A Dowry of Blood

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A lyrical and dreamy reimagining of Dracula's brides, A DOWRY OF BLOOD is a story of desire, obsession, and emancipation.

Saved from the brink of death by a mysterious stranger, Constanta is transformed from a medieval peasant into a bride fit for an undying king. But when Dracula draws a cunning aristocrat and a starving artist into his web of passion and deceit, Constanta realizes that her beloved is capable of terrible things. Finding comfort in the arms of her rival consorts, she begins to unravel their husband's dark secrets.

With the lives of everyone she loves on the line, Constanta will have to choose between her own freedom and her love for her husband. But bonds forged by blood can only be broken by death.


You came to me when the killing was done, while my last breaths rattled through failing lungs. The drunken singing of the raiders wafted towards me on the breeze as I lay in the blood-streaked mud, to...

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gothic romance, villain romantic love interest, gothic horror

Absolutely magnetic. Gibson's writing is lush and dark and lascivious and the religious motifs? Perfection.

Constanta's journey to self-actualization, independence and emancipation from her Lord-Husband that spans over the course of centuries is one that I won't be forgetting anytime soon.

This book is exactly what I wanted from a gothic tale of desire, obsession and control. I would have read 300 more pages of this story very easily; and I will be yearning for something to fill the void this story has left inside me in the meantime.

3/14/2023 3:59:02 AM

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