Monday, December 12, 2011

Crescendo (Song of the Fallen 2) by Rachel Haimowitz

History made them enemies. Chance made them master and slave. Love overcame it all. But love isn't always enough....

Bridging the hatred of centuries did not come easy for Freyrík Farr and Ayden Vaska. As prince of a war-torn human province, Freyrík could ill afford to fall for an enemy. And Ayden, and elven warrior with three hundred years of bitterness in his heart, wanted no part of love—not elven, and especially not human. Yet they came together despite themselves and despite the will of their peoples, joining heart and mind to fight a race of Dark Beasts threatening the extinction of mankind.

But the Dark Beast threat pales beside the dangers of the human High Court, home of the Aegis Exalted and the harshest test yet of Ayden's and Freyrík's fledgling love.

While Ayden is stripped of his magic, Freyrík is forced to choose between his love for elf, Aegis, and brother, all the while seeking the one uncertain path that might save his doomed race. Time is fast running out for mankind, and only by making peace amongst themselves and with their ancient elven enemies can they end the Dark war—and undo the tragedy that's plagued humans, elves, and Dark Beasts alike for the last three hundred years.

Reviewer: Fashionta
OMG!! I simply loved this book! Of course I knew I would. hahaha. I could not put it down, it held my interest and attention until the very last page… and then I still wanted more! Oh please can we have more?

There is a great balance between the darker side and love with Freyrik and Ayden, with a bit of humor mixed in – at the exact right moments! The struggles are almost never ending while Freyrik and Ayden are put up against all odds. But their love is strong, never letting them falter from each other. Even if it seems that at every corner they turn, a new enemy is there to try and strike them down, or weave mistruths. They begin to wonder about the loyalties of those around them.

Ayden has to work hard to keep his sanity once his magic is bound, amongst so much hatred and bitterness. Though he sacrifices much to bring aid to Freyrik; he struggles while no longer able to hear the songs of those around him. And yet, his love for Freyrik remains strong - even if he sometimes finds his own thoughts are different from Freyrik’s…

Freyrik is being forced to make a choice between, Aegis, his brother, or his love for Ayden, all the while trying to understand which path will bring an end to this war, or bring death to all that he loves. He finds himself becoming more of a leader than he ever wanted. His only reprieve is with Ayden, who brings him comfort.

I give this a solid 5 stars!! I highly recommend!!

Publisher: Storm Moon Press
Review Courtesy Of: ManicReaders


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