Monday, June 22, 2009

Lineada, the New Blog on the Block

There's a new blogger out there, and, perhaps inevitably . . . . he's pimping a book.

He's also my son, Donovan, and he turned 13 yesterday, but don't let that fool you. He's got an epic novel under construction (working title: The Vampyre War Saga) which he'll tell you is "about love, betrayal, friendship, blood, war, and secrets." I should warn you that Donovan's vampyres are not sparkly, hunky, vegetarian teen idols. Donovan's vampyres live in the Shadow Realm, sort of an older Earth connected to our own dimension at only one point in London. They don't make friends with humans; they're quite clear on their place in the food chain, which may come from living in a place with a river made up entirely of human blood.

The "hero" of the book is Aethulwulf, both prince and sorcelock of the Vampyre race, and his antagonist is Theisis, a Vampyre traitor who turned against his royal family in one of those lineage disputes that so often ruin royal family reunions. Of course, when this happens in a Vampyre family, the stakes are a little higher than the standard "Everybody takes their own potato salad and leaves in a huff" that we humans face. The question is, can Aethulwulf and his friends get all the way across the Shadow Realm, cross in and out of the human realm, and make it back through the dragons, werewolves, zombies, giants and all the rest alive?

And if they manage that, and manage it quickly enough to give Theisis a battle before his army can take permanent control of the Shadow Realm . . . . is there any way they can win that battle?

1 comment:

Joe Allen said...

Right on! Vampires with, er... teeth again.

Much as I love Joss Whedon, and did in fact enjoy the shows, this current crop of weak sauce vampires have their origins in Angel - that simpering pederast.

Fast forward a few years and we see the natural outcome of that nonsense: the "sparkly" emo little nosferatu-lite of "Twilight".

Good on ya' Donovan - it's time we got back to the literary tradition of the vampire as man's only (un)natural predator. That's the whole point of the exercise anyway: put humanity in the position of the rabbit for a change. Try that on for size there, Ms. "Top of the food chain".

Good luck with the book!