Hebzenoth the king of combat… tore through his foes like it was nothing. None dared to compete with such a legend. He was at the top undefeated. Worshipped and praised from every corner of the world for his greatness. From menacing foes to gigantic robots, the apparent Hebzenoth must leap through hoops if he wishes to protect the children (who run from a tyrannical King to protect something they cherish dearly) and truly be seen as the man he claims to be.
"The Sick Rose" addresses the most important philosophical questions: Is life intrinsically absurd? Is it worth living, and is suicide an acceptable idea under certain conditions? The characters of the story come up with different views on life and death. You will also observe a tinge of magical realism, as the events of the story unfold many unexpected situations. The pace of the story is quick, and it could even qualify as a psychological thriller with a philosophical topping—the perfect food for thought. The title of the story basically comes from a William Blake poem; it is also the name of the main protagonist, who is terminally ill and finds herself in the ultimate dilemma of choosing death over life, non-existence over pain. To aid her, a quiet, shadowy, serial-killer arrives, who doesn’t care much to understand life, but to live it in an artistic manner. The main character however is her ex-boyfriend, who can be declared as the real ‘absurdist’. See who triumphs in this age-old battle of death, life, thought, and art.
I knew I was finally checkmated. In the game of espionage, ‘getting caught’ is a professional hazard. I was left with only two choices: go down fighting or reach for the kill-pill. I couldn’t retreat. I couldn’t run. I was surely surrounded in all directions. I had run out of ammunition. I was running out of tricks. I could hear their laughter. I could hear their footsteps. I groped my front pocket for the kill-pill. I hesitated for a moment: I thought about Jane: while making love to her last night, I pledged that I would return. Perhaps I thought about her for a moment, too long. The shadows had enclosed me. I could smell them: cider, blood, and decay. I could hear their labored breaths. Then I heard a little thud. Something sharp had penetrated my back. My body froze; the thing broke my skin and moved inside. It moved at an atrociously slow speed. It crawled. It stung. It gnarled. I knew where it was heading: to my brain. In due course of time, it would enter my brain, and steal all the information that I’d gathered.
To say that this is a Vampire’s Story is an understatement, for it is much more than that. It is about life, death, love, separation, power struggles, and everything that lie between light and darkness. But those who enjoy the preternatural quality of a vampire tale would find the quintessential elements intact. Much like Anne Rice’s Vampires, the vampires in these tales are closer to human beings on the emotional level. Their physical prowess, although, makes then far superior predators. This is the first part of the series, which deal with the transformation of a young man, into a ruthless vampire. The subject is not exactly the conventional vampire material; rather, he is a sophisticated young thinker and lover, who learn to adore power. The persona of the main character is clearly that of a rebel, Who has traded a conventional way of life with an extravagant one. I hope that the readers thoroughly enjoy the details of this story!
The idea behind ‘Caravanserai’ is very oriental: to revive the old stories and myths of the east, and to intrigue the reader with their vivid, imaginative, and fantastic details. Supernatural has always had a special place in human thinking: as the matter of fact the idea of supernatural, has played an important role in nourishing the faculty of imagination. Caravanserai is not an encyclopedia of supernatural though; the purpose to write ‘Caravanserai’ is not to detail myths about supernatural but to appeal the imagination of the reader. There is no intention to detail ‘moral lessons’ either. Caravanserai is a celebration of the old fashioned story-telling, with a rapid flow. The story line isn’t singular; rather it brings together many stories into a central theme that is driven by mystery and thrill.
Thousands of years have passed since the destruction of the Hiderian Kingdom. All lay in ruin but one chapter still remains unexplained. As a battle is waged outside the gates of a newly established Eathranome kingdom in the Hiderian land, even the soldiers have no one to turn to as they look for some sort of support against these vile creatures. Kometa... A warrior claiming lineage to the original Hiderians manages to slay these vile beasts with ease, but could he be too strong? Could he be too wise for the king to handle? As other nations plot to destroy this great castle the king is forced to turn to his newly found hero. Kometa jumps to the challenge to assist but may he have other plans in mind to keep himself safe, or are these truly the acts of a selfless hero?