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King of Battle and Blood by Scarlett St. Clair 

Hey readers,

Last week I finished the King of Battle and Blood and just like the last book I read, this was a case of Instagram made me buy it. I remember seeing some reels about hot fantasy books and this book was in first place! The cover also called my attention because I liked it – simple and with dark colors! 

I haven’t read books with vampires in a while and thought ‘why not read this one?’.

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I’m going to try and not write too much about the story, because it happens so many things and there are so many characters that I‘m afraid I could spoiler something. So I’m going to leave here the synopsis of the book, according to the Goodreads website:

“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.”

Now, my opinion…

This book was a roller coaster ride. And I’m going to try and explain why. Take in consideration that this is just my opinion.

It started weak – the female leader is a girl in her twenties (twenty six, if I’m not wrong) and her thoughts and behaving made me thought that she was a young girl, not an adult! You can say ‘But Ana, she’s a princess, she has to behave in a spoiled and pretentious way’. I get it! I even love when I don’t like a character at the beginning, but at the end, I’m in love with them. But for that there has to be a connection and some personal growth, and that did not happen in this book (again, my opinion).

In the middle of the book, I began to really like the story, I felt some attached to the pacing and the story. Even for a moment I was able to see one or two changes in Isolde, but then she returns to the same… The girl spends the entire book…. horny. She can’t see the man, not even think about him. She herself admits that she wanted to f*** through his body all the time. Once again, I accept a horny character, but there are limits, you have to be able to have some discernment.

Want an example? in one of the last books I read (if you follow my blog, you know what book I’m talking about) the male character was enchanted and all the women and men around him couldn’t resist him. Our heroine, despite being under the charm, had a little self-control, even if it were at the level of thoughts. But in this book we see someone who completely loses all cognitive abilities and the only thing she thinks about is, sorry, scratching the itching…

The male character, is a wonderful blonde tall God, all hot…of course we weren’t expecting anything different. I didn’t dislike him, not least because I never expected more than a hot character. But I must say that, I ended up liking the character, and his story. He suffered, and despite all that ‘I only think about her, I live for her, I kill for her’, he managed to demonstrate that to be a king, sometimes you have to behave like one, and not always use feelings. He was the true savior of this book.

The male character, is a wonderful blonde tall God, all hot…of course we weren’t expecting anything different. I didn’t dislike him, not least because I never expected more than a hot character. But I must say that, I ended up liking the character, and his story. He suffered, and despite all that ‘I only think about her, I live for her, I kill for her’, he managed to demonstrate that to be a king, sometimes you have to behave like one, and not always use feelings. He was the true savior of this book.

Again let me say that I like a sexy book, I like sex scenes in a book, but I like it when it blends with the story. 

Another thing I liked about this book were some of the dialogues, you already know that I like to take notes and keep some lines from the books I read. And in this book I kept three parts that I found phenomenal, I applaud the author. For me, that was the best part of the book and what made me want to read the second book:

“I swore an oath to your father. I will not hurt you.”

“Do you uphold all your oaths?” I asked.

“I have never sworn an oath until now,” he answered. “And I will swear no more after this.”

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“Do you miss the sun?” I asked Adrian.

“That is a curious question.” He glanced at me.

“And why is that?”

He was quiet for a moment, and when he spoke, he answered my first question, “I do not miss the sun, not anymore.”

“And what if I miss the sun?”

“How bright was the sky in Revekka—what would the sun look like beaming from behind red clouds? Would I even be able to see it?

“Then I will find it for you,” he replied.”

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“Just…tell me the truth.”

He stepped closer. “You want truth?” he said. “Ravena may be building an army to come after me, but her target is you.”

“What?”

“Your father told you to find my weakness,” he said, a lithe finger twining around a piece of my hair. My eyes widened at his words—words that had been spoken only between me and my father. He smiled at my reaction, and it was wicked. “Little did he know…it is you.”

King of Battle and Blood

Do you see why I said Adrien was the savior of the book? His lines are like gold …

I will be waiting for the continuation, because this book ended with a plot twist that deserves a continuation and I am confident that now that the story is more cemented and we have an explained past, there’s a great potential for the second book!

If you want to talk to me, send me an email to booksbytheana@gmail.com

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