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Blood King

(Spirit Seeker #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  81 ratings  ·  48 reviews
While the Blood King lives, no one is safe.

Sybille Esmond never wanted to inherit her family’s weird business: summoning spirits of the undead and guiding them to the afterlife. While it pays the bills, dealing with supernatural monsters comes with colossal risks, including becoming undead herself.

When tall, dark, and undead Elis Tanner, a reformed member of the soulless e
Kindle Edition, 280 pages
Published August 27th 2019 by City Owl Press
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Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm loving this paranormal series so far! Sybille and Elias make an unlikely team, but she realizes that she will have to rely on him to do her job, protect herself and her family and free him from a past he can't forget. This is packed with mystery, secrets, danger, guilt and the possibility of a chance to not be lonely anymore....just a great read! Fair warning...the ending may make you want to a good way! ...more
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a great paranormal book. With many twists and turns I didn't want to stop reading it to go to sleep. You will get to really know the main characters and how they think. If you want a mildly spine chilling book to read on a dark stormy night than this is a book you won't want to pass up! ...more
Nickie Bryant
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Blood King surprised me. I rarely read books with a vampire twist and yet I got sucked into this story. Each character was well defined and I found myself wanting to know their individual stories, all while being completely engaged in the events unfolding in this one. I love books with complex, interesting characters and Blood King does not disappoint.
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Blood King is the promising start to a new series by Amber K. Bryant. I found myself sucked into the story from the start. Very entertaining with a unique spin on vampires. Can’t wait to read more adventures with Sybille & Elis!
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
From its intriguing and mysterious beginning at the county fair, Blood King nabbed my attention from the start and only tightened its grip through this beautifully told tale that alternates points-of-view between sassy spirit seeker, Sybille Esmond, and the irresistible bloodthirster, Elis Tanner.

I was already a fan of Amber Bryant’s work, having enjoyed her collaboration with R.L. Stine and her contest-winning shorts judged by the amazing Margaret Atwood, and was pleasantly surprised to find t
InD'tale Magazine
Rating: 4.5/5.0

Amber Bryant’s debut novel, “Blood King”, is a fascinating take on the genres of vampire lore and psychic powers!

Read full review in the 2019 Nov issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! What an amazing and extremely eclectic story. It was off the beaten path, meaning that it's a very unique story unlike any you've ever read! I was so pleasantly surprised at every turn of the page. I am absolutely in awe of this new to me author and will be waiting patiently for more to come! ...more
Rosetta Overman
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
There is a lot going on in this book, from romance (including a love triangle), to mystery, thriller and so much more. Sometimes it comes off as a little overwhelming in the scheme of a single novel, mostly in the opening where the second chapter –a flashback – can feel a little out of left field. But following that part, which contains important information leading into one of the bigger plots of the story, it picks up. The introduction of each new character gives more people to love (or hate, ...more
Tracy Kohlbeck
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Full disclosure, I was sent an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

I had no idea going into this story what to expect and was delighted to find myself sucked in almost from the very start, diving into Sybille's life along with surrounding characters, Elis, Devin, Margot, and Peter. The characters are all well developed, the story line immediately engaging. This is the first novel by Amber K. Bryant I've read and I'm already looking forward to reading more about these char
Rachel H
Aug 18, 2020 rated it did not like it

I did not finish this book. I only read fifty percent, and to get honest, I’m surprised that I even made it that far. The story is completely disjointed. It jumps around to different characters, skips around all sorts of different timelines between the characters, and is nearly impossible to follow along with. I couldn’t connect with any of the characters, nor do they act believable at all. The story is just a big confusing mess and I kept hoping it would get better, but it didn’t. Don’t was
Debra Goelz
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amber K. Bryant knows how to spin a story. Her stories have been chosen by Margaret Atwood and R.L. Stine in contests judged by them. Blood King is a refreshing paranormal twist about a woman who makes a living guiding lost souls to the afterlife, a sexy blood-thirster, and his jealous undead ex who refuses to die. The book is fast-paced and exciting. The last page will leave you as breathless as the undead and yearning for more. A must read!
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
This one was a great read for a change of pace. Nothing light hearted about it. Sybille and Elias have a great working relationship but does it have the possibility to turn into more even though he is undead? As they and Sybille's group look for the Blood King the story goes deeper than anyone thought. ...more
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is one that must be read in one sitting! It involved a great mystery, a little romance and a lot of danger. I can’t wait for the sequel to come out!
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this debut of Amber Bryant. Well written and an intriguing take on the urban fantasy.
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There are a lot of interesting things in this book and will suck you in with a lot of twists that will leave your mind blown.
E Varady
Jan 04, 2021 rated it did not like it

Not for me. I gave up on page 98 after skimming the last 40-50 pages. The story could be intriguing if the MC didn't meet her love interest right off the bat, and if we weren't buried in backstory. There is so much telling and not a lot of showing. Most of the first 100 pages is inner monologues rather than dialogue. I don't know why we needed the employee's perspective at all because it didn't deem to add to the story. And frankly, I find Elis' hunt for a replacement for Juliana disturbing.
Jul 21, 2020 rated it liked it
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Zviko Mukamba
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Jonathan Kim
Jul 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Absolutely loved this book. Paranormal is one of my favorite genres and I wasn’t disappointed in the slightest.
Shannon Heck
Aug 07, 2020 rated it did not like it

I am not even sure what to say. This book was a DNF. I'll admit I didn't give it much of a chance, but it wasn't worth it.
Sep 27, 2020 rated it liked it
3.8....Fun, witty, modern
Oct 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
Dnf at 36%. Just didn't care about anybody.
And also, the faux ye olde-timey Englishe the Patron spoke was beyond annoying. Like nails on the chalkboard of my mind. Thank you but no thank you.
Tiffany Cunningham
Oct 19, 2020 rated it did not like it

This story was just a boring dull read. I could not even finish reading it. I couldn’t connect with the story or the characters.
Oct 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
Couldn't get into the book. Just read 20%. Just not for me. ...more
Apr 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was a fantastic book! There is great character development. It really draws you in.

*I received a copy of this book for free. The review is my own, honest and unsolicited.
Mandy Parmenter
Aug 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Sybille Esmond has inherited her family's business and summons the spirits of the undead and guides them to the afterlife. She never wanted to but it pays the bills although there are huge risks including becoming undead. Elis Tanner is undead and trying to be reformed although he does bring along a possessive ex-wife which increases the risks for Sybille as she helps him to confront his jealous ex-wife as well as try to investigate the Blood King who refuses to die by stake or poison. As part o ...more
Jamie Jack
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: p-2019, paranormal
Not Quite What I Thought But Still Good

I'm not quite sure what I was expecting after reading the book description, but what I got wasn't quite it. I don't think the author was wholly honest in the blurb about the actual nature of some of the characters in this book. Rather, she danced around what they were, perhaps hoping that the reader would draw their own conclusion or might not connect the dots. Despite feeling like I was somewhat tricked into choosing a book that I would not normally have c
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’ve never read this author before, so I dived right into this book to see if I would find another author (not another one!!) to read. I have to be honest at first I wasn’t sure I was going to like this book very much. I liked Sybille, but at first I didn’t like Elis. However, after getting deeper into the book, not only did I like him, I liked just about every character. I am on the fence about Sybille’s mother Margot, but we’ll see how it goes in the next book. This book was filled with romanc ...more
Mary Ann
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have to admit that 'vampires' are not usually my go to genre. In fact, after the debacle of Twilight, I sort of avoid them. Bryant has brought a freshness to vampires and a vulnerability that is a welcome voice to the supernatural world. I love Sybille with her sassiness and take no bull attitude. I love the strength of Devin and his unwavering loyalty to our heroine. Still on the fence with Elis. Not sure I completely trust him but we shall see. The plot is full charge ahead and you barely ge ...more
Betina Clark
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The author vividly describes her world in a way that quickly draws you in. This is a unique tale about a vampire, his undead ex that haunts him, and a woman that makes her living guiding souls to the afterlife. This book has alot going on and to be honest the flashback in chapter two kinda threw me off but keep on because this book is worth it. The flashback does give you important background information. You get a love triangle., a mystery, and a surprising plot twist. That cliffhanger at the e ...more
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Amber K. Bryant is an award-winning speculative fiction and romance writer living deep within Sasquatch territory in Washington State. Her stories have gained over ten million reads on Wattpad, where she has built a world-wide fan base. She collaborated on a short story with R. L. Stine and won several contests judged by Margaret Atwood. When she isn’t writing, she works as a librarian and spends ...more

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