Book Review of King of Darkness by Elisabeth Staab

Title: King of Darkness

Author: Elisabeth Staab

Release Date: Februrary 1st, 2012

Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance


Scorned by the vampire community for her lack of power, Isabel Anthony lives a carefree existence masquerading as human—although, drifting among the debauched human nightlife, she prefers the patrons’ blood to other indulgences. But when she meets the king of vampires this party girl’s life turns dark and dangerous.


Dead-set on finding the prophesied mate who will unlock his fiery powers, Thad Morgan must find his queen before their race is destroyed. Their enemies are gaining ground, and Thad needs his powers to unite his subjects. But when his search leads him to the defiant Isabel, he wonders if fate has gotten it seriously wrong…

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My Review: King of Darkness is the first book in a new series from Elisabeth Staab. It focuses on Thad, the king of the vampires, searching for his mate to help him rule. When he finally finds her, the situation she is in is the very last one he ever expected. I did not quite see it coming either and loved that the first chapter we get with this couple was filled with humor and unexpected situations.

I like the idea behind this book and the direction the storyline was heading, but it felt like something was missing. I think it was the emotional connection between Thad and Isabel that was lacking the most. Once I did get to know Thad and Isabel better, I grew to like them, but it did take a while. I think that this story has a lot of potential; I just wanted more of an emotional connection. This was one of those books when the characters leap in with lust and grow to love later. Their dialogue also seemed to be a little inconsistent. The way they spoke did not always line up with their actions and it was almost like two different characters words were coming out of the one characters mouth.

There were also multiple storylines going on in this book and it took me a little while to adjust. Being a lover of paranormal romance, I know that multiple stories go on at the same time, but there are at least five going on in this book and at times it was a lot to take in. I did get into the swing of it eventually, but just a heads up that you will have a couple of people’s fates running through your head as you read this book. I am sure getting into the heads of both Anton and Tyra will help set up their book since we already have a connection with them from this one. I am interested to see where their story will take them, especially since they are on opposite sides of this war.

Overall, I am intrigued by this world, but I am not in love with it. I wanted to connect with Thad and Isabel more and I just didn’t. When the next book comes out, I will give it a try and just hope for more of a connection. Since we do get to see so much from Anton and Tyra and this book I think I will enjoy their book more. I would read a couple other reviews or read a few of chapters before you give this book a try to see what others think and get a feel for the multiple point of views.

FTC: Thank you to the publisher for letting me read this ARC through NetGalley.


One response to “Book Review of King of Darkness by Elisabeth Staab

  1. Pingback: Interview with Elisabeth Staab | A Bookworms Haven

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