BLOODLINE by Kate Cary


Age Range: 12 - 16
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What if Dracula had descendants? Cary’s story begins a generation after Bram Stoker’s Dracula, likewise written in diary format. John Shaw, a WWI lieutenant, is awed by Captain Quincey Harker, but when he returns home wounded to be nursed back to health by Mary Seward, he’s haunted by horrifying delusions of his time with the Captain. Neither John nor Mary can prevent Harker—son of Stoker’s Mina—from eloping with John’s beloved sister Lily. Mary’s father teaches the couple everything he remembers about his youthful battle with Dracula and sends them off to rescue Lily. It seems that Harker’s not really the son of Stoker’s hero Jonathan Harker, but of Dracula’s descendant Count Tepes (the Romanian name for the historical Dracula, Vlad the Impaler, never used by Stoker). Much more horrifying revelations await John and Mary when they reach Transylvania and confront Harker’s demonic family. Flat characterization abounds, but unexpected plot twists enliven this intriguing reinterpretation of a classic. (Fantasy. 12-16)

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2005
ISBN: 1-59514-012-3
Page count: 336pp
Publisher: Razorbill/Penguin
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2005


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