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A Journey Written In Blood In the 17th century, Alexander Corvina learns the art of the sword in Japan; then travels to Tibet and persuades his father Lucien Arkanon to rejoin the world of mankind. They share adventure and danger on the road as they travel together toward the west in search of a safe and peaceful haven. Yet their adventures have only just begun as they encounter a new kind of adversary: a goldthirsty vampire hunter who wants to wipe out all their kind. A literary treat for all history and fantasy lovers, the story follows our heroes' trek over land through the wilds of the Eurasian continent. ♦
About the book: A Journey Written In Blood is about Alexander Corvina and his remarkable father Lucien Arkanon. They have not seen each other since Alexander was left with his two adoptive aunts as an infant, while Lucien retreated into isolation to escape the demons plaguing him. Alexander grew into a stalwart Englishman during the reign of Elizabeth I. Though well educated and able to survive on his own, he always felt as if a piece of him had departed into the unknown with his father. He turned into a vampire on his own also, having been born with the active gene. After losing his first love to the ravages of his uneducated need, he fled England and went on a long sea voyage, served several masters and learned the way of the sea. In 1645 his ship had landed on the eastern shore of Honshu Island, Japan, then called Nihon; where he traded goods with various merchants among the English and Portuguese colonies.
Armed with this story as a rough outline, I begin the story when Alexander, having seen the skills of the samurai who fought openly at the drop of a hat, decided that he wanted to learn how to fight like that from the best. Everything else was icing on the cake.
I had to craft a story which would both educate people about history and the historical context of the adventures. Basically, A Journey Written In Blood is a story about the outsider trying to fit in at a time when everything was changing as the world emerged from the darkness of superstition and religious persecution. Alexander and Lucien are both of the same blood, yet they think somewhat differently. Together, they make a force for good as best they can; rescuing those in need and in the process changing the status quo. They use their powers sparingly, preferring to rely on their wits. For his part, Lucien has trained himself to excercise uncommon restraint against injustice.
Alexander and Lucien travel from country to country and meet many different characters along the way. A few of these I made up from whole cloth and the history of the time, while others are actual historical figures with whom I took some liberty in weaving my characters into the historical narrative.
The journey across Asia, the Middle East, and Europe was made mostly over land. This afforded me the opportunity to present the different peoples and cultures Alexander and Lucien meet along the way. I have also tried to preserve the classical theme of Stoker's Dracula throughout without adopting it altogether; while preserving the heroism of the prince of Wallachia, Vlad Tepes Dracula, who remains a folk hero in Romania to this day. ♦
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