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Book Review: King of Battle & Blood by Scarlett St. Clair

King of Battle & Blood by Scarlett St. Clair 
Series: Adrian X Isolde, #1
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Hardcover, 416 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on November 30th 2021 by Bloom Books
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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.

I haven’t really read new vampire series in a long time but I wasn’t big fan of the last heroine Scarlett St. Clair wrote, so I was scared to pick this one up. But in the end fanart managed to convince me.

“You assume I want a wife,” he said. “But I came for a queen.”

Adrian wants to concur but to even his people’s confusion instead of concurring, he decides to take a human wife. I found the world interesting, especially how there’s even rumors about how Adrian angered Dis, goddess of spirit, and as result, she cursed him to crave blood.

Books where male characters fell first just hit differently. Adrian could be annoying at times with not really communicating but there was a reason for it, so can’t really blame him for not opening up. We could clearly see that he didn’t just randomly choose Isolde and that he wanted more than just arranged marriage.

Isolde was a strong character and she might’ve been a princess but that didn’t make her naïve or someone that needed to be protected. She was good with a knife and I really liked how she told Adrian right in the beginning that she wouldn’t just stand still and look pretty if he took a mistress. If he did that, she’d just get a lover herself.

Isolde made me want to face palm at times, but I was surprised by how much I liked these two together. I started this book for vampires but I’m here all for witches plot. I can’t repeat enough how much I need more books about witches. I really enjoyed this one but Isolde was a little slow about figuring things out and I didn’t find the “shock factor” that shocking.

King of Battle & Blood is a enemies to lovers arranged marriage with fantasy elements, like vampires and witches. Even if you didn’t enjoy Scarlett St. Clair’s Hades and Persephone series I still recommend this one. Isolde is so much better heroine to me.

4 stars

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