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Blood: Mercian Trilogy, Book 1

Narrated by: Carl Prekopp
Series: Mercian Trilogy, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)

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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".

©2012 K.J. Wignall (P)2012 Audible Ltd

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An audible short story

Not a bad book but very short, seems audible cashing in and doing it over 3 books as it could be just the one book !!

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  • Barbara
  • 15-06-2017

Loved it - wish it were longer!!

Another different vampire book....reminds me of Discovery of Witches...really good story - trying to understand what's going on - suspicious people...friend or foe....
The narrator is outstanding!!! Extremely well written!
Couldn't wait for the next; already nearly half through the next in the series!
Highly recommend - only wish this were longer!!

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  • JJH
  • 25-12-2014

Very engaging!! Lestat + Highlander + Prof. Xavier

Would you consider the audio edition of Blood: Mercian Trilogy, Book 1 to be better than the print version?

I would say yes. I haven't had the opportunity to read the print version but Carl Prekopp is a SPOT ON narrator for this story. He really feels the characters and becomes them.

What other book might you compare Blood: Mercian Trilogy, Book 1 to and why?

Anne Rice's vampire chronicles. Particularly Queen of the Damned. This story gives a similar feel to Lestat's rise but it holds its own as story. William Mercier is a very intriguing character. From his age to his era to his minimal knowledge of his condition. The book is well written. I also gathered the feel of the great Highlander Stories, a hint of history and hunting each other. The environment and tactics of battle lend to that as well. Add in the twinkling nature of Potential other "Gifts" and you get a sense of The Professer Xavier. The book is well written with lots of detail but not "congested" The story ends with the reader wanting more but perfectly open to hunger for the next book in the trilogy.

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

William the Earl of Mercier. He really becomes him. I thoroughly enjoyed Prekopp's narration as Nathan in "Half Bad" by Sally Green. I loved his voice and his passion. Prior to getting this audible I was concerned that it would be a great job or a bust. Nathan is a witch, William a vampire, different characters but typically very similar in cadence, accent, darkness, etc. Prekopp did beautifully. In the beginning it sounded very much like Nathan and that character was very fresh in my mind still, but after a few pages it was very clear this was not Nathan but in fact was William Mercier and Prekopp OWNED it!! Just as he had with Nathan he became William. You could feel him standing right there talking to you. You could imagine your being right there in that place he was speaking of. Average narrators still feel like they are simply reading of a page, not with Prekopp. Even when he changed his voice to speak as another character in the book, each one was distinct and unique. you never had to remember who was speaking. It also plays to the novel itself in the way it is written. Wigall and Prekopp a perfect match!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes it is!!! I was forced to stop momentarily but only for a few short times. Very enjoyable!

Any additional comments?

If you like Vampires and want a younger feel, this book is very worth the read and the listen!

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  • Nadia
  • 18-01-2013

A vampire novel to sink your teeth into.

Would you consider the audio edition of Blood: Mercian Trilogy, Book 1 to be better than the print version?

Yes

What did you like best about this story?

The Gothic element.

Which scene was your favorite?

The scene between Will and his brother.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

In a genre littered with mediocre offerings, this really stands out. The Author doesn't sugar-coat Will's vampire nature, while at the same time managing to make him a sympathetic character. The interaction between him and Elouise is brilliantly done and the differing first and third person perspectives add variety.