Thousands of years ago, Vampire King Akabara "Red Rose" Strauss lost both his kingdom and his queen. Since humans were unable to kill the queen, they sealed her away, erecting thousands of fake seals so that the king would never find her true location. Despite being pursued by relentless dhampires, Akabara continues to search for his queen to this day...
Akabara's quest takes a sinister turn when an entity called the Black Swan appears. The Black Swan inhabits the body of a young human girl every 50 years, giving her the power to destroy the Vampire King and his queen. With each incarnation the Black Swan grows stronger--will the 49th Black Swan mean the end of Akabara?
Why You Should Read This:
As you might have guessed already, I am a sucker for coming-of-age stories. But since I shouldn't be forcing my tastes on to others (or maybe I should? ) I decided to pick a series that is not a coming-of-age story. In fact, a series that you couldn't even call an anti-coming-of-age, and there's probably no other series that fits this description more than Record of the Fallen Vampire. Widely acclaimed for its solid plot and execution, this is a "tragic" story about the near-perfect Vampire King and the strange twist of events that revolves around him. If you want a well-crafted story revolving around a truly "perfect" hero, try this out.
(Disclaimer: I actually quite dislike this series. I much prefer Zetsuen no Tempest by the same writer, but it's not yet complete in the scanlation world so... )