Nov 07 2014

A Review of Cut Crimson, Bleed Fire by T.T. Escurel

Cut Crimson, Bleed Fire by T.T. Escurel

Cut Crimson, Bleed Fire by T.T. Escurel

There are some truths in the universe that cannot be ignored, changed, or taken to task. One of these is love, for it overcomes all given time. Some may not be able to see its value, and in that they are less. Some may believe it a weakness, and never find the strength it gives.

The meeting of two souls, in whatever form they are, when they are meant for each other, creates more than can ever be torn apart. The lesson, sadly never understood by some, is that love when shared creates belief… and that overcomes anything the ones in love face. Even themselves.

  • Title: Cut Crimson, Bleed Fire
  • Author: T.T. Escurel
  • IBSN: 9781311794178
  • Publishing Date: November 1, 2013
  • This work at Amazon.com

It tells the story of:

Zech is a half-archangel faced with a daunting choice: Embrace his divine blood and forsake his humanity, or become mortal. Before he makes his decision, he wants to understand what it is to be mortal. He finds his shelter in the beautiful and somewhat quirky Lexi.

But Lexi isn’t as normal as she appears. As the offspring of a succubus and her prey, Lexi is running away from problems of her own. There is one thing she can’t outrun… the gnawing hunger of her succubae blood, slowly driving her mad.

The war is over. Heaven is victorious, but all is not right with the world. Hell is now in the hands of an order of angels known as Redeemers who are sworn to hunt down the last of the demons and wipe them from the face of the earth.

All the demons must die, including Lexi.

Trapped in the eye of the storm, Zech and Lexi fight to protect their fragile little corner of normal without knowing that it is shared with the enemy.

Could you kill the one you love to save the world?

Zech meets Lexi in the oddest of moments and their lives become intertwined. They do not realize who, and more importantly, what, the other is. But that isn’t as important as the feeling they have for each other, what those feelings mean, and what transpires as a result of them.

The universe the two share is violent, more than that, it’s really an ongoing tragedy for humanity, demons and angels which seems to have no purpose or reason to it. It’s mainly chaos that grows into being something far worse than that. The question of why this happens, the reasons for it, are so wrapped up in ideology and internal belief in what they believe to be right that more important things are forgotten or cast aside indifferently for many of them.

But not for Zach or Lexi and that, over the course of the story, becomes the point of it. In spite of all of the forces that try to tear them apart, make them turn from a simple truth they are both trying to come to grips with, they stumble, make mistakes, and are so very human in that.

Zach isn’t completely human, nor is Lexi for that matter and that also makes them both different from all of the angels and demons around them. Humanity, having a soul, isn’t seen as being a strength, it is a weakness to them. Really they should know better by far how wrong they are.

Lexi is a Succubus and there are hints of her being so here and their in the work. But there is a truth about her, one that really matters, which makes her much more than a simple Succubus. That secret really fit her well and it made who she is as a person that much better.

There is another Succubus in the work who appears but for one moment to tell of Lexi’s past and that is her mother Lanixis. From what little is seen of her, I would have liked so much more to be told. In one short passage there is a rightness about her, a strength, a love, that isn’t told. There are hints of it, what she did for the one she loved, what she did for her daughter. But… I just would have liked to know more about her. I think that’s a story sadly untold.

The story has a lot of violence in it, a reflection of this universe and what it was based on. There are parts of it which reflect in what happens in our world every day, but to an extreme that if it was commonplace in the here and now would raise a vast number of questions. In this work, all of the battles and so on are… glossed over… by those that live in this world which felt odd. Considering some of the battles and the wreckage left behind I’m surprised that there is a building left standing anywhere.

The strongest characters are Lexi and Zach, there is no doubt of this as the story is told from their perspectives.The supporting cast are also well told, each with their own stories to tell and actions made. There is bias and worse that appears throughout the story directed at Lexi and Zach which beats down on them almost constantly. But in spite of all of the lies, hate, and anger that envelopes them both, a small spark remains that, thankfully, keeps their true character whole when the world around them goes off the deep end.

While the story as a whole was well told, the ending left a bit to be desired I felt. After all of the story telling, the pain and suffering, the ending felt… Rushed. While it tied up all of the loose ends, explained why things happened, and who, ultimately, was responsible for everything that happened in the story, the very last page just didn’t work for me in one important respect. That comes to a question of what the point of the entire story was when the ending itself is considered. I’m not going to spoil it, but I will say that I would honestly have wished the last page not exist for what it represents. There’s a sadness in what transpires in that many gain a miracle, but those that are said to be Important do not. And they are the ones that have suffered the most.

Four out of five pitchforks.

A story of mirrored lives, loves, and needs. Two souls that battle not so much their own natures as the forces around them. Perhaps a bit of an ending that lessened the impacts of the story, but one in which what matters comes clearly through.

Anyone can love, given the chance to.




  1. avatar

    This is a fascinating description of a story I think I would inherently have trouble with. I think it proceeds from a false premise: that the business of Heaven is to go around destroying the things of Hell, and I don’t believe that is the case Heaven has better things to do than indiscriminately destroy anything Maybe that is what causes problems with the ending. But, whatever the case, this is the writer’s premise, and it sounds as if the characters rise above it.

  2. avatar

    As a whole it does actually my heart… in a lot of ways…


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