A War Rages On Around Us Every Day The Struggle To Save All Mankind The Ultimate Evil As His Moment Of Death Looms Dracula Suffers The Ultimate Betrayal The Champion Of The Catholic Faith In Eastern Europe Realises It Is Lucifer Who Is Coming To Claim Him However, Lucifer Does Not Want His Soul Instead He Bites Into Dracula S Neck And Then Offers His Own Blood To Drink Dracula Suffers His Mortal Death, But He Re Awakens Immortalised With Lucifer S Blood Coursing Through His Veins, The Two Are Bound By Blood For Eternity Lucifer Has Groomed Him For This Day And Lays Out The Task Before Him Dracula Is To Destroy The Institution Of That Which He Has Championed For So Long By Bringing Down The Catholic Church He Can Undo The Crucifixion And Turn Man Against God Once If He Succeeds Then Lucifer Will Ascend Again To Heaven And Signal The End For All MankindThe Dracula Chronicles Is A Dark And Terrifying New Concept Based On The Real Historical Vlad Dracula It Is An Epic Journey Through The Ages Where The Forces Of Light And Darkness Struggle For Supremacy Until The Second Great War, As Foretold In The Book Of Revelations This Bitter Feud Begins After The Creation Of Mankind Lucifer S Jealousy Leads To The First Great War Of The Angels Hundreds Of Thousands Of Years On The Feud Simmers Beneath The Surface It Plots The Course Of History As We Know It Today Both Sides Manipulate The Major Players Through The Centuries To Seek An Advantage Over The Other On A Cold Night In December In Sighisoara An Old Gypsy Woman Delivers A Prophecy To The Great Vlad Dracul She Tells Him He Is About To Sire Two Sons, One An Angel And The Other A Devil He Returns To His Fortress Just As His Wife Bears Him A Son, Whom He Names Vlad In The Very Same Moment Across The Country On The Border Between Transylvania And Hungary A Gypsy Girl Gives Birth To Another Son, Andrei The Die Is Cast The Twin Souls Are Born The Young Vlad Dracula Becomes The Instrument Of The Forces Of Darkness To Balance This, The Baby Andrei Is Blessed By The Angels And Bestowed With Awesome Powers These Chronicles Are Their Story

10 thoughts on “Bound By Blood (Bound By Blood, #2) (The Dracula Chronicles, #7)

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    The author of Dracula Chronicles novel series, Shane KP O Neill, got sucked into a mythical world just as he began and kept on studying the historical figure of Vlad Dracula after watching Christopher Lee s Dracula on silver screen for the first time Deciding on materializing a series of nine novels according to his plan which combine his interest in both Medieval history and writing, O Neill drags his readers with the first two volumes in the series into the unknown depth of the myth of Dracula woven by love, revenge and design which all starts with Bram Stoker s Dracula This long running adventure in which historical events and prominent characters are displayed towards the author s own fiction may draw the attention of adult readers who take interest in history, vampires and Dracula in particular Dracula Chronicles stands apart from the thousands of others such as the prequel novels inspired by original gothic classic Dracula and other novels that are included in vampire erotica or vampire soap opera drifts Just because here we are talking about a series of novels which create difference with its own treat of Dracula tale, the 15th century history, religious and mythological episodes, yet embellished with reformist and unconventional ideas You readers must be prepared for an overdose of violent and sexual imagery and blood baths that you used to watch only on the silver screen too While opting for a kind of narration which keeps visuality and lengthy dialogues in the foreground, it would not be wrong to claim that O Neill greatly facilitates the job for those who like to fantasize while reading The first book Bound by Blood which is deepening with a complicated fiction is the first piece of a project that is substantially artsy and scary but self assured at the same time Bound by Blood , has become the first book in the series to get published The author explains the reason behind this by saying, I have opted to begin the series with this book, Chronicle III This is where my reader will see Dracula as a vampire for the first time A dear friend suggested to me that my readers probably wouldn t want to wait until a third book before they saw a vampire The story unfolds with an epic and dramatic epilogue Here explained how the historical figure Vlad Dracula fights his last battle and puts an end to his life as a human being And the most anticipated question of How did he become a vampire in the first place is answered at first hand in this chapter Dracula revived with the blood of Lucifer that is the ultimate enemy of Catholic Church, also becomes a servant of the Devil for eternity Dracula s big adventure after becoming a crucial part of the Devil s great scheme of bringing the end of human race starts at the monastery of Snagov where he exhales his last breath as human and turns into a kind of blood sucking demon Dracula must fight against his brother Andrei who takes an oath of destroying him in the end while trying to take Catholicism down Some parts of the book may create the effect of actually watching a snuff film If you don t like to face those kind of sights at all for instance if you haven t been able to watch Tv series Rome or Spartacus without a blink then this series may not be your cup of tea But there s little doubt that some readers who do miss the old days when vampires were truly intimidating and evil will kick their heels to read the rest of this story after the first book is finished Because you will enjoy witnessing the first encounter of Lucifer and Dracula as a little child in the years of his enslavery by the Ottomans and then Lucifer s safeguarding him in the next book Dracula Chronicles continues with the first book Birth of the Monster which tells us the beginning of the legend.

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    There is a reason why all things are as they are Bram Stoker, DraculaVlad III, Prince of Wallachia, of the House of Dr cule ti, becomes a pawn in the age old battle between good and evil in his attempt to return to Heaven and dethrone God, the fallen angel Lucifer sets his plans into motion he grants Vlad immortal life as a vampire and commands the Voivode of Wallachia to wage war against the Catholic Church no matter what the cost author Shane KP O Neill blends facts, folklore and myth and goes beyond them in creating a darker and plausible account of the Dracula legend spanning centuries, this outstanding debut is rich in detail it offers a behind the scenes look at how Vlad Dracula schemes his way and manipulates well known historical figures in his attempt to bring down the Catholic religion Niccolo Machiavelli, the Borgias, Martin Luther, Henry VIII, Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn are some of history s famous men and woman whom Dracula befriends and wittingly destroys this novel is not for the faint of heart so be forewarned although the language is very graphic and there are some sexual situations that may shock some readers, they are necessary to the plot this is a tale of darkness after all yet there is also hope and goodness among its pages as well overall, this an engrossing and entertaining book that will delight readers who love historical fiction, vampires or a combination of both i was impressed by its scope and i highly recommend it over, i look forward to reading the next chronicles Note this review covers Volumes 1 and 2 of Bound By Blood The Dracula Chronicles Disclosure of Material Connection i received a copy for review i did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was i obligated to write a positive one all opinions expressed here are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book s publisher and publicist or the readers of this review this disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission s 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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    Dracula s story continues on from the night in Wittenburg where he prompted Martin Luther into penning his 95 theses and thus initiate the split in the Catholic Church.His journey begins in earnest from here, taking him to Spain to the court of the young King and new Emperor, Charles of the Houses of Aragon, Castile and Burgundy Spain is heading to war with France over the sovereignty of the Italian states With the Pope supporting Francois, Dracula is quick to side with young Charles and aid him in his struggle The story follows the aftermath of the French defeat and the ultimate sacking of Rome.With papal influence severely reduced in Europe, Dracula moves on to England and the court of Henry VIII Henry is married to Charles aunt, Catherine Rumours abound of Henry s wish to divorce her and with Charles holding a tight leash over the Pope, Dracula identifies this as his opportunity to propagate a decisive split between the English throne and the Church in Rome.Through all of this, Dracula s one act of vengeance comes back to haunt him Radu, his estranged brother, lives and walks the earth again Recruited by the Archangel Uriel he joins the Powers of Light and begins his quest to bring his brother down while the Vatican too decides the time is nigh to fight back against this great evil.Follow Dracula on his journey and his relationships with his sons and extended family in all its glorious bloody dysfunction that delivers plenty of grand game play and emotional drama to keep you involved with every character.Be advised this is a very adult novel It is very graphic and brutal in parts This is deliberate on my part as I look to return to the much darker and traditional vampire Despite that, this novel and series bears no resemblance to Bram Stoker s original in any way This is an entirely new concept.

  4. says:

    Wow, I so loved this book Real vampires, real horror, a dark Gothic story, and sad too I m going to tell everyone I know about The Dracula Chronicles.

  5. says:

    Mr O Neill continues to serve up horror in a grand fashion Can t wait for the next serving If you like classic horror this is a book for you.

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    Europe is in a state of upheaval.Continuing their campaign against the Catholic Church, Dracula and his vampire family journey the continent, playing upon the hopes, fears, and ambitions of the power players of Rome, England, France, Spain, and to pave the way for Lucifer s greatest triumph The Church, of course, isn t about to take things lying down not only have they enlisted Dracula s hated brother, the now vampiric and once cursed Radu, but they ve also rediscovered another son of Vlad Dracul, who is the light to Dracula s dark the long dead Andrei, whose written secrets hold the key to destroying his evil twin forever As in his previous volume, Shane K.P O Neill s attention to detail borders on the supernatural He has successfully blended the factual and fictional Dracula with traditional vampire mythology and deep rooted human history to create a rich and engrossing tale of a very private war with very public consequences One of the most intriguing sequences is Dracula s part in the often told story of England s King Henry VIII, and how the King s marriage to Anne Boleyn led to a schism between the Church and the state playing right into the vampire s hands.An epic chapter in the life of Dracula, filled with betrayals, lost loves, bloody wars, family discord, and the eternal struggle between darkness and light.

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    I was so desperate to see how this story unfolds that I read Volume 2 in one sitting It was well worth it This was everything that Volume 1 was, and so much The re enactment of The Battle Of Pavia was pure poetry to a lover of history and truly brilliant Even better was Dracula s involvement with the Tudors and the stunning climax where the hero, Jean Pelou, stands up against the world s greatest evil The way the author blends dark graphic horror with moments of wondrously soft sensitivity and sensuousness, and fiction with true historical act is truly a stroke of genius and the mark of a truly gifted writer If there is a better vampire horror book out there then I have yet to read it A truly remarkable piece of work.

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    It has been quite a journey, starting with Birth of the Monster and then right into Bound by Blood Volume 1, and I ve enjoyed it every step or page of the way Volume 2 continues the saga of Vlad Dracula as he makes his way through his early years Again, wonderfully detailed and with just the right amount of violence and gore, this book was very satisfying to read I hope to read of the king of the undead in future books by author Shane O Neill He obviously loves the topic and it shows Excellent read, well done.

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    Not much to say other than it obviously it s the second half of the brilliantly written Dracula Chronicles.It goes without saying that if you enjoyed the first book you ll enjoy this.I found the two books absolutely fantastic and as I have written before about these books the attention to detail is second to none and make it read like a factual history book rather than vampire fantasy I just wish there was a volume 3.

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    Part two was amazing from start to finish It leaves me wondering what roles Lucifer s brothers are gonna play as Dracula races to bring down the Church And I m wondering what happens from here now that the Church now have the weapons to defeat him I now see the importance of the religious history and I hope this author keeps up the good work.