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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  875 ratings  ·  77 reviews
Human-like, but not human, the nara ruled Tanyrin for centuries. The most feared among them were their naragi, sorcerers whose power was all but invincible. Not until the coming of Arami Lothlain, King of Tanyrin and Blessed of Loth, did the rein of the nara come to a bloody end. For four hundred years afterwards, the land was at peace.

Stefn Eldering was the youngest son o
Paperback, 1st Edition, 528 pages
Published August 17th 2009 by CreateSpace (first published January 1st 2009)
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Lilia Ford
One of those books I wish I could give ten stars to. Admittedly, this is pretty much my ideal book: a complex, engrossing fantasy world, with two wonderful leads, vivid secondary characters, and plenty of sex. It’s unafraid of going to some pretty dark places, but I found nothing gratuitous at all, and the author’s overall attitude was affirming not cynical. I thought Abbot dealt fairly with the brutal complexities of her world: the abuses taking place in the land are grotesque; consequently, th ...more
When I started reading this book I was hooked. The writing was fantastic, the world building breathtaking and the story outstanding. Watching Michael and Stefn’s relationship develop from that of captor and victim to friendship and later love was very satisfying. Their travels through the world of the humans and nara were intriguing, as were the political battles going on around them. I couldn’t get enough of it. And then they were separated by the spoiled, jealous prince Severyn. Everything jus ...more
I would love to find out what happened to Remy in the end. I would love to know if Severyn liked his little wife. I would love to know if there is going to be a sequel, even a short one. There are a lot of things that are left unfinished.
The story, I thought, slowed down considerably around page 350 or so, but picked up again later, though I had a feeling it was a little rushed towards the end. It was somewhat frustrating to deal with such uneven flow.
However, I can't deny - I am in love with
Emma Sea
*sob* I'm so sad I finished this book. I wish it could have gone on and on . . . Un-put-downable.
Another Buddy Read with the awesome Nika!

Rating: 4,5 stars
Almost 5 stars.... but I will be generous with it because it's exactly the type of book I love and look for all the time - long fantasy story with a significant gay romantic subplot. It also had the hate-each-other-in-the-begining thing. And cool magic that can be powered by gay smut XD What more can a fangirl ask for?

Bad points that make me hesitate about the 5 stars include:
- several loose ends (like the seme's father and his health problems that were never properly explained and that was hint
Emanuela ~plastic duck~
Jan 05, 2011 Emanuela ~plastic duck~ rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Emanuela ~plastic duck~ by: Nene
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I absolutely adore this book! I adore all Becca's fiction! =)~

1/13/14 reread
I can't believe I never mentioned it before, but the storyline is completely archetypal classic yaoi. You know, with the rape-love thing going on. Seme pm rapes uke. Seme fucks with ukes head by telling him he orgasmed, therefore he enjoyed it, invited it, secretly craves it, so it wasn't rape. Uke goes into crisis. Stockholm starts setting in. Uke, meanwhile, starts emitting uke-pheromones upon initiation as uke, and therefore gets kidnapped and almost (or actually) brutally raped
Mar 03, 2015 Saskia rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: mm
Normally this would be the type of story I like, but the characters reactions were not convincing at all and simply made me appalled and disgusted by the story.

Stefn was raped by Michael in the beginning to make him his cethe, and fair enough, after almost no time passed Stefn acts towards him as if nothing happened and it didn't bother him at all.

And that was exactly what made me dislike the story to a degree I can't even begin to describe.

Stefn gets whipped by Michaels grandfather and after
Wow, I can't believe I can add it to so many of my shelves. This book did not leave a good impression. For once "it was OK" is as accurate as I can get.

The basic arc - war against the king and obnoxiously corrupt Church (subtlety, my people) - was barely entertaining, yet eerily appealing. However the rebel leader (no spoilers) didn't actually do much after the beginning of the novel. One could probably say he had already everything in place, the right alliances, the ... whatever, except for a n
Oh my. It would be easier to list the things I didn't like about this story than the things I did, but that wouldn't be very nice, would it?

I loved this. Loved. It. It's a fantasy, a well-done fantasy, with excellent world-building. The cities, forests, fields, castles - all the settings were wonderfully detailed without boring the reader. The background - a conflict between the forces of the Church and the mystical people called h'naran and their human allies - was well-thought out and complex
Cyn Coons
I have waited a long time to hold a book by Becca Abbott in my hot little hands. Her stories were always filled with pain and heartache, yet tempered with passion and sweetness.
SL Publishing has picked a real gem to be their first foray into print books. This is going to appeal to the yaoi fans, as well as to fans of m/m fiction who want a good dose of high fantasy with their relationships.
I happen to be a sucker for high fantasy, so this book pushed all of my happy buttons.

Stefn is a sin-eat
There's something about Becca Abbott's writing style that very likeable and appealing. I had really enjoyed her online fanfiction, especially the 2 lengthy Ai No Kusabe fanfic stories which are each outstanding (if you don't mind lots of noncon), and I also enjoyed Cethe thoroughly. The book is well-written, the world is interesting, and yes the romance in this one is a little formulaic but it still grabbed me and since this is a longer book the progression from enemies/master-slave to true love ...more

This is my kind of fantasy— a well described world of wizards and magic, political plotting and intrigue, action and adventure, and a pair of feuding lovers who take their time getting in sync. Lots of lovely slow burn. This book has been on my TBR list forever. I don’t know why it took me so long to get to it, but I really enjoyed it.

It did take a little while for me to get into the story, to get the lay of the land— typical with in-depth fantasies, I think— but once it came together I got swe
It took me three days to get through this book. For me, a fast reader, it is unusual. But the book was that intense - I had to leave it from time to time to just come up for air.

Becca Abbott does an excellent job of developing her story. The two MCs, Michael and Stefn, are more or less thrown together out of necessity. The interplay with Prince Severyn as a very important supporting character - hmmm, almost a MC himself - is well done. Oh, heck, the whole book is well done. I have not been so we
3.5 stars

I have mixed feelings about this story. I really liked the underlying plot, yet I found it slightly unbalanced in its execution. There are lots of brutal scenes throughout the novel (which I usually am fine with, provided it fits the storyline) that left me feeling uncomfortable, as the ramifications of these scenes seemed to be skimmed over.

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What a disappointing book! It *could* have been a great story, there was heaps of potential passion between Stefn and his mage'master'Michael. However it just didn't materialise. The 'romantic' sex was so quick, it was as if the author was embarrassed to be writing it. She seemed to want to be writing a straight fantasy, with all of the worldbuilding in the book, that it weighed down the m/m romance. The author became quite obsessed with the back stories of characters i cared nothing for and his ...more
Great high fantasy, but it wrapped up too quickly for me. Also, one MC takes soooo much abuse; I was cringing the entire final 25%. So it felt unfinished and rushed to end where it did.
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Human-like, but not human, the nara ruled Tanyrin for centuries. The most feared among them were their naragi, sorcerers whose power was all but invincible. Not until the coming of Arami Lothlain, King of Tanyrin and Blessed of Loth, did the rein of the nara come to a bloody end. For four hundred years afterwards, the land was at peace. Stefn Eldering was the youngest son of the Earl of Shia, the last in a long, proud line of demon hunters. He was also a sin-catcher, living proof of God
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I didn't know this was yaoi until after I'd already gotten it (I really am a sucker for a pretty, pretty cover), but I did find that out early on in reading it, so I wasn't as bothered by the content as I probably would have been otherwise. The writing's a little silly in the beginning, but it gets better (fewer exclamation points!) in the end. The characters weren't so bad, really, and while I would love to read a book where the cethe/naragi relationship goes down like it should according to th ...more
I have read better plots in this author's fanfiction than the one written in this book. It was very disappointing, but I do not regret buying the book to support one of my favorite fiction authors. Although the relationship between the main pairing is interesting, the boring political meetings and the switching POVs really ruin this book for me. Perhaps I was looking for a story more focused to the relationship, but in this one I felt it didn't give enough attention to the cethe and it didn't gi ...more
Bedtime Stories
Take a traditional yaoi manga, change it into a novel and you have Cethe. You have the white haired, powerful seme, the fragile and tearful uke, the jealous rival, the rape-turns-to-love trope, the slave-turns-equal trope, and even some form of soulbonding.
On the upside, the world building is interesting and the overall plot engaging. On the downside, the lack of realism when it comes to the romance or some character actions and reactions - especially the trivialization of rape and torture - ma
Apparently I forgot to rate this one, I feel like I read it a long time ago but it's only been two weeks. Anyway, I would have given this one 4 stars if it was part of a series. The book doesn't wrap everything up in a neat little bow and that bothered me. This could have easily been book one of a series. So I'm hoping at some point in time that there is a second because I liked the characters and the romance it felt genuine and I enjoyed going through the journey with them.
Still Reading
The beautiful cover is a great match for the lovely innards of this book.
Character and relationship development was fairly even and quite believable; world building was done well without being over-bloated by too many details or purple prose; major conflicts had satisfying resolutions. By the end of this fairly long novel, I was wishing for more!

Definitely recommend this to a romance and/or fantasy fan.
Thanks Cole for the nudge. :) After 8 months sitting around I finally and gladly got to it. Wonderful intricate world, political intrigue, questionable characters, intense actions scenes, twisty surprises, tough, violent and cruel to read at times and I ate it all up. I didn't find the ending all that satisfying after everything this author put me through and it left me with a ton of questions left unanswered.
Enjoyable well-written m/m fantasy slave read.
'A sudden fierce pain, like a sword, went through Stefn's heart. He was abruptly, vividly, wretchedly, aware of the lethet.
None of it was real. The tenderness, the sweet words, it was all naragi magic. Without it, Michael Arrantz would never have looked twice at the puny sin-catcher of Shia.'
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