Descent of Blood, The Red Veil Series Book 1

Rated 4.89/5 based on 9 reviews
When times are darkest, some vampires desire more than blood...

When all hope is lost, one vampire will fight unto death for his forbidden love. More
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About Elizabeth Marx

Windy City writer Elizabeth Marx writes deeply emotional romances that take her readers on a roller coaster ride through desire and despair. Elizabeth’s cosmopolitan flair for fiction makes her unafraid to push you over that first drop just when you think you know what’s going to happen next. Her writing is described as hilarious, heartbreaking, and heartwarming. Her characters achieve the ‘happily ever after’ through a journey of poignant and passionate moments.

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 grew up in Illinois but 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 in her garden. Elizabeth resides with her husband and an Aussie wigglebutt.

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

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Reviews of Descent of Blood, The Red Veil Series Book 1 by Elizabeth Marx

Mallory Heart Reviews reviewed on March 26, 2013

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.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Holly reviewed on March 23, 2013

I am a huge fan of historical romances; I have been ever since I read my first one and that love has not subsided since. However what first drew me to reading and that thrill of new discovery was paranormal romance novels.

Author Elizabeth Marx gives us a wonderful mixture of both in her novel, Descent of Blood, the prequel in the Red Veil Series.

I loved this! It was
two of my favorite genres together in one book, combining that old world feel, dialect, and ways of the time with vampires, war, lust, and blood. The only thing that could have possibly made it even better is if the men were Scottish and were kilts. LOL

Descent of Blood drew me in from the very start, capturing my attention with Meridian and then with Severian and knowledge of the vampires and the war that is going on.

Meridian and Severian’s really is a love at first sight—they are, the way I see it, mates. Vampires call it the red veil. It is a very rare thing that happens between a human and vampire, and can drive vampires to the brink of insanity, creating a need so deep for the human that calls not only to their hunger for blood but sexual desires too.

While at times bloody Descent of Blood is the start of an extremely detailed and intriguing world and race of people. I can only image where this series is going to go, but if the prequel is anything to go by then it is going to be amazing.

Overall I really enjoyed Descent of Blood and look forward to picking up book one, Ascent of Blood and seeing how the Red Veil series continues! I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a good paranormal romance read and likes historical romance.

*I received a hardcover/paperback/eBook copy/ARC of this book for free to review from the author/publisher/tour site; this in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
gaele hi reviewed on March 8, 2013

So, I will admit that I was hooked on this author after reading one of her more ‘reality based’ stories, Binding Arbitration, so this was a no-brainer when the opportunity to review arrived.

Dive into a world in the past, detailed with care and precision that extends to the rhythm and flow of the language, not just the occasional inclusion of “Milord”. When we start, the story is wrapped about the War of the Roses, and King Henry VI, the softest and least prepared for real rule on the throne is at the forefront of the action, where mortals battle and vampire exist in the shadows, all meticulously detailed by Philabe, former priest now historian for the vampires.

Philabe is cleverly crafted, providing small asides as to his own thoughts throughout his narration of the story. Not shrinking from, nor disguising the more sinister and cruel edge that Marx has returned to the vampires, his narration is complex, with small asides that leave his descriptions pointedly enigmatic. The romantic dance between Meridian and Severian, for it reads much like a fencing match, has moments of amazingly steamy interludes, even as Meridian is torn between becoming a mate or following her original plans to join the church.

This was an amazing read and a great start to a series that returns the ‘edge’ to vampires, and the addition of the narration through Philabe is genius. Even the secondary characters are treated with a level of care that makes every action make sense and feel as if it fits with what you know at that point in the story. A great starter to the series, it redefines the term ‘prequel’ as it is a wonderful work that perfectly sets up the series.

I received an eBook copy from the author for purpose of honest review for Full Moon Bites tours. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own responsibility.
(reviewed 44 days after purchase)
Kristin Scearce reviewed on Dec. 5, 2012

Disclaimer: I received an ARC e-copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed the storyline of this book. I'm usually not a big fan of historical romance, but I wouldn't say that's all this is, there's so much more there. What drew me in was the vampire angle, because I'm a softie when it comes to anything with vampires. The idea behind the different vampire clans, the floated theory about how the vampire lineage, etc., all of it drew me in from start to finish.

This story is just the prequel for The Red Veil series, and it's an amazing start. I could actually get lost in the story, the time period, the characters' relationships, etc. while reading, and that's something I think every author strives for. What really did it for me was the use of period language, phrases, manners of speaking, and so on. I've read a couple other historical works, and while the story may have been set in a certain time, the writing just didn't pull it off. However, this was not the case with Descent of Blood, and I will definitely be on the lookout for Book One in the series, as I just have to know how the rest of the story goes!

5 stars =)
(reviewed 38 days after purchase)
Tami Fairley reviewed on Nov. 25, 2012

I’ve recently become a fan of Elizabeth Marx and when she offered me an ARC of Descent of Blood, I quickly accepted. This book was very different from her other book I read, Binding Arbitration, but it still had the writing style and character development that I have come to know and love from this author.

I enjoy both historical and paranormal romance, so I had a feeling this book would be right up my alley because it is a combination of both. I was correct. The Vampire prince, Severian Pearce, is dark and brooding and obviously one to be feared. Meridian Neville is a human woman, who is beautiful, strong, brave, and one to be feared in her own right. Their initial attraction to one another is intense and confusing to each of them…at first. It soon becomes evident that their bond is one they cannot question and they need each other.

This story had an interesting twist of combining true historical facts, such as the War of the Roses, with the dark world of a vampire prince. As it states in the title, this is a prequel and it does an excellent job of setting up what is sure to be a gripping saga. I’m looking forward to reading more and I recommend this book to any historical and paranormal romance fans!
(reviewed 27 days after purchase)
kim brooks reviewed on Nov. 23, 2012
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I could not put this book down. I read it in one day. The love that Elizabeth Marx is able to create between her characters amazes me. I laughed and cried right along with them.
(reviewed 26 days after purchase)
bklover-8-Valerie R reviewed on Nov. 19, 2012

Great book, good characters and an interesting setting. The battles between men are painful and arduous and as the vampires follow behind the soldiers it is clear that all involved are fighting for home and family. The start of the story was a bit tough to see who is on which side, but the characters soon show us who they side with.
When Meridian meets Severian, their interaction is abrupt and intense - Shot through the heart! As he begins to heal, she starts to trust that he can help her find and recover the ancient relic that belongs to her family. In their journey to accomplish this, they learn more and more about each other and the connection between them grows stronger. They go through some horrible experiences and encounter some horrible people and vampires before the final showdown.
By the ending, you know that they were meant to be and that he and she will do what is needed to stay together. Their bond is strong and true!
My only disappointment? Not having the next part of the story, down the family tree, to read next! Will be looking for more from Ms. Marx soon.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
paperrdolls reviewed on Nov. 18, 2012

History was always confusing to me.. that hasn't changed.. interestingly enough I love historical fiction.. the story takes place during the war of roses.. something I have limited knowledge of and about 98% of that knowledge I received from other historical fiction works. Although this is my very first supernatural spin. The first few chapters cause my head to swim a bit.. after which I was fused to my kindle.. I have been told that the first few chapters to the book have changed to make for easier reading :D

Told from several points of view the story is centered around a very high ranking vampire Severian Pearce and lady Meridian Neville.. Despite her staking and piercing his heart within minutes of their meeting.. Severian feels a great attraction to her.. He recognizes it as the Red Veil.. AAn incredibly rare and strong bond between a vampire and a mortal.. However for them it means more.. sooooo sooo soo much more..

Pearce sides with King Henry, the battlefield is a perfect place for a vampire.. While fighting he comes across Meridian (this is where she stakes him) their mutual attraction is undeniable he agrees to help her whilst hes helping her he falls for her and she for him.. Their love is pure, sweet and PASSIONATE.. The desire they shared was astonishing..

Marx did a wonderful job of luring me into the story as a reader i was transported back in time.. I cannot wait for book 1 if the prequel was THIS AMAZING! and left me with my jaw on the floor i can only imagine what the series will do to me/for me!
(reviewed 20 days after purchase)
Cana Elene reviewed on Nov. 1, 2012

Holy Sweet Mother of the Great Cow Daisy…. This book was great! It had romance, it had intrigue, it had a mystical mystery about the red veil and Cain, it had adventure, and a bit of murder. Add in the old English, and the War of the Roses in the background, and you have the makings of an amazing book!

Meridian is one of those strong, innocent, and absolutely amazing women that you hope that you would be like in those situations that she finds herself in. I liked her first thing after she was handling the crossbow that was pointed at Serverain. Nothing like a strong willed woman who is willing to defend herself.

Serverian is that sexy knight in shining armour that would strip you naked, have his way with you and then marry you… In that order :P. And then he would protect you and your honor by killing, maiming, and many other manly things that would just make you want to keep him around… Yep, definitely loved him as a character.

Arrian… I don’t know what to say about him, but he is definitely something else. As a forerunner to the story, he already knows the secret of the red veil.

Philabe was a great minor character who seems to be everywhere, even when he wasn’t. Think of this book as kind of like his diary of the events. I kind of like that.

I do love the type of vampires that were in this book. There were enough to where I kind of lost track. But learning who was what, and what skills the vampires have was pretty cool.

I will admit that there was some slow going at the beginning of the book. It took me getting through to the 2nd chapter before I was learned that I loved this book.

The only thing I had a hard time with that disappointed me in this book was what I call the Twilight Cliché. I knew as soon as they got together what was going to happen. But since that was the only disappointment I had, I think we are ahead of the game.

Overall, this is a great book! Highly recommend and I am looking forward to the next book.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
Kelly Findlay reviewed on Oct. 30, 2012

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.


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! I also think this book would 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.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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