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King of Battle and Blood

By: Scarlett St. Clair
Narrated by: Lilly Drake,Curt Bonnem
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Publisher's Summary

From fan-favorite Scarlett St. Clair, the bestselling author of the Hades & Persephone series, comes a new fantasy filled with danger, darkness, and insatiable romance.

Their union is his revenge.

Isolde de Lara considers her wedding day to be 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 to 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 Adrian. Despite their undeniable chemistry, she wonders why the king—fierce, savage, merciless—chose her as consort.

The answer will shatter her world.

Contains mature themes.

©2021 Scarlett St. Clair (P)2022 Tantor

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I tried.

Even though I saw the reviews I thought I’d try to listen. Mistake. I don’t normally right bad reviews because I know people work hard to produce stuff that they are proud of BUT this was horrible. I couldn’t get through all of it. The heroine is written as whiny and bitchy, the story does not flow well at all. The hero comes across as weak but tries to be strong and worthy. I’m pissed off I used a credit on this. So, don’t waste your time.

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Get it!! Best new series I’ve read in a long time!

Here’s what you get from this story- Strong fierce intelligent female main character! Compelling storyline and world building ! Morally grey alpha male who has a heart ! Spicy spicy spicy scenes ! And both male and female OWN their sexuality with no shame. And it’s LGBTQIA+ friendly. I started this book on 1.2 speed ( speed I usually use) but slowed it down because I didn’t want it to end . I’m so ready for the next one!

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One of my most favorite books

Well god damnit that was a fun read. It had a bunch of tropes I enjoyed including one horse, enemies to lovers, found family, morally grey love interest and more. Although I struggled to picture blonde hair for the love interest. Just seemed weird 😂 The main character was excellently written. She is strong, witty, dangerous and owns her sexuality. It was so fun to read from her perspective and not have it be some shy wildflower cowering when shit hit the fan. The amount of stabbing she does is hilarious at times. I cannot wait for the second book to come out! The story has so much potential and is giving me potential throne of glass vibes with the different ways the author could take this, plus the stabbing... I'm sad its over!

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Loved the Main Character

Probably one of my favorite female characters. Totally incredible and badass chick. Also the main guy was all that hot alpha man goodies without the box of red flags. They had good chemistry. The storyline could’ve been more exciting. It felt slow and predictable. Still good. Nice world building and different take on vampires, so original in a lot of ways

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Ok listen

This was one of those books that I couldn’t put down but it was not great. I don’t know why I kept reading as I reallllly disliked Isolde, maybe it was Adrian as I loved him. She annoyed the piss out of me, I hate u, wait I’m jealous, don’t touch me, you didn’t come to my room… is this chick for real? Oh and it’s legit cringy smut vampire erotica- so be prepared

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Best book I’ve listen to

This narrator has such a beautiful voice and played Isolde’s character amazing and just did a fantastic job. I’ve listen to this book 3 times now. One of my favorites!!

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great spice, mediocre world building

this was a fun listen (except for the last chapter, couldn't take that narrator at all)
excellent spice with a female lead that wasn't demure about her sexuality and took no crap from men.
The world-building and plot had tons of potential but felt a bit unfinished or rushed.

If you want an entertaining, spicy listen, this certainly won't bore you.
If you're looking for a new world to immerse yourself in, and characters you can't get enough of, this wasn't it for me.

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so much yes!

I do not review many books, but this story had me praying, crying and cheering. I am super excited for December (the next in series)!

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10/10!!

LOVED this book so much I listened to it again immediately after I finished it the first time. Some of the names are pronounced incorrectly (according to the author) but I kind of prefer it and it’s not a big deal. I love the way Lilly reads for these characters and I think her emphasis on words and phrases conveys Isolde’s and Adrian’s emotions SO well. Can’t wait for the sequel! I also loved the bonus chapter in Adrian’s POV!

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Surprised how much I liked it!

I love books with this kind of Love Story. Reminded me of Blood and Ash. I wasn’t ready for the twist! I hope there is a book 2!

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  • Flick Hamnett-Day
  • 04-30-22

Could not stop listening!

Absolutely loved this book! Could not stop listening, even when at work!!! I love a good enemies to lovers trope and the writing draws you in straight away!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-18-22

Plot gets lost in… other things

This story could have been a delightful slow burn, but unfortunately the MC falls into the arms of her “enemy” within a few chapters.

The whole book feels lazy and half-baked. The writer seems scared to lean into her lore and storytelling and relies on the *spice* far too much. The whole relationship between Isolde and Adrian feels extremely rushed despite plot elements which are clumsily foreshadowed and ultimately easy to guess. The writer relies on telling the reader that her characters are “monsters” but really nothing they do ever seems very evil.

But it was entertaining and I wouldn’t begrudge it as a free book if it does get added to the library, wouldn’t use a credit on it though.

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  • Louise
  • 10-14-22

Hard going

Interesting story line. The male character was interesting but under utilised. The female character was exceptionally annoying and confrontational for the sake of it. I will not be following this story into the next book. It was too much like hard work. Not for me but don’t let that put you off purchasing. It is an interesting and beautiful concept and the new world envisioned is very descriptive and well designed. The lead characters were just not my thing.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-31-22

Mediocre…

This is a reaaal slow burn. I’ve seen reviews saying people ‘couldnt put it down’ and I cant say I agree.

It was okay but I didnt feel much happened and then lots happened in the two chapters.

In the hades x persephone series the world building and characters were so nuanced. This was just a bit boring…

On the other hand, i’ve seen criticism that this is similar to J L armentrouts series. Yes there are some coincidences but don’t fee they are really that close at all

Narrator was okay. Not as good with voices as some others. Male narrator for bonus was abysmal. Maybe because im British, but the super gravelly, breathy tone is annoying, and makes every sentence sound the same.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-09-22

Easy listening

An easy listening story with extra spice. Pretty simple and no real surprises to the twists and turns - but that was just what was needed! Loved Isolde’s voice narrator but Adrian’s in the bonus chapter is not great.

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  • 06-30-22

So good!

I really couldnt stop listening, i LOVED the story and cant wait for the next book to come out in December!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-23-22

Great character development and would recommend

I enjoyed everything about this book. The story, the second characters the narration. Can’t wait for book two.

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  • Pola
  • 04-22-22

Very Average

I do not like insta-lust. It just takes all slow out of a burn.
After a very cringy beginning came a not-so-bad middle. For a moment I thought it will be a decent book. But the ending was just underdeveloped.
The whole scene felt rushed and cliché.

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  • Crystal Prasad
  • 11-12-22

Spicy AF

if you've never read a spicy book before then maybe don't start with this one 😂 the story is a bit on the predictable side, and the pacing is quick, but that doesn't mean that it isn't incredible. I cannot wait for the second book 🙌🏾🙌🏾

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  • Laura
  • 11-06-22

It’s ok

Not bad, if you like Scarlett’s other stuff you won’t mind this one. I felt the story was a bit lacking with huge leaps in the end that seemed rushed and a bit unrealistic. Very raunchy but sometimes unceasingly so. Just meh for me.

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  • India
  • 09-23-22

heavy on the spice

I blew through this book, I liked the romance but it was a very frequent occurrence. I did like the underlying story line as well although I could see it coming a mile away.

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  • Jemma l.
  • 09-10-22

amazing story - epic, sexy, and full of twists

performance only got 3 stars as I think there were some unintentional moments when the narrator became really quiet.

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  • leah_zero
  • 06-10-22

Awesome Audible read

This was my first Scarlett St. Clair read/listen and definitely won’t be my last. Absolutely loved everything about it… great storyline with all the feels! Lilly Drake’s performance was top notch. Her characters were believable and identifiable which you don’t always get with some narrators. Highly recommended.

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  • Rebeca B.
  • 06-05-22

A great story

A great story about coming to terms with our perceptions and how we are lied to - or brainwashed by others to be their tools. At times I found Isolde a little naive in her views of her role and how she coped with what was presented to her but really enjoyed the development and unpacking of the truth. Looking forward to her helping her mothers people and catching the witch that got away. Perfect balance of steamy romance and adventure/intrigue !