Searing and intimate, sensual and horrifying in turn, Dowry of Blood takes you on a journey through the centuries alongside of one of Dracula’s immortal brides. Constanta, a medieval peasant girl rescued from a brutal death and turned into a vampire, begins her undead life in awe of her savior. But as the years trudge on, the relationship twists and contorts and becomes a cage through which Constanta can only glimpse the rest of the world. As new brides are found and turned by Dracula, Constanta resolves to protect them, no matter the cost. Dowry of Blood is contemplative horror, pulling us into the labyrinthine nature of a love that withers and decays - but not before something whole can emerge from the rot.— From Kylie's Staff Picks
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.