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3.82  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,543 Ratings  ·  292 Reviews
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.

ebook, 2nd edition, 414 pages
Published December 27th 2011 by Riptide Publishing (first published July 31st 2010)
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MsMiz (Tina)
Apr 03, 2011 MsMiz (Tina) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: glbt-all
Lent to me - Kindle

Dearest Rachel - Hmmm lets see - it is late right now. I could not put the book down. I had to know how the story unfolded as I was unable to plot its course while reading. Therefore, I may not make complete coherent sense. So let me try:

1. I was deep into the story and the characters. I hated them, I loved them, I wanted to scratch their eyes out, I wanted to hold them. I am a character driven reader. I need to know and feel who they are or the story is just a story and to me
Dec 29, 2011 Jenre rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, fantasy, romance
I've read various reviews of this book and had mixed feelings about reading it. On the plus side is the fact that I like fantasy stories, and I also like master/slave or captor/captured stories (no comments about what this says about me as a person, please!). On the minus side, I often find it difficult to read stories where one character is so wholly under the power of another to the extent that they are completely helpless. In the end, after reading another book by this author, I decided to gi ...more
Mar 28, 2011 Bookwatcher rated it it was amazing
The begin of the book is soooooooo great and I adore this first part, when you will be introduced to the elf Adyden.

With his uncontrollable hair and wild spirit Ayden is perfect. I love this character, and was astonished by his bravery. Trying to save his sister from humans he will be captured, finishing in the hands of the king's brother, the Prince Freyrik.

Freyrik is desperate fighting against ferals, and will see in Ayden the weapon against those magical perverted animals. Indeed the elf is t
Vivian ♪(┌・。・)┌
The first kiss--

Bloody fucking swoon


Review edited 16/4/2013

I know that this review is going to be a huge jump from my previous review and rating (which started off from a perfect 5 till I weaned it down to 4, now 3.5).

I think that previously, I was a worried (and perhaps a bit scared) about having a different review amongst what seemed to be the raving masses. Nowadays however, it bugs me every time I see this review. So now I've just decided to adopt a 'fuck this' att
Heather C
OH.MY.GODS!!! I loved this book!!!

This book was picked for me to read as a challenge and I dove in without reading the blurb or any reviews. I really didn't know what to expect other than that this was m/m fantasy and it had a cliffhanger. It also has one of the most beautiful covers I have ever seen.

I found the World very interesting with the song and abilities of the elven people, the barbarism and prejudices of the humans, and the madness of the Ferals/Darkers. There was a bit of world buildi
Sep 26, 2011 Yvonne rated it liked it
I have mixed feelings about this book. it takes place in a world where humans are at odds with elfkind (& every other species it seems). Ayden and his sister are captured by humans and Ayden is then made into a slave for Prince Freyrik Farr, who is running the kingdom in his brother's absence.

The good in the book is the character of Ayden. He's defiant, funny, snarky & gives the book most of its energy. Freyrik is immediately attracted to him and keeps him as his slave. The two of them
Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
I loved this book. I was putting it off because of the cliffhanger everyone was talking about but after finishing it, I'm really glad I read it. The cliffhanger wasn't as bad as I was anticipating, though. Or maybe because I knew it was coming that I didn't have such a problem with it. To me, it felt as if it was just a not so subtle warning that there will be a sequel to Counterpoint. And how glad I am about that. This book had everything in it that pushes my buttons. Hostage situation, slavery ...more
Emanuela ~plastic duck~
I loved this book. I would have finished in a couple of days if real life had stopped interfering with it.

The world building is compelling and lyrical, so is the writing. The musical theme was present throughout the book, weaving the world, the characters and the words together. What is expressed and the way it is expressed always fit and you are really taken to another world.

The relationship between the elf Ayden and the human Freyrik is beautiful and precious. Freyrik is immediately attracted
Just loved this book! Read this in one fell swoop, all 414 pages (apart from a quick dog walk). I'm a sucker for the combination of fantasy and m/m especially from author Rachel Haimowitz. The elf Ayden agrees to his master Freyrik's terms in order to save his sister fellow-captive Ella's honour. Straight on to book two..
'When Ayden looked back up, there was steel in his eyes of a kind Freyrik knew well: a warrior's commitment to a hopeless battle.
"If you keep her safe," he continued, "I will do
I have been trying to get to this series for a good couple of years and I'm annoyed at myself for putting it off for so long. This is the kind of series just perfect for me - fantasy, slave, elves, soldiers, nice bit of angst and sex scenes that are well worth the wait! Ayden and Freyrik took a while to realise exactly what they meant to each other and that their feelings ran deep but I really do enjoy a slow burner! Moving straight on to Crescendo

Oct 26, 2010 Camilla rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
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Counterpoint is one of those epic love stories, that completely engages the reader and makes you fall in love. I was completely caught up in the characters, and the world created. I will say honestly that I wanted to read this book, because the cover is just so impressive. It drew my eye, and it turned out that this book is more than just a pretty cover (pffft, pretty cover, more like a sexy cover).

This book as I said before is epic, epic fantasy that is. Its pure fi
Jilrene ♥
No. No. No! NO!! I couldn't put this one down for anything. The thanks I get for that is a cliff hanger ending. Too much pain and suffering at the end, no hope of an HEA or even an HFN. I knew there was another book, but it didn't occur to me this one would end so wrong. This was well on the way to 5 stars but I just cannot stand this type of ending. I'm done.
*P*u*r*p*l*e* Masochist
~Arc Provided Via Netgalley In Exchange For Honest Review~

Yay! Can't wait to read this!!!

3.5 wanna-be-4 stars

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“All the world seemed suddenly dream, for in what waking world would a prince deceive his own people for the benefit of a slave?"

Ever since a little kid I had a huge crush on fantasy movies, shows and books and even now, 26 years later, that still hasn't changed. It's just that nowadays my preferences expanded, this time on mm genre. Elves/ fai
Jan 05, 2011 Cat rated it it was amazing
Ok I just wanted to say that after reading this book I was mad and hurt... I was mad that I had to wait almost a whole year until the next one comes out. This book is a great story of Understanding, Patience and in the end love with some other stuff in the middle. I was caught hook, line and sinker and could not put it down. I swore after reading the ending I heard the dramatic music of supise and possible pending doom. Or was it..............
¸. • * ° *❧Gwen❧ •°**★
I'm left hanging...

And, I'm not happy about it.

This was to short, I did not want this to end!

Jeff Erno
Jan 05, 2011 Jeff Erno rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay-fantasy
Ayden is an eight-hundred year-old elf living in a world where his race is at war with humans. He follows his sister into enemy territory where he’s confronted by human soldiers. He fends off his captors by killing sixteen of them, but ultimately is captured, along with his sister, and they become prisoners of war.

Prince Freyrik is the ruler of the human territory where Ayden was captured, and the prince is immediately attracted to the elf. He decides to enslave Ayden, and claims him as his per
Oct 06, 2010 Kassa rated it liked it
Counterpoint is book one of a two book epic story. The ending of this story is a cliffhanger with a few unresolved issues and definitely no happy ending in sight. This is perhaps why I had such a tough time with the story. On the one hand, the fantasy world is lovingly crafted with an eye for detail. On the other, I didn’t particularly enjoy the story’s focus on moderate violence, manipulation, humiliation, and hatred. This is a darker fantasy story that plays on the classic push/pull dynamic of ...more
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I didn't like this book too much. I enjoyed another book of Ms. Haimowitz, but this one didn't do it for me. The 300+ pages filled with hatred, biogry and ignorance only caused me to be pissed, not engaged. As much as I would like to know what happens in the second book, I'm going to have to ask someone else to tell me what happens.

I liked the Prince and the elf here. I really do. I didn't like Kona the cunt nor did I like Ella the imbecile. I'm not sure why Ms. Haimowitz wrote in such despicabl
When I finished this book, my reaction was, "Hmmmmm." I kept trying to decide if I liked it or not, and the answer really is, "I have no idea."

I Liked:

-Ayden, our elven MC... for the most part. I got a little annoyed with his belligerence, but I didn't really blame him for it, either. If I were in his place, I would have been the same, if not worse. It just dragged on too long, but that's on the author, not the character.

-The key plot elements. I'm interested enough in the storyline to want to
Jo * Smut-Dickted *
Feb 07, 2016 Jo * Smut-Dickted * rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: MM High Fantasy Fans!
Just fantastic. I'm not sure a review could do this book justice. I loved it - from Ayden's struggles not to submit to his feelings or Freyrik all the way to Freyrik's dual role of leader and lover. One of the best realized worlds with outstanding dialogue you just get swept away in the story. I cannot recommend it highly enough. It was worth every penny I spent and is a definitive re read for me (probably multiple times) not for its erotic content which is there but not huge but for it's story ...more
Wow, what a ride with two strong men (oops, I mean 1 man and 1 elf. An emotional roller coaster with heights so beautiful and lows so draining. I don't know how I can wait till the fall when the sequel comes out. But I bet it will be a series and the ending of the next book will be equally mad making. The setting reminded me a little of Lord of the Rings without it being the same at all. A great fantasy, the romance is tied up in there but there is so much more as well. Recommended for those who ...more
While I did find this reasonably enjoyable, some parts were hard going. It had an interesting premise and the tension in the characters romance was nice, but some of the world building was not as well developed as I would have liked. However, something a little different and worth a nosey. 3 and a 1/2 stars.
Genna Sarnak
Feb 03, 2011 Genna Sarnak rated it it was amazing
I absolutely inhaled this book, reading it in just two sittings (approximately 24 hours)! While I was initially drawn to the book for the racy, albeit gorgeous, cover, I was instantly impressed by Haimowitz's poignant, poetic, and highly addictive writing.

Ayden and Freyrik are so raw, so unabashedly different, and strong-willed, that I found myself drawn into this story within a couple of pages. I was fascinated by the way in which the men interacted, coupled with the incredibly rich (and marre
Elisa Rolle
Well, be warned friends when you start this novel, almost 350 pages long in small characters, don’t expect to arrive to the end and be finished: that Song of the Fallen Book 1 is a fair warning, this is only book 1 in a probably longer series about the same two main characters, Prince Freyrík, a human, and Ayden, an elf.

The starting point of this novel, a human Prince who takes as captive a warrior elf, chaining him in his own bedroom in exchange of the safety of the elf’s sister, Ella, reminde
Jan 17, 2012 Boycop rated it really liked it

I had to wait a day to write this review, otherwise I would have written something I would regret later on.

Counterpoint is a good fantasy read, no doubt about it. The first third of the book is captivating. The main characters are interesting, even though the other one is an elf, and you meet a fair amount of intriguing side characters as well. Somehow, the middle part felt slow. The tension is building. Slowly. There are no new characters to speak of, and the plot just waits for somethi
Mar 27, 2011 Amara rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mm, favorites
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
Dec 03, 2011 Christina rated it it was amazing

I'm a big fan of fantasy and I've been looking for a good story in the m/m genre. I finally found it! Counterpoint is the first book in the Song of the Fallen series. This is an epic, world-building fantasy of Elves and Humans, two races who've hated each for centuries.

Although I loved the descriptive world and characters, it did take me some time to get used to the lyrical narrative style. After a few chapters it was smooth sailing.

Ayden is an 800 year old elf who can hear and feel people's e
A.B. Gayle
Dec 24, 2010 A.B. Gayle rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading "Counterpoint" book 1. The author has done a great job with the world building. The battles scenes are realistic and feel organic within the whole. Language wise she has managed to convey an other worldliness without it being disruptive to the flow of the text.

I liked the way Rachel didn't flinch from introducing the dark elements into the story. Blood does flow, but not gratuitously. Her characters are true to themselves, and their connection takes times to build.

Nov 25, 2012 Chris rated it really liked it
Very good m/m fantasy romance about an elf who's captured by humans while trying to protect his sister, then becomes the favored prisoner of the area's regent. I started reading this nearly two years ago, soon after it was released. Then I learned that the book ended in an evil cliffhanger, so I stopped reading until the sequel came out (if I'd reached that cliffhanger, I would have been too pissed to ever read the sequel).
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“Now you die while we live on, and you’ve no one to blame but your selves. So do not speak of betrayal behind my back, humans. For the Great Betrayal is your shame, not mine. ~ Ayden” 13 likes
“All the world seemed suddenly dream, for in what waking world would a prince deceive his own people for the benefit of a slave?
~ Ayden”
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