A Journey of Black and Red

by Mecanimus

Warning This fiction contains:
  • Gore
  • Profanity
  • Sexual Content
  • Traumatising content

Where am I? What is this! I... I don't remember anything. I am in chains? Why am I in chains?! And why am I so very...

Thirsty.

 

 

This is a story of vampires as I believe they should be, with their strengths and weaknesses, with their remnants of humanity and the beast inside. Updates every Friday. Mind the tags. 

Cover by Antti Hakosaari: https://www.artstation.com/haco

Special thanks to Svensonsen for getting me started, as well as Omi Nya, Jemima, my patrons and you dear readers, for the support.

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Table of Contents
Chapter Name Release Date
1. Cruel Genesis ago
2. Jimena ago
3. False Haven ago
4. The seed of Discord ago
5. The Reveal ago
6. Uprooted ago
7. Servitude ago
8. Outside ago
9. A casual visit ago
10. No rest for the wicked ago
11. The Gauntlet ago
12. Acte I, scène finale ago
13. Homeward ago
14. Roadside snacks ago
15. Reap what you sow ago
16. Marsh March ago
17. Loth of Skoragg's offer. ago
18. Six Months Later ago
19. A gentleman and a scholar ago
20. The Pursuer and the Pursued ago
21. Murder of Crows ago
22. The Waiting Maw ago
23. Into the Heart ago
24. Valor ago
25. The Source ago
26. Self-Discovery ago
27. Coming of Age ago
28. Like Herding Cats pt. 1 ago
29. Like Herding Cats Pt. 2 ago
30. Charm ago
31. Winternight ago
32. Old Money ago
33. The science of the Hunt ago
34. Ring Breaker ago
35. Blood Ties ago
36. Cloaks and Daggers ago
37. 1812, Overture. ago
38. Learning curve. ago
39. The Righteous One ago
40. Masquerade ago
41. Stand your ground. ago
42. The Cruel Seas ago
43. Confluence ago
44. Daydreaming ago
45. Embracing Modernity ago
46. The Eternal Game ago
47. Nemesis ago
48. Pyre of Dreams ago
49. The shadow over Marquette. ago
50. Under the Skin ago
51. Prince of Azure and Gold ago
52. Fate and Absurdity ago
??. Black and Red Healer ago
53. Three is a Crowd ago
54. Night-Owned Town ago
55. Sins. And explosions! ago
56. Preparations ago
57. The Beacon ago
58. The First Queen ago
59. Omen of the end. ago
60. Big Game Hunting ago
61. Before the Storm ago
62. Eneru ago
63. Reign of Blood ago
64. Knight Takes Queen. ago
65. Sur les Bords du Mississippi... ago
66. ... un alligator se tapit. ago
67. Expect the unexpected. ago
68. Dies Irae ago
69. Trial ago
70. Painful hearing. ago
Glossary. ago
71. House Nirari ago
72. All that Glitters ago
73. Mise en Abyme ago
74. Vernissage ago
75. Oh, the Binglery! ago
76. Finale ago
77. Wilhelm's Task ago
78. The Secret Task ago
79. Reception ago
80. Smoke and Mirrors ago
81. The Test ago
82. Pact. ago
83. Divide and Conquer ago
84. Bloody Games ago
85. The Library of Alexandria ago
86. Et tu, Brute? ago
87. State of Affairs ago
87.5 Unhinged ago
88. The Gathering Tide ago
89. Council ago
90. Northern Wind. ago
91. Horde ago
92. Call of Blood and Bone ago
93. The Smell of Victory. ago
94. The Die is Cast ago
95. Curtains ago
96. The Cubs ago
97. Takeover ago
98. Schooled ago
99. The Vampire's Best Tools. ago
100. Surprise! ago

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A Champion of Vampire Stories

Reviewed at: 56. Preparations

I shouldn't be so damn confident about this. I can guarantee I haven't read even half the stories on RRL, but I believe without a doubt this is one of the best if not the best this site has to offer. 

I've never been a fan of vampires before. It's often been romanticized and ruined for me by all these movies and God awful twilight. Even video games can't seem to make them appealing. In fact the only time I've actually cared about a vampire was when I watched Castlevania. This story changed my mind about them entirely.

In fact I sometimes question if this isn't in fact a diary our author found or perhaps multiple diaries and sources that our author has stitched together to form a coherent and understandable story. It can't be true of course... unless.

Anyway, this is no joke. It deserves a chance. I've actually felt sympathy for a creature that preys on my fellow man. Though most of the time I feel a little less bad based on the descriptions of the victims.

Words are failing me to describe accurately how I feel at the moment... 

I'll talk about something easier then, the style. It's unlike anything I've read before, but that's not necessarily a trophy worth bragging about. Instead I want to focus on how awfully fantastic it makes a character and a life and a dream. The descriptions I've read here have stirred images in me that have made me afraid, and pushed me to tears in sympathy. 

I believe in our protagonist, she may not be without flaws, but at least she has a code worth following... and an ass worth dying for. 

OP nerd
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The author must have made a deal with a demon to write something this yummy.

Reviewed at: 54. Night-Owned Town

It is yummy. Possibly too yummy.

...my personal theory is that the author made a deal with a demon to write something this good. We thank you for your noble sacrifice author-sama.

Kdonm7
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Great dark vampire fantasy, great choice in time period, amazing character 

Killashard
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Not much needs to be said that hasn't already by other reviewers.  This is a great book, though the beginning was not my favorite.  It just keeps getting better though.

I saw this and I figure it is a quote that fully captures our lovely vampire.

"I am a woman of elegance, refinement, and black powder. Try and stop me!"

nicoplas
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You won't regret picking up this novel! Give it a try! :)

Reviewed at: 53. Three is a Crowd

Vey original story overall. Each chapter has its depth and you don't feel like you have to wait another week to feel progress in the plot in any of them. I really enjoy as well how the power levels work, without all those annoying numbers, stats and perks that work in the first few arcs and then the MC gets too op to express it in an understandable way. 

I don't want to spoil anything about the plot so I'll just say that if you want to read a good,well-written story about vampires, with a dark theme and realistic powers and world-building, this is your novel.

Last but not least I would like to thank our author for his great job with this novel, for giving us one of the best vampire novels around!

F.Dj
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This is Magnificent, Marvelous or Just Choose Your Preferred words

Reviewed at: 53. Three is a Crowd

When I read stories, I immersed and put myself as the MC. So I could feel the life in those story and having an adventure in my own fantasy. Therefore I very much enjoy a good read, that also the reason why I hardly read a story with a female MC most I just pass. It's because I can't imagine nor visualize myself as female, no offence intended God knows how much I love my female. But this one hooked me from the very first chapter. The story is alive, it flows, it is truly a marvelous masterpiece I ever read in RRL. I won't be surprised if I ever found it on bookstore as the top seller book or aired on TV as movie series. For all of you who read this review and got to this part. Just STOP and start freaking reading it!!!!

I wish I could wrote more, but I lost words. But one thing for sure, I'm mightily impressed. 

Zemigueh
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REVIEW MADE AFTER READING CHAPTER 65

What I find most unsatisfactory in most novels in RR is that the autor trying to force a moral code to the protagonist alien to the enviroment and the rest of the plot revolve around making sure the protagonist is rewarded because of it. Transforming the world in a idiotic manner (Like not kiling goblins or some shit like that) You won't get it here. The protagonist kill and shit happens with her or with those around her.

The plot develops in a nice pace, the enviroment and the condiction of the mc dictates her actions in a natural way. There is no presure to keep the time from flowing, and years pass between arcs(this is a vampire story, no need to overthink time). The sidecharacters come and go and are not forced to keep orbting around the mc, they have their own agenda and act accordingly to their own interest. The mc do good but not in a completely selfless way.

The chapters are well writen and are released in a steady pace, if you are looking for a novel to apreciate, go for it.

KinkyGorilla
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I am disappointed. Not by the quality of the authors work, but at the lack of chapters. I have a Thirst that cannot be sated now, and suffer greatly for it. On a more serious note, this story is amazing. It offers a very unique experience that other stories, both on this site and others, will be hard pressed to match.

Eritis sicut Diabolus
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I'm no fan of vampires so I avoided reading this for months despite seeing it all over. My mistake.

The story reminds me remarkably of the early Tarzan novels (without a lot of the extremely painful cliche's the books contain), back when he was the murder king of the jungle fighting mythical beasts and not some guy that yodels and talks to chimpanzees. The MC is civilized, but contains a savageness that is just so much fun.

TheAntlerInscriber
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One of the best vampire stories I have read in recent times. The writer takes great inspiration from the likes of Anne Rice, Supernatural and the World of Darkness RPG line and then makes it his own with a clever use of world building. His prose, pacing and style is truly captivating as the writer ensnares his audience within the first few pages.

 

I intend to follow this series very closely, and highly recommend it to anywho is looking to enjoy a great vampire novel.