Welcome to my MTMC Tours stop for Blood Mercy by Vela Roth!
Helloooo fantasy fans, it is time to add a new (and gorgeous!) book to your TBR piles. Blood Mercy is not only a thick and meaty tome, it’s the start of a stunning, sprawling fantasy series, so if you love really getting lost in a world: this is the perfect series to get invested into. I also will absolutely confess to a bit of cover judging going on here. 😭 It’s prettyyyyy.
Diving into this book is falling headfirst into a rich and layered fantasy world that goes all out for the world-building. I couldn’t help but appreciate the depth here — from the court politics and magic system, to this brand new fresh take on vampires with their own lore and histories. I also have a soft spot for tales when the “monsters” (aka vampires) are actually kinder and more gracious than the humans. (Like wait till you meet Cassia’s father, talk about a foul king.) There’s also a handy glossary in the back which I found myself flipping to a few times, which was so helpful. I am in awe of authors who crafts detailed and meticulous worlds because — let’s be real here — it’s no easy feat!!
Along with the politics and court intrigue, this book of course features a slowburn romance between Cassia (the king’s bastards daughter) and Lio (vampire diplomat). Their relationship is definitely forbidden love with high stakes. Even from the first chapters they can’t even risk being seen talking to each other. I also do love a slowburn, I must admit, I love seeing a relationship develop and reading two people find a light in the other that draws them irrevocably in. Cassia is very calculating and quiet and careful, result of her vicious and neglected upbringing in the king’s court, and any chance to see her let her guard down around Lio was indeed beautiful. Lio is super sweet!! He’s so worshipful and considerate to Cassia, but also just to nature and animals. Get you a guy who needs blood to survive but is so polite about it. 😩🙌🏻
It is a story packed with detailed narration and lush world-building, plenty of plot focus and also it takes time for character development and plenty of romance.
Read This Series If You Like…
- vampires but with new lore and magic
- complex, layered world building that feels lush and interesting
- forbidden love and complicated romance
- entwined fates
- looming wars on the horizon
- heart stopping twists
- beautiful and detailed writing
Vast world-building with plenty of action and characters to root for, perfect for fans of YA fantasy.
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Title: Blood Mercy (Blood Grace #1)
Author: Vela Roth
Publication Date: January 26th, 2022
Genres: Fantasy Romance
Purchase a copy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Indiebound | Blackwell’s
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One human. One immortal. Will their alliance save the kingdom, or will their forbidden love be a death sentence?
When Cassia seeks out a Hesperine, he could end her mortal life in a heartbeat. But she has no fear of his magic or his fangs. She knows the real monster is the human king, her father. If he finds out she’s bargaining with his enemy, he’ll send her to the executioner.
As a Hesperine diplomat, Lio must negotiate with mortals who hate him. Cassia is different, but politics aren’t why she captivates the gentle immortal. He wants more than her blood, and if he can’t resist the temptation, he’ll provoke the war he’s trying to prevent.
Blood and Ash fans will love this slow-burn, steamy romance with classic fantasy worldbuilding. Follow fated mates Cassia and Lio through their epic love story for a guaranteed series HEA.
New edition featuring a fantasy world map, glossary of lore and characters, enhanced opening chapter, and all-new cover artwork
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Vela Roth manifested unstable writing powers at a young age, and many of her early experiments had unintended results. As she grew, a curriculum of fantasy novels with kickass heroines helped her learn to control and wield her abilities. Eventually she dared pursue the knowledge inside the most forbidden tomes: romance novels. She’s been practicing the dark arts of fantasy romance ever since, but she strives to use her novels only for good. She lives in a solar-powered writer’s garret at the foot of the mountains. Her familiar is a rescue cat with a missing fang and a huge heart. When not typing furiously at her manuscript, she can usually be found gaming on her home-built PC or trying to grow roses in the desert. Vela loves hearing from readers and hopes you’ll get in touch. Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook