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Bloodline (Bloodline #1)

3.64  ·  Rating Details ·  2,294 Ratings  ·  216 Reviews
Thirty-five years have passed since the death of the Master. But now a new evil walks among the living. . . . When nineteen-year-old John Shaw returns from the trenches of World War I, he is haunted by nightmares—not only of the battlefield, but of the strange, cruel and impossible feats of his regiment's commander, Quincey Harker. Harker's ferocity knows no limits, and hi ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published August 17th 2006 by Razorbill (first published August 18th 2005)
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Amy Holliday
May 14, 2008 Amy Holliday rated it really liked it
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
Oct 26, 2008 Kristi rated it liked it
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
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
Apr 04, 2009 Polly rated it did not like it
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.
Sep 13, 2009 Jazmine rated it it was amazing
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
Lolly's Library (Dork Kettle)
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
Naomi Terpening
Mar 21, 2010 Naomi Terpening rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone wanting a good vampire story
Recommended to Naomi by: Kate, Chas, and Laura
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Jul 29, 2010 Rae rated it it was amazing
it was AWESOME!!!!!!!
Oct 30, 2010 Nina rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 02, 2010 Robin rated it liked it
Shelves: vampires
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
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
May 11, 2011 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Novel Delight Review & Lisa (Lissa) Smith's Bookshelf
4 Stars:
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

Among some of my favorites. Outstanding literary work. The characters are well developed, interesting. The liked characters are likable and the hate
Nov 28, 2011 Megan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I gave this book 3/5 stars on my blog

Bloodline is a unique take on the vampire as it's set during the First World War, during a time of blood, death and carnage and to add a vampire into the mix was in my opinion genius. Especially a vampire descended from the original vampire, Dracula! At first I couldn't get into the book but I didn't want to give up on it so I continued and am glad I did as I really got into it and grow to really enjoy it.

The story is na
Dec 07, 2011 Rachel rated it it was amazing
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
Initially I was excited to read BLOODLINE but once I got into it it felt like little more than a fanfiction-like Dracula retelling. And that disappointed me.

I’m really confused as to who Mina’s husband is supposed to be. Dracula was killed in the original. And it’s insinuated here that the man Mina married is Dracula’s son. Who then had a son, Jonathan Harker. But that’s supposed to be the son of Dracula because Mina cuckolded the original Jonathan? From the original? Really confused on that one
May 29, 2012 Questingforaquest rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-re-read
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
Oct 30, 2012 Kelsey rated it really liked it
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
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
Sep 27, 2014 Amelia rated it really liked it
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Mar 22, 2015 Ashley rated it liked it
Shelves: supernatural
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
Andrew Teperdjian
Feb 23, 2014 Andrew Teperdjian rated it really liked it
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
William Eng
Feb 04, 2014 William Eng rated it it was amazing
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 Amirov
Jun 10, 2016 Anna Amirov rated it liked it
It started out well but the ending was crappy. That's just my first thought on the book, though.
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
Tatyana Klimek
Oct 26, 2014 Tatyana Klimek rated it it was amazing
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Nov 07, 2015 Zuray rated it did not like it
Wow. I found this so blah...that instead of dnf'ing, I just went through it in snooze mode...
Landon Buchholtz
Oct 27, 2015 Landon Buchholtz rated it it was amazing
Personal Response: I think its a good book. It's scary, gory, and an adrenaline rush. The author did a good job with how the story changes between all the other characters in the book. The way she does its pretty awesome, because it's all between multiple characters, but they all write in a journal. I have read a lot of books about WWI and this is the best. The detail the author writes in this book is phenomenal to me. Its creepy, disturbing, and different, but all in all its a good book.

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Armando Medrano
Bloodline was an interesting book the fused Dracula and world war 1. The character development was quite interesting as well especially how the main character turns from innocent man trying to save his sister in to violent cold-hearted person. Towards the end the book starts become dramatic characters start to change, some die, The antagonist starts regrets his actions,The protagonist turns in to a antagonist. There is a nice plot twist as well
Oct 09, 2016 Suhani rated it it was amazing
This book was pretty good I enjoyed reading it. There was action, drama, and romance this book was really good. This book's setting is in England in the 1900's and it follows a young man John Shaw who returns from the trenches of World War I and he is haunted by the horrors of battle. Not only that but the things he had witnessed of his commander , Quincey Harker. When Harker is in England he begins wooing John's younger sister , Lily. John finds out that Harker is a vampire but he found out too ...more
Katie  Sullivan
Oct 17, 2016 Katie Sullivan rated it really liked it
This was a very interesting take on the tale of Dracula. I liked this.
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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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