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Literature / Bloodline 2006

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Bloodline is a 2006 novel by Kate Cary, continuing the story of Bram Stoker's Dracula.

It is 1916, and Quincey Harker - a character whose birth was briefly mentioned in Stoker's epilogue - has grown up and become the commander of a regiment fighting in World War I. One of Harker's men is John Shaw, who makes a terrifying discovery: Harker is a vampire.

Taken home with trench fever, Shaw is cared for by Mary Seward, the daughter of Stoker's Dr. Seward. As John's recovers, he and Mary fall in love. But things take a disasterous turn when Quincey Harker returns from the battlefield and wins the heart of John's sister Lily. It is up to John and Mary to save Lily, not just from Harker, but from the son of Dracula: Count Tepes.

In 2011 Bloodline received a sequel, entitled Reckoning.


This novel provides examples of:

  • Catapult Nightmare: Happens to Mary in Reckoning.
  • Big Bad: Count Tepes. Quincey Harker is The Dragon.
  • Dhampyr: Averted. Children born to human/vampire couples are humans, and must be turned into vampires after birth.
  • I Hate You, Vampire Dad: Quincey has a Heel–Face Turn.
  • In Name Only: Viewed as a sequel to Bram Stoker's Dracula, Bloodline does rather fall into this trope, and would require only a few name changes to be a stand-alone work with a few Stoker homages. The characters lifted from the original novel are either limited to minor walk-on roles (Dr. Seward) or are almost totally changed (Mina, Stoker's chaste heroine, is revealed to have willingly become an evil vampire). The book also takes certain liberties when expanding Stoker's world: where did Dracula's son come from?
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  • Villainous Legacy: This is a rare Dracula sequel which does not resurrect Dracula. Instead, he is presented as the sire to a terrible family, now headed by Count Tepes.


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