by Rishabh Jain and Delson Armstrong
published by AJ International
Why Read?: Review
Challenges: Debut Author
Rishabah Jain has about the most unique take on vampires that I have ever read. The Red Serpent Trilogy introduces us to a race of vampires from another world, not ones created on Earth in any of the traditional methods.
Alex grew up on the space station Regnum, hearing stories about his people's home, Earth, the planet that was taken over by extraterrestrial vampires who landed in Antarctica. Little does Alex know how instrumental he will prove to be in getting Earth back. It turns out that Alex's father was a high-ranking vampire, and that Alex is the Falsifier foretold in the prophecies to bring about the vampire's apocalypse.
There is so much that happens in The Red Serpent Trilogy, but Jain does not really spend any time on any significant events, instead covering many in the span of a few pages. The novel is rather short, so there was no need to rush. This frantic pace made it hard to become immersed in the story that Jain was telling to the reader rather than showing Alex's journey. I also had a hard time figuring out who Jain's target audience was. Sci-fi fans will definitely enjoy many aspects of The Red Serpent Trilogy, but the vampires are so different from typical ones that vamp fans will probably not find something to like. Also, while Alex is younger and the story and its presentation almost have the feel of an MG novel, the language is too strong for a YA read.
This vagueness made it really hard for me to connect with The Red Serpent Trilogy. However, Rishabh Jain was young when he wrote this, so his writing is sure to solidify with age.