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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: 5.8 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,320 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

A far better read are the original "Frankenstein" or "Dracula" books.
Marco Polo "Bruce"
Bloodline, like the original Dracula, follows a format of a collection of journals, diaries, and letters told from different characters' point of view.
Harriet Golightly
I loved this book--as well as its sequel "Bloodline Book 2: Reckoning"--but I just want people to know, it's a young adult book.
Selene Endymion

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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 25, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is truly a horrifying, yet intriguingly fantastic book.

John Shaw, a young man who was born in Romania and then moved to live in England not long before both parents died, joins the army. His new boss, Captain Harker, is known to be mysterious, but a great leader none the less. John notices something different about the captain. Something inhuman.

John winds up in a hospital bed, half crazy and half dead. A nurse named Mary takes him under her wing, and brings him back to sanity. It didn't take much for them to fall in love. Just as they're love starts to brew so does another. Captain Harker returned to see John in the hospital, and John continues to tell himself that his nightmarish memories of his time in the trenches with Quincey Harker was all just a dream. Little does he know at the time how utterly true these images that haunt him are.

This second love sparks between Lily, John's younger sister and Quincey. While John is away on a business trip (by now he has fully recovered and lives in his house again) Lily leaves him with quite a surprise. He comes back to find a note from her saying that Quincey has asked her to marry him. She said yes, and he brought her back to Romania, where they are both originally from. John asks Mary for advice and she asks her father. He said he knew that name, Harker, that it was the bloodline from Count Dracula and Tepes. His soon to be brother-in-law is a vampire. They must venture to Castle Dracul, where John discovers things about his family, about his life, and about himself that he would have never thought possible only a few days previously. What was his fate? Find out in Bloodline.
- Sam Waterstone
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