Written by: Kate Cary
Release date: October, 2010
Source: Received for Review, Egmont UK
Part of: Helluva Halloween 2010, All Hallows Eve
The original vampire romance: go back to where the bloodlust began!
Blood from last nights raid has hardly dried on my uniform, still the familiar craving builds in my belly, I long to wield my sword. I can feel the blade slicing through the air then skin then flesh then bone. - Captain Quincy Harker.
When nineteen-year-old John Shaw returns from World War I, he is haunted by nightmares – not only of the horrors of battle, but of the brutal midnight exploits of his superior, Captain Quincey Harker.
When Harker appears unexpectedly in England and lures John's sister, Lily, to Transylvania. John must confront the truth. Only the love of pure Mary can save him from Count Dracula's poisonous bloodline. But the line goes further than John and Mary can possibly imagine.
A new seductive evil walks among the living...
Taking a look at this cover, you have a pretty good idea what the book is about. But I had no idea that it would sway me of my feet.
Mary Seward is a character I liked from the start. She is a caring, sweet young girl and wants to help others the best she can. I could tell from her writing in her journal that she was deeply in love with John, and I could feel her connection with him. She is also very brave, strong and determined to find a solution.
John Shaw is 19 years old and reading his writing about the war, took me right in the battlefields beside him. He was protective of his sister Lily and a little bit insecure about himself.
I didn’t like Lily so much. She was a bit to weird for my taste. The way she hung to the captain made me wonder how stabile she was. She wasn’t strong and the ends result of her life speaks for itself.
The plot is great. The vampires are monstrous and are not the loving kind as in Twilight. They are evil beings sucking lives out of people. The journey to Transylvania from both of the couples are really suspenseful. It keeps you wondering if Lily is going to find out the secret the Captain has or if she too madly in love to see. I loved the surprise at the end. There where for sure twists and turns in Bloodline.
The writing is really beautiful. I loved the setting of the story and I could picture it in my mind. Especially the first pages about the war where vivid. I feel like the author has done a great job describing the locations and also did a find good job researching the war.
Bloodline is an excellent novel that is a must read for vampire fans. I am looking forward reading Reckoning, the second book in this series, and finding out if Mary can forget about the evilness that happened in Transylvania.