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Reckoning (Bloodline #2)

3.93  ·  Rating Details  ·  942 Ratings  ·  78 Reviews
Mary Seward thought she had escaped the darkness of Transylvania and the evil that claimed the soul of her fiance, John Shaw. But now, back in England, Mary has terrible nightmares, fears the dark, sees vampires everywhere she turns. And when a strange virus weakens her father and her patients at the clinic, she suspects that there's a far more sinister explanation than th ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published February 1st 2007 by Razorbill
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And so we return to the Bloodline universe. This book is, I believe, more tolerable than the first, though likely that is mostly because the absurd premises and unprepossessing writing style are already familiar at this point and thus no longer serve to disappoint. Also, this book has moved away from the direct imitation of Dracula's plot that plagued the first book, though I fear that is no more creative than its predecessor.

In this book, most of our characters from the first book are out of th
Oct 26, 2008 Kristi rated it liked it
Even though its been two years since Mary fled Castle Dracula for her life, she is still haunted by the images she saw and the monster that was once her fiancé. She hides away at home, using her father’s frail condition as a reason to stay at home and refrain from socializing. Her father suspects her fear and encourages Mary to move on and not dwell on the evil that exists in the world.

At a party held by the adoptive parents of the baby she saved at Castle Dracula she meets Lord Bathory, a man w
Feb 01, 2011 Domagoja rated it really liked it
THE RECKONING is the second novel in the BLOODLINE series. The second book has the same format as the first. There is journal entries and letters and such. There is the same characters and new character (not gonna metion since i hate spoiling...) But the difference between the two books is that I liked the second one better.
I like the plot (it made me wondered and think), you can predict about a lot of stuff (oddvious stuff), and i like the blood and romance in there ;D
I know it might not be the
Sep 19, 2014 Cat rated it liked it
*SPOILER ALERT!*The first one sucked, but this one was definitely an improvement. The mystery was better, even though I figured out most of it. Like when Mary looked for vampire bites but found none, yet her father and the patients had the same symptoms as those of a vampire bite. It became obvious that it was a needle that took the blood, especially since a nurse was taking care of her father and the patients were at the sanatorium. Which made it obvious that Becky was a vampire. But the story ...more
Li Yuan
Jul 18, 2016 Li Yuan rated it liked it
In my opinion, I had mixed opinions about the second book. Compared to the first book, I would reread the first saga of Bloodline instead of Reckoning. Despite of Quincey Harker's redemption of his sins and his pasts, the mysterious side of him slowly faded as the writer had revealed three and a quarter of his origins. Some of the events involving Quincey's sire and his inhuman parents didn't seem to fit into the plot as it has overlapped with the modern contexts, instead of the Romantic period. ...more
Ms. Rosas
Oct 17, 2011 Ms. Rosas rated it liked it
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Dec 26, 2009 Jazmine rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Bloodline and vampire lovers
Recommended to Jazmine by: Dad
Quincey Harker is set on defeating the monster within him as he tries to sustain without feeding on human blood. Mary Seward terrified of the night due to her experiences at Castle Dracula, ventures back out into the world on her father’s wishes leaving him with a trustworthy caretaker, Becky. At a party she meets Lord Bathory whom she grows fond of. Soon, he claims to have fallen in love with her and invites her to stay at his estate. Mary grieves her father’s death as he had grown quite sick a ...more
May 23, 2012 Rachel rated it really liked it
Mary Seward is back in England after her ordeal in Transylvania but she still suffers from nightmares of her fiance, John Shaw and his sister Lily. Then Mary's father and several patients from the hospital that she works in falls ill with signs of a vampire bite she is clueless of who is doing it until Quincy Harker, the heir of the vampire throne meets her in the night. He says that he is trying to get rid of the evil in him but should Mary believe him or not?

I picked this book up because I rea
SJH (A Dream of Books)
'Reckoning' is the sequel to 'Bloodline' which I read last month. It picks up from the events of the previous book and revisits the characters of Mary Seward and Quincey Harker - the latter who was supposed to be responsible for ensuring the Dracula bloodline did not die out.

I found the story utterly gripping. I read it in one evening because once I'd picked it up I couldn't bring myself to put it down until I'd followed the story to its conclusion. I would definitely recommend that you don't st
Jennifer Wardrip
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Even though it's been two years since Mary fled Castle Dracula for her life, she is still haunted by the images she saw and the monster that was once her fiancé. She hides away, using her father's frail condition as a reason to stay at home and refrain from socializing. Her father suspects her fear and encourages Mary to move on and not dwell on the evil that exists in the world.

At a party held by the adoptive parents of the baby she saved at Cast
Dec 09, 2010 Robin rated it liked it
Shelves: vampires
After finishing the sequel, I thought, 'that was okay, I think I'll read the other one now'. So I bought it, read it, and finished it in about three hours because I'm a really fast reader. I had noticed from the first book that Cary likes to keep her characters to a minimum, therefore I quickly realised what was going on. I have to say, this book was a lot more sexual than the first - the whole Quincey and Rebecca thing was mildly creepy. I mean, she just appeared out of nowhere and they started ...more
Jan 03, 2013 Cansu rated it it was amazing
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May 30, 2015 Natalie rated it liked it
Shelves: teen
This story continues in journal entries, picking up two years after Mary returns to England.

Mary is still haunted by what happened at Castle Dracula after she escaped. Then Quincey reappears; wounded soldiers and her father start losing blood, and Mary is left trying to connect and solve what's happening.
This had potential for greatest, and it was pretty good, but the ending was such a let down!
I mean, yeah, I get it - Mary stuck to her guns, but I really wanted her and Quincy to end up together; I had since book 1.
It didn't even have to be, turn me so we can be together forever. It could have been John nearly kills her and Quincy gives her a second chance at life type of thing, but whatever.
Apr 03, 2014 Jen rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book as well. Once again the ending left me a bit cold, but only because it didn't really tie up all the loose ends. I think the author had intended to do a third novel and wasn't able to. The story ends but it's more of a pause than a true ending.
Feb 23, 2011 Silvia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was fascinated about the first book ("Bloodline") and I read "Reckoning" very quickly, I couldn't put it down until I'd read the very last page!

I really liked how Kate Cary wrote this book, I think she did an amazing job. It was good to read about two point of views (Mary and Quincey), it helped to know better the main characters and understand their real emotions. But two things made this book particularly exciting to read: the first is that you constantly ask yourself if everyone can be trus
Miranda Reagan
Nov 18, 2015 Miranda Reagan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-own
I love this series so far! Do any of you know if she is coming out with a third book???? God I hope so! This book was better then the first, which was also pretty good. I love the style that the book is formatted in.
Sep 15, 2014 Kabs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent twists and turns!

You'll find yourself second guessing your every judgement! Each character grows tremendously in this book, and the new characters are a great help to the plot.
I am disappointed. Not because the book is bad. I loved the book and the relationship between Mary (? been a while since I read this?) and Quincy. What I am disappointed about is this: I read the books in middle school. I loved it, and was so certain that there would be a world-ending, amazing third book to finish the series! Travel to the present, and no 3rd book exists. I've been left hanging wondering whether it will ever work out between the two main characters. And then there's john (is tha ...more
Dayna Smith
The sequel to Bloodline. A wonderful, very Stoker-like, continuation of the Dracula story. Mary Seward has returned to Purfleet. Now that she knows the truth of vampires she finds she is afraid of the dark. Is she being foolish or has the evil she escaped followed her home? At her father's funeral she sees Quincey Harker and believes he has come after her and killed her father to hurt her? But is Quincey the guilty one? Or is he trying to fight the evil within him as he claims? Mary finds hersel ...more
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
This one's 3.5 because something seemed off about this one.

While I loved the first book, the sequel is something else, sort of.

Harker, from the last one, seemed different in this one. Especially Mary.

Then there's John. I was like, so are you just biding your time or what?

Then again, after what he's been through in the last book, then its kind of understandable. What with being in the army, learning what Harker really is, trying to his sister and all that. Then just snapped.

It does continue wher
Jan 15, 2009 Bree rated it liked it
I suppose it's a show of impact, for good or bad, when I follow the impulse to throw a book across a room. That's what I did at the end of Reckoning.
Through half the book I rolled my eyes, even laughed at absurd little twists that messed with my canonical view of Dracula. Yet for the last 80 pages or so I was completely entranced, flipping pages at record speed, engrossed in every detail. Then I reached the end and threw the book across the room. Because against all me better judgement, against
Rachel Eaton
Jul 16, 2015 Rachel Eaton rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this series! I wish there was a third book. I want to know what happens next to Mary, Quincey, and John.
Jen Bojkov
Apr 04, 2014 Jen Bojkov rated it it was amazing
Same feeling with this one as with the first. Nice creepy atmosphere maintained. I'm hoping for a third...
Michelle Wiles
I thoroughly enjoyed this story and it had me guessing until the very end. I would definitely recommend.
Sep 17, 2013 Clare rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If possible, even worse than the first book. Quincey and Mary went from hating each other to being desperately in love "body and soul" in the space of about two pages. And Mary kept flitting back and forth from "of course the evil vampire is going good" to "god, how could I trust him he killed everyone" to "Hmm he is a good kisser". It all seemed a bit weird to me and after the first couple of flips back and forth it just got annoying. This book felt like it didn't really need to be written. It ...more
Chris Wolak
Apr 14, 2008 Chris Wolak rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: vampire fans, young adult and adult
Shelves: horror, young-adult
Once I finished Bloodline, I had to run out and get this 2nd book in the series. I prepared myself to be disappointed, since sequels are often lackluster, but I was not. This book was just as good as the second. Both books in the series could be twice as long. Reading a long you can just taste the sections of the book where the author could have expanded things. This series is a nice departure from all of the sex laden adult vampire novels out there. If you're looking for a nice, simple vampire ...more
Oct 15, 2011 Jojo rated it it was amazing
OH. MY. GOSH. I read the end and I'm like "WHAT HAPPENS NEXT, DANG IT?!?!" I mean the whole Rebecca/Quincey thing was pretty gross, but at least I got some insight on why he's so moody all the time. As much as I hate to admit, Mary just really lowered her standards. Sure, Quincey is gorgeous and muscular, but that doesn't mean you have to fall in love with him. I mean, didn't you just escape Castle Dracula to get away from vampires?
All in all, though, Cary did an amazing job.
Melanie Carter
May 28, 2014 Melanie Carter rated it liked it
It had a happy ending, which is great. But it was also left open, which makes me wonder about book three?
Apr 07, 2009 Laura rated it really liked it
I changed my rating on the last book, cause I liked this one better. Dunno why, I think because it is less predictable and the characters have more dimension now. Alicia, you were right, when it was over-I so wanted there to be a third book!! Quincey finally fights his nature (that storyline reminds me so much of Moonlight, the tv show), the struggle and all that. Mary is a determined, desperate character in this book-I just thought there was much more to her.
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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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