Thursday, June 9, 2011

Review: Counterpoint by Rachel Haimowitz

Released:   July 31, 2010

Genres:  Fantasy

Eroticons™:  Gay / Slash / Yaoi/ Power games

The 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. 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.

(Note: this book contains mature sexual scenes between two male adults.)


My Review:  5/5

I.Loved.This.Book. What an incredibly awesome read this one was.  The world building, the characters, the plot… all of it. 

The author did an amazing job with this book.  Incredibly well written, it had me all over the emotional scale.  Vivid descriptions that had me pulled into the story, seeing and feeling what the characters were experiencing as they related to the world around them as well as interacting with each other.

The world the she created was amazing.  Not at all your typical elfin fantasy type world, which sadly I admit, I was expecting.  This was a fantasy world with elves and humans that had a strong historical feel to it. Back to the days of old with castles and kings, yet entwined with magic, elfin music and song.  It has love, passion, violence, bloodshed… it has it all.  I found it an amazing combination that had me completely fascinated and totally enthralled.

The characters were extraordinary.  The two main characters Freyrik and Ayden, I just fell in love with.  Prince Freyrik, strong, noble, patient, compassionate.  Ayden, prideful, loyal, strong, stubborn, snarky, absolutely filled with attitude.  He had me laughing with his stubbornness and his snarky attitude on many occasions.  I loved them both, but it’s Ayden I absolutely fell in love with.  I completely adore him.

This book is not your average hot, steamy romance novel.  It’s not a book of page after page of quick, meaningless sex; it’s a slow build in this one as the main characters banter back and forth, learn to trust to each other, and form their relationship.  I don’t always like having to wait for the hot and heavy, with this book however it was fine with me, I found the book is fast paced enough and interesting enough to be able to pull it off.  Once they get there… beautifully amazing.  

I have to say, the end of the book is a cliffhanger and I was a bit hesitant to read it for that reason.  But this is done in such a way that I didn’t feel left completely dangling in mid air, which just drives me crazy. 

 I would highly recommend this one to any lover of the M/M genre.  You won’t be disappointed.  And yes, I will definitely be first in line for the sequel.


  1. I keep hearing about this book all over. Sounds so good!

  2. @jayhjay: It's soooo good. A must read if I ever did see one. :)

    @Rachel: You're welcome. Well deserved. Vera. :)



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