Sunday, September 13, 2015

Review: Queen of Blood by Jill Myles

Queen of Blood
Rating: ★★★★ stars
Date published: June 30th, 2015
Publisher: Alloy Entertainment
Synopsis: For one hundred years, Seri’s people have lived under the thumb of the Blood, the cruel and mysterious rulers of Athon. Seri wants nothing more than to put food on the table and marry the hotheaded but handsome Rilen come spring. But when a noblewoman asks Seri to be her handmaiden, Rilen insists she move to the enemy’s castle . . . and spy on the newly arrived prince.

Prince Graeme has grown weary of his family’s curse. The Blood are powerful and immortal, but doomed to live in the shadows, flitting from lover to lover, always in search of the mythic Eterna—the one woman who will sate their hunger. Now his father has sent him to the outskirts of the empire to stamp out a rebellious Vidari faction. But when a wild and alluring Vidari girl shows up at court, he finds himself torn between following his father’s orders and following his heart . . .

A war is brewing between Athonite and Vidari, between Blood and man. As uprisings sweep through the land, Seri and Graeme find themselves at the center of a storm with only one choice: betray each other, or betray their people.

What I Thought:

This book was a total surprise. I love stories where unlikely people are fated to be together. Seeing them struggle to mesh their beliefs and lives is always satisfying. It shows how even though you're meant to be, the journey isn't as smooth as one would think.  I loved how this story caught my attention from the very first page. I really liked the way Jill Myles built and introduced this new world to us. I really felt like I was visiting another world with all of these fascinating new beings. 

I can't say I sympathized with the Athonites much. Especially not the way they were treating the people they conquered like the Vidaris. I was amazed at how my feelings towards both the Athonites and Vidaris changed as I read the story. It wasn't like my allegiances switched between one people or another, but my perception of them did change. I stopped caring about who was who and was totally invested in Prince Graeme and Seri. 

To say Graeme and Seri butted heads and were opposites in personalities goes without saying. Both of them had very strong personalities and ideas about what their future would be like. Having to all of a sudden deal with being bound to the other was tough for both. I liked seeing them figure out how to work around their differences and come together both for themselves and their peoples. I also loved the connection they had with each other. Even when they were at odds, they showed a care and concern for the other that was touching. 

There aren't many moments in this book that made me laugh, but there were moments that made me cry happy tears. There were some sad and angry tears as well. There's a lot of action and drama that comes with nobles being bored for hundreds of years. The book will certainly keep you on your toes and captivated as the story unfolds. I would love to read more books set in this world. I hope Jill Myles continues to write in the paranormal fantasy romance genre. I certainly would read it!

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About the Author
JILL MYLES is the author of the Succubus Diaries from Pocket Books. Jill also writes as Jessica Clare and Jessica Sims.

*Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review via Netgalley. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.*

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