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3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  1,938 ratings  ·  197 reviews
Mary Seward thought she had escaped the darkness of Transylvania. But now, back in England, she has terrible nightmares, fears the darkness, and sees vampires everywhere. When a strange virus weakens her father, Mary suspects that there’s a far more sinister force at work. Then Mary’s worst nightmare comes true: Quincey Harker, heir to Dracula’s bloodline, appears in Engla ...more
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published (first published August 18th 2005)
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Lissa Smith
This is truly a horrifying, yet intriguingly fantastic book by weaving her tale full of historical possibilities, drawing upon the truth for her fiction, which adds an intriguing dimension to the story. I was gripped, could not wait for the story to unfold and I had to keep reading. I think I will read book 2 just to see where the story goes
Polly
My 13 year old daughter brought this home from the library. She is a Twilight addict and probably wanted to see what other vampire books are like. I try to steal a book from her library pile every once in a while just to see what she's reading so I chose this one. I don't think I've read a book where the author did such a poor job with character development. I don't want to give anything away so that's all I'll say. Unless you enjoy superficial literature, don't waste your time.
William Eng
During World War 1, 19 year old Lieutenant John Shaw is ill with what is known as trench fever. The horrors of war have overtaken every waking moment. His Commanding Officer,Captain Quincey Harker, is the root of all of John's nightmares. Harker is a vampire that has preyed on the living for many years. It seems now Harker is trying to win over Lily Shaw(John's sister). John has to face Harker in order to get his sister back. John must storm the castle full of monstrous demons and face a famili ...more
Anna
It started out well but the ending was crappy. That's just my first thought on the book, though.
THE GOOD:
When I picked this up, I was in the mood for a bit of an eerie read. It was one, of course. The start was actually very promising, in my opinion. I was haunted yet intrigued by the descriptions of each of the characters and a good deal of the book was, in fact, frightening. Hearing the combined stories of John, Lucy, and Quincy made a complete story, one I couldn't resist. And if you were won
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Lolly's Library
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, ...more
Robin
I read this because I love 'Dracula' and I was hoping for a sequal with equal kapow to keep me interested. I found about 1/10th of that in Bloodline. For a start, not many original characters are used other than Mary's father. Even Tepes wasn't actually Dracula (I think. That was very vague). I was annoyed that vampires can reproduce. Surely that's biologically impossible, considering how they're essentially animated corpses. Another Dracula spin-off, 'The Historian' by Kostova, is what led me t ...more
Naomi Terpening
Mar 21, 2010 Naomi Terpening rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone wanting a good vampire story
Recommended to Naomi by: Kate, Chas, and Laura
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Questingforaquest
Quick TL;DR:

*Great book, fun, compelling plot, engrossing characters, not a lofty read, but a fun one, and well-written for it.
*NOT your typical vampire YA novel--this is meant as a "sequel" to the original Dracula, and touches on some of the same themes, although not in as literary a way
*It's a trilogy, but the third book isn't out yet, and you'll be dying for more when you finish each one--be warned!!;-)



When I first saw this book, I was a page at my local library in high school. Shelving books
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Tatyana Klimek
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Cat
*WARNING: SPOILER ALERT! SOME VIEWERS MAY FIND THIS REVIEW TO BE OFFENSIVE, JUST REMEMBER THAT THIS IS ABOUT THE BOOK ABOVE AND IN NO WAY WAS MEANT TO CAUSE OFFENSE TO OTHERS! I APOLOGIZE ON BEHALF OF ALL OF YOU, BUT PLEASE ENJOY IF YOU FIND THIS TO BE FUNNY BECAUSE THAT WAS THE WAY THIS REVIEW WAS MEANT TO BE INTENDED*The reason my rating is so low is because the ending sucked(no pun intended). I mean, John Shaw was so weak-willed that he let himself be turned into a vampire that easily? I was ...more
Andrew Teperdjian
In this gruesome 352 paged novel a 19 year old man named John Shaw, a soldier, was sent to the front lines of the army's trenches of WW1. As the story unfolds he meets the other men of these trenches and learns a lot of their background. One man specifically known as Quincey Harker being his regiment commander had grown close to him for whatever reasons. John being an innocent young soul has not seen much in his life and so after the gruesome site of men blowing up, rip to shreds, and shot in th ...more
Shlea
2.5 stars

I am usually not drawn to vampire novels but my friend recommended this one to me. It was actually decent but definitely did not live up to the justice of what vampires are capable of.

The writing was quite peculiar to me. Although it is set during World War I, the way the journal is written seems more like a narration of a story rather than a recording of events. In my opinion, it would have been better if the novel was not told as a diary but I enjoyed it overall.

My favorite journal en
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David
Written as an unofficial sequel to Dracula. The book started off very interesting, but quickly became a bit too similar to Bram Stoker's original plot. Still I enjoyed the story and where the author took it. Without giving any spoilers, I'll just say that the ending has an interesting and unexpected turn - but the author made it all happen so fast that it felt forced and hurried. Better character development and a stronger ending would've made this book better. Still a fun read, and I may have t ...more
Jade
it was AWESOME!!!!!!!
Amelia
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Natalie
Frankly, I had a hard time getting into this book. Not that the premise wasn't interesting. I mean, who wouldn't want to read a speculative continuation of Bram Stoker's Dracula? And Kate Cary's writing style was rather good, especially considering the knowledge she had to have about Dracula in order to write the book.

So what threw me off? In one word: characterization. No, the character development wasn't awful, but neither was it what I wanted to see. The character of Mary Seward was rather we
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Marcia
The 'love story' that lies beneath the blood and gore of the novel was just a tad irritating. It's set in 1916 where we find a young shoulder, bent on serving his country (England) during wartime. He meets and admires his commander (who changes his life forever). He faces many horrors, even among his own men. He is soon injured at war and sent to a sanitarium (now turned hospital for wounded soldiers) where he meets and falls for the nurse who brings him 'back' to life.

Pretty much, it's a story
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Nina
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
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Jazmine
Sep 13, 2009 Jazmine rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Vampire fans and those interested in the myths of them and dracula, etc.
Recommended to Jazmine by: Dad
Written in Journal entries from the characters of Mary, John, and Quincey, Bloodline takes place during World War I; however, war isn’t the only issue for Mary and John, vampires are threatening to ruin their lives forever. John heads off to fight in the war where he meets Captain Quincey Harker who is able to defeat many alone in supernatural ways. When John returns ill with trench fever he blames it for his strange memories of Quincey’s abnormal fighting techniques. Mary Stewart takes care of ...more
Rachel
This Dracula fan fiction book begins as a mildly pathetic and uncreative pastiche of the original novel, and eventually take a turn for the truly bizzarre as far as characterization goes. Amusing, for a Dracula fan, but not satisfying either as a novel or a Dracula continuation.

The premise: It is World War I. Fighting for England is Quincey Harker, the son of Jonathan and Mina who we hear about in the epilogue of Dracula. But this novel takes the not uncommon perspective that he is actually the
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Josh Dimond
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Vickie Ramage
Hmm. I loved the start of this book, with detailed accounts of John's life in the trenches, all the horrors he saw there and the unease he felt towards his CO, Harker. Mary joins in too, as we are reading his account at the same time as her - as John has come back from the trenches feverish and she decides it's a perfectly decent idea to nick his diary and read it. She looks after him oretty well though, I'll give her that.

There was just too big a plot hole to ignore during this book however. Ev
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Kristi
John Shaw is sent to the front lines of World War One. He can’t help but awe at his Captain, Quincy Harker, but there is also something strange about him as well. When John is injured, he is sent back to England to recover. A nurse, Mary Seward, recognizes John and she nurses him back to health as well as befriends his sister who lives nearby, Lily. John suffers from a fever that causes delusions. Mary hoping to help calm his fears reads his diary to learn about what John has faced.

John describe
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Rachel
In the World War One John Shaw is a soldier fighting in the trenches against the Germans. There he meets Captain Quincey Harker, a man like no other, and they become friends but something about Quincey is just not right. After John gets trench fever and int he hospital he has horrible nightmares about Quincey and when he returns to his house he finds that Quincey is to marry his sister. Now he must stop him or risk loosing his sister.

I picked this book up because Goodreads recommended it to me a
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Sarah
Mary is working as a nurse in a sanatorium when she recognises one of her patients as a boy she knew as a child. John was injured during the war and has been sent home to recover but he is struggling with nightmares of his time in the trenches. Mary wants to find a way to get through to John so she reads his journal to find out what happened to him, the more she learns about Captain Quincy Harker the more sure she is that something strange was going on. When Harker turns up at the hospital and s ...more
Elizabeth (Stuffed Shelves)
What is the book about?

It's the end of 1916, and John Shaw has returned from the trenches of the first World War with the fever that is causing him pain, delirium and horrible nightmares. Mary Seward is immediately drawn to him and takes a special interest in John.

When John is brought into the sanatorium he is clutching a red leather journal, that Mary brings home for safe keeping. Curiosity kills her, and she reads of the things that he has witnessed in the war. It's no wonder is he is ranting
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SJH (A Dream of Books)
'Bloodline' is an inventive sequel to the original Bram Stoker's Dracula. The story takes place many years after the events that led to the downfall of Dracula - events that left, however, his bloodline intact.

Quincey Harker is a captain leading a band of men during the war. John Shaw is one of his lieutenants, who witnesses the atrocious nighttime exploits of his captain and who returns to England to convalesce and recover from his injuries, haunted by what he's seen. Mary Seward is the daughte
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Josh Schmidt
Synopsis: John Shaw, a man ravaged by World War 1, fights against the descendants of the Count Dracula, a long bloodline that was fought by Van Helsing Centuries before. During the Great War, he meets Captain Harker, who turns out to be a vampire, a descendant of Dracula. In order to continue the bloodline, he must take a wife, and make her his own kind, and spread the curse of VAMPIRE. lily Shaw, takes kindly (well more like she loves Capt. Harker) to the mysterious Captain and decides to elope ...more
Amy Holliday
Bloodline opens on the battlefields in France during the First World War. John Shaw is to join the regiment of Captain Quincy Harker, another fellow Romanian who is fighting for England. The book is told through a series of letters and diary entries. One soon realizes that Captain Harker was no common officer, but was, in fact, a vampire. John Shaw struggles with the things he witnesses Captain Harker do to the enemy. He details all of this in his journal, but falls ill with delusions and is ret ...more
Kelsey
I picked up this book about eight years ago in an airport gift shop. Having to face the daunting task of an eight hour flight with no music, no in flight movie, and not having any new book to read was simply too impossible an idea for me. So I picked it up on an impulse. From the very first paragraph, I loved the journal format. It gives an interesting inside view into how a character perceives every experience. The main protagonists are honestly a tid bit typical. John Shaw, who has a truly goo ...more
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Kate Cary is a writer of fiction for children and young adults.

She is one of three writers of a best-selling series of middle grade books called WARRIORS, published by Working Partners through HarperCollins, under the pseudonym Erin Hunter.

She is the writer of the BLOODLINE series of novels.
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