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Blood: Book One of the Mercian Trilogy (Mercian (Hardcover - Trilogy)) Hardcover – September 27, 2011
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Will has "survived" the last 700 years by going through the motions. After he was bitten and succumbed to the "sickness", he awoke many years later in a grave. Fortunately, someone had created chambers for him to crawl out of the grave and into. Those chambers have been his home for centuries, and he assumes they will be for all of eternity. Each time he wakes from hibernation (sometimes 10 years, sometimes 100), he needs to feed. Everything this time is normal, but when he finds his victim, a vagrant who won't be missed, something happens. He puts the vagrant in a trance, but the victim says something- when people are in Will's trance, they never talk. The vagrant tells him Lorcan Labriad is waiting for Will. The problem is Will has no idea who Lorcan Labriad is.
Nothing about this time is the same. After the strange occurrence with the vagrant, he looks at the man's notebook only to find mentions of himself and pictures of a young woman. When Will heads out into the city, he comes across the woman, Eloise. It seems that something is happening that involves Will and Eloise is a part of it. As they try to piece together what is happening, they realize this Lorcan Labraid and anyone who is involved with him is pure evil. Now Will and Eloise, vampire and orphan, must risk everything to get to the bottom of the mystery. But who can they trust?Read more ›
I was pleasantly surprised to find this being another vampire novel. From my first impressions, Blood didn't have the same class of cheese as portrayed by a lot other, more recent vampire novels. Blood has a little bit more intrigue and charm interlaced in the words that reminded me something of "Interview With the Vampire," but in a young adult addition. This was my first impression developed by the first few chapters of the book.
The very first chapter is written as an entry to a diary. And then some story follows. The mystery and intrigue lie in the word play the author chose for Will, the main character. Had it not been for the mystery that Will's diary page seemingly accidentally leaves, I don't think the story would be anywhere near as interesting.
Character Introduction: Will is the hero, or villain, in Blood. I say hero or villain because of the events that unfold throughout the story. The reader will grow a fondness for Will. He is a lonesome little Vampire, or undead as he prefers. Will had his life removed from him at an early age. He has since struggled to come to terms with whom and what he is.
Eloise is our little heroine. She is just a little too cute and perky to think of anything but a heroin. She is a loner though. Eloise comes from an up and coming family household. She chose to run in the hopes of gaining some personal attention and self-relief. Her destiny had a little more something in mind for her though, as she meet Will.Read more ›
I really liked how Wignall wrote Will. He tells you the story of how Will's family thought him to be dead after he was bitten, so they buried him. Well when Will "rose" he found himself buried alive... or rather undead. Er, you know what I mean. Anyways by the time he awakens, his entire family is already deceased. Not only that but under his family's crypt is an underground lair for Will with clothing and some essentials that someone had built, knowing that Will would need it. So over the years Will adds furniture to his lair and spends the majority of his time down there when he is awake. He is used to living his life on his own, hoping to one day come across his maker and thank him for the generous gift he had given Will, so many centuries past. (insert sarcasm there). Well, this time when he wakes up, the person that he feeds on after his slumber just so happens to be Jex, the profit, who tells him about Eloise and how Will must find her because she is his destiny.
Which brings me to Eloise who starts off as being snarky. Will comes across her while she is hanging out in a buildings doorway. Clearly, she is homeless and staying there. When Will tries to talk to her she gets really defensive and tells him to leave her alone.Read more ›
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This book surprised me. From the title, cover and summary I thought I was in store for just another vampire book, but I was wrong. Read morePublished on June 11, 2014 by Danielle @ Overflowing Shelf
SYNOPSIS | Will was made a vampire in 1256 via unremembered circumstances. While he was out, someone prepared him for his new life with a subterranean lair. Read morePublished on April 9, 2014 by Jen Rothmeyer
I'm rating this book a 3 as it was just OK for me. Originally, I was really was sucked into the story and was thinking "awesome"! Read morePublished on October 4, 2012 by UT-Book-Lady
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***NOTE MY REVIEWS OFTEN CONTAIN SPOILERS***
William of Mercia was born in 1240 and his death as recorded in 1256, the... Read more
Will, the rightful Earl of Mercia, has seen everyone he loved die. As a vampire he he has watched his beloved lands change and change again with time. Read morePublished on February 28, 2012 by Amazon Customer
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales
Quick & Dirty: Strong exposition and a unique take on vampires come together in this novel to show us another side of the world we... Read more
This story is told from Will's point of view. Will is a vampire, he prefers undead, he was turned in the year 1256 and lives off and on in a crypt under the church where he was... Read morePublished on February 3, 2012 by Lynnea
Blood: Book One of the Mercian Trilogy tells the story of Will, a 750+ year old vampire awakening from a twenty year long slumber. Read morePublished on January 19, 2012 by dianaers
I absolutely love Blood! I enjoyed this book tremendously! I loved the unique perspective that K.J. has put on vampires. Read more