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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 - 12
  • Series: Bloodline (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Razorbill; First Edition edition (August 18, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595140123
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595140128
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,637,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 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
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Gr. 7-10. The journal entries of Captain Quincey Harker, Lieutenant John Shaw, Lily Shaw, and Mary Seward tell a tale of vampiric connection by shared bloodline. John Shaw is a World War I communications officer in the trenches under Harker's command. A large and striking man, Harker demonstrates exceptional strength, an iron will, and a terrifying battlefield bloodlust. Despite John's growing reservations about Harker's ethics and perhaps even his sanity, he finds he cannot rid himself of his captain, even when sent home to convalesce after being gravely wounded. Harker, who joins him not long after, takes a decided interest in John's sister, Lily. When Lily is enticed from her home to become Harker's bride in Transylvania, John and Mary (John's nurse/fiancee), realize that this will not be a wedding sanctioned by God and set out to stop it. With the exception of time frame and journal format, there's little that's new here, and following a moody and leisurely buildup, the ending feels rushed. Still, a solid vampire story is always compelling, and this eminently readable book will find fans. Holly Koelling
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Customer Reviews

This is the first in a 2-book story.
L. Kirchoff
The plot develops with unexpected twists, and a love story is intertwined with a much darker and horrific side of Bloodline.
Harriet Golightly
It has a great plot, leaves you questioning until the very end, and there is an unexpected twist!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 26, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Is your life lacking suspense and thrill? If so, Bloodline is the book for you! This thrilling story begins when Lt. John Shaw is given a journal from his sister before he is shipped out to the wet, dirty trenches of World War I. In this red journal, Lt. Shaw records his life in the trenches, and the horrible nightmare that follows.

His head officer, Capt. Quincey Harker is a fearless leader, but to Shaw, there is also something sinister about him. Capt. Harker goes off on night raids alone to the enemy trenches. Sometimes, shrieks of terror can be heard from across no-mans' land. One night while Harker is out on his raids, Shaw picks up a disturbing German radio signal. "Evil walks...The men are dead...Slaughtered like animals...No one left." This starts the twisting, turning plot that gives you the thrill and suspense you get when you see a scary horror movie. When the Germans invade the trench, Harker sets about trying to stop the Germans like every other man, but when he kills one with his saber, he drags him into a dark recess in the walls of the trench. This makes you wonder what exactly is happening. When Shaw picks up the radio call, he scrambles across no-man's land to have a look at the German trench. There is no one alive, and the trench floor is covered with blood. In the distance, Shaw sees a black shape holding a German soldier's neck in its mouth. Cary describes the scene so well that you can feel John's fear. Also, in Transylvania, near Castle Dracula, the shepherds' staffs have big crosses on the top to ward off vampires. Furthermore, every structure in the village is dressed in garlic for the same purpose as the staffs. In addition the suspense and thrill, Bloodline is well written in a creative way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SkyLight on March 5, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I found this book in the public library; what caught my eye was the name of the book; the name Bloodline seems so Mysterious it draws you in and you cant help but find out why exactly is the book called like that!

Personally I am searching 4 my own family Bloodline * my past * So this book has come just in time; In the sense that I can relate 2 the characters desperate 2 know the family's past; if they really have a important bloodline that they carry in their veins... then again not many people know the secret...

Anyway only a few pages into this book & I knew I was into something really good. This Book has it all!! Its Amazing = Better than the old boring version of Dracula > who some say is a Eternal Classic { yeah whatever if you're into that version; But Bloodline delivers what you want in a book;

Romance,Horror,Gore,mysterious unpredictable characters that when you think you have someone so figured out they turn around with a shocking twist! The cleverness of Kate Cary is Outstanding that she should be the next J.K. Rowling * Yeah alright I dared 2 make that statement, But I fully support this book* Its everything I wanted and more...

and I cant wait 2 read the sequel Bloodline Book two..

If this book get's turned into a movie I wouldnt be surprised : )

*A diamond in the rough*
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Golightly on February 10, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Bloodline, like the original Dracula, follows a format of a collection of journals, diaries, and letters told from different characters' point of view. The thing that really made this book incredible is how the story unfolds. In the beginning we have really no ideas of what Harker's real motives are. Later in the story, everything is explain and put together. Once John reaches the castle, many horrific truths are revealed that will astound the reader. As the story progresses, romances between John and Mary occur. Bloodline is a must-read for fans of horror and sci-fi. The plot develops with unexpected twists, and a love story is intertwined with a much darker and horrific side of Bloodline. Bloodline is a new generation of vampire stories and would appeal to middle-school student up to high school, depending on maturity.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lady Mouse on October 11, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I bought the book thinking it would be a very good follow-up to the original Dracula. Even the information on the jacket sounded like it would be good. But then I got to the story itself and got to when they reintroduced Mina. Utterly disappointed me. Mina was redeemed at the end of the original book and to see her back as a bride of Dracula really disappointed me. Was not happy with that twist.

And John's personality shift was almost out of left field after he became a vampire. Was disappointed there as well. I had liked the character up until the point he let his step-mother (if you could call her that) seduce him into being a vampire.

I will admit that one of the few characters that moved me was Quincey Harker - but to change the origin of the character didn't seem to fit. I don't remember Mina being that intimate with Dracula in the original novel...

Would not recommend this book to any fan of the original novel.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Laura Probst VINE VOICE on November 26, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is a book which continues in the same vein (get it? Vein, vampires? Hardy har har) as the original Dracula, both in its storytelling method (through diary entries and letters) and in many of the characters. However, it falls short of the original in its pacing, which is erratic, and story, which can't seem to make up its mind (is it a romance? Is it horror? Is it a thrilling action-adventure? It could be all of those, if the story were more cohesive). Character development is pretty shallow, and the plot seemed somewhat contrived. It's not a terrible book, but it could've been so much more. However, to be fair, I'm not in the target age range, seeing as I'm an adult (although I use that term loosely). I believe this book and series was written more for a young-adult audience, so perhaps I'm judging it too harshly. I'll put it this way: Even though I have no interest in reading other books in this series, I wouldn't go so far as to say this book is as atrocious as Twilight.
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