Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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.
I really enjoyed this story. I had never read this author before so I had no idea what I was going in to so I was pleasantly surprised and I have a new series and a new author to follow. There is elaborate world building and the writing was very engaging. I loved both of the main characters and the complicated situation they find themselves in unfolded seamlessly. While Ayden enters into the relationship as a slave there is no forced sexual situations (which I was a little nervous about going in to this). The relationship progresses over time and as trust builds Ayden begins to care for Freyrik. I love when an enemies to lovers trope takes the time to show how the relationship unfolds and I think the author did a great job with that here. I could totally belief that they were falling for each other. It was a slow build and those always pay off so well in the end for me.
There is a warning about violence and there is some, but I didn’t think it was too bad and there wasn’t much of it. The story ends on a bit of a cliffhanger but fortunately the second book is already out so I can move directly on to that.
This story was narrated by Craig Beck. I don’t think I’ve ever listened to him before but now I’m totally a fan. I thought he did an excellent job on all of the voices and the story as a whole. I would definitely recommend this audiobook.
Overall this was a really good story for me. I would recommend it for fans of the fantasy genre and people who enjoy the enemies to lovers trope.
Cover by Simone’: I like the cover. It is an older cover but I still think it fits well with the fantasy concept of the story.