TASTE: Kingdom of Blood and Ash
by D.S. Murphy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Description (from Goodreads)
An arrogant vampire prince. A scarred rebel. A love that could destroy the kingdom.
All I wanted was freedom. Instead, I’m married off to an elite prince; a symbol to unite the two races. It was the perfect system. My body and blood, in exchange for the healing elixir and the purification engines that guard against the poisonous sky. But once I reach the palace citadel, I discover more dangers than beasts outside the gates, and more power than I ever imagined.
When a buried secret shatters my identity, I’ll do anything to uncover the truth. My immortal husband – the gorgeous prince Damien – is hiding things from me, and when he discovers who I really am, I’m not sure he’ll have the power to save me. But if I can unlock my new abilities, I might be strong enough to save us both–as long as his father doesn’t kill me first.
Live together, die apart. It was a perfect system for nearly a century. Until me.
I enjoyed this book a lot. I was definitely intrigued when I read the opening, which if I remember correctly was in the AAYAA anthology, That Moment When. The full story didn’t disappoint. It’s a little darker than my normal reads, but had good action, romance, and intrigue. While the beginning is incredibly reminiscent of The Hunger Games, the story takes a decidedly different turn.
If you like vampire romances, this is a great new take on that relationship, set in a dystopian world that will keep you guessing until the end.
**This book is pretty clean. Trigger warning: There is an attempted rape.
***This is definitely one of the author’s better books, but I’m still waiting on him to finish up the Prophet of Doom series.