Reckoning (Bloodline #2) by Kate Cary
Title: Reckoning (Bloodline #2)
Genre: YA Fantasy
Author: Kate Cary
Mary Seward thought she had escaped the darkness of Transylvania and the evil that claimed the soul of her fiancé, John Shaw. But now, back in England, Mary has terrible nightmares, fears the dark, sees vampires everywhere she turns. And when a strange virus weakens her father and her patients at the clinic, she suspects that there’s a far more sinister explanation than the one the doctors provide.
Then Quincey Harker, heir to Count Dracula’s bloodline, shows himself in England. Gaunt and pale, he claims to have renounced his evil heritage, in part out of love for Mary. But is he telling the truth—or playing a deadly game with her?
Kate Cary continues her follow-up to Bram Stoker’s original Dracula, examining the nature of good and evil, and the places where both exist at once.
Reviewed by: Katheryn J. Avila
Rating: 5 stars
This is one of my all time favorite books – so much so that I find myself thumbing through the pages every few months in search of my favorite passages and scenes. I’ve always enjoyed vampire stories, especially ones that tie into Dracula mythos, which this one does so perfectly, told in the same diary-entry format as the original Dracula.
It’s the second (and for now, last) book in the series. I even wrote to the author because I want to see another installment! The characters are very likeable and the story of redeeming the previous book’s main villain keeps the reader enthralled. I’m a sucker for redeemable villains and rooting for the misunderstood souls, and Quincy (a descendant of Dracula) is a perfect example of that kind of character. Mary, the heroine, is a brave, strong, and independent woman who does everything in her power to help her once-foe, despite everything he put her through and took away from her in the first book. The characters come together through mutual loss despite their enmity, and it’s written in a way that makes what should really be an impossible scenario, believable.
Add to that the splash of romance characteristic of these types of vampire stories, and I’m drawn in immediately. Not to mention that you feel like you know the characters, as what you’re reading is their diary/journal entries. I’ve never been a huge fan of that kind of format, but it works really well here.
Here’s to maybe some day getting another sequel! Mary and Quincy’s story still has so much left to tell.