Silver in the Blood

Book review by
Amanda May Dundas, Common Sense Media
Silver in the Blood Book Poster Image
Gripping Dracula family thriller gets off to slow start.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 3 reviews

Did this review miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive, diverse representations in books, TV shows, and movies. Want to help us help them? Suggest a diversity update

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Educational Value

Dracula lore gets a new twist.

Positive Messages

Stand up for what you believe. Watch out for your friends.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Louisa and Dacia stand up for what's right, even though it means going against their family.


A big battle between good and evil, with wolves attacking humans. The threat of rape and the murders of loved ones.


Mention of nudity as people transform from human to animal or smoke and then back again.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Silver in the Blood is a historical fantasy set in the 1890s, about two cousins, Dacia and Louisa, who journey from their home in New York to their mothers' native Romania, where they discover dark family secrets linking them to the Dracula family. The girls sense something disturbing lurking behind lots of strange behaviors and whispers involving "the Claw, the Wing, and the Smoke," but they don’t learn the truth until their cold and fearsome grandmother orders the family to reveal it. The girls are smitten at various times with different eligible bachelors, but the romance doesn't progress beyond kissing. There's some violence and the threat of rape, but the details aren't too gory and none of the main characters suffers. A good bet for kids who are interested in vampires and other mystical beasts but too young for more mature series such as Twilight.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byApril R. October 25, 2017

geared for the girls

This story is geared toward the female reader. Fashion in the Victorian times discussed as well as the female point of view on subjects. There is one area of th... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byAquazium May 26, 2020

Made me uncomfortable

The magic system they use in this book makes it so that each time they transform out of their animal prototype and back into their human shape, they are complet... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byphoenix girl June 22, 2017

Wonderful Historical Fantasy

The book starts out with a mystery that makes you want to read more, a great way to begin any book. I loved this book and it's thrilling tale. The story ta... Continue reading

What's the story?

Cousins Dacia and Louisa are rich New York society girls sent to Romania to meet their mothers' family, the Florescus. Once there, they discover that their family members are actually shape-shifters and that they, too, can transform. They also learn the harsh realities surrounding how their family has used their magic over centuries to aid the nefarious Dracula family. Now, with the latest Dracula heir demanding their help to overthrow the beloved Romanian king, Dacia and Louisa must either blindly follow their family's orders or face battling them.

Is it any good?

This ultimately gripping thriller gets off to a slow start. Teenage cousins Dacia and Louisa, interested only in dresses, parties, and finding eligible suitors, make their way to their mothers' homeland of Romania amid lots of strange behaviors and secretive whispers. So many hints are dropped about the secretive "Claw, Wing, and Smoke" that it can be tedious to wait for Dacia and Louisa to finally learn the truth about their family and its ties to the Dracula family. However, once they're forced to confront the brutal reality about who they are, the action moves quickly as the girls must choose between loyalty to their family and forging their own path in the face of many threats and dangers.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about standing up for what you believe is right. Should you do it even if it goes against what your family thinks?

  • Why do you think books about vampires and other magical creatures are so popular?

  • Once Dacia learns her true identity, she struggles with the question of whether she's a monster. What do you think?

Book details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love vampires and romance

Themes & Topics

Browse titles with similar subject matter.

Top advice and articles

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality.

Learn how we rate