Synopsis King of Battle & Blood New Scarlett St. Clair Series

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King of Battle & Blood ★ Adrian X Isolde #1 ★ Scarlett St. Clair

King of Battle & Blood
Adrian X Isolde #1
Scarlett St. Clair

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. 

Paperback 405 Pages Published December 2021 Sourcebooks

Scarlett StClair book review King of Battle & Blood

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Minor Spoilers

The King of Battle & Blood is Book #1 in Scarlett St. Clair’s newest series Adrian X Isolde. Sticking to the Fantasy & Romance genre, St.Clair’s new series takes on the topic of Vampires & Witches rather than Gods & Goddesses. Unlike St. Clair’s Persephone & Hades series, The King of Battle & Blood is not based on Mythology and is entirely her own work.

All I mean by that is this is not a retelling and not based on thousands of years of Mythology.

I have not read St. Clair’s When Stars Come Out Series.

The King of Battle & Blood is well written; there is a noticeable improvement in St. Clair’s writing compared to previous books I have read. That being said, The King of Battle & Blood is written for an older audience. Moving away from young adult readers and growing with her audience into the ‘new adult’ genre. Isolde, our main female character, is twenty-six years old rather than the typical 16-18-year-old age found in ‘young adult.’

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St. Clair came up with an absolutely brilliant character when she dreamt up Isolde. I am thrilled there is such a strong female character for young women to read about. Before her forced marriage to The Blood King, Isolde had no intentions to marry. A Princess who had no desire to find herself a King. A Princess who does not conform to the little square box men would see her confined. Isolde stands up for herself and others. She refuses to let people walk over her and has no issues putting them back in their places.

Isolde is a Queen.

She is the type of person the world needs with qualities that melt your heart to see in young women.

The Blood King has been terrifying and conquering Cordova for two hundred years. Slowly bringing each of the Nine Houses to come under his command. His terms are simple, surrender or death. Our story starts when he is at the gates of Lara, Isolde’s kingdom. Isolde’s father, King Henri, has agreed to surrender to the vampires. He is the first King to submit to King Adrian. However, after laying eyes on Isolde, King Adrian changes the terms of surrender. Isolde must also become his wife.

The people of Lara are, well, horrible people.

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It’s hard to lay the fault at their feet, though, as they have been deceived. They have been living with a 200-year-old lie that has fueled their hatred of anyone who isn’t mortal. We have many of the same problems in our own society. When Isolde agrees to Adrian’s terms, her court pressures Isolde. Blinded by their hatred, they push her to kill the Vampire King. They expect her to kill the Blood King even at the cost of her own life. When Isolde is unsuccessful in killing Adrian, her people turn on her. More than once.

The King of Battle & Blood doesn’t have much of a plot. For the most part, it’s purely driven by character development. Specifically Isolde’s character development. We had a lot to learn from her, as Isolde had a lot to learn. While trying to uncover a way to kill Adrian, Isolde learns the truth about the Dark Years & and an event called The Burning. Everything she thought she knew about the history of Cordova was a lie.

Queen Isolde of Revekka

Princess Isolde De Lara

Yesenia of Aroth

I am looking forward to book #2, Queen of Myth & Monsters. Even the title is exquisite, but I expect more from St. Clair for book #2. King of Battle & Blood was good, but nothing happened, not really. The plot was fairly lacklustre. Instead, St. Clair introduced us to and had us fall in love with her new characters; she has her pieces on the board, set up and ready for what I hope will be a great second book.

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Vampire King of Battle & Blood rating

★ Rating ★

★ Quotes ★

He wasn’t listening, and if there was one thing I hated, it was a man convinced that I didn’t know my own mind.

“Never forget, my queen, that goddesses are just humans with great power.”

“Do not threaten me with my husband. If I come for you, no one will protect you.”

His mouth, his skin, his body, it was mine.

“Your humans are far more cruel, Isolde. You have no one to blame for our existence but yourselves. I fear the day you come to know it.”

I was shocked by her strength, and when my gaze returned to hers, her eyes had become red, her lips had peeled back to show jagged teeth, and she gave a horrible cry.

I was a sparrow in a den of wolves.

The knife slid home between his ribs, and as his eyes widened, I withdrew it with a jerk so that he fell heavy and dead at my feet, blood dripping from his mouth.

They were old words, a memory from my past, and they felt just as natural as Adrian’s touch.

There, I sank to the ground to rest beneath the red sky of Revekka, and I knew this was the pain that would make me into a monster.

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