Blood: Mercian Trilogy, Book 1 : Mercian Trilogy

  • by K.J. Wignall
  • Narrated by Carl Prekopp
  • Series: Mercian Trilogy
  • 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"I do not remember being bitten. I wish I did, for then I would know the creature who did this to me and I would have a purpose, to track him down and repay him for the poisoned gift he gave me."
Back in the Thirteenth Century, Will was destined to be Earl of Mercia, although he never lived to inherit his title. In the centuries that follow, Will has led a lonely life, learning to deal with whatever the present day throws at him, always searching for answers but never finding any. Until this time, when he awakens after a 20-year-slumber, hungry for the blood that sustains his undeath, when it appears that he is finally getting a glimpse at why he exists. He does indeed have a destiny, and an enemy, but revealing that fate will be a matter of trust....
K J Wignall is the author of four crime novels (as Kevin Wignall) and a number of acclaimed short stories. He's been nominated for an Edgar in the US and for the CWA Short Story Dagger in the UK. KJ Wignall was born into an army family and lived in different parts of Europe for the first ten years of his life. This led to some interesting experiences - going to school in a German castle, learning to drive a tank when he was seven, that kind of thing. The family returned to the west of England and he has lived there ever since, apart from when he studied at Lancaster, a city which played a big part in inspiring The Mercian Trilogy. It also inspired one of his five novels for adults, Among the Dead, and a Norwegian band liked this book so much that they wrote a song about it called Emily Barratt's Dead (you can see the video on his website). Another book is being turned into a film in Hollywood. For now though, KJ is busy writing the rest of The Mercian Trilogy which he says is, "the most important thing I've ever written".

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Much more than just another YA vampire story

I really enjoyed this. I tend to prefer supernatural stories set in the UK. The main protagonist, Will, is initially an ambivalent figure but gradually becomes more of a traditional hero. He's likeable but retains the sense of being otherworldly and of another time. The heroine, Eloise, also becomes gradually more interesting. I like that she's feisty and intelligent (yes, I'm contrasting her with Bella Swan) Although Will's city is a fictional amalgam of several locations it manages to have a real sense of place and history.

The story does have a conclusion but you won't get many answers at the end of this volume. K.J. Wignall has created a new vampire mythology whichwe only get a glimpse of here but I found this intriguing enough to want to hear the rest of the story.

Carl Prekopp is excellent and captures the mood and voices very well.
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- Beccameriel

Intense, Gothic horror with a modern twist.

Where does Blood: Mercian Trilogy, Book 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best due to the excellent story and superb narration, beautifully paced and the narration performed to perfection.


What did you like best about this story?

The story pulsated with ancient and modern events interwoven with the characters involved, clearly described with not a word wasted. Very easy to see the story as a film being played out as you listen.


Which character – as performed by Carl Prekopp – was your favourite?

At times the descriptions of feelings and events are very poetic and add to the Gothic intensity of the story.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not a single thing wrong, absolutely perfect.


Any additional comments?

Could not wait to listen to Book 2 of the trilogy.

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- AJ, Preston

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-08-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios