Review: “Bloodline: Reckoning” by Kate Cary

For the love of books

In Bloodline Book Two: Reckoning, Kate Cary focuses on redemption, trust and moral judgment as well as recurring themes from Bloodline.

This sequel also consists of journal entries and letters by the characters that collectively combine to form the narrative.  However, the main narrators this time are the characters of Quincey Harker and Mary Seward.  Although the prologue and the first few chapters inBloodline Book Two: Reckoning create a minor prequel to Bloodline about Quincey’s past, the story quickly proceeds from where it stopped in Bloodline.  Two years have passed since Mary narrowly escaped from Castle Dracula in Transylvania.  Now that she is safely back in England, Mary’s knowledge of the supernatural governs her fears.  She is afraid of nighttime, so she maintains a reclusive lifestyle attending to her invalid father and confining herself to her house after sunset every day.  Still recovering from her heartbreak, Mary has little trust in people and instead absorbs herself in her work at the hospital.  Nevertheless, family and friends persuade Mary to brave society once more, which sets a chain of events and new friendships in motion.

Among these is the reappearance of Quincey Harker, who declares his renunciation of his bloodline’s heritage.  He claims to be searching for redemption, and he begs Mary to help him overcome his vampire nature.  Sudden, puzzling tragedies in her life force Mary to deeply question Quincey’s real intentions, but she eventually agrees to his request.  Aside from their growing love for each other, Mary and Quincey are soon thrust into a tempest of suspicion, deceit, and betrayal that will test their fortitude and their love in another battle against evil.

Mary’s everyday life and her surroundings are more detailed since the setting is limited to England in 1918.  On the other hand, the armistice of World War I is witnessed by Mary and the vampires who are cleverly inserted into the storyline guarantee unlimited action, suspense, and romance.  Quincey’s noble attempt to change his temperament is laudable, despite his numerous past sins as portrayed in Bloodline.  Another surprising, albeit welcome development in the novel is the romance between Mary and Quincey.  It is a strikingly unusual change, for both characters vehemently despised each other in Bloodline.  With another unexpected twist at the end, Bloodline Book Two: Reckoning also follows in Bloodline‘s footsteps by the mild sexuality and mature content included by the author, which emphasizes that, like its prequel, Bloodline Book Two: Reckoning is an enthralling novel for only young adults and adults.

Original review: Part 2: Kate Cary continues the story of ‘Dracula’, Examiner.com

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