Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Book Review: Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin

Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin book cover and review
I wish these books were getting more attention. They are getting great reviews from most of the major publications. In Blood for Blood, the sequel to Wolf by Wolf, Yael and the rest of the resistance are continuing to try to overthrow Hitler's government.

To recap, this is an alternate historical story where Hitler and Emperor Hirohito have defeated the allies and taken over much of the world (except for North America.) Blood for Blood picks up right after Wolf by Wolf ends.  And now you should stop reading if you don't want to be spoiled for the first book. But go read my review for Wolf by Wolf instead.

Even though Yael was unable to kill the real Hitler, the resistance is still making progress in some parts of the world. The first part of Blood for Blood is Yael, along with Felix and Luka, trying to escape after the assassination attempt. Felix is desperately trying to find his family. Yael is trying to get back to the resistance headquarters. And Luka is going with Yael.

Blood for Blood has many exciting scenes. The emphasis eventually changes, once again, to trying to kill Hitler, and basically it's a survival story.  Somewhere there is a traitor that is making it more difficult for them. As in the first book, the shapeshifting is a convenient ploy at times, but there is still plenty of danger. Graudin doesn't hold back on the violence.

I did think the pace dropped a bit after the halfway point and then picks up again at the end.  Their journey seemed a bit long and drawn out, but that's really a minor complaint.

Blood for Blood (and Wolf by Wolf) will appeal to both males and females, which is a bonus.  There is some romance, but it's not a major part of the story.   Blood for Blood concludes this series. My book club read Wolf by Wolf last year, and I can't wait to give them this one.

Published by Little, Brown BFYR, November 1, 2016
eARC obtained from Edelweiss
496 pages

Rating: 4/5

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