Review: A Dowry of Blood by ST Gibson

Title: A Dowry of Blood

Series: A Dowry of Blood #1

Author: ST Gibson

This is my last love letter to you, though some would call it a confession. . .

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.

‘My saviour. My teacher. My guiding light in the dark.’

Constanta is ‘saved’ and made a vampire when her village in Romania was attacked and she was savagely beaten and left for dead.

This story is the tale of her life and her love letter to ‘him’, her maker.


The writing was beautiful, almost haunting, all the characters, fleshed out, and I fell in love with them, all of them forced and then found family. It was utterly beautiful.

‘We are children of the same rotten family, survivors of the same intimate war.  We will always be lovers, for ever bonded, scross distance and time.’

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