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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

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Amazing story and fantastical characters

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.

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A Different Sort of Story

Elfkind and humans...what an interesting premise for a story. Throw in ferals, massacres, palace intrigue, barbarism, and a field of scarecrows and you have the making for a great story. In the midst of all of this you have Ayden and Freyrick , a pair that should not be together but find love in the chaos. I thoroughly enjoyed this adventure and was a bit perplexed at the end because of course, it leaves you hanging. One must rush out to get the next part of the series. Rachel Haimowitz's writing draws you into the tale and the narration of Craig Beck makes you want to stay for it all. A great escape...

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Cliffhanger endings are stupid!!

You can leave a book open for a sequel without a cliffhanger ending. Also, Crescendo does the same thing. Not ok.

General pros/cons. The world is unique and I like it a lot. I adore Ayden. Freyrik needs to grow a pair. He blithely stands by while bigoted attacks are constantly leveled at Ayden. He says he doesn't like it and would like to change the bigoted human culture, but does nothing. That's cowardice. I don't know. I like him best in this book and I still don't love him.

Overall, the book is good. The writing is medium-strong. The cliffhanger ending though, the bigots that never get their cummeupence

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Amazing!!!

Amazing!

It was so far beyond five stars I don't think I can even count that high.

It didn't have the level of darkness I expect from Rachel Haimowitz darkness (which ended up being preferable) but it was perfect. The scope of everything, the creativity of the characters, the beauty of the love affair, and the emotion behind the whole thing - it was truly incredible.

The audio was fantastic, I wish the second in the series was out in audio as well.

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Amazing!

If you loved Captive Prince, you're going to love this too. Couldn't hit pause, it was amazing from start to finish. I'm ready to jump into the sequel.

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It’s okay(spoilers)

The story is alright, I suppose. The prince is horrible. He’s got absolutely no backbone and hit Ayden quite a few times. The first day after Ayden’s capture the prince tried to have his way with Ayden and acted surprised that Ayden was still upset with him. The prince lets Ayden fight his own battles with the prince’s men and never speaks a word out to help. He even speaks ill of elf kind to placate his men. I’ve only got about 4 hours left but there’s not character development from the prince at all and his gross lust for the elf who hates him is unsettling. Since he can’t use Ayden, he finds himself going to a consort. Idk if I’ll finish the story.

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really fun story

really great story. was very pleasantly surprised. loved the narration. will be listening to Rachel Haimowitz's other books.

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Performance is soo important

Loved this story, but the performance is pretty distracting. There's a different performer on Volume 2, so I'm going to give it a try, but I'll probably avoid this reader in the future.

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Hours of unrequieted love!

A lengthly but enjoyable fantasy, well written with interesting characters. The down side is that final resolution is not included and you must purchase and listen to another 11 hours in the follow-up book to hopefully get it.

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An exciting fantasy

I don't read a lot of high fantasy but on occasion one catches my attention. I do like an occasional story of elves. I was glad to get a chance to listen to this.
Ayden is an elf and he and his sister get captured by humans. He finds himself a slave to the prince to save his sister.
Freyrick is enamored with the elf that was captured on their land. He takes the elf as a slave and finds that Ayden is not an enemy.
This is an exciting well-written fantasy with Elves, humans, kings, princes, slaves. There is a lot going on. I liked the slow burn of the relationship between Freyrick and Ayden. I like the dynamics of the story. I will warn you there is violence.
Craig Beck always is a great narration of a story. I loved the way he gave each character a distinctive voice. He also makes the story exciting and I didn't want to stop listening. It's a long story so hard to listen in one day but I made it in two. You may want to have book two handy since this ends in a cliffhanger and you will want to dive right into the next!

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Interesting Story

The story premise is good and the characters are likeable. The narration was good too.