Title: The Red Serpent Trilogy
Author: Rishabh Jain
Publisher: AJ International Press
Publication Date: August 2012
Rating: 3 Stars
In 2021, the vampires took Earth from humanity in a violent war. The survivors fled to an asteroid secretly hoping that the prophesies of the Falsifier were true. That he would come, fight the vampire God Anaxagoras and take back earth for humanity. Alexander finds out that he is the falsifier, and now he must make a choice. Will he condemn humanity and join the vampires, fight Anaxagoras and save humanity or find a way to make peace between them.
Rishabh Jain has something really good here. It’s a unique take on vampires and it’s in a science fiction setting which I’ve personally never seen before. It’s a good start and I enjoyed what I read but that’s what I feel it is. It’s a start. We got an outline of what should have been a prequel and I say that because he has so much detail in the encyclopedia-esque notes that we get in the beginning. He had the exact date of invasion and not only that but the speech the general gives before the battle. Why couldn’t we have seen a glimpse of Alex’s father? Alex asks so little about him throughout the book. It really felt as if the author just ran through that because he wanted to get to Alex but I think it would have taken care of the lack of development of some of the characters and lack of depth in the book.
That doesn’t mean that what’s there doesn’t suck you in. While I wanted more, the action scenes were excellent and the mix of Christian Apocalyptic themes and the author’s own unique mythology kept me glued to the pages. The only time I was jolted out of my “reader’s trance” was when I had to read a long footnote. Footnotes are meant for small translations. Things we can glance at, say “ah!” and go back to the action. Not only did we get an outline in the beginning, but we’re getting one in the footnotes too. Those need to be implemented in the text, which would expand the story. Jain showed us he can do that, he started translating in the text near the end of the book. Honestly, I think there’s a way to make it where footnotes aren’t even needed. This would make for a more fluent reader experience.
The last thing I had a problem with was the ending. The president could have at least left. The way the author has it as it stands just doesn’t seem fitting even if there is going to be another book. Will I read that second book when it comes out? Absolutely! I just really hope that prequel gets written!
Thank you to Nicole at Tribute Books for the review copy. It in no way influenced my review.