Counterpoint by Rachel Haimowitz ~ Book Review by Teresa

Book 1 Song of The Fallen series

Counterpoint Title: Counterpoint

Author: Rachel Haimowitz

Publisher: Riptide

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Blurb:

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, Freyrik Farr.

Freyrik’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.

Note: This edition is a re-release of the same novel first published in 2010 by Guiltless Pleasure Publishing.

My View:

Though one doesn’t usually start at the end of a book, I feel I must here. When I picked this book to read, I had forgotten that the reason it had languished on my TBR pile was that the reviews I had read warned me about the cliffhanger ending. I dislike cliffhangers, especially in my mm romance, but acknowledge that they are quite common in fantasy series, which at its heart, Counterpoint is. This ends with no HEA in sight but the story is so good and solid, I think it is worth the time to read and to invest in the next book of the series.

The world building was great, the pacing good and the characters likable. I enjoyed the writing style and didn’t find it to drag at all. It portrayed great action, fantasy and romance.

Prince Freyrik was admirable for his firm but just ruling if his kingdom. Ayden’s hatred of humans seemed wholly justified and yet he was still able to see the difference in Freyrik from the others. The love story was built slowly and the sexual tension lasted awhile but it was worth it.

I am eager to dive into book two, Crescendo, which thankfully is out!

Buy Links

Riptide
Amazon US
Amazon UK
All Romance eBooks
Barnes & Noble
Kobo US
Kobo UK

This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

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