REVIEW: Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin


**I strive to avoid spoilers in my reviews but sometimes they can slip in without me realising. Please be warned that if you read the full review there may be small spoilers for the book. Thank you**

Today I’m reviewing Blood for Blood, the incredible sequel to Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin.

To start off, Wolf by Wolf was an absolutely amazing story and I loved it so much, but honestly, Blood for Blood raised this duology to a whole other level. These books have cemented Ryan Graudin as a legend in my eyes.

Blood for Blood follows on directly from the events of Wolf by Wolf. I was so excited to get back into this book as I was desperate to see how Yael’s story would turn out and boy did it go great.

The story is fast paced and thrilling as we follow on from Yael’s assassination of Hitler. I really want to tread lightly around the plot because it’s SOOOOO incredible and you really just need to read it to get the full experience.

Ryan Graudin has such a way with words and I really felt throughout this book that she had chosen every word so perfectly to craft out Yael’s story. The last page of this book was beyond perfect. It left my in tears and really captured the essence of the story, wrapping it up in such an emotional, honest way.

The characters in this story are incredible. So complex and well developed. A lot of this series has been about masks and the faces people wear to hide and protect themselves and this idea is reflected in every character. No matter which character you look at they have multiple layers to them and that complexity just adds so much to the story.

The best example undoubtedly is Luka Lowe. His character is nothing like you first imagine him to be and in this book, he certainly grew even more to become the total opposite of who he was introduced as in Wolf by Wolf. I liked the humour and the complexity of this character.

I also loved the relationship Graudin built between Luka and Yael. Even though it is only a duology this relationship felt even more well-developed and real than some I have read that span four or more books. Graudin matched these two so well. They have such balance and love between them and I really appreciated it. Also LOVED the lack of love triangle, so refreshing.

Yael is a character that has embedded herself in my heart. Her strength, realness and bravery carried this duology. I was so invested in her tale, in seeing her avenge herself and I really think that was achieved which made this book so satisfying to read.

Although this duology is a fantasy/alternate universe story, I think Graudin still managed to keep the honesty and heart of the events that happened in our real world and not disrespect it. I loved the connection the book had to reality, the raw emotion for the people affected by Hitler’s reign felt authentic. I think this was a gorgeous alternate history book, if you can label it as such? But I’d love to hear from you guys about this!

An easy 5 out of 5 for Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin, well earned and very well deserved. I cannot recommend this duology more.

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