REVIEW: A Dowry of Blood

“We’ve waltzed through a hundred tiny apocalypses, you and I, walked unharmed through the ash of countless crumbling regimes. We feast on the ruin of empires, Constanta. Their destructionis our high feast day.”


Oh how I love a good story about Dracula. In this tale we are reading his “wife” Constanta’s final letters to him. She was turned by him as she was dying amidst the war in Romania. Initially grateful and enamored by him she revels in the life he gives her. She’s gone from rags to riches with the most desirable man she can imagine. As time marches on she begins to question her choices and see just how manipulative her precious husband is. When she is no longer the center of his affections, cracks begin to form and she looks for a way out.

I loved this toe back into the world of the vampire king. I enjoyed seeing glimpses of European history through the pair’s lavish travels. The slow reveal of the truth Constanta’s perfect world was well done. I really liked seeing more of Dracula the man and some of the vampire lore explained. We literally get one sentence referencing the Harker fiasco… I would’ve loved a different point of you of the original story but that’s my only real criticism. Definitely a great read for spooky season and a perfect addition to my vampire shelf.

What last spooky reads are you trying to fit in before Halloween?

Published by openmypages

I am the Vice President of Clinical Affairs for a medical device company where my job is to promote the utility of the device to doctors. I have science and business degrees and have editorial experience in medical communications. In college, I served as an Editorial Assistant for a healthcare communications company and have served on two editorial boards for peer-reviewed journals. In my free time, I always have a book in my hand... or two or three! On average, I read 20 books a month. I have looked to combine two of my skill sets to review on Goodreads and promote books on Instagram that I love to other readers. I'm open to partnering with publishers as an influencer for book tours, giveaways etc.

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