Welcome to a tenebrous alternate universe where history was shaped by the rise and fall of the hemomancers—individuals born with the enigmatic and frightening power to manipulate blood. Though their power and ambition twice left Europe in ruins, their golden age ended on the sword of St. Isabeau during her medieval crusade. Now, in the 21st century, the hemomancers find themselves on the edge of extinction, trapped between their history and science’s unerring advance.
Encumbered by crimes committed by their ancestors, hemomancers must find their own ways to survive the modern age. Some seek revenge for those that have been slaughtered for the profit of the hemotech corporations; some wish to return the balance of power in the world to the twelve bloodlines that once ruled over all of Europe; some wish to shrive themselves of their ancestral sins; others long only to live a peaceful life among the humans in secret, and leave behind the politics and bloodshed of their brethren.
All Bleeds Through is a short story collection about a world raw with gaping wounds, where hate and obsession have steered society down a dark path. Bartholomew Lander’s captivating voice will kidnap you into a world of hemomantic politics, where major players plot in the shadows and ruthlessly break close alliances. You’ll read about heroes and tyrants, secret government projects, demonic entities, and forbidden romance.
Although each of the ten short stories can be read separately, together, they intertwine, telling the greater story of a hundred-year war between two hemomancer bloodlines that threatens to spill out of the shadows and envelope the entire world.
All Bleeds Through sets the stage for A Rose to the Torch, a full-length novel that follows key characters from this collection into the bloody conclusions of a secret war for the future of the hemomancer race.