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Will is a vampire in danger. Heir to the Earl of Mercia, he was brutally attacked and buried in the thirteenth century before he was able to assume his title. Perpetually sixteen, Will s life has been lonely. He leaves his tomb every so often, adapts to the present day, feeds his bloodlust, and never gets close to anyone. Until now. Waking from a twenty-year slumber, hungry for the blood that sustains his undeath, he meets Eloise but can t bear to make her his next victim. Drawn to a girl he can never have, but whose fate seems bound with his own, he feels the need to protect her. But Will has an enemy who will stop at nothing to find him . . . and he s closing in. . . . *SLJ Starred Review, Gr 8 Up In 13th-century England, 16-year-old Will, heir to the Earl of Mercia, was attacked and bitten. In more than seven centuries as a vampire, he has spent years at a time in oblivious sleep and years awake, discovering piecemeal that the attack was not just a horrific accident, and that the repercussions are far from over. When he awakens in the 21st century, he is drawn instinctively to Eloise, a teen runaway, and he is certain she can help him. As other characters are introduced, suspense builds. Why does Jex, a vagrant, have Will s name scribbled among the mysterious writings in his notebook? Why does Will s long-healed bite wound flair and burn in the presence of cafe owners Chris and Rachel? The story ebbs and flows from the third person to Will s own riveting narrative detailing his tragic few encounters with people over the years and his evolving philosophy about his situation and God. Moments of levity keep the story from abjectness and serve to highlight the realistic, modern-day setting. A recurring joke is Will s ignorance of current parlance: making out, vegan, ice hockey, born-again Christian. Encounters with a shape-shifting villain, skeletal hands grasping from graves, whispering shadows reflected in mirrors, and a deadly chase through an Escher-esque cathedral library keep the elements of fantasy and drama high. Throughout this fast-paced and unique story, Wignall maintains a suspenseful, spooky mood with elegant, evocative prose. Enough loose ends are tied up to make for a satisfying conclusion, but a few tantalizing threads remain. "Jennifer Prince, Buncombe County Public Library, NC ""show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 264 pages
  • 144.78 x 210.82 x 25.4mm | 385.55g
  • Egmontusa
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 160684220X
  • 9781606842201
  • 1,836,114

About K J Wignall

K J Wignall is the author of five novels for adults and a number of acclaimed short stories. He's been nominated for an EdgarAward for "Who is Conrad Hirst?"andwas shortlistedfor the CWA Short Story Dagger in the UK. All of his work has attracted film interest and"For the Dogs "is currently in developmentin Hollywood."Blood "is his first novel for young adults."show more

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531 ratings
3.3 out of 5 stars
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3 33% (177)
2 13% (71)
1 10% (54)

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Blood was a very different read than I expected it to be. It's not your average vampire book and is very different from the majority that are out right now. I actually enjoyed that and I can't wait to find out what happens next! It seems like it took me forever to read this book, but don't get me wrong it wasn't the books fault. For some reason I just lacked the interest of reading books on my computer this past month. But every single time I would sit down and continue on through another chapter, another physical and mental battle of Will, Earl of Mercia, I didn't want to stop. The story itself is one that has you guessing the entire time. There are little things here and there that you figure out or that you expect, but as a whole you really have no idea what is going on. But in a good way. It's not a book that is easily figured out. It kept you intrigued and curious. And that ending! I'm dying to know what is going to happen in the next book. I was not expecting that cliffhanger at all! The characters are very well created in my opinion, you immediately feel for Will and understand his situation and kind of wish you could make it better. I have to admit that Eloise was my favorite character of all those in the novel. I love her style, her smart mouth, her independence, and her strength. She brought a modern touch to a character that needed it. This book was amazing and I recommend it to anyone that hasn't had a chance to pick it up yet. (It's available on NetGalley!) Also...does the guy on the cover remind anyone else of Jackson Rathbone?show more
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