A Dowry of Blood

S.T. Gibson

fiction fantasy horror lgbtqia+
dark medium-paced

248 pages | first published 2021

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.

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dark 100%
emotional 71%
tense 57%
mysterious 35%
reflective 28%
challenging 14%
sad 14%
adventurous 9%
hopeful 4%
informative 2%


medium 47%
fast 37%
slow 15%

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Character: 90% | Plot: 6% | A mix: 3%

Strong character development?

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Loveable characters?

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Diverse cast of characters?

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