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 his strength is superhuman.
At first John blames his bloody nightmares on trench fever. But when Harker appears in England and begins wooing John’s sister, John must confront the truth—and stop Harker from continuing Dracula’s bloodline.
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 narrated though various people's journal's starting with Captain Quincy Harker, the mysterious, handsome "creature of the night." When I first read of Quincy Harker I didn't know what to make of him, however as I read on I grow to dislike him a lot. Through Lieutenant John Shaw we see for ourselves the tragedy and bloodiness of war mixed with the evil creature that is Quincy Harker. Through other people's journals such as Lily Shaw and Mary Seward the story unfolds.
In short Quincy Harker is a descendant of Dracula and the meeting of him and John Shaw on the battlefield is not a pot luck but has been manipulated by Quincy Harker himself, which raises the question of why? Quincy falls for John's sister Lily and together they leave England and go to Transylvania to wed. I do believe that Quincy does really love Lily you can see he does want to protect her, but you ask yourself is turning her into what he is love, an evil monster that craves one thing the most. When John and his fiance Mary realise what Quincy really is they set of after them with secrets being revealed along the way that had me gripped to the book and secrets that I didn't see coming!
In the end my opinion of the two male characters, John and Quincy, changed from liking John Shaw to hating him and from hating Quincy Harker to some what liking him a little. To find out why my opinion had a complete flip go and grab a copy of Bloodline and see for yourself, you will be gripped by Kate Cary's world.
I can't wait to read the Reckoning the sequel to Bloodline to see what happens next!
3/5 Butterflies :)