When times are darkest, some vampires desire more than blood …
England, 1465. Mortal men clash in the War of the Roses for the English crown, while vampire warriors’ move undetected among their ranks, savoring the flow of blood that battlefields provide.
Vampire prince, Severian Pearce, fears the revelation of the immortal clans to humankind should King Henry fall from power. While in pursuit of Henry’s enemies, Severian comes to the aid of Meridian Neville, a human woman he craves—and not for the scent of her blood … Meridian is torn between honoring her father’s dying wish and her unexplainable yearning for Lord Severian. But as Severian and Meridian work together to protect a relic hunted by mortals and immortals alike, the red veil descends over them. This all-consuming attraction can drive immortals to the brink of madness. Will the existence of this powerful bond between a human and a vampire be enough to unite the immortal clans or is the red veil a scourge set on destroying any chance they might have of happiness?
When all hope is lost, one vampire will fight unto death for his forbidden love.
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.