28 Jul 2023

Science Fiction and Fantasy Fridays: A DUEL WITH THE VAMPIRE LORD by Elise Kova (Married to Magic #3)

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Author: Elise Kova
Series: Married to Magic #3
Source: Audible
Publisher: Silver Wing Press
Publication Date: August 18, 2022
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On the night of the blood moon, the Vampire Lord must die.

Floriane's position as the forge maiden of Hunter's Hamlet is one of reverence, for it is her skill that arms and protects the vampire hunters. She knows her place and is a faithful servant to the Master Hunter and her community... until the night of the blood moon. Until her brother is dying at the hands of the Vampire Lord Ruvan.

Wanting to defend her home at all costs, Floriane fights the vampire lord, ready to give her life if it means taking his. But Ruvan doesn't want to take her life... he wants her.

Kidnapped and brought to the vampire castle, Floriane is now blood sworn to the vampire lord. She is bound in mind and body to her worst enemy. But Ruvan isn't the fiend she thought he was. She learns the truth of the vampires: They are not mindless monsters, but a proud people, twisted and tortured by an ancient curse.

Ruvan believes that Floriane might be the key to ending his people's suffering. All Floriane wants is to defend her home. Loyalties are tested and the lines between truth and lie, hate and passion, are blurred.

When her dagger is at his chest, will she be able to take the heart of the man who has claimed hers?

A darkly-reimagined Snow White meets inspiration from Beauty and the Beast in an epic fantasy world of hunters, vampires, and curses that run deeper than blood. This stand alone is complete with a "happily ever after" ending. It's perfect for fantasy romance fans looking for just the right amount of steam and their next slow-burn and swoon worthy, enemies to lovers story.

Content WarningsBlood, Body Horror, Death, Injury, Mind Control (of androids), Murder, Prostitution (mentioned), Slavery (of androids), Violence

This had the potential to be a much better book if it had been shorter. There was so much added to this that could have been cut down to make the story run smoother and provide more of the action scenes. There still would have been room for the slow-burn aspects of the romance but it was just way too long and I found myself getting bored throughout.

I did like the vampires in this and their magic system! I thought that was a really unique aspect to this and helped to "update" the vampire romances that we grew up with into something a bit more interesting.

As with all the other Married to Magic books, this is a standalone so you can jump right into this one if you would rather read about vampires instead of other magical monsters/creatures. I do recommend this one!

Have you read this series? What was your favourite part?

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