• Silk & Steel: Silk & Steel Series, Book 1

  • By: Ariana Nash
  • Narrated by: Cornell Collins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (153 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A tormented dragon prince. A captured elven assassin. Duty demands they fight for their people, but love has other plans.  

Eroan, one of the last elven assassins, lives for one purpose: Kill the queen.   

He would have succeeded if not for her last line of defense: Prince Lysander. Now, captured and forced into the queen's harem, Eroan sees another opportunity. Why kill just the queen when he can kill them all? It would be simple, if not for the troubled and alluring dragon prince. A warrior, a killer, and something else...something Eroan finds himself inexplicably drawn to.

©2019 Ariana Nash (P)2019 Tantor

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I couldn't wait for it to end

I cannot imagine liking two protagonists less than I did these two. I knew I should have backed out at chapter 2, but it was the only book I had downloaded on a long drive. I only have myself to blame. new rule of thumb: as soon as a mother is grabbing her son's junk, the book is going nowhere good.

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Halfway through, DNF

This book is just nothing but misery and rape-y situations. One of the main characters gets molested by his mother early in the book, and is then forced to watch her have sex with a man who is under some kind of magical mind control. This is her attempt at discouraging her son from being gay. I have a horrible suspicion that I was meant to be turned on by that scene. The story somehow manages to go downhill from there. Cornell Collins’ reading is the only reason I stuck with this as long as I did.

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My Heart

Maaaaaan. This book was STRESSFUL but like in a good way. I couldn't stop listening. I like a story that can make me feel and this did it.

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Worth the credit but know what you’re getting into

I have seen a lot of reviews talking about the sex. And yes there is a lot of senes with sex that are incredibly uncomfortable. However I do think that a lot of people are missing the fact that that’s the point. There is a difference between a “sex senes” that are intended to be sexy, and senes that happens to include sex/ sexual acts. I would say a good 90% of these scenes are there to prove how awful the people in power are. They are made to make the characters and listeners feel powerless and gross. I did not feel like it was done without a reason. The situations give rise to a lot of character development, and help to explain a lot of character motivation as you learn more about each character. However I do think people with certain triggers should be aware going into this book that you’re going to run into a lot of uncomfortable sexual situations.

OK onto the rest of the book. The story itself is very interesting especially once you begin to realize what point in time this whole story takes place. I finished it in one day and never got tired of the narration or the story itself. I won’t say that I always think the characters do the right/smart thing, but they are very human in the mistakes that they make. I also really like the underlying mystery that you begin to suss out and gives us more to look forward to learning in the next book.
If I had one problem with the story it’s just the fact that it kind of leaves on a cliffhanger and I hate those because it just means I have to go spend more money to immediately listen to the next book because I am impulsive and terrible with money. But maybe that’s a me issue not necessarily the books issue.

This was my first time listening to this narrator but I liked him. He definitely has some very passionate moments but I think he did a good job of bringing the emotions to the forefront of the character’s words.

I’m writing this review while listening to the second book so if some of it doesn’t make sense it’s probably because I got too caught up listening to the second book, but I hope this review helps :)

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Constant background noises

I like the story and the narrator, but the constant background noises makes it hard to listen to.

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3rd read, this time audio

I really love this book. It is emotional and well written. Its a story of self discovery, love, hate, sacrifice, death, and life. Two individuals who should hate each other, an Elf and a Dragon, but find themselves saving each other. Ive read this story twice this year on my kindle, before the audiobook came out. I really want to support this talented author. I did enjoy the audiobook, the narrator was excellent. My only reservation, and not the fault of the narrator, is I already had a "voice" in my head from my previous reads. The narrator's voice was not mine. My issue, not anyone else. I still enjoyed it tho.

Having already read this book 3 times now, you have got to read the second book, Iron & Fire. If this book guts you, Iron & Fire will tear your heart out. Eroan and Lysander's story continues and the steaks are much much higher. I really love these characters and am waiting with baited breath for Blood & Ice later this year.

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first half was kind of pompous

headline said it all. the first half was a lot of long dialogue that didn't really help the story. without going into details and spoilers this book is post apocalyptic. felt like there could have been a lot more world building. story was rather original. looking forward to the next book.

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Regal narration by Cornell Collins

I absolutely love how Mr. Collins gave life to the characters. Very well done. Loved it! Can barely wait for book 2 to go live.

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Holy shit why is everyone so horny?

The story was all fuckin over the place and I swear to God every chapter had the word erection in it. Couldn't finish this for the life of me.

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Not for me

I honestly hated this. The characters spent like 20 minutes together and somehow created an unshakeable bond and would die for each other? I also felt like the pacing was off. Nothing would happen for like 2 chapters then suddenly in one sentence the story completely changed. Also lots of gross incest stuff and lack of consent. Just not for me. Narrator was good though.

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  • T
  • 07-29-19

Absolutely phenomenal!!!!

Okay, I'm not one for reviews but this has hands down become the best audible book I have ever had the pleasure of listening to.

The story is incredibly written, the author transports you to a new world which simply takes your breath away.

I originally wanted to indulge this book as a fan of mxm romance but feel in love with the fantasy and the action, the romance become a lovely extra.

The narrator was exceptional. Oh my God, I don't think the author could've found better for this story.

I CAN NOT WAIT FOR THE SECOND BOOK.

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  • Pixiebell
  • 07-13-19

Breathing Taking Saga

Fantasy is not usually my go to genre so when this was released on audible I wasn’t immediately drawn to it. However as it was highly recommended to me I decided to give it a go and I’m so glad I did.
Ariana Nash has skilfully crafted a fantasy world of Dragons 🐉, Elves and humans that is dark and twisted yet still full of friendship and hope.
Our two tortured heroes, Eroen the Eleven assassin and Lysander, the Amethyst dragon prince endure abuse and brutality, manipulation and the hand of fate, throughout the first part of this saga.
A word of warning, there’s no happy ending in this book but this just whets your appetite for more and I can’t wait for the next book Silk and Steel #2: Iron & Fire to be released on audible.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-13-21

I gave this book four stars because…

I like that the injury’s were described enough that I could image them and the pain they might cause, they made my chest tight but they were not overly described to the point that I could no longer listen with out wincing or wanting to stop the book. The main reason I give the book a four star instead of a five star was because one or two the voice the Reader used for the charters were hard to listen to and there fore i had to replay some lines. However this was only with minor characters so the book altogether was easy to understand.

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  • Lia
  • 08-07-21

Silk and Steel review

Starts off a bit bumpy but develops into a beautiful and kmplez story with very impressive worldbuilding. Very well narrated.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-18-20

Good solid fanfiction

If you are looking for a LGBT fantasy this is a good about. It’s very character driven story telling I.e. there’s not huge amounts of world building. Not the greatest writing in the world and can be repetitive at times. Suffered from a lot of telling now showing. But it’s solid none the less. Got major fan-fiction vibes!

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  • Danielle Allan
  • 07-11-19

love it

only thing I didnt like was the plot convenience, characters missing each by inches other for the sake of it kind of annoyed me

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-24-21

AAAHHHHHHHH

I can't believe I put this series off for so long. The tension is beyond intense and I may or may not have startled a few passers-by with my outraged screams. There's so much going on with so many HBO-esque elements of fucked uppery that I'm left dizzy and begging for more.