Series: Song of the Fallen 02
Author: Rachel Haimowitz
Genre: Fantasy, Medieval type Adventure
Length: Novel (107,000 word count)
Publisher: Storm Moon Press (18th November 2011)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts
Blurb: 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.
Purchase Link: http://stormmoonpress.com/books/Crescendo.aspx
Review: Please read Song of the Fallen 01 – Counterpoint first as Crescendo is a continuation of the story. Ayden has to put his faith in Freyrík, if they are both to survive the human High Court. and it is not easy to hold onto that faith no matter how much he loves the human. Freyrík is torn between his elf, his brother King Berendil and his High King Aegis, no matter which way he turns, he has to betray one while always hurting his elf.
This is an incredible wonderful fantastic story that is written by a true storyteller who keeps you reading with every word written. We already know that these two, elf and human love each other deeply. In this part of Song Of The Fallen, that love is tested beyond measure as they both face challenges that are thrown at them while they are at the High Court. And then as they journey into the Feral woods to find the source of the Feral’s; on an impossible task set by the High King Aegis.
This is a brilliant story-line and plot, the characters are incredible and the emotions of both the main characters are touching in places. You can’t help but feel sorry for Freyrík and Ayden as they are in a position that they can see no way out of. Ayden’s treatment at the hands of the humans is just terrible and then later Freyrík gets a taste of it from the elves.
The world building is again fantastic. giving us a wonderful picture of the world they live in. Discovering why it’s called Song of the Fallen is an enlightenment that I never even suspected. This is an incredibly woven tale that I couldn’t put down (my kids would agree as I nearly burnt their dinner) and didn’t want to end.
I recommend this to everyone… it’s a fantastic fantasy. It’s got some hot loving, it has mistrust, angst, danger, hatred, anger, adventure and it’s brilliant.