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Descent of Blood (The Red Veil Series, The Prequel Book 1) Kindle Edition

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  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1480145378
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  • Language: English
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Windy City writer Elizabeth Marx brings cosmopolitan flair to her fiction, which is a blend of romance and fast-paced Chicago living with a sprinkle of magical realism. In her past incarnation she was an interior designer--not a decorator--which basically means she has a piece of paper to prove that she knows how to match and measure things and can miraculously make mundane pieces of furniture appear to be masterpieces. Elizabeth says being an interior designer is one part shrink, one part marriage counselor and one part artist, skills eerily similar to those employed in writing.

Elizabeth grew up in Illinois and has also lived in Texas and Florida. If she's not pounding her head against the wall trying to get the words just right, you can find her at a softball field out in the boonies or sitting in the bleachers by a basketball court. Elizabeth resides with her husband, girls, and two cats who've spelled everyone into believing they're really dogs.

Elizabeth has traveled extensively, but still says there's no town like Chi-Town.

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Review of Descent of Blood by Elizabeth Marx
5 Stars

Readers who enjoy perusing historical fiction relating to the Middle Ages, especially those who like their history served on the gory side (for example, fans of Vlad the Impaler and of Elisabeth Bathory--of which I am one) will find much to relish regarding the gory visual side of that era. Factual historians don't usually relate tales involving regiments of vampires, but Elizabeth Marx certainly does so, and does it well. Even this reviewer, who is not a vampire aficionado, found much to enjoy in Ms. Marx's very visual tales. Of course, visualizing is not all she does well: she also delivers heartbeat-fast action, adventure, and sensual romance.

Back in the day (or many multitudes of moons ago) I was a history major at University, but you know: history was just never like this. You owe it to yourself, Constant Readers, to go get this series--both Descent of Blood, for Ms. Marx's amazingly different perspective of the 15th English Wars of the Roses; and the companion novel, Ascent of Blood, for a more contemporary version. Don't worry, there'll be vampires there too.
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Fabulous book, loved the two main characters, the book is a vampire story with characters that are both fascinating and vicious. I enjoyed it, hated his mother with a passion!
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I really liked this book,the story was very well written with an interesting plot,I would recommend to fellow readers thank you
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x94ba9858) out of 5 stars 40 reviews
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x948ff048) out of 5 stars Back to the old-school Vampires - How they should be! Incredible Prequel to the Red Veil series. 5* 30 Oct. 2012
By Perusing Princesses Blog - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
BOOK REVIEW - Descent of Blood - The Red Veil Series, Prequel
Elizabeth Marx.

(From an ARC direct from the Author)

A `plague' on both your houses... York and Lancaster.

This is an incredible prequel to a new Vampire series by the very talented, Elizabeth Marx. Narrated by a Vampiric priest, known as Philabe - the keeper of historic records. This book is set amidst the gruesome horrors of the War of the Roses, in 1464. We follow the story of Lady Meridian Neville, as she narrowly escapes from March's men as they storm her home at Bywell Castle, Westmorland.

Her Father has been tortured and killed, and the only request that he bestowed upon his Daughter, is to retrieve a priceless relic that is buried underground, within a chapel, hidden within the deepest recesses of the keep.

When a second bombardment storms through her Castle, she comes face to face with a renowned Warrior, known as Severian Pearce, and his treaty of men. Fearing for her safety, and the disturbing connection she feels towards the man, she hastily releases an arrow, piercing the Warrior near his heart. A close call... as what Meri does not realise, is that Severian is in fact a Vampire, fighting his own war, in the battle for survival.

Meridian's blood holds no bouquet, and according to ancient scripts, makes her a rare commodity in deed, for her blood is pure and therefore her `human' lineage is the only one in existence that can join and take a Vampire lover. This prophecy has a name... The Red Veil.

As Severian embarks on his journey with Meridian in tow, with a promise to reunite her with her kin, it becomes apparent that the Red Veil beckons, and therefore it is inevitable that Meridian will soon be his. But Meri has other plans. She wishes to belong to the church, at Montparte.

With further `otherworldly' entities trailing their movements, Meri and Severian have no choice but to protect each other and guard the priceless trinket that she holds dearly within her cloak.

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What I adored about this book is that it's given Vampires back that dark sinister edge. Many vampire related books these days portray them as heroes, but these boys are `old-school.' Ruthless and unforgiving. The war of the roses poses the perfect gruesome backdrop, and as much as I loved Severian, he is still a killer, a force to be reckoned with, and yet his love and obsession for Meri was heartfelt and commendable.

What I thought was a great addition was the narration. It reminded me of a movie in that way, ie 300. I liked Philabe, the keeper. I like the idea of the `vampire' watcher, recording the histories over the aging times and I look forward to his future documentations in the full length novel that is to follow.

Overall, truly excellent. Loved the plot, the backdrop, the narration, the characterisation, the hotter than hell `intimate' moments and the secondary otherworldly characters that could truly make this series a top contender! This book would also appeal to both genders.

Favourite passage:
Severian moved toward her, kneeling in front of her. His voice was pleading when he said, "When I return I mean to make you mine."
"Do not return here Milord." She tried to pull away but some pain she saw in his face kept her eyes locked on him. "I am for Montparte."
"You have my heart Meri and I will not settle for less than an equal measure of yours."

5 Worthy Stars.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95c50270) out of 5 stars Interesting 14 Jun. 2013
By Nefer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is not the kind of book I usually read but I have to say it was very good. The only thing that kept me from giving it five stars was the fact that there were far too many graphic sex scenes. Don't get me wrong, I'm not a prude but I have a VERY vivid imagination and I don't need the how shall I say this...gory details for lack of better words spelled out for me. I found the scenes gratuitous, the graphic nature of them unnecessary. I mean we're all adults here, we know what's going on. Other than that it's a very good book.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x958d730c) out of 5 stars Exciting opening for Red Veil series 2 Nov. 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
As I had no previous experience with Ms. Marx's writing, I began reading with no expectations other than to get into a good story. I am now certainly won over and will be looking for her works to add to my "read" list! The phrase that "war makes strange bedfellows.." is an apt one here as our heroine of the story, Meridian, in an attempt to protect the only precious thing in her home from the marauders, shoots an arrow through the heart of Severian Pearce, a vampire who comes into the castle with his guards. She is horrified that she may have killed him and he is smitten, finding an instantaneous soul connection to her! Instead of killing her, or worse, he returns to protect her and helps her escape from the castle and preserve the relic that has been in her family's possession for hundreds of years. The young innocent maiden and the elder, world-weary vampire become attached and invested in each other, to the end that he takes her home to "Mother." Their experiences along the way and their dynamic of evolving relationship were exciting and often frightening, but a very rewarding tale. I look forward to reading more in this story line and will be looking up her previous works as well.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x94a894bc) out of 5 stars <3 Severian & Meridian 30 Oct. 2012
By Brenna - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
--ARC recieved directly from Elizabeth Marx--

Oh, how I fell for Severian Pearce *swoon* the vampire prince who is rough around the edges, dangerous, feared, totally alpha, then falls for the beautiful and innocent, but strong Meridian, who is a mortal of course.

Although I did really enjoy this book, I was not hooked straight away. The beginning was kind of confusing to me because there are so many people, citites, and names of battles being thrown at you. I had a hard time following it, but once I just relaxed into the book and didn't think about it so much, I was able to focus on the main characters and the love story. The love story was absolutely wonderful, as soon as it began I was there, in my happy little romance bubble :)

It had plenty of intense moments--

"Severian's eyes moved from the rapid rise and fall of Meridian's chest to her eyes. "I believe I have decided on having your blood one way or another."
"Well, I never." Meridian stood so abruptly that the ewer overturned.
Severian caught her wrist as she tried to right the pottery. "No you have not, nor will you, with any other than me."

And sweet, tender moments--

"You are mine, Meri. Heart. Soul. Body."

There was plenty of conflict and challenges presented to Severian and Meri along the way and I can't wait to see what the rest of the series has in store for them and others in their story. Great read!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x94baadc8) out of 5 stars 4.5 stars for a fantastic start to a promising new series 30 Oct. 2012
By N. Pahl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Advanced Reader Copy received from the author

After reading Cutters vs Jocks and Binding Arbitration I became a huge fan of Elizabeth Marx. She just has a way of capturing her audience and pulling real emotions out of each one of us. When I read that she was writing a paranormal/vampire series I was really excited as I love this genre. She didn't disappoint!!!!!

The novella started out a little slow and I found myself a bit distracted but I think that is because a lot of books these days feel like they have to start with a bang and keep the hits coming the whole book through. Once I stopped looking for some big thing and let myself relax into the story I was hooked. After finishing the story I completely appreciate the slow build at the beginning because it laid the ground work and really worked to completely immerse me in the story and the new world unfolding before me. Elizabeth created a rich, complex new world that I think has the potential to be a really great new series and I love my vampire series! The only thing that kept it from being 5 stars for me was that I wanted more. More of the story of King Henry and things eluded to in the beginning, more of the background of Meridian and Severian and other characters we were introduced to but i think that will come in other books.

I can't wait for the next book!
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