feel a little oneside at times, but I found that both protagnoists gave as good as they got. But I won’t go too far now as this is a non spoiler review!

Overall, I really enjoyed this enemy to lovers fantasy romance. I think it’s even better then St Clair’s – A Touch of Darkness, which I had throughly enjoyed.

Spice Rating: 4/6 – See my rating system here

Book Rating: 4/5

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