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3.38  ·  Rating details ·  634 ratings  ·  153 reviews
"I do not remember being bitten. I wish I did, for then I would know the creature who did this to me and I would have a purpose, to track him down and repay him for the poisoned gift he gave me."

Back in the 13th Century, Will was destined to be Earl of Mercia.  He never lived to inherit his title, struck down by a strange illness and buried beneath the city walls.  But Wi
Hardcover, First US Edition, 264 pages
Published September 27th 2011 by EgmontUSA (first published August 1st 2011)
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kwesi 章英狮
Oct 06, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2011, e-book, k-j-wignall
When Will woke up 20 years from the slumber, he remembered the prophecy that will defeat his own kind. He search for the true girl that will soon must be offer to the true owner. But what if a century year old guy will fall in love to a sixteen year old runaway wannabe writer? Can he save his own kind or will suffer from the frightening events that will happen to their life soon?

Since I'm bored to death while dissecting a dead dog, I did a short reading while hiding at the back of the shelves wh
I got a copy of this book from the ever-wonderful NetGalley. I was interested in reading a book about vampires, especially after I heard that Blood dealt with the more ‘traditional’ vampire. However, I didn’t really end up enjoying this particular story very much.

The plot of Blood is a little too obscure for my liking, but it certainly has potential; I think it was the execution of ideas that dragged the story down a bit. It’s about William, Earl of Mercia, who “fell ill” (that’s lingo for “turn
Jul 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The beginning chapters of Blood sent chills up my spine as Will described what being a vampire is like for him. K. J. Wignall has given a fresh and newly twisted meaning to being a creature of the night. The storyline in Blood is fantastic. Sixteen-year-old Will has existed seven hundred and fifty years. That's a long time to wait to discover what his destiny is, and to fulfill it. Will is strong and charismatic—also deeply intimate, he stole my heart. Eloise is independent and tough. She’s a de ...more
Jessica (BookRockGoddess) Bolton
I liked how this was not just another vampire novel. This book has a classic feel to it more like your old vampire novels. In this book the main character was changed in the 12th century and left to fend for himself. He did not know what had made him or why he was made because through the centuries he never met anyone like him. His life was nothing but keeping a low profile so that he was never discovered. Then everything changes when he wakes from one of his long hibernation and feeds on a home ...more
Liz Barnsley
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly enjoyable and really quite addictive vampire tale this, with a kind of mystery vibe running through it that gives it a freshly inventive style.

William, or Will, is vampire (he prefers the term "undead" ) - for hundreds of years he has lived without knowing why or who did this to him- but a darker force is rising, its a time of prophecy and maybe some answers are on the way.

I liked the relationship that develops between Will and Eloise- a runaway who may form part of hos destiny- main
Sep 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
My Opinion:
I absolutely love Blood! I enjoyed this book tremendously! I loved the unique perspective that K.J. has put on vampires. The book even makes vampires more believable. Will is a vampire that sleeps away decades unlike the way we normally think of vampires sleeping during the day and only awakening at night. Even the way Will has to drink blood is different and I loved the twist!
Will awakes from a coffin that was set up for him by the creatures who made him. He doesn’t know who made him
Jul 14, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
Another YA book, means another try at the vampire story. Apparently. I am happy to say, however, that while Blood by KJ Wignall is yet another foray into the YA Vamp bottomless pit (before you get in a twist over that, the pit has both good and bad in it) it is more about the action then the tortured romance. At least, as of the end of the first installment in the Mercian Trilogy. And I liked that.

Unlike many of its contemporaries, this book doesn't really try to be about a superficial teenage
Sep 17, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I got an advanced reading copy of this book through This is the first book in a planned trilogy. I wanted to love this book, but everything about it was pretty mediocre.

Will was destined to be the Earl of Mercia in the thirteenth century, that was until he was bitten and came down with the Sickness and died. Then he awoke as something other, something undead. Now seven centuries have passed for some of the time Will has been awake and trying to blend in amoung humanity, for the re
Andrea at Reading Lark
Review Posted on Reading Lark 10/13/11:

I honestly wasn't sure what to expect from this read going in. I expected vampires and the typical YA fangirly worthy romance, but Blood actually isn't the traditional YA vampire title. I liked that the vampires in this one fall in line with the much more traditional lore with some interesting modifications and the story is not focused on the romantic elements, but rather on a centuries long mystery.

K.J. Wignall is b
Big Book Little Book
To the shock and horror of many, I've never actually read a 'Vampire' book before and was therefore unable to contribute to our recent 'around the table' discussions regarding Twilight - now on my 'to read' pile! So this was my first experience and I didn't know if it would be my cup of tea or not. However I was drawn in by the beautiful black, silver and red cover and I'm pleased that the story inside didn't disappoint.

Blood, which is book one of the Mercian Trilogy introduces our protagonist W
I congratulate K.J. Wignall for writing this book. In so many different ways, Blood was different compared to most books about vampires. Instead of just being about the relationship of a male vampire and a female, the action is there. The beginning introduced everything including the romance. Gladly, I read this without having to go through too much mushy stuff. This book included the action from the very beginning. There was no relationship mush that lasted longer than a chapter.

This whole mess
Sep 21, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed-books
It took me a while to get through Blood; not because it is a long book but because I felt...well, if I am to be honest, I felt bored. When I finished reading, it was like I had been reading something that was much longer than it really was. It is pretty slow-paced, and there isn't a lot that happens until the last third of the book.

In the beginning, Will--the main character, who is a vampire--gives some great history and background about his past. I was fascinated by the details of his story. He
Will has been a vampire for over 750 years, he has no idea who gave him this curse and he has never met another of his kind. He should have become the Earl of Mercia but was changed before he inherited his title. Will has just woken up from a long period of hibernation and is once again searching for answers, this time, after finding a prophecy it appears he might finally be close to discovering his destiny.

What I really liked about this book is that we're getting back to the more traditional ki
Sep 13, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
William wakes up in the twenty first century, he’s been sleeping, if you call it sleep for the undead, for good twenty years since he last was awake. Over 750 years old he’s forever trapped in a body of a tall 16 year old young man. As he awakes he notices that something is different this time around, from his first spilled blood things turn from ordinary to odd, prophecy reveals itself and he finds the girl of it near by the river alone without a home to go to and someone is attacking him which ...more
Jul 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the story of William, the future Earl of Mercia, aka Will. It tells of how he came down with the “sickness” when he was sixteen and how his life was spent. After seven centuries, when he awakens from his usual hibernation, he goes outside to feed and find Jez, who tells him “You need the girl, the girl needs you, you need the…” before he takes his blood and his life. Jez has with him, a notebook that intrigues Will and so he takes it before he leaves. On Jez’s wall, and in his notebook, ...more
Sep 08, 2011 rated it liked it
I finished blood and I have to say that while I had high anticipation for it, I was not expecting what I received in return. The novel is good and will truly keep you entertained, especially the feel of the setting from the worn out river front to the cafe to the abandoned church, you will definitely get a very unique take on the London city landscape. You will also get a different kind of vampire, one that is very solitary and recluse to the point of fracture.

Things take on a different vantage
Egalley thanks to Egmont USA
I have to say despite the exciting synopsis this book left me severely disappointed. It's written in such way that it makes you feel detached from the very start.

The main character William is 800+ years old vampire, and what did he do with most of his afterlife? Hibernation, hibernation, hibernation. He is forever sixteen, quite striking and very emo. I am undead, I want to die, but can't, see no point in my existence, woe is me. Let's skulk underneath my city w
Stacey Conrad
Sep 08, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
“I’ve never looked at fire in the same way since that night, nor witches for that matter, or anybody else who’s apart. Perhaps apart is the wrong word, for I was apart even then, in that I was above the people and below God and the King, born into greatness.” (Loc. 10-16)
I love the idea of apart, not odd, weird, strange, or rude, but apart. What a great description of people who don’t “blend in” like the rest of us. Blood is about being apart, yet looking for a way to find a place where belongin
Jul 07, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to like this book, so much so, that I continued to muster through it even though it never once grabbed a hold of me. The characters are quite one dimensional, especially Will, who could be described as nothing short of extremely emo. He has lived for hundreds of years, yet all he has done is sleep, brood, and wish to die. He takes suicidal to the extreme, with many failed attempts as he simply cannot die. Then we pull in the so called destiny behind Will's life, which really need ...more
Heather *Undercover Goth Queen*
Q: Why am I reading this?
A: Because I like vampires.

Q: When is something exciting going to happen?
A: Definitely not within the first hundred pages. Which is odd considering there were already two action scenes.

Q: Why am I still reading this?
A: Because I like vampires, duh, but other than that I don't know. I think I'll stop.

Q: Why is the guy on the front cover shirtless?
A: Eh, who cares? He's hot.

I really wanted to get into this book because 1) it's about a vampire (or undead, as Will would say)
Aug 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I was surprised by how refreshing and unique the story was as well as the main character, Will. In a time when vampire books are rampant, Blood definitely stands out to me.
This book was well written and the world that was built was enticing. I was captured from the beginning and glued to the excitement until the end.
I am eager to find out more about Will and Eloise's destiny and the ending chapter left me with a lot of questions on what will happen next...
I am s
Jul 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One thing I would like to point out is the cover. I love the cover. The guy reminds me of Leonardo DiCaprio. Second, I love how the author wrote the book. It really sounded like it was written from the perspective of someone who actually was over seven hundred years old. I liked the characters and everything. The only problem I had was with some of the plot. I don't like books that rush some important parts. I felt that there were a few parts that were rushed, like the big fight with Will's crea ...more
☆ Naomi ☆
Rating: ★★★☆☆

It was an enjoyable read. Was it the best book I ever read? No, definitely not. Was it the worst book I ever read? Nope. I guess I just really wanted to stay in the horror theme this month, so that was one of the reasons why I picked it up. I only own the first book in the series, and I would like to read the next two books someday. But this series will not be on my 'have to finish' list.
Kira Simion
3.5 stars rounded down
Debbie Hazeleger
Aug 13, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Well, at least the cover is pretty, because no one should go any further when it comes to this hot mess. And here I was thinking twilight was atrocious, but it looks like we've hit a new low.
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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 live in. The first in a new series, this novel is a build up to book two.

Opening Sentence: We burned the witches in 1256.

The Review:

A vampire wakes up from hibernation to discover ghosts stalking him and a human girl somehow connected to his destiny–whatever that is. Wignall has created vampires that are different from our classic
A quick and easy teen read, with a few minor troubling details. I first read this around the time it was published and absolutely loved it but it's definitely strange to reread it again as an adult. I picked up on things I wouldn't have as a young teen and was quite surprised I didn't notice them when I was younger!

I feel like this book is a product of its time in terms of the knowledge and awareness of the world young teens have today. For example, Will mentions noticing a young (13/14) girl as
I felt like I was forcing myself to finish this book. The premise was interesting, but the execution wasn't great. The characters seemed very bland to me, and I frankly didn't find myself to seem to care about them. It was such a drag to read and I was really hoping it would be good. There's a limited audience that would love this, but I'm not one of them. I don't see myself giving this book another chance.
Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I don't like writing bad things about books, especially vampire books (they're my favorite), but this book was incredibly boring. I forced myself to finish, eventually skimming the pages picking up on the main context of the story. I believe the story line was interesting; however, the execution seemed to be lacking.
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-read-2018
I’ve read all of KW’s thrillers, he’s one of the best in the genre in my opinion ( I love his style so much, so underrated ).
I was pleasantly surprised and very impressed at his style in this YA vampire adventure. And happy it wasn’t another vampire book following in the steps of Twilight. Excellent
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K.J. Wignall is the author of "The Mercian Trilogy", the first book of which, "Blood" (September 2011 in the USA and UK), will be followed by "Alchemy" in 2012.

He is also the author of several adult thrillers and short stories, and has been nominated for awards in both America and the UK. His works have also been published in Germany, Finland, Japan, Russia and Poland.

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