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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 mos 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.


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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 mos 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.

30 review for King of Battle and Blood

  1. 5 out of 5

    Emily May

    I'm going to confess: I did not read the last 50-60 pages of this book. I'm sorry. I tried to finish. But I also knew that even if those last couple of chapters were AMAZING, it would not make a difference to how I feel about this whole book. The first mistake was my own. I truly thought King of Battle and Blood was a fantasy, likely with strong romantic elements. Not a vampire erotica. But this is basically a book of sex. The fantasy politics and wishy-washy mythology feel like filler around the I'm going to confess: I did not read the last 50-60 pages of this book. I'm sorry. I tried to finish. But I also knew that even if those last couple of chapters were AMAZING, it would not make a difference to how I feel about this whole book. The first mistake was my own. I truly thought King of Battle and Blood was a fantasy, likely with strong romantic elements. Not a vampire erotica. But this is basically a book of sex. The fantasy politics and wishy-washy mythology feel like filler around the sex scenes. I told myself I didn't mind that much at first. Hell, I've read worse plots than "nekkid vampire sex" for sure. But it is super cringey. From the use of the pet name "sparrow" 🤮 to the anthropomorphised clitoris. It strained against my touch, sensitive with need, still so tight, practically preening. It's not sexy if I'm torn between laughing and throwing up. The magic and random mishmash of supernatural creatures in the background are clearly trimmings and not meant to distract our focus from Adrian's cock. So naturally they are ill-conceived and the mythology underdeveloped. Also, as a romance/erotica, I personally would have liked to have seen a bit more will they/won't they to drag out the tension. A bit of teasing never goes amiss and would probably have grabbed another couple of stars from me, let's not lie. But Isolde goes from hating Adrian with a passion (supposedly) to sitting on his face in a matter of hours, and from being disgusted by the notion of letting him drink her blood to but will I like it, though? in a matter of minutes. So, to conclude: this is a vampire erotica and, in my opinion, not a very good one.

  2. 5 out of 5

    jessica

    you know that saying about pizza that says even when its bad, its still good? yeahhh, that also applies to this book. lol. nothing about this story is unique. ive read it all before. the plot in ‘the shadows between us,’ the twists in ‘city of thorns,’ and the overall vibe and world in ‘from blood and ash.’ this book is literally a combination all of these three with nothing that is new. but heres the thing. even if the material is recycled and the writing and characterisation not the best, i stil you know that saying about pizza that says even when its bad, its still good? yeahhh, that also applies to this book. lol. nothing about this story is unique. ive read it all before. the plot in ‘the shadows between us,’ the twists in ‘city of thorns,’ and the overall vibe and world in ‘from blood and ash.’ this book is literally a combination all of these three with nothing that is new. but heres the thing. even if the material is recycled and the writing and characterisation not the best, i still ate. this. up. i loved those other books, so theres no reason why i wouldnt enjoy this one. my tastes are pretty simple when it comes to needing some easy entertainment and this hit the spot. ↠ 4 stars

  3. 4 out of 5

    Laura Thalassa

    This was one of my most anticipated books this year, and my God, did it exceed my (high) expectations! I’m all for a good enemies-to-lovers story. Throw in an arranged marriage and you got me, hook, line and sinker. Isolde is the ultimate female power fantasy—strong, just, wise, and willing to get her hands dirty when need be. Adrian, meanwhile, is the perfect anti-hero—he’s not simply evil, but he’s no saint either. It makes him unpredictable and really just enticing. Their chemistry was just 🔥 This was one of my most anticipated books this year, and my God, did it exceed my (high) expectations! I’m all for a good enemies-to-lovers story. Throw in an arranged marriage and you got me, hook, line and sinker. Isolde is the ultimate female power fantasy—strong, just, wise, and willing to get her hands dirty when need be. Adrian, meanwhile, is the perfect anti-hero—he’s not simply evil, but he’s no saint either. It makes him unpredictable and really just enticing. Their chemistry was just 🔥! There’s a twist in the novel that I just went WILD over, and man did it wrench my heartstrings in the best way. Also, side note, but the writing itself? *chef’s kiss* So good. Scarlett St. Clair writes enviable fantasy! The only hard part now is the book hangover I have to deal with—and settling in for the wait to the sequel! *** GIVE IT TO ME. OH MY GOD. THIS LOOKS SO FRIGGIN' GOOD. DID IT JUST OFFICIALLY BECOME ONE OF MY MOST ANTICIPATED READS? HELL MOTHER-F*CKING YES. P.S. NO, I WILL NOT TURN CAPS LOCK OFF BECAUSE I. AM. NOT. CHILL. RIGHT. NOW.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ashlee » libraryinthecountry

    Let me describe this book poorly: woman gets new boyfriend, old boyfriend is jealous, woman is jealous of new boyfriend’s female acquaintance because he goes to her for his fix, but woman doesn’t want to help him, she just gets mad at the other woman. Oh and turns out new boyfriend was interested in woman because she reminds him of his ex. Oh and there’s vampires and witches and magic and stuff. Look, this book is damn entertaining, and I think it’ll hit its mark with most of its audience, but I Let me describe this book poorly: woman gets new boyfriend, old boyfriend is jealous, woman is jealous of new boyfriend’s female acquaintance because he goes to her for his fix, but woman doesn’t want to help him, she just gets mad at the other woman. Oh and turns out new boyfriend was interested in woman because she reminds him of his ex. Oh and there’s vampires and witches and magic and stuff. Look, this book is damn entertaining, and I think it’ll hit its mark with most of its audience, but I was frustrated that so much of the plot is devoted to other woman/other man drama. I was wavering on what to rate it and had initially gone with 4 stars, but after more thought I am going with 3 stars because what I see in this book is some of the same mistakes I felt Scarlett St. Clair has made with her Hades X Persephone series. Far too much of her writing is spent on relationship drama and it hangs over the rest of the story like a dark storm cloud. In fact, I get tired of seeing characters like Isolde labeled “strong female characters” when they devote so much of their time to woman vs. woman drama. Isolde is jealous, she’s petty, and rather than help a specific character and realize she’s a product of the station she holds, she belittles and embarrasses them. Isolde is a victim of patriarchal womanhood and it frustrates me that plots like this are still being written—we’re well past the days of stories like this. It isn’t 2006 any longer. I can’t recall once in this book that I felt Isolde treated another woman as an equal, that’s not to say she doesn’t have female friends, but the women in this book are either threats to her or subordinates. This book would have really hit the mark for me if that part of the plot had been cut, or simply rewritten to show Isolde being altruistic and understanding, despite the petty drama around her. On top of that, the first half of this book devotes quite a bit of time to traveling. I am one of the few individuals that actually really loves traveling plots, but it just didn’t feel realistic or necessary in this book. A lot of it felt convenient so things could be set up (which is totally fine!), but by the end of the book, I felt as though not much happened once they arrived at the Red Palace. I was just expecting quite a bit more, and would have recommended cutting a lot of the traveling back, or simply writing more after their arrival, to balance with the traveling, so the pacing doesn’t feel so disjointed. The characters in this are fine overall, but Adrian especially reads as Hades v2.0. The story overall is very much similar in themes to the Hades & Persephone myth, which reads as repetitive, if you’ve read Scarlett’s other series. I think one way this could be improved is if the witches part of the plot were introduced earlier on (I loved that spin!), but right now it feels late in the game. It’s one thing to stick with the same themes throughout it a series/world, but this is a new series and read as recycled. On another note, I am disappointed by the sex scenes in this book. I know a lot of people rave about them in Scarlett’s work, but since reading A Touch of Ruin and now this book, I just can’t help but be reminded that quantity does not equal quality. The sex scenes are repetitive (pull tab, insert in hole, repeat), and I noticed that once again, several serious conversations are happening while the characters are having sex. Look, I will be the first to admit that I am 80% here for the spice, and it doesn’t take much to entertain me—but I just scratch my head at characters who can’t talk to each other unless their clothes are off. Again, I imagine this book is absolutely going to hit its mark amongst the audience it’s intended for, and I *was* absolutely entertained. But personally, the woman vs. woman subplots were frustrating and degraded the women in this book. If you love this book, I am happy for you! I wish Scarlett all success with this release and future books. I think I’ll definitely be continuing the series (I even have a couple exclusive editions coming that I am excited for!), it just missed its mark for me in too many areas. Original, April 2021: I am looking forward to this book and love the cover, but it’s difficult not to see how similar it is to another popular fantasy series with vampires. 😬🧐

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kelsi

    I prefer a bit of plot with my smut.

  6. 4 out of 5

    ❀ Rose ❀

    “All the stars in the sky are not as bright as my love for you.” 🔹Overall feelings: 📚 I was so disappointed by this book. I’ve been seeing it on Bookstagram non-stop lately and the premise sounded so interesting to me that I decided to pick it up. I mean, come on; an enemies to lovers marriage of convenience where the girl is sent to kill him?!?! That sounds right up my alley. And on top of it all, it’s paranormal AND has vampires in it… *mindblown*. This is the sort of book that I normally gen “All the stars in the sky are not as bright as my love for you.” 🔹Overall feelings: 📚 I was so disappointed by this book. I’ve been seeing it on Bookstagram non-stop lately and the premise sounded so interesting to me that I decided to pick it up. I mean, come on; an enemies to lovers marriage of convenience where the girl is sent to kill him?!?! That sounds right up my alley. And on top of it all, it’s paranormal AND has vampires in it… *mindblown*. This is the sort of book that I normally genuinely love to read. That said, after actually reading it… I have to say that I was extremely let down. 🔹The plot: 📚 The second I read the synopsis I actually immediately thought of “The Bridge Kingdom” by Danielle Jensen. The latter is one of my absolute favorite romantasy books because it was brilliantly able to (in my opinion) balance the romance with a very engaging and intriguing plot. Since both books deal with similar tropes and topics, I thought this one would also be a win for me. Safe to say, that was not the case. 📚 I was promised a paranormal romance filled with political intrigue. What I got however, is smut…with absolutely nothing else. I’m not even joking. I understand that this book is now well beloved by many but you guys cannot tell me that this had a decent plot. In my opinion (pls don’t attack me lol), the only plot in this entire novel revolved around how horny the two main characters could get. 📚 Nothing happens throughout the entire book. We just follow Isolde as she pretends to hate her husband until she suddenly and out of nowhere realizes that she actually loves him. Nope, still not joking. As for the whole “witches” side plot and the big reveal at the end, the only thing that would surprise me about this “twist” is if anyone actually was surprised by it. It was not so subtly “hinted at” from the very beginning. Also, I’m just gonna say it: it was such a stupid twist. I usually love this sort of plot but it was not well done in here… at all. We don’t even understand how she got back (at least I didn’t—I might be the only one though, so I won’t dwell on this.) Also, I’m very aware that this is the first installment which means that many of my questions should be answered in the sequel— I won’t know for sure though since I’m not planning on reading the sequel but, you know, oh well. 🔹The characters: Isolde: 📚 My God I could not stand her. Here’s the thing. I absolutely love strong heroines. Honestly, who doesn’t?! Give me a strong, independent heroine all day everyday. I eat that stuff up. However, what I have come to find is that there’s a very thin line between being a powerful and fierce heroine and being aggressive and mean for no reason whatsoever. Authors often struggle with this line and this simple mistake can make me go from loving a character to absolutely hating her. This was the case with Isolde. We’re supposed to see her as this amazing, independent woman who doesn’t take shit from anyone but all I saw was a mean character who genuinely attacked everyone she meets for no apparent reason. And I hated that. She always felt the need to assert her dominance even when the situation did not call for it. 📚 Another thing that I want to mention here is the non-stop girl on girl hate. This is one of the most frustrating “tropes” (and I say trope because that’s literally what it is at this point) to read about. Can authors please stop doing this? It’s not realistic and not enjoyable to read about. Women are not like that in real life. I would understand if Isolde only met like, one woman who was mean to her and who had to be “put in her place” but in this book, the author made it seem like pretty much all women were against the heroine (not even because the latter is human—a lot of the hate also came from human women— but simply because they felt like it). That said, this is another thing that I hated about this book. 📚 Also, this novel gave me flashbacks to the “Blood and Ash” series with how they glorified (?) the whole “pulling a knife on someone” trope. Don’t get me wrong, although I love that trope, I hate when it’s mentioned repeatedly or when it becomes something “cute” that the heroine did. It’s cute the first time it’s mentioned but after that, let’s just get over it please. Adrian: 📚 Very one dimensional and boring. Again, I felt like the author was inspired by FBAA and based her characters off Casteel and Poppy. And although I now hate that series, I have to say that Jennifer Armentrout did a better job with the characters. Adrian’s whole personality trait in here is that he’s supposedly violent and that he loves his wife. I finished this whole book and I still know absolutely nothing about him as an individual character... 🔹The romance and other stuff: 📚 Isolde goes from hating her husband to loving him in the span of a few pages. 📚 Isolde goes from completely rejecting vampires to accepting them and their way of life in the span of a few pages. 📚 Isolde goes from not remembering anything to remembering everything and accepting the whole “plot twist” in the span of a few pages (by the way, the way she remembers and realizes who she is was SO anticlimactic). 📚 There is absolutely no chemistry between the characters. All they do is have sex. There is not one meaningful conversation between them. 🔹Final thoughts: 📚 This book had no plot whatsoever. The characters were not likeable or interesting in my opinion and I have to say, the writing style did not work for me for most of the book. In other words, the premise was extremely interesting but the execution was lacking and left much to be desired. That said, if the premise sounds interesting to you then I still won’t tell you not to read it. My opinion is unpopular (as always) so chances are, you’ll end up enjoying this more than I did (which I hope you do)! 📚 By the way, please excuse this very messy review. I’ve been focusing on my bookstagram lately so I feel like I haven’t written a proper review in a while — which means that I’m very aware that this is kind of all over the place lol. “Never forget, my queen, that goddesses are just humans with great power.” Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rose_books2/ ——————————— Why does this sound so good?

  7. 4 out of 5

    pauline

    4.25 ⭐️ was gonna do a 4 but I enjoyed Adrian so much I gave him the extra .25

  8. 5 out of 5

    Brittany Smith

    This book… *shakes head and laughs* I cannot even review this properly. Pros: -vampires -mixed race, bigger (?) mc -was literally so cringe-worthy and terrible that it was funny/entertaining and that was the ONLY thing that kept me reading Cons: -read like a literal horrible, cheesy fanfic in the worst way possible -the sex scenes were also not good at all -big “I’m not like the others girls” vibes -corny reincarnation trope (and pretty much any other corny / overused / dried up trope you can think of, th This book… *shakes head and laughs* I cannot even review this properly. Pros: -vampires -mixed race, bigger (?) mc -was literally so cringe-worthy and terrible that it was funny/entertaining and that was the ONLY thing that kept me reading Cons: -read like a literal horrible, cheesy fanfic in the worst way possible -the sex scenes were also not good at all -big “I’m not like the others girls” vibes -corny reincarnation trope (and pretty much any other corny / overused / dried up trope you can think of, this book had it) The very first 10% of the book can be summarized as…. Oh I’m a princess of a country but I’m like not a normal princess or girl because I’ve been trained to fight and I can handle myself and I’m capable. I have a sexual relationship with the captain of the guard but he’s boring and not good in the sack and I’m not satisfied. My father the king is meeting the conquering vampire lord and I’m having a fight with my asshole boyfriend and I sneak out on my own and find a feral vampire and it attacks me but I kill it because I’m so capable but I’m injured and this sexy vampire man just so happens to find me in the woods and licks me and heals my wounds but I say he’s an evil creature and he disappears but he made me so horny with horny magic I cannot even think straight and can barely walk home and every brush of my thighs is too much and the next day we meet the vampire lord and he just so HAPPENS to be the vampire I met in the woods that I want to fuck so badly and oh yeah I HAVE to marry him to save my country and this is such a great ordeal because he’s an EVIL CREATURE and disgusting but oh no we have to consummate the marriage whatever will I do!!! I’m not above some good vampire smut books in the right mood but dear god… this was SO BAD. Even with the vampire/forced marriage tropes, there ARE ways to write them and pull it off, but this decidedly failed in every regard. This did not read or feel like a work by a published, popular author, and felt exactly like something you’d read on fan fiction sites as a 13 year old, written by a 14 year old. But hey, at least I could read it in a satirical way, and that was the only thing giving me the strength to finish. Needless to say, it confirmed my worst fears and assumptions and I will NOT be reading any of this author’s other works.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

    WHY YES I WOULD LIKE AN ARRANGED VAMPIRE MARRIAGE ROMANCE TO READ THANK YOU FOR CONSIDERING ME

  10. 5 out of 5

    booksNpenguins

    oh, I'll take just a side of plot with my vamPorn, thanks. ACTUAL RATINGS 3,5/5 oh, I'll take just a side of plot with my vamPorn, thanks. ACTUAL RATINGS 3,5/5

  11. 4 out of 5

    Paige ♠

    This book seems to be really polarizing, with people either loving or hating it. I didn’t have super high expectations going in, but I was actually surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I’ve seen a lot of reviews comparing this to FBAA and saying it was too similar. I actually think it was more similar to A Shadow in the Ember… but either way, I felt like they are all a little similar in that they involve vampires and gods and are in the new adult genre, but the storylines and characters are still This book seems to be really polarizing, with people either loving or hating it. I didn’t have super high expectations going in, but I was actually surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I’ve seen a lot of reviews comparing this to FBAA and saying it was too similar. I actually think it was more similar to A Shadow in the Ember… but either way, I felt like they are all a little similar in that they involve vampires and gods and are in the new adult genre, but the storylines and characters are still unique. There are only so many ways to make vampires different and I think this was different enough to still be good. ✅ ISOLDE WAS GREAT and I thought she was written as a strong and interesting morally-grey character. You could tell from her mannerisms and the way she spoke that she was actually raised to lead and be a queen. 🆗 THE MAIN THING that bothered me about Isolde was her nonstop horniness. Seriously, she was either leaking or aching for like 80% of the damn book ❌ IT SEEMED TOO OBVIOUS that Adrian and Isolde had some weird and historical connection. It felt like it was supposed to be this mysterious reveal but to me all the foreshadowing just had me rolling my eyes 🆗 I READ THIS FOR the smut and I definitely got some smut 😉 If anything, there was a bit too much smut because it kind of got repetitive after a while ✅ ADRIAN WAS SURPRISINGLY not as alpha as I thought he would be, which actually made me like him more. I was worried he was going to be a douche-lord like Knox from Flames of Chaos, but he was very respectful but still macho enough to be sexy ❌ UNFORTUNATELY, THE ROMANCE left something to be desired for me. There wasn’t enough build-up or longing between the two of them to make me actually feel like it meant much more than sex. Basically, they got together too quickly I thought the overall story was entertaining and I read this all in one sitting but it’s definitely not going to be a new favorite of mine. I was in the mood for something smutty and this delivered on that so I’m pretty happy with it.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Madison Mary

    4.5 stars I read this in one day because it is addictive as all heck. Omfg. It wasn’t a perfect five for me, but it has been a hot minute since a fantasy romance captured me so entirely. This was such a fun ride and while I was able to predict the twist early on, it didn’t hinder my enjoyment. If you were a fan of The Bridge Kingdom but wanted it much smuttier and more magical (aka: Vampires), you will ADORE this book because it gave me VERY similar vibes. I would rate this a 3.5/5 on a spice sca 4.5 stars I read this in one day because it is addictive as all heck. Omfg. It wasn’t a perfect five for me, but it has been a hot minute since a fantasy romance captured me so entirely. This was such a fun ride and while I was able to predict the twist early on, it didn’t hinder my enjoyment. If you were a fan of The Bridge Kingdom but wanted it much smuttier and more magical (aka: Vampires), you will ADORE this book because it gave me VERY similar vibes. I would rate this a 3.5/5 on a spice scale, especially because I appreciated all the ~self love~ scenes. I also adored how s3x positive this book was and how heroine refused to be shamed for it. That is always a hallmark of a stellar book and I adore heroines like Isolde so much. She is a warrior first and a queen second, she isn’t afraid to take action and ask for approval later. The romance was good and I liked how the tried to avoid miscommunication as much as possible. Their chemistry was immediate and you could tell how much he loved her from the very start. It isn’t my fave romance of all time, hence the 4.5 star, but it has so much potential. I also loved that Adrian always cleaned her blade for her whenever she killer someone—so sweet of him. Like I said, it is super fast-paced and a total page turner. However, that does mean that sometimes thing aren’t fully explained. This didn’t totally bother me because things were continually revealed as the book went on, and I know any plot holes or threads left over will be dealt with in further books. My favourite character, other than Isolde, was Sorin. My baby brought so much comedy and had me laughing. He was so open and sweet to Issa, too. I swear, if anything happens to him, I will cry. This is my first book from St. Clair and I look forward to checking out her backlist. That being said, I NEED BOOK 2 NOW BECAUSE OMMMG THAT ENDING WAS INTENSE. Okay. Thank you.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Angie Cox

    3 ⭐️ If Bram Stoker's Dracula and JLA's A Shadow In The Ember had a baby…this would be it "All the stars in the sky are not as bright as my love for you. Summary: To end a years-long war, Princess Isolde of Lara is willing to do whatever it takes, even if that means marrying her enemy, the ruthless vampire king, Adrian Aleksandr Vasiliev, and kill him.⁠ ⁠ Upon meeting this monster, instead of feeling horror Isolde is inexplicably drawn towards Adrian. However, even their undeniable chemistry won 3 ⭐️ If Bram Stoker's Dracula and JLA's A Shadow In The Ember had a baby…this would be it "All the stars in the sky are not as bright as my love for you. Summary: To end a years-long war, Princess Isolde of Lara is willing to do whatever it takes, even if that means marrying her enemy, the ruthless vampire king, Adrian Aleksandr Vasiliev, and kill him.⁠ ⁠ Upon meeting this monster, instead of feeling horror Isolde is inexplicably drawn towards Adrian. However, even their undeniable chemistry won't deter Isolde from her mission. ⁠ ⁠ But during their journey back to Adrian's land, Isolde learns that there is a man behind the monster and the truth about the world she lives in has been twisted by magic and lies. ⁠ My Thoughts: If you like enemies to lovers, the arranged marriage trope, insta-sexual attraction, a feisty dagger-wielding female MC, and vampires/witches/gods, then you’ll probably enjoy this book. I am a sucker for all these things, so the story hooked me from the start. However, there were a few things that hindered my overall enjoyment. The writing was a bit choppy, there wasn’t a lot of character development, and there were a few issues with plot continuity. In all honesty, I felt like I was reading a vampire story posted on Wattpad. It's readable and entertaining, but not exactly what I'd call 'fine literature'. The story is predictable. I literally called every single ‘shocking’ revelation and plot twists because the foreshadowing is so obvious. This was frustrating because who doesn’t love that moment in a story when all the pieces come together and things finally make sense. But in this book, these plot twists are alluded to so frequently that when they finally happen, you’re not surprised. It was also really frustrating knowing what was going on before the main characters and watching them fumble around the truth. There were a lot of elements to this story that just didn't make sense or required more explanation. Here are a few major ones: *SPOILERS AHEAD* -How is Commander Killian able to talk so boldly to Isolde and her father, the king, and get away with it? There's no way any royal would allow this because at the end of the day his opinion on their personal life doesn't matter. -Adrian says he spent a long time searching for Isolde/Yesenia, which means he knew eventually they would be reunited. So if that's the case, and he has spent the last two hundred years exacting his vengeance because of his love for Yesenia, why was he banging other people? Sure, I get that vampires are incredibly sexual, but I feel like he would have been more of a recluse and bitter while he waited, instead of screwing half the kingdom. Idk. -Why did Adrian still have Safira hanging around him after Isolde told him not to feed from her? I don't understand Adrian and Safira's past relationship and it's never quite established. -Why does Isolde drinking Adrian's blood mean their lifelines are tied together? It's a curse but tell me more about it. -I still don't understand the reincarnation stuff. When did he make this bargain with the goddess Dis? I need to know more. -There's no way Isolde's father would try to kill her. He legit was going to go to war so she didn't have to marry Adrian. Also, wouldn’t he trust his daughter and talk with her about why she hasn’t tried killing Adrian? Isolde was supposed to be queen of Lara, so I feel like her father would respect her enough to have a conversation about all this. Not just make a rash decision to kill her bc it would lead to Adrian’s death as well. -Why the fuck would Yesenia write The Book of Dis? Seems like an incredibly stupid thing to do, especially since she's a seer and could foresee what would happen. I may have given this an average rating, but overall, it was an entertaining, quick read. And regardless of the book's flaws, I’m invested enough to continue on with the next in the series. A special thank you to NetGalley and Bloom Books for this eARC in exchange for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Em Lost In Books

    this was a welcome relief after all the melancholy and deaths I have been encountering in more than half a dozen books that I read prior to this. Entertaining but nothing new if you have read PNR for a long time.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mary Skinner

    soft core p0rn thinly veiled in fantasy action plot. not even good p0rn either

  16. 5 out of 5

    Nash (taylor's version)

    ✨✨✨✨ stars Surprisingly I liked this omg I thought this would be like FBAA (barf) but actually, this was better. (view spoiler)[It had good plot and good smut (hide spoiler)] I didn't hate the heroine which was a surprise bcz i usually hate NA heroines bcz they're all like "oh ik everything ill kill everyone" but actually never does it. And Adrian wasn't an asshole. He didn't speak stupid things and was actually morally grey<3 (swoon) I LOVED SORIN and DAROC. We stand the gayss <3 . One thing i hated ✨✨✨✨ stars Surprisingly I liked this omg I thought this would be like FBAA (barf) but actually, this was better. (view spoiler)[It had good plot and good smut (hide spoiler)] I didn't hate the heroine which was a surprise bcz i usually hate NA heroines bcz they're all like "oh ik everything ill kill everyone" but actually never does it. And Adrian wasn't an asshole. He didn't speak stupid things and was actually morally grey<3 (swoon) I LOVED SORIN and DAROC. We stand the gayss <3 . One thing i hated abt this was the woman vs woman thing where Isolde literally hates anyone who even talks to adrian I'm like girl chill pls :)))) This books is nothing new (taylor reference yes) but actually a combination of good parts of FBAA, Shadows between us and TVD. I loved the whole witchy vibe in the second half This book is not perfect what you would call fine literature. Its just some trashy entertainment for people like me and that's why i enjoyed it. there were some plot holes here and there and some twists were kinda obvious but i enjoyed it nonetheless I cant wait for the next one to come out eeek

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    2.5 stars This book was so disappointing. It was like it used all of the popular fantasy components and couldn't make a plot out of it. The heroine has to marry this vampire king and is told to kill him. But she can't. They hate each other, but they have an insta-love relationship and there are so many things that start and are never fleshed out. The hunting? What was that??? There was no point whatsoever. It just happens to add some steam and more pages to the book. The plot really doesn't start 2.5 stars This book was so disappointing. It was like it used all of the popular fantasy components and couldn't make a plot out of it. The heroine has to marry this vampire king and is told to kill him. But she can't. They hate each other, but they have an insta-love relationship and there are so many things that start and are never fleshed out. The hunting? What was that??? There was no point whatsoever. It just happens to add some steam and more pages to the book. The plot really doesn't start moving until the last 50 pages when all of the action actually happens. Then all of these secrets are revealed and that's it. I felt no real connection to the characters and their romance, probably because they spent a majority of the book just sleeping together and not really having a serious connection. All of the characters felt very surface level and I didn't really connect with any of them. This had so much potential but didn't actually flesh out in execution.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾

    4.5 STARS “Will you take a wife for every house you conquer?” I countered. Adrian seemed amused, his brows lifted, his lips pursed. “I think you will be challenging enough. Why would I wish for more?” “Why me?” He stared at me, and I got the impression he did not know how to answer my question. “You assume I want a wife,” he said. “But I came for a queen.” If you follow my reviews, you already know how much I love a good fantasy romance/PNR. I've had this author on my TBR for what fee 4.5 STARS “Will you take a wife for every house you conquer?” I countered. Adrian seemed amused, his brows lifted, his lips pursed. “I think you will be challenging enough. Why would I wish for more?” “Why me?” He stared at me, and I got the impression he did not know how to answer my question. “You assume I want a wife,” he said. “But I came for a queen.” If you follow my reviews, you already know how much I love a good fantasy romance/PNR. I've had this author on my TBR for what feels like forever. So when I read the blurb to King of Battle and Blood, I knew this would become my first Scarlett St. Clair book. Now generally, I don't like to read a book knowing the series is not yet finished and it's not a standalone. But I just couldn't resist this one and I'm so happy I didn't. You’re supposed to say no, at least to my face. Unless you wish to conduct our marriage openly. In which case, shall I start scouting for potential lovers?” Adrian’s mouth hardened. “Are you demanding fidelity?” “I will follow as you lead,” I said. Marriage of convenience. Enemies to lovers. Fierce warrior heroine. High fantasy. Rich World building. All of the chemistry. This book had it all and I was so here for it. Isolde is a heroine that you love immediately. She's a beautiful princess, but she's not sheltered by any means. This is a woman who's fierce. She's battle hardened. And she's also a woman that owns her sexuality and isn't a shy virgin ingenue. And I absolutely loved that about her. The Blood King is a monster among men. His name is whispered in fear. His reputation as a ruthless, bloodthirsty monster spans villages. And Isolde isn't excluded from the list. So when the vampire who is demanding surrender from her kingdom, is willing to trade protection of her people in exchange for her as his bride, she accepts. She would do anything for her people. Even walk willingly into the arms of a monster who she's been taught to hate and fear all of her life. I can be anything. Your jailor, your savior, your lover.” His mouth was closer to my ear as he added, “Your monster.” Adrian was just...gah. I fell so hard for this man. This supposedly ruthless vampire who isn't at all what he appears to be. I loved discovering every new layer about this man through Isolde's eyes. The story is told in first POV only from Isolde's perspective. The pacing was perfection and I simply devoured this story. The sexual chemistry between Isolde and Adrian was on a whole other level. These two were insidiary. This hate lust that Isolde has for Adrian in combination with his reverence for her was simply delicious. There's action, rich world building, incredible secondary characters, and sizzling romance. This book was nothing what I expected and everything I had wanted. It ends on a satisfying enough note but still leaving me desperate for the next one. I'm not sure why I haven't read this author before, but I plan on rectifying this mistake immediately with her backlist. If you love a steamy PNR/Fantasy romance, you don't want to sleep on this one. Trust me. ARC courtesy of publisher in exchange for an honest review Find me on:

  19. 5 out of 5

    ✩ Yaz ✩

    3 - ⭐️⭐️⭐️ “I can be anything. Your jailor, your savior, your lover.” His mouth was closer to my ear as he added, “Your monster.” King of Battle and Blood is a vampire romance that features enemies-to-lovers and an arranged marriage between a mortal princess and a ruthless vampire king known as the blood king. This was his claim to me, and right now, I could not even hate it because this pleasure…it was exquisite. Sometimes great sacrifices do not come at the cost of one's soul, they can be in anot 3 - ⭐️⭐️⭐️ “I can be anything. Your jailor, your savior, your lover.” His mouth was closer to my ear as he added, “Your monster.” King of Battle and Blood is a vampire romance that features enemies-to-lovers and an arranged marriage between a mortal princess and a ruthless vampire king known as the blood king. This was his claim to me, and right now, I could not even hate it because this pleasure…it was exquisite. Sometimes great sacrifices do not come at the cost of one's soul, they can be in another form of slavery called matrimony. To end a war that raged for years, Princess Isolde De Lara of Lara must wed the Blood King of Revekka—Adrian Aleksandr Vasilia. To spare her kingdom the wrath of the Vampire King and his desire to conquer the Nine Houses of Cordova, she must become the weapon that destroys him. But as Isolde steps into the Vampire Court and finds herself a prey amongst predators, she must find ways to survive the brutality of the court and assert herself as their queen but most of all—she must fight the passion between her and Adrien for it will be her own downfall. “You are my light,” he said. “And you are my darkness,” I replied. It's weird to say this but I enjoyed parts of this book but did not enjoy it at the same time. My main issue was how the romance started because I can't pinpoint where it all began. Was it Insta-love? If so, then that explains why I was not convinced of the romance from the start, it just felt abrupt. Isolde and Adrien were indeed passionate in their feelings and attraction for one another, however it did not develop organically. Even though the book included two of my favorite tropes but it's not the romance that I enjoyed, it's Isolde as a character. Isolde was fierce but vulernable at the same time. She was strong but had her weaknesses. I'm also happy to see more books featuring WOC and plus-size heroines. Representation is always a plus. As for Adrien, I'm kind of indifferent to him. He didn't win me over. I also wasn't a fan of the execution of the plot as the plot felt weak to me but I wonder how the author will play it out in the sequel. Despite my rating, I likely am going to read the next book. I'm interested to see where this is going.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany

    Holy crap. Scarlett knows how to write a book so dang well. The world building in this book was perfect enough that you never felt overwhelmed. Isolde is now one of my favorite bad ass fantasy characters ever. She is tough, smart, loyal, a fighter. Adrian is all kinds of sexy with his sword…the one he uses for battles of course 😉 The spice in this book was AMAZING. The mysteries and twists were so well done. And that ending, phenomenal. Perfect cliff hanger that didn’t hurt you, but left you wan Holy crap. Scarlett knows how to write a book so dang well. The world building in this book was perfect enough that you never felt overwhelmed. Isolde is now one of my favorite bad ass fantasy characters ever. She is tough, smart, loyal, a fighter. Adrian is all kinds of sexy with his sword…the one he uses for battles of course 😉 The spice in this book was AMAZING. The mysteries and twists were so well done. And that ending, phenomenal. Perfect cliff hanger that didn’t hurt you, but left you wanting more!

  21. 4 out of 5

    kaitlyn

    thank you netgalley, sourcebooks, and bloom books for an arc of king of battle and blood in exchange for an honest review! i enjoyed scarlett st. clair’s “a touch of darkness” series and was super excited to dive into this one. this book was much better than i expected it to be! i loved the premise and the different elements included - vampires, witches, arranged marriage, romance, with a unique world that made it hard for me to put down. i think this book is better than her hades x persephone se thank you netgalley, sourcebooks, and bloom books for an arc of king of battle and blood in exchange for an honest review! i enjoyed scarlett st. clair’s “a touch of darkness” series and was super excited to dive into this one. this book was much better than i expected it to be! i loved the premise and the different elements included - vampires, witches, arranged marriage, romance, with a unique world that made it hard for me to put down. i think this book is better than her hades x persephone series personally, but one of my complaints would be that i wish that there was more world-building, but i’m sure that will come in the later books. i enjoyed the characters in this one a lot and found isolde to be an excellent main character. her relationship with adrian was super fun to read about and i personally loved the plot twist at the end, even though it’s super controversial haha. this book is definitely an adult book and focuses more on romance than fantasy in my opinion, so keep that in mind when deciding whether or not to read it! however, it was a good read and i’m giving it 3.75 stars. i’ll definitely be reading the next one!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    You know, sometimes I make questionable life choices. This is one. 3.5/5

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jagoda

    "Moon above and earth below, Bring my love stars that glow. Far past midnight, shadows sneak; Bring my love dreams that speak." SCARLETT ST CLAIR DID NOT DISAPPOINT! SHE DELIVERED ANOTHER WATTPAD FANFICTION, BUT NOW INSTEAD OF HADES AND PERSEPHONE IT'S FROM BLOOD AND ASH.🤪🧛🤦🙃 "Surrender today, live to conquer tomorrow." Princess Isolde👸 is marrying vampire🧛 who conquered her country to ensure her people safety💁. There was no plot here, except plot holes⚫, but I knew from the beginning this is not a "Moon above and earth below, Bring my love stars that glow. Far past midnight, shadows sneak; Bring my love dreams that speak." SCARLETT ST CLAIR DID NOT DISAPPOINT! SHE DELIVERED ANOTHER WATTPAD FANFICTION, BUT NOW INSTEAD OF HADES AND PERSEPHONE IT'S FROM BLOOD AND ASH.🤪🧛🤦🙃 "Surrender today, live to conquer tomorrow." Princess Isolde👸 is marrying vampire🧛 who conquered her country to ensure her people safety💁. There was no plot here, except plot holes⚫, but I knew from the beginning this is not a book with plot. 👀 "I am sparrow in the den of wolves" So let's talk about smüt🥴. It was descriptive and literally everything was on page. But whilst some "stunts"👀😏 they pulled I was wondering how many limbs they had🤨🦵💪🦴, cuz when I tell you it was wild...🤪 "I think you want to kill me, and if that is the case, I should warn you now that any attempt will be met with my wrath." I didn't like the main characters👎, Adrien🧛 was one dimensional and I really wanted to see his wrath💥, but through all this book when Isolde👸 professed her hate, he was like "I will protect you always", "I loved you forever", I will get rid of my old blood vessel🥺🥺🥺 Summarizing this book:⬇️⬇️⬇️ "Adrian had stolen my energy. Every encounter with him had me on edge [...] - would we fight or fuck?" It was predictable, characters lacked any depth and smüt was sometimes too wild (they even grew new limbs during🙃). Would not recommend. 2/5⭐ Thank you NetGalley for providing digital advanced copy in exchange for honest review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    febrvaryfriday☾

    fasted dnf in the history of dnfs lmao I‘M OUT

  25. 5 out of 5

    inabookshell

    WOW! From the very first page of this book I was hooked. I devoured this story. It was all I could think about for the past 24 hours. All I wanted to do was read and read and read more of this story. But now that I've finished it.... I NEED THE NEXT BOOK NOW! King of Battle and Blood is an adult fantasy romance (very adult!) about a princess named Isolde who agrees to marry the vampire king Adrian in order to protect her people and her father. Their relationship from the very beginning is very pa WOW! From the very first page of this book I was hooked. I devoured this story. It was all I could think about for the past 24 hours. All I wanted to do was read and read and read more of this story. But now that I've finished it.... I NEED THE NEXT BOOK NOW! King of Battle and Blood is an adult fantasy romance (very adult!) about a princess named Isolde who agrees to marry the vampire king Adrian in order to protect her people and her father. Their relationship from the very beginning is very passionate, their chemistry off the charts. Isolde doesn't understand her connection to Adrian. He is not what she expected. But many secrets and enemies walk the halls of the Red Palace... Before I go into spoilers all I got to say is if you want to LIVE, read this book. I'm honestly sad that I read it that fast because now what am I supposed to do with my life?? Please tell me because I have no ideas. =================================SPOILERS BEWARE=============================== sooooo much to say. first off, I knew that this was going to be a reincarnated love story. There were so many hints and foreshadowing but it was done BRILLIANTLY. I will continue to say this but the reincarnated lovers trope is one of my FAVORITES... when done correctly. This trope is so powerful when done right. SCARLETT ST. CLAIR ACED THIS TROPE. I was pulled in by the foreshadowing from the very beginning. It was one of the reasons I could not stop reading. Adrians love for Isolde (I still don't know how to pronounce this name.... bout to go google it after writing this) was so beautiful. And to think about him having to sit there, crying for his love, as she BURNS, makes my heart hurt for him;(.............I will say I could not believe it took the whole book for Isolde to figure out she was actually Yesenia. Like girl, come on, why are you not questioning why you have this girls memories in your brain?? I will say my only complaint was the ending of the book was a little rushed. It started to feel this way from when Adrian bit Isolde to the end. The ending happened very fast and I don't know where we are gonna go from there but I am excited! Who could be the traitor of the group? I really hope its none of my favorites...but it probably will be because that would hurt more and that's what authors love to do. *sighs* I need book 2 now. Where is it? how long do I have to wait??? *cries into the oblivion*

  26. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    If you love fantasy romance/ smut you need to read this asap

  27. 5 out of 5

    Christine (myfictionaldays)

    I’m torn between 4,5 or 5 stars. I really really enjoyed this book. Made me think of FBAA and Flames of Chaos which series i both deeply love!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    I was so excited for this book, and wow did it exceed my expectations! Enemies to lovers is my favourite trope, and throw in an arranged marriage and a vampire king, I am sold! If you loved From Blood and Ash and The Bridge Kingdom, this book is for you. Islode's character actually surprised me the most. I expected her to be a guarded, shy princess who didn't know how to hold a weapon. But she turned to be a badass character, who knows how to take care of herself and isn't afraid to speak her min I was so excited for this book, and wow did it exceed my expectations! Enemies to lovers is my favourite trope, and throw in an arranged marriage and a vampire king, I am sold! If you loved From Blood and Ash and The Bridge Kingdom, this book is for you. Islode's character actually surprised me the most. I expected her to be a guarded, shy princess who didn't know how to hold a weapon. But she turned to be a badass character, who knows how to take care of herself and isn't afraid to speak her mind. She's also super sassy and made me laugh multiple times. Adrien is the perfect, dark, brooding and sexy anti hero. He knows what he wants and isn't afraid to take it. They have chemistry from the beginning, you could practically feel the heat between them on the page and you get some spice very early on in the book. They did have a bit of an 'insta love' which isn't always my favourite, but this one wasn't the worst. I loved how Adrien loves all of Isolde's qualities ad her bloodthirstiness, he would literally clean the blood of her blade for her SWOON. The spicy scenes were good but there was a lot of them, and some I thought were unnecessary. The plot was a bit up and down for me. I enjoyed the world building but there was defiantly some plot wholes. Some points weren't explored enough and some scenes happened too fast where I was left a little confused and expecting more. The writing was quite simple and I defiantly thought there could have been more character depth with some of them. But I will still gripped to this book and couldn't put it down. I did guess the major plot twist but I like that Scarlett decided to go down that route. I'm super excited to see what happens in the next book and feel like the series can only go up from here. Overall, this book is perfect for fans of smutty vampire books and I'm excited to see what happens with the next book. Thank you Scarlett and Bloom Books for sending me a copy!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Danielle (always_read_the_end_first)

    From Blood and Ash fan fiction much? I have a couple issues with this fantasy smut book (by that I mean sure been there and read that) but I felt like there was no originality in it. Like no joke this verbatim was from blood and ash fan fiction from the Red Palace (the red pearl from FBAA), different origin/fake names (from FBAA not saying names because it’s spoiler!), vampires, named gods and goddess, and it just kind of pissed me off. Btw all the sex scene that happen in FBAA HAPPEN IN THIS BO From Blood and Ash fan fiction much? I have a couple issues with this fantasy smut book (by that I mean sure been there and read that) but I felt like there was no originality in it. Like no joke this verbatim was from blood and ash fan fiction from the Red Palace (the red pearl from FBAA), different origin/fake names (from FBAA not saying names because it’s spoiler!), vampires, named gods and goddess, and it just kind of pissed me off. Btw all the sex scene that happen in FBAA HAPPEN IN THIS BOOK. I expected MORE.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Vivienne

    Y'all rating this book higher than 3 stars are such liars. I cannot trust any book hyped on Instagram or Tiktok ever again. Let me just start by saying that I read A Touch of Darkness (because how can you resist that beautiful cover?) and found the book to be absolute shit. I hated it so much, I swore I'd never read anything from this author again. Months later and this book circulates around Instagram with WILD hype. The blurb is *chef's kiss*. Like I legit shook from excitement when I read the Y'all rating this book higher than 3 stars are such liars. I cannot trust any book hyped on Instagram or Tiktok ever again. Let me just start by saying that I read A Touch of Darkness (because how can you resist that beautiful cover?) and found the book to be absolute shit. I hated it so much, I swore I'd never read anything from this author again. Months later and this book circulates around Instagram with WILD hype. The blurb is *chef's kiss*. Like I legit shook from excitement when I read the summary and when the book was finally released. But it took me almost one week to finish this. Be warned that this will be a long, all-over-the-place review with a lot of spoilers, so watch out. THE GOOD! ~ Concept Honestly if it wasn't for the blurb, I would not have touched another work from SSC. "Their union is his revenge" immediately gave me enemies-to-lovers vibes, which this book was apparently about, so that's a tick. Vampires? TICK. An assassination attempt? TICK! ~ Writing I have to say, after reading ATOD from the 3rd person perspective and this book from the 1st person, I think SSC does much better writing in 1st person. While this is not something that will matter to some people, it made a big difference to me because this book is such an improvement from ATOD. Some of the sentences in this book really wowed me. Like "I met him beneath jasmine and kissed him under stars, and we made love in the dark, and that love ended in fire and damned the world" just made me speechless because I think this might be the best sentence in the whole book for me. THE BAD... ~ Characters Right off the bat from chapter 1 I hated ISOLDE so much. I didn't like her and I had no respect or any connection to her. She was supposed to be this strong warrior princess but instead she was just this horny, man-hating, jealous, spoiled bitch who gave major i'M nOt LiKe OtHeR gIrLs vibes and looked down her nose at every female character that didn't side with her. Literally 2 minutes after meeting the male lead and she's so horny she can't think. And it became even worse when in chapter 2 as she was just thinking "between my thighs" and "my breasts" and then she's touching her "preening" clit? 2 MINUTES! WOMAN! She made it sound like they'd had a full on proper conversation before her vagina took the wheel. The whole book, she was just SO horny. Every. Single. Chapter. I just cannot describe or explain how she made me feel with the way she was always singing praises about her husband's body or constantly touching herself when he wasn't there. I am not against sexual characters, but the way she was written is just... no words man. I can't even think. In one chapter she walks into the king's council room and she's immediately disgusted because they're all men. Okay??? Also the way she thought of Killian just because he was a "mediocre lover"? Yes, he was really annoying, but the way she thought about him was just really shitty. Speaking of shitty, her treatment of women who were wither a threat to her or she didn't like. I HATE HATE HATE this sort of thing. The first time she confronted Safira was okay, but still the things she thought and said just made me hate her more. And then there are more women in the book who she treats horribly, and it's "justified" because they disrespect her or want to make her jealous or "mock" her. And the way she threw "I am your queen" at everyone who mildly disagreed with her. At some point I was going to lose my jams if she said it one more time! I know she's a queen, but that doesn't mean she should treat everyone like they're below her, especially women because her treatment of the men was a little better. That was shit. How am I ever supposed to connect with her like this? I could write essays about my hatred for her but I'll stop here. In conclusion: she's a bitch, not a badass. ADRIAN reminded me so much of Hades from ATOD. I didn't like him either. When he asks for Isolde's hand and she refuses, and then he threatens to kill her people...???? I'm supposed to swoon? AND MY SWEET? 🤮 SSC character's, to me, seem to lack any depth or substance or actual personality to make them stand out and make me connect with them. I couldn't give one shit about anyone in this book. Two books I've read from her, and I HATED her female characters and couldn't give a damn about the males. Who am I supposed to root for? ~ Writing Was all over the place. I know I gave it some praise, but that was some. Sometimes things were said out of nowhere that I had to go back and read not just one paragraph but sometimes a whole page to see what I missed. Other times the dialogue just did not flow or really make sense or feel natural. The flashbacks were written poorly. Again, I had to go back and reread to see if she was dreaming, actually experiencing this, or just having a flashback. Speaking of rereading, I did that the most with the "spicy" scenes. One paragraph she's crying and the next she's up against the wall getting railed. One paragraph she's sleeping and then she's touching herself with him watching. Sometimes I genuinely could not figure out if he was fingering her or fucking her, or if he came at all. The spicy scenes happened so quickly that I couldn't understand who finished when or what position they were using or what they hell they were doing. There was no tension. No teasing. No build up or excitement or anything. People praise SSC for the spice and it just makes me think some of y'all have never read actual spice in your lives if you call this spicy. ALSO, THE AMOUNT OF SAID THIS AUTHOR USES! It's fine to use said, but to use it more than 5 times in one goddamn page on my phone is just bad. Here's an actual example from the book: "Because I danced with Lothian," I said. "When I was supposed to dance with you". "Hmm," he said, understanding. "You are lucky I like him." "I promised to protect his balls," I said. "Suddenly, I like him less," Adrian said. "I am angry with you," I said. Adrian raised a brow. "As if I could not guess by your actions. Safira?" "You said you would cease feeding from her." "I have," he said. Was this honestly edited? Also, this book either dragged or skipped things through. The pace was all over the damn place. 20 chapters were not enough because it felt like the book was rushed. Not much was revealed or explained, and even then things were glossed over. Final chapter was absolute shit. I read the last line and went "that's it? Are you serious?" Because nothing happened. This book should have been longer, should have showed more of what happens at the red palace other than her wearing lavish dresses that enhance her big breasts and walking around the garden or fucking Adrian. 2 weeks is not enough to make me believe Isolde has changed or now loves Adrian. Everything felt and sounded forced. Honestly, why was this executed so bad? ~ Concept I was not given what I was promised. This was insta-lust and fast. No slow-burn or tension or actual hate from any side. Enemies-to-lovers? How? He was in love from ch1 and she was horny for him. Even her hatred didn't last long. Vampire culture? Hardly much was explored and not enough bloodsucking happening. The spice everyone praised? Where? The assassination attempt? PLEASE WHAT WAS THAT! "His union was his revenge" AGAINST WHO?! Because the whole thing made it sound like he was getting revenge against her people or something, but god this disappointed me so bad, it hurt. It was just not what the blurb promised. Also I just want to add that anyone who read From Blood and Ash will see a lot of similarities here. A lot. Isolde is a "thick" girl who cannot fit to slim standards, has been trained to fight and mostly uses knives and daggers. Okay, that's fine, though she sounds like Poppy. The starless forest sounded way too similar to that forest in FBAA. The whole thing with the goddesses was also very similar. Not to mention the cover, which many have pointed out. All in all, this kind of reads like a fanfic of FBAA? I swear I was 50% confused while reading this book. I think that's why it took me a week to read it- because I had to reread a lot, and because some days I put the book down and couldn't be bothered reading it. Overall, it was an improvement from ATOD, and I did enjoy some parts of it. But will I read the next book? No. Will I read anything from this author again? Also no. This book did not deliver ANYTHING it promised, and it was not entirely original. 2 stars because I enjoyed some parts of this book and the blurb concept. Thank you for reading my report.

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