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Blood, Sex and Violence: A Vampire’s Rebuttal is a work of paranormal dark fantasy fiction penned by author Emil Jersey, which forms part of The Rabbit Saga Collection. This novella is a response to the novel Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider by author Ellen C. Maze, in which the title character writes about the godlike bloodthirsty race, the Rakum. This companion piece tells the history of this race from the Rakum’s own perspective, glorifying their acts of violence, sex, and gore as they reveal the secrets of their carnage and their race. It is recommended for mature audiences due to its themes, though the content is not explicitly graphic.
Having read Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider some time ago, I was intrigued to see this story somewhat retold from an alternative perspective. One of the most impressive things about this novella is its strength of voice, which emanates from every page with grandeur and extensive use and commitment to vocabulary that keeps the rebuttal feeling authentic on every page. However, I feel this volume contradicts its original inspiration in some ways that didn’t fit as convincing oppositions or alternate explanations. That said, the LGBT relationships which featured were an original and refreshing change from hetero-centric vampire tales, and the plot builds to an interesting conclusion that I would love to see continued. Overall, Blood, Sex and Violence: A Vampire’s Rebuttal is a strongly written novella with great authenticity of voice and a diverse representation of characters and relationships.