KING OF BATTLE AND BLOOD
Scarlett St. Clair
Series: Adrian X Isolde #1
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Publisher: Bloom Books
Publication date: November 30, 2021
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 Adrain. Despite their undeniable chemistry, she wonders why the king——fierce, savage, merciless—chose her as consort. ⠀
The answer will shatter her world.
“You will come to find that blood has no bearing on who you become.”
King of Battle and Blood was a pretty entertaining read! I was hesitant to pick it up considering all the comparisons to another Fantasy Romance novel that I… didn’t like, but I had a good time reading this book. The beginning was fascinating and St. Clair did a wonderful job establishing some of the word-building details right from the first chapter.
I really liked the take on vampires here. Adrian’s character was so intriguing to me and I loved how we slowly came to find out about his past and history. I also thought the addition of monstrous creatures as a contrast to vampires was a good device to set up the discussion of what really makes someone a monster. Isolde gave me conflicting feelings: I loved her whenever she stood up for herself and stabbed someone and acted like the queen she was and then was incredibly frustrated when she kept being so close minded about this world’s history and the vampires around her. Continue reading