Review, Song of the Fallen: Counterpoint
Nice world-building and well-crafted characters bring this erotically-charged story to life.
Erotic tale of fantasy and romance between an elf and the prince who has captured him!
Book details for Song of the Fallen: Counterpoint by Rachel Haimowitz
Counterpoint: Song of the Fallen (Volume 1 of 2) is an erotic tale of fantasy and romance between an elf and the prince who has captured him. Set on a world where elves and humans live apart because of a war waged between the two many years ago, this story has a well-built, full, and rich universe with truly well-crafted characters.
When Ayden is captured after being responsible for the deaths of several humans, he bargains with the Prince of Farr Province for his sister's safety. Freyrik is attracted to the elf like he's never been attracted to anyone else before and he's more than pleased to accept Ayden's bargain.
Erotically-charged, but not overdone, this story is an excellent romance as the characters learn more about each other and their differences-and similarities.
I have one very big gripe and that's the cliffhanger ending. There's a second book due out in this series, but it's a long time coming with a release date sometime next year. It's my understanding that this second book will tie up this story, but as someone who's addicted to her happy endings, I wasn't thrilled to find myself stuck at the end. Some of the storylines resolve themselves, but many more don't.
However, that said, this was a really great captor/captive romance and I'm a huge fan of those. (Warrior's Woman, anyone? LOL.) If you enjoy the same, you should really try this one out. Counterpoint is good fantasy and great romance!
Note if you didn't catch it earlier, this is definitely alt romance since there are two heroes, but no heroine. :-)
Reviewed by TER
It is the twilight of mankind. Depleted by generations of war with a dark race, the human kingdoms and their ancient alliance stand 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 must for his sister's sake swallow his pride and endure slavery in the service of a human prince. To his dismay, this close-up view of his enemy is nothing like he expected. Now curiosity and contempt make a battlefield of his soul, even as he struggles to pick up the pieces of his shattered worldview.
Freyrik Farr, Crown Prince of Farr Province, finds his new elven prisoner puzzling. He's always known elves to be beautiful and dangerous, but never has one affected him as deeply as Ayden. Can his life of service to his people leave room for this attraction? Dancing 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.