Crimson & Dragons

Rated 4.00/5 based on 1 reviews
Naked, chained to a wall, and about to be fed to a dragon is no way to start the day.

"Is there anything in the multiverse worse than waking up naked and chained to a dungeon wall? I say, Yes: dying before you get to pay back the son-of-a-bitch who put you there."

This short story features fan-fave warrior woman Crimson and includes previews of other Crimson stories and 2 alternate covers.

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About Stephen D. Sullivan

Steve has a whole lot of books here, so where should you start? Here are some suggestions:

NEW! White Zombie - Daikaiju Attack
HORROR: Monster Shark, Zombie Shark, Frost Harrow series (2013)
FANTASY: Tournament of Death novels, Crimson stories
SCIENCE FICTION: The Last Ranodon, Heart of Steam & Rust
ADULT: Elf Erotica (Elf Princess on Mars)
OVERVIEW: Martian Knights & Other Tales

But, of course, he's written lots of books for lots of different tastes, so feel free to browse and find one that's right for you.


Since 1980, as a writer, artist, and editor, Stephen D. Sullivan has worked on some of the best known and most influential properties in the world, including: Dungeons & Dragons, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Star Wars, The Simpsons, Middle Earth, Fantastic 4, Speed Racer, Thunderbirds, Dragonlance, Legend of the Five Rings, Iron Man, Darkwing Duck, Mage Knight, and many others.

He has written (and published) more than 50 books and numerous short stories. He’s won the Origins Award, gaming’s highest honor, for his fantasy fiction twice: first for The Lion (the final book in the original L5R series), and then for his Mage Knight short story, “Podo & The Magic Shield.” He created, wrote, colored, and did much of the art for The Twilight Empire graphic novel, which ran as a serial in Dragon magazine for more than 4 years. He has worked on more comics and game projects than can easily be counted.

Steve insists, though, that what really matters to him is that readers enjoy his stories and art. He hopes you’ve had a great time reading this book and will recommend it—and the rest of his work—to your friends.

If you have questions or suggestions, you can contact Steve by writing to

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Review by: Jehane 13 on Feb. 18, 2011 :
Crimson and Dragons is a short story set in Sullivan's Blue Kingdoms Universe. It's a fun fantasy action read and although not the first Crimson story, a good introduction to this recurring character. It follows Crimson, a female warrior, as she defeats an evil wizard and the dragon he has summoned and rescues the remaining prisoners.

The writing is polished and the action flowing, with a great opening line: "Is there anything in the multiverse worse than waking up naked and chained to a dungeon wall?" Between this line and the matching cover image, you might at first wonder if this story is heading towards erotica, but no, apart from a tiny bit of suggestive dialogue it doesn't get distracted at all from the main story.

Although I had not come across Crimson before, sufficient backstory was provided to both inform and intrigue me, and in such a way as to not interrupt the pacing of the action. Despite being immortal (of a sort - when she dies she is reincarnated as an adult with full memory retention) motivation and stakes are established in the form of revenge and also rescuing the other prisoners.

The other characters are well-defined in spite of the brevity of the story and focus on action, although the evil wizard is a stock standard fantasy villain to the point of caricature. One of the characters, Princess Rachelle, is developed a little more than others, which bodes well for a future guest role in the Crimson stories.

I have classified this story as fantasy, but there are references throughout to our own reality - Einstein, cosplay, Saturday matinee - with the reference in the opening line to the multiverse giving it an SF/alternate world tinge. Not much is said about the setting, but it seems a typical fantasy setting, with elves, dragons, castles, active gods and magic. However Sullivan has certainly left the door open for Crimson to appear in any setting.

It's a fun, short read and would fit in well in a warrior women anthology. Chicks in Chainmail, anyone? 4/5
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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