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Counterpoint by Rachel Haimowitz
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Dec 03, 10

bookshelves: glbt, fantasy, capture
Read from November 29 to December 04, 2010

Captured by his human enemies, Ayden is presented and enslaved to Freyrik. Freyrick, however, has a soft heart toward his elf captive and rejects the blind hatred that rules Ayden's every thought and emotion. He seeks to win Ayden over with compassion -- as much as this story world's culture allows, at any rate. While Freyrik's sexual attraction to Ayden is immediate and urgent, he chooses to court Ayden to him, but that doesn't stop Rik from using Ayden's skills as a warrior to defend the very humans who robbed him of his dignity and his freedom.

Counterpoint is, by no means, a light read. If you're looking for shallow characterization and frivolous plot, keep looking because this ain't it. The story world the author paints for us lives and breathes. Rik and Ayden are fully realized heroes -- they sweat and make mistakes and sacrifice for the ones they love. The scope of the book (and the one to follow, no doubt) is truly epic.

The only quibble I had with this book was the style. I prefer a much more sparse -- even terse -- text and as a result, I occasionally skimmed paragraphs to go forward to the next bit of dialogue, the next action, the next step ahead in the plot. That is not to say that the author overly belabored descriptions or anything of the sort. That was not the case. I simply have the attention span of a gnat on crack and love to see white space on the page. Give me a word, maybe three, pointed words, deliberate word choices that have been carefully honed to paint my mental picture of the scene, the characters' emotions and the actions taking place and I am one happy woman. Rachel Haimowitz doesn't write like that. Which is fine. Just a matter of personal taste. It didn't distract or pull me from the story.

Overall, I can say that although I'm widely read in GBLT, I've never seen a story world and characters as richly drawn and layered as Counterpoint's. It stands as genuinely unique, a rare treasure the reader would be a fool to pass up. Highly recommend.

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Reading Progress

11/30/2010
26.0% ""I will not harm you," Freyrik whispered into his ear. Ayden leaned in close and whispered back, "I will kill you in your sleep." Homicidal hero? OMG, done! Game over. Ayden is supremely Hot. LOL"
12/02/2010
92.0% "Going to work on 1.5hrs sleep...This is completely your fault, Rachel. ;-)"
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