blood for blood review

Blood for Blood: Why You Should Read this Duology

Blood for Blood is the conclusion to Wolf by Wolf duology, an alternate history WWII novel. In these books, the Axis powers have won the war. To see my review of the first novel, Wolf by Wolf, click here! I had seen some mixed reviews for Blood for Blood, so I was a little hesitant going into the conclusion; however, I am happy to report I enjoyed the heck out of this book and duology, and would happily recommend it!

Blood for Blood: Why You Should Read this DuologyBlood for Blood by Ryan Graudin
Series: Wolf By Wolf #2
on November 1st 2016
Genres: Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Dystopian
Pages: 481
Narrator: Christa Lewis
Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
Format: Audiobook
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There would be blood. Blood for blood. Blood to pay. An entire world of it.

For the resistance in the Third Reich, the war may be over, but the fight has just begun. Death camp survivor Yael, who has the power to skinshift, is on the run: the world has just seen her shoot and kill Hitler. But the truth of what happened is far more complicated, and its consequences are deadly. Yael and her unlikely comrades dive into enemy territory to try to turn the tide against Hitler’s army, and there is no alternative but to see their mission through to the end, whatever the cost.

But in the midst of the chaos, Yael’s past and future collide when she comes face to face with a ghost from her past, and a spark with a fellow rider begins to grow into something more. Dark secrets reveal dark truths and one question hangs over them all—how far can you go for the ones you love?

What I liked: 

1. I said it in my first review, and I’m saying it again here: Christa Lewis did a FANTASTIC job narrating this audiobook. I was drooling over her German accents the entire time (I have a thing for them for some reason…).

2. I enjoyed the progression of all of the characters from the first novel. I don’t want to spoil anything, but I will say that some of the characters you like a little less in this novel, and others you like more. It makes for a little bit of conflicted feelings as a reader, which I enjoy. View Spoiler »

3. I loved the heck out of the ending! I was so eager to see how Hitler’s reign would end. It seemed like quite a daunting task for little Yael, but I was so utterly pleased with what Ryan Graudin did with the ending! I LOVED IT! I thought I knew where that twist was going, but I had no idea.

You should read (or listen to!) this duology if:

1. You like WWII fiction. Yes, this is technically not true historical fiction, as it’s an alternate reality, but it still has a lot of things that are based in fact.

2. You like tense, high stakes stuff! There are a lot of scenes that have you holding your breath as the reader, since after all, the whole story is about the “Resistance” and their secret mission (see #3).

3. If you like assassination stories. Ultimately, this duology is about how our main character, Yael, is going to murder Hitler.

I really enjoyed this book!

Have you read a WWII novel that you enjoyed recently? 


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  1. I dies for WWII novels, so will definitely put this duology on the ol’ tbr 🙂
    Most recent WWII reads for me, which I absolutely adored, were Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life and A God In Ruins. Companion novels, definitely not a duology (though there are some references to Life After Life in A God in Ruins, you wouldn’t be lost if you didn’t catch them…). Very different books, in style and content. Adored them.

    1. I didn’t realize Life After Life was a WWII novel! i have heard so many good things about that one, but never picked it up. I feel like I really should now that I know it’s WWII!

    1. Yes, I really enjoyed her character! This is definitely “light” on the WWII aspect, since it’s a fake history, which I think helps for people who aren’t fans of historical fiction.