The Red Serpent Trilogy
by Rishabh Jain and Delson Armstrong
Publisher: AJ International Press
Publication: August 14, 2012
Genre: Adult Paranormal Fantasy
Purchase: Barnes and Noble/Amazon
The Red Serpent Trilogy presents a highly evolved vampire to fear: cold and callous, powerful and dangerous, possessed by mystic promises and destroyed only by silver. It is the year 2021 — the human world has degraded, its inhabitants unworthy of the supernatural gifts bestowed upon them. Compelled by ancient prophesy, an ancient vampire army takes the human race by force, sparing few lives. They await the second coming of their king, Anaxagoras, which will hurl the world into a final battle that will free the vampires from their infinite hiding. But by the hands of fate, there is one human who may save his entire race.
The Red Serpent Trilogy is a celestial fusion of science fiction and fantasy, unfolding conflicting intentions for the survival of both the human and vampire races. But in a world ruled by supernatural and mythological forces, there is only room for one race, and neither will go easily. The few survivors of the fatal vampire onslaught escape to an asteroid space station, Regnum, where they thrive as they keep an attentive watch on the vampires on the earth below. But unbeknown to himself or anyone else, Alex, half human half vampire, holds the keys to secrets that will help him realize his duties and cement his fate as either a human or a vampire.
Blessed Mother and Child
The year 2025
It was past young Alex's bedtime and his mother came by his room to tuck him in. He said to his mother, "Mom, since it's my birthday, will you tell me a story, please?"
"Yes, dear, I will," she said sweetly to him, patting his back as he lay down on his bed, and she tucked him in. "This is a legend about a world different from ours. It was a world filled with people like us, and was bigger than the Monolith of Faith, and had a great big round shape."
Alex's eyes widened; he had never known of anything bigger than the Monolith of Faith. It was the largest monument in his world.
"It had large amounts of water, which separated places as big as our world. The people there were many, who dwelled in peace and harmony, until one day flying humans, the vampires, killed them and took over their world."
"Mommy," interrupted Alex, "What are vampires?"
"They're these monstrous creatures, who have long teeth and—"
"As long as my teeth?"
"No, even longer." Alex was perplexed. Everyone at his school made fun of him because of his long teeth, but now he was amazed that there were people who had longer teeth than his. Unfortunately, such people existed only in his mother's myths and legends, not in real life. "Anyway, they also were able to use powers, which burned the trees, and kill humans by drinking their blood."
"Wait a minute, what are trees?" he asked in confusion.
"They are like O2s*," answered Minerva.
"Are they still alive?" asked Alex curiously.
"Yes, they are," said his mother, with anger and sadness in her eyes.
"What happened to the other humans?"
"Go to bed, it is too late now," she said in a hushed voice, and then kissed him on the forehead.
* In Alex's world, the trees were given a special name due to their extraordinary properties.
Rishabh Jain was born in India. He is currently a mechanical engineering student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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