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Read A Duel with the Vampire Lord

Read A Duel with the Vampire Lord (Married to Magic, #3)

On the night of the blood moon, the Vampire Lord must dā€¦

I liked this retelling of Beauty and the Beast. I did find the heroine frustrating towards the start. I know it was needed to set up her arc, but it was still like can we stop with the mental stabbing already šŸ˜‚ I liked her journey of learning to make her own choices, and their mutual recognition that they wouldn’t overcome lifetimes of prejudice instantly. Her expertise in smithing is cool, and I appreciated that she’s constantly like “I’m so glad I’m strong” and doesn’t second-guess her appearance.

The worldbuilding was interesting, especially the idea of the Long Sleep. There were some things left unexplored I would have liked to dig into more.

I didn’t love the resolution to the mystery. I guessed a different villain and a different anchor for the curse, both of which I think would have worked better šŸ˜‰šŸ¤·ā€ā™€ļø I understand why it was spelled out for us in visions, but I would have preferred she figure it out on her own instead of being gifted the truth of the past.

By Tracy Durnell

Writer and designer in the Seattle area. Freelance sustainability consultant. Reach me at tracy.durnell@gmail.com. She/her.

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