Title: King of Battle & Blood (Adrian x Isolde #1) by Scarlett St. Clair
Published: November 30, 2021
Genre(s): adult, fantasy, romance
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.(Goodreads)
Folks, when I first read the description of this book I really wasn’t sure what to think. My fictional relationship with vampires is very hit or miss…mostly miss. As a teen I discovered The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice and my love affair with Lestat ensued. Then as a young adult those sparkly vampires took over and I just absolutely could not. They were not my cup of tea in any way shape or form and since then I haven’t been able to get into a vampire story. As much as I loved Lestat, no other stories could ever stack up to his antics.
I now have high hopes.
St. Clair is the author of the Hades and Persephone series which I fell in love with. Her writing style works for me and I very much like the romance she weaves into her stories. I was also lucky enough to read the first chapter of this book in a teaser and I felt myself very quickly being swept up. Her writing is just so compulsively readable, I can’t look away.
I have this title preordered and the moment I get my hands on it I know I will just have to start reading.
Have you read anything from Scarlett St. Clair? Does this book tug at you the same way it does at me?