It is the twilight of mankind. Depleted by generations of war with a race of dark beasts, humanity stands on the brink of extinction. The outlands are soaked with the blood of the fallen. The midlands are rotting with decadence and despair.
Elfkind, estranged by past crimes, watches and waits for nature to run its course.
And then the two collide.
Ayden's life has long been guided by two emotions: love for his sister, and hatred of all things human. When he's captured in battle, he is enslaved in the service of a human prince, Freyrik Farr. Freyrik's always known elves to be beautiful and dangerous, but never has one affected him as deeply as Ayden. Teetering on a dagger's edge between duty and high treason, Freyrik discovers that some choices can change a life, and some an entire world.
Between prejudice, politics, pride, and survival, Ayden and Freyrik must carve a new path, no matter how daunting. For nothing less than the fate of both their peoples rests on the power of their perseverance - and their love.
©2011 Rachel Haimowitz (P)2016 Riptide Publishing
Not quite what i expected but the color and depth of the characters is compelling. Narrated very well by Craig Beck this is a real page turner from start to finish. Give it a go, you won't be disappointed.
so rivited was i , that when the last sentence of the chapter was uttered i found my self screaming over and over again. how dare the writer end the book at this point. .... i must get the follow up book without delay.
Reviewer for Delighted Reader Blog
When Ayden saved Freyrik's life is probably the moment that really gripped me even though it wasn't the most intense or passionate in the story by far. It was the evidence of a turning point for them.
Freyrik. I thought the deep, gravelly soldier type voice suited Freyrik. He caught the emotional nuances of this character best I thought.
No, not one, but several- Ayden forced to beg a hated human to protect his sister, Freyrik nearly breaking each time he had to go back on his word to Ayden, and those last few scenes had me so riveted I barely breathed.
This is an enemies to lovers slave romance, but it stays on the consensual side of things. It ends on a cliffhanger, but resolved much of the immediate plot thread up to that point.
I received this book from Riptide Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
Wow, what a great story and performance. As an avid reader of the gay fantasy genre, I was expecting little variation on the feminine elf/masculine human trope, but was pleasantly surprised to find that the two main characters were highly developed and complex. While there is not a lot of sex, what is there is sizzling and is made all the sweeter by the organic development of the characters' love for one another. For a story that starts out love/hate, I felt that the romance developed in a believable and natural way that didn't feel like Stockholm Syndrome (lol) as it does in some novels.
I'm really looking forward to the second part. I'm not sure if the one star reviewer below me realizes that this audiobook was only just released- I'm sure audible will sell the next volume soon. Recording, producing, and editing takes time. :)
I spent an entire day listening to this twelve hour book only to find out at the end it was a cliffhanger and Audible doesn't have the second book which continues the story. I am disgusted with Audible for selling book one when they didn't handbook two and not revealing book one, this book, was a cliffhanger.
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