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by Kate Cary

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Thirty-five years have passed since the death of the Master. But now a new evil walks among the living. . . .

When nineteen-year-old John Shaw returns from the trenches of World War I, he is haunted by nightmares—not only of the battlefield, but of the strange, cruel and impossible feats of his regiment's commander, Quincey Harker. Harker's ferocity knows


Thirty-five years have passed since the death of the Master. But now a new evil walks among the living. . . .

When nineteen-year-old John Shaw returns from the trenches of World War I, he is haunted by nightmares—not only of the battlefield, but of the strange, cruel and impossible feats of his regiment's commander, Quincey Harker. Harker's ferocity knows no limits, and his strength is superhuman.

At first John blames his bloody nightmares on trench fever. But when Harker appears in England and begins wooing John's sister, John must confront the truth—and stop Harker from continuing Dracula's bloodline.

Editorial Reviews

In 1916, Englishman John Shaw is stationed on the front lines of World War I. There is something strange but fascinating about his commanding officer Quincey Harker. After being wounded, John is sent home with fever raging. Mary Seward nurses him back to health and befriends his sister, Lily. Harker, however, arrives and seduces Lily before Mary and John discover that Harker is descended from Dracula, the fiend whom Mary's father helped to destroy years ago. Mary and John set out for Romania following Harker and Lily, hoping to catch them before they wed. In the dark, crumbling Castle Dracula, John and Lily discover horrible secrets about their lineage, and Harker wrestles with his father's sinister plan to reassert the family's control over the countryside. Reverses beset them all, and Mary finally must fight her way alone out of a castle full of vampires. Told in journal entries and letters like Stoker's Dracula, to which this book is a direct sequel, Cary's gothic romance starts slowly. Bloody scenes of war and slightly spooky incidents involving Harker on the battlefront give way to some marginally soppy romance moments before the action finally kicks in. Mary, Lily, John, and Harker share the telling of their story with little differentiation among their voices but a lot of fevered recording of events after catastrophic things have occurred. John Shaw's 180-degree character shift near the novel's end is wholly unbelievable. Those who have read Stoker's book and enjoyed it might find this one interesting. Teens will likely think that Alan Moore handled Stoker's Mina better in his League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (America's Best Comics, 2003), and Elaine Bergstrom's Mina (Ace, 1994),although only for older teens, is a better sequel. VOYA CODES: 3Q 2P S (Readable without serious defects; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2005, Razorbill/Penguin Putnam, 336p., Ages 15 to 18.
—Timothy Capehart
Children's Literature
When Lily Shaw elopes with Quincy Harker, the man who had been nineteen-year-old John Shaw's battlefield commander, John and his fiance Mary Seward follow them to Romania where they discover that descendants of Count Dracula have a plan for the Shaw family: They will provide necessary fresh blood for the family line. Told in letters and journal entries, the story opens in the middle of the Great War, where Harker is a fearless warrior and Shaw is eager to join him in the carnage. Readers with a bloodlust of their own will be happy to know that after an interlude in which John recovers from an injury and Quincy and Lily fall in love, the carnage continues: sailors die aboard Harker's ship, wolves decapitate Lily's companion as they cross Transylvania, and the castle turns out to be full of vampires. John and Mary's armament—mainly holy water and communion wafers—seems pitiful in the face of such danger. However, the horror is curiously distant, removed perhaps because it is described in slightly formal language, befitting the early 20th century setting. It is hard to distinguish the individual voices, although the letters and entries are clearly labeled and the personal preoccupations are obviously different. This book is for able readers who cannot get enough of the genre. 2005, Razorbill/Penguin, Ages 13 to 18.
—Kathleen Isaacs
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-This story is an interesting blend of mystery, horror, and romance, and readers who love vampire novels will find it a refreshing twist to the classic story. Mary Seward recognizes the patient who has just been brought into the Purfleet sanatorium. It is Lt. John Shaw, who lives in the mansion near the hospital along with his sister Lily. Hoping to help him, Mary begins to read his diary, written during his tenure in the trenches in France during the Great War. John describes his encounters with a Captain Quincey Harker, a brave but "bloodthirsty" leader. Lily meets Captain Harker during one of her visits, they fall in love, and he takes her home to Romania to be married. However, Quincey is the son of Count Tepes and Mina Harker, and he has taken Lily to Dracula's Castle to fulfill the family's destiny. Lily and John are also connected to Count Tepes, as John is the son of Count Tepes and Rosemary Shaw. As the wedding day draws near, the full story of the family is revealed. Lily is faced with a dilemma-to live forever as a vampire or to end it all. Written in diary format with excerpts from each main character, this novel continues the saga of Count Dracula with a new generation. Each character is fully realized, as are the environs that surround them. Although readers know that something binds the characters together, the author maintains suspense until the end.-Jana R. Fine, Clearwater Public Library System, FL Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
What if Dracula had descendants? Cary's story begins a generation after Bram Stoker's Dracula, likewise written in diary format. John Shaw, a WWI lieutenant, is awed by Captain Quincey Harker, but when he returns home wounded to be nursed back to health by Mary Seward, he's haunted by horrifying delusions of his time with the Captain. Neither John nor Mary can prevent Harker-son of Stoker's Mina-from eloping with John's beloved sister Lily. Mary's father teaches the couple everything he remembers about his youthful battle with Dracula and sends them off to rescue Lily. It seems that Harker's not really the son of Stoker's hero Jonathan Harker, but of Dracula's descendant Count Tepes (the Romanian name for the historical Dracula, Vlad the Impaler, never used by Stoker). Much more horrifying revelations await John and Mary when they reach Transylvania and confront Harker's demonic family. Flat characterization abounds, but unexpected plot twists enliven this intriguing reinterpretation of a classic. (Fantasy. 12-16)

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Penguin Young Readers Group
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Bloodline Series , #1
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Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Kate Cary grew up in central England, and now lives in rural Scotland with her husband and young son. She won a scholarship to study Women’s History at university. Kate has written a number of activity and adventure books for younger readers, and three epic animal fantasies.

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Bloodline 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bloodline John Shaw, a British man goes to fight for his country in World War 1. His captain Qunicey Harker is one of the best in the field: (odd things happen in the war field a creature attacks the enemy line, but when John gets wounded he meets a sweet nurse named Mary Seward that nurses him back to health). When John recovers he goes back to England to see his sister Lily. But an evil presence is lurking around them and when Lily falls in love with john¿s Captain it¿s up to John and Mary to save Lily before evil takes over them and the country. Some things that grabbed me in the book were how it was written like you were reading right out of a person¿s journal. Another thing that caught me was when you think some thing is going to happen it turns the corner and some thing else happens. Some things I didn¿t like about the book was how they talk like in Britain it was sometimes hard to understand what they were saying. This book does not have a series. This book reminds me of my favorite movie Van Helsing because of fighting evil. This book does remind me of a TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. If you lie books by Ellen Schreiber then you¿ll love books by Darren Shan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Once I started to read the first page, I couldn't put it down. This is the story about John who while in the war had to be sent back home after witnessing horrific events involving his commanding officer Harker who happens to woo his sister Lily off her feet. With the help of Mary, John gets better. Both then discover something truly impossible about Harker and set off to stop him.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I picked this book up at my local library, for I have recently become very interested in vampires, I had no idea what I was getting into. I was looking for a bit of thrill and excitement, served accordingly with hints of terror. This book has rocked me to the core. I am a naturally a fast reader, but I finished the book in only four hours, if not less, and I know it is namely because I could not put it down. It is the first book in my entire life that has made me cry. I highly reccomend this book to all readers, but with a serious warning: this book is something else, and just like most of the characters in the book, you don't know what you're getting into.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one vampire novel I wouldn't pass up on! It isn't your typical cliche vampire story--there are tons of twists to keep you reading! As you're reading, the characters seem to come to life--it's like you actually know them. I'm a war junkie, so I especially loved it. I'd recommend it to anyone who loves stories about vampires, or stories about WWI.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Blood line is an intriguing novel containing themes of love, fear, death, and strength. From its unique writing style, to its reference to real events, this book holds your interest! Blood line has everything you could want to expect in a young reader's novel from characters that are easy to relate to sub stories of romance, hope, and vengeance. It's hard to putdown, and you will be surprised on how fast the pages seem to fly!
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SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
This was when I would anything about vampires. The summary was just my kind of read and right from the first page it was. I could not put it down until I was either halfway or near the end of the book. While in the war, Harker, John's commanding officer sends him home. All because he saw something he shouldn't have seen. It also happens that Harker has been courting Lily. Mary, a nurse, helps John to recover but to help keep his sanity. Even if in the process both find that there's something strange about Harker.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is pretty good overall. I liked the first part a lot with the historical aspects of it.I wasn't a huge fan in the later part of the story with all the juicy romantic vampire stuff though. The ideal audience for this book is a fan of historical and vampire books, but i would say anyone could read it and enjoy it.
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sa_rah More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading Bloodline by Kate Cary and I absolutely loved it. I loved how the characters were unpredictable and you wouldn't know what would happen next. This book really kept me at the edge of my seat. I couldn't put it down! I am usually not the one to enjoy reading, I usually find reading boring instantly when reading the summary in the back of a book. However, when I saw the black background and blood red vampire symbol on the cover of a book entitled Bloodline I knew I had to pick it up and read the back summary immediately. Once I read that summary I was hooked, it made me want to know more about the book and it made me want to know what would happen to the characters and how it would end. This book is not only dramatic but it can also be romantic. I loved the part when Quincy Harker would bring out his caring side when talking to his love, Lily. He was mean and cruel to John and Mary and refused to let them leave the dark castle, but cared deeply and only for Lily. I loved how this arranged marriage wasn't one of those marriages where the couple absolutely hate each other and are absolutely reluctant to get married. I love it how in this case Lily and Quincy do indeed love each other and actually want to get married even in the fact that this was arranged by their parents. I felt that the plots and conflicts in this story were absolutely amazing as well. Burdens moved from one character to another, reading made me feel each characters pain and what might they be going through because some of the conflicts that Kate Cary used could be related to teens and real life situations. Such as, peer pressure, temptations, and some things as simple as the love and bond within a family. John loves his sister so much that he would put his life at risk and be trapped in Dracula's dark castle forever than see his sweet sisters soul being sold to the devil. The love between John and his fiancé, Mary, is very strong as well. I love it how Mary would follow John on his quest to Dracula's castle with the fact that they could die there. My favorite part has to be the end of the book. I love how Quincy let Mary go free and him killing his own father to set himself free and the evils of being a vampire since now he has felt real human heartbreak since his love is now dead. I love it when the villain turns good. However, not all the characters are good in the end, which gives it a thrilling twist. I loved reading about how John slowly became a vampire and how his personality went from good to terrible. This book kept me interested all the way until the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is unlike any other vampire story i have ever read. It's exciting, dark, fun, disturbing, and over all my favorite book! I fell in love with ever character and was torn apart when some of them died... I can't wait to get the second book. If you love vampire stories then this is a MUST read... it was amazing.
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vampire_Bill More than 1 year ago
This is a Vampire Book like no other. Refreshing new twist on an old Vampire Story. Yes, I've read Sookie Series and Twilight Series, but this book just fell into my lap. (thanks to my brother :)) It's set in the early 1900 during the war between Germany/England. It's diary entries from 4 main characters (Mary Seward a nurse working at the Sanitorium, 2 from soilders Capt. Quincey and Lt.John and Lily, John's Sister). It's a quick read with great twists. You won't be able to put it down. Time to start bk 2.
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k_collins More than 1 year ago
Okay if your a classic vampire story lover then this book is for you. it has everything, romance, drama, excitement and just plan leaves you on the edge of your seat.
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Doberman More than 1 year ago
With the off the wall style of this book I was sucked in. I really like the journal style of stoytelling.
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