Author: K.J. Wignall
Series: Mercian Trilogy, #1
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: Egmont USA
Date Published: September 5th, 2011
Source: eARC via Netgalley
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 Thirteenth Century, Will was destined to be Earl of Mercia, although he never lived to inherit his title. In the centuries that follow, Will has led a lonely life, learning to deal with whatever the present day throws at him, always searching for answers but never finding any. Until this time, when he awakens after a 20-year-slumber, hungry for the blood that sustains his undeath, when it appears that he is finally getting a glimpse at why he exists. He does indeed have a destiny, and an enemy, but revealing that fate will be a matter of trust…
When I first saw Blood being offered on Netgalley, I just had to pick it up. What kind of vampire fan would I be if the title, cover, and premise didn’t intrigue me?
Blood was a very interesting and different kind of book. If I had to compare it to anything, I would say it gave off the same kind of vibe as the Thirst/Last Vampire series by Christopher Pike. Primarily because Will is this very old vampire who talks much older than he looks and also has never met another vampire in all his life. There is also a big feeling of a pre-destined fate for him that he is trying to discover.
The story itself is written unlike most young adult books. I can’t really pinpoint what it is. Perhaps it’s the writing style. I think it might also be that the main character who’s POV we are inside is a boy instead of a girl. There is also hints of romance, but not really much and definitely not the kind you normally find in a young adult novel.
But all of that wasn’t a bad thing. It just made this different from the norm. The story is sort of like a scavenger hunt, or mystery. Will is trying to understand clues that seem to be leading him in some direction he’s unsure of. So that part was really interesting I thought. I also really like that this story kind of left off unfinished. It’s definitely going to be a trilogy and I can’t wait to see where the story takes Will and his new friends.
Despite what I liked about the book though, some of it just fell a little flat. It could be because the world and characters are still being setup, I’m not sure. But there were some parts that just seemed to drag a bit. However, I’m definitely interested in the mystery aspect as well as the continuation of Will discovering his ultimate destiny, and how exactly his new friends will play a role in that as well.
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