I’m not exactly someone known for reading a lot of smutty romance, but when a book sounds this good. I can’t resist. I knew what I was in for when I picked this book up, and I was excited for it anyway. I was lucky enough to be sent a copy of this book thanks to the very lovely team at Black Crow PR and this tour has been put together by Random Things Tours. A big thank you to the both of them.
King of Battle and Blood is an adult fantasy romance. It follows a princess called Isolde, who when her country is entered by the vampire King, Adrian, agrees to be his wife for the sake of ending the upcoming war. She assumes she’ll fear him, but soon she’s more scared of how attracted she is to him and her growing understanding of the vampires than she is anything else.
I’m going to start by talking about what I loved, and that was the world. There isn’t a massive amount of detail, and I really want to know more, but that’s where I think it’s so strong. You get hints of this world that sounds completely fascinating. There are hints of this fascinating history, and I loved all the different types of vampires. In an interview, St. Clair said that she pulled from multiple vampire legends from around the world. There were all these types of vampires that I don’t know, and that was so fun. It meant that vampires aren’t everything you expect them to be, though the main characters often follow those stereotypes.
St. Clair also mentioned studying Vlad the Impaler for this, and I could definitely see hints of that too. But not necessarily in the way that you’d expect to. I don’t want to go into details, as I want to keep this review spoiler-free, but it definitely shifted how I felt about some of these characters.
There is a reincarnation storyline too. It’s not properly revealed until the end, but I did pretty much guess that it was what was going on. I enjoyed the way it was done though. It explained away some of the early issues I had, which were that the book felt a little insta-romancey. Knowing all the backstory, that’s no longer an issue anymore.
If you enjoy a lot of smut, then this book is definitely for you. And if you don’t like too much smut like myself, I promise that you’ll still love it too. Even with all the sex, I still struggled to put the book down. The characters and the political backstory were interesting enough for me that I really wanted to keep reading. It surprised me how much I enjoyed this book, and I’m looking forward to reading book 2 now for sure. And I want to check out St. Clair’s debut series too.
This was a truly enjoyable read, and I highly recommend you all check it out soon.
If you’re looking for more fantasy romance like this? You can check out this TBR list here!
Title: King of Battle and Blood
Author: Scarlett St. Clair
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Age Range: Adult
Publisher: Bloom Books
Release Date: Available Now