Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin – Review

“Fear is not an excuse,” Yael told him. “Fear is being human.”  – Ryan Graudin, Blood for Blood


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?


If I could physically show you the way the book affected me I would.

But I can’t. All I can do is explain and detail how Ryan Graudin ripped out my heart and took a steamroller to it to make sure it never beats again.

That was my experience reading Blood for Blood. I laughed, I cried, I got angry… I cried… a lot.

Blood for Blood is the second novel in the Wolf by Wolf duology. It picks up immediately after Yael leaves the victors ball in Japan. From the first page of Blood for Blood Graudin is pulling at your heartstrings constantly reminding you of the hardships that each character has faced.

Blood for Blood does take a different point of view from the first novel. Instead of watching everything through Yael’s eyes the reader is given the chance to look through the eyes of Luka Lowe and Felix Wolfe. It creates a dimension to the book that definitely wouldn’t have been there had Graudin continued from only Yael’s POV.

It’s 500 pages long. It’s thick and I spent time making sure the German words in it were being pronounced right (because I’m obsessive and I won’t be able to think about anything else if I move on without getting the word right), but it’s light years beyond Wolf by Wolf… and Wolf by Wolf was beautiful and interesting, but it didn’t have the emotion that Blood for Blood has.

Let’s put it this way, even after I’d closed the book and began putting myself back together, I found myself crying. Not just because the book made me sad, but because Graudin made it feel so real.

Blood for Blood is, without a doubt, a 5-star book. Honestly, it might even be my favorite read of the year so far. If you haven’t read the duology then you need to get started. You don’t know what you’re missing.

Have you read Blood for Blood? What did you think? If not, are you planning to read the book?


3 thoughts on “Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin – Review

    1. I can totally understand that. I did prefer the structure of Wolf by Wolf to Blood for Blood, but I also realllllly appreciated Luka’s POV. The ending left me crying for days. Honestly, I still get a little teary-eyed when I think about it.

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