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4.28  ·  Rating details ·  397 ratings  ·  67 reviews
If Sūnder Alārd had been born female he would have been cherished for being faeborn—born with magick—and his birth celebrated. Instead, his L'fÿn mother insisted on his death. Only his Panthrÿn father's desperate escape through the forest saved him. With most Chándariāns uneasy in his presence due to rumors he is doomed to become a darksoul, and unlikely to find a mate bec ...more
ebook, 2nd edition, 320 pages
Published September 4th 2017 by Lexi Ander (first published September 20th 2015)
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Reread October 2020

This is still one of my favorite books by Lexi.

Reread October 2018

I love these two so much. I can't wait for more in this series.

Reread May 2018

Oh how I love this book! I know I will reread it many times. I love Lexi Ander's writing and the worlds she creates. Her heroes are so swoony and my heart melts every time. I hope she continues this series soon. There are so many side characters who need books. Plus, I just want more of Gabe and Sūnder.
“I thought I
Lyn❤Loves❤Listening #AUDIOBOOKADDICT
There was a lot going on in this story, lots of different characters and their povs, lots of different situations, lots of world building and a lot of history that somehow comes all together. This is definitely a book where the MCs share the spot light with the secondary characters.

I can’t tell if it was me or if part of the story telling was a bit scattered (most likely it was me), but keeping up with the different species with special gifts and purposes and how they tied in to each other was a
Loved this one. Sunder is amazing and I loved seeing Gabe come into his own. The world building is fantastic. Can’t wait for the next in the series.
"Sūnder trembled under his touch, his face pressed to Gabe’s skin. “I thought I could be patient and woo you. Court you, go as slow as you wanted. I want to be your friend and your lover, your mate of choice, but I’ve found I’m not that strong. I want you for my mate, Gabe."

I loved this story when it was first written as Darksoul: Part One as a part of the M/M Romance Group's "Love is an Open Road" event. Back then it was unfinished (hence the "part one") and I was so hoping for the next part. L
Rachel Emily

I'm always a bit hesitant to read sci-fi because so many times I feel like the romance gets put on the back burner for the sake of world building, trying to come up with as many weird names and weird non-earth creatures as possible, that it gets away from what I want to read - which is the romance. I am very happy to say that in this story, it's definitely about the romance! In fact, there are 2 of them going on in this story!

I never read the original
4.3 Stars

Wow, that was one helluva story...and I can't help but see it as a metaphor for how power & greed is corrupting our own planet. How the factions are fighting to stay in charge and letting the need to fix the environment fall to the wayside as they grapple with delivering the desires of special interests. (I loved how the oily substance had a name that looks like it could be pronounced "Evil".)

LOL at the Earth fans with "Sūnder <3s Gabe 4evar" signs. I think we will always be the most ra
Serena Yates
About a thousand years in Earth’s future, a lot has changed due to the discovery of several alien species, and yet the world Lexi Ander has created for this exciting new series has more in common with today’s than I first suspected. Yes, there are multiple alien species, their varied societies and cultures, and lots of intergalactic politics. But there are also environmental issues on a larger scale than we see today, power-hungry despots ruthlessly following their goals, and interpersonal and f ...more
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lexi Ander has again blown me away. I started reading the free short story Darksoul Part One by Lexi Ander but I was so intrigued that I went and purchased the full extended story. This futuristic Earth has aliens, magick, corruption, suspense and so much hot sweaty man-love.

I can't get enough of this world and can only hope that we get more stories. I'm desperate for Ayre to find love.
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this enough to go ahead and give it 5 stars even though I had a couple of niggles. Mostly it's just that there's a disconnect between what was the "old" DRitC story and the expanded full version. But I loved the original story and I love all the new material. Can't wait to see what happens next. ...more
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, sfr-other
Really enjoyed this one. Great worldbuilding, nicely high stakes, and wonderful characters. I'm excited to read more in this series! ...more
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
OMG. Just read this book lol.
4.5 Stars

*****I was given this ebook in exchange for an honest review*****

I first read the free story, "Darksoul", a while ago and was hooked on this story. I was so glad that Lexi was able to finish the rest of the story.

"Sunder" includes the first story, which flowed as I remembered it. The second part was all I could ask for. The truth about the faeborn males, the slow death of the Jade Forrest, and Gabe's heritage are all revealed quite satisfactorily.

I loved seeing Sunder and Gabe togethe
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Yet another complex intriguing world that amazes me by its solid world building and characters. This author constantly is able to build worlds that are unique and do not feel like they have been done before. This book also has some pretty complicated political dynamics that toward the end are a little confusing with all the various characters that come out. I liked that Gabriel and Sunder are given time to get together and there is time devoted to given me a feel for each of the characters befor ...more
Re-Read: March 2019
rating: 4 stars
I think I enjoyed this a little more the second time I read it. The middle didn't drag as much for me this time around. Upgrading my rating to 4 stars.

Rating: 3.5 stars
I enjoyed this new world that Lexi Ander created. I loved both Gabe and Sūnder as the main characters. I am intrigued enough that I want to read more stories featuring Gabe and Sūnder. I would also love to read more of Akira's and Ronan's story. I would have rated it a bit higher, but thought the
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When you read a Lexi Ander book, you can expect certain things. You can expect Fabulous World building ✅. You can expect a huge cast of complex and charismatic characters✅. You can expect action, intrigue and adventure ✅. You can expect not to want to put the book down till every word is absorbed✅. You can expect to love the main characters and become invested in their lives ✅✅. You can expect to love it and need book two immediately ✅✅✅✅✅✅. I think this book fulfils its expectations.

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LOVED!! Review to come & reasoning behind only 3 stars!
Agnese Mandetta
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
She did it again!
With Sūnder, Lexi Ander has created a whole new universe full of magic, many diverse and interesting characters, wonder and action.

As it is usual with any of the tales written by this talented author, Sūnder is many stories in one, all of them compelling - a beautiful romance between two lost souls who finally find their own strength and place in the world by caring for, loving and protecting one another - a wonderful story about the love of a true family, which isn’t always t
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, sci-fi, series, mpreg
3.5 stars

This story had some great bones. Complex characters, political intrigue, a futuristic earth, fascinating aliens, and a budding romance between our primary characters.

On the flip side, I think the author introduced far too many players into the story that just became confusing as the story unfolded. Especially with several oddly similar names beginning with the letter A. I was pulled out of the story repeatedly wondering who was who. I also didn’t care for the reversal in Sunder’s behav
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

Rating 5 stars out of 5

For the full review, visit on 9/9

From that review: " I'm totally captivated by the fantasy world and characters of Sūnder (Darksoul #1) by Lexi Ander.  Finishing at wee morning hours, I lay there lost in the relationship of Gabe and Sūnder, the amazing resolution of the saga that had unfolded through the night hours, all the beings that I had met and fallen madly in love with and knew I was not ready to leave any
Carolyn Elias
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fabulous world, outstanding characters!

I am in love with this book! Lexi Ander does her usual job of building a fantastic world and the different people of this world are fascinating. The ethnic groups of this world are intricately connected. The Prologue starts this story with a bang and then you cannot put this book down because you need to know what happens to Gabriel and Sunder and what a romance that is!

Now I'm going to get lost in this world again....
Reviewed on The Blogger Girls.

4.5 Stars

Sūnder grew up hated by his mother’s people because he’s faeborn and has magick, something that, up until his birth, meant death for male newborns. Somehow he’s managed to grow up into a respected warrior and commander so when he goes to Earth to guard the Chándariān prince, he doesn’t expect to find his mate. Gabriel hasn’t had it easy lately. His parents left him when he was sixteen and aside from his best friend, he doesn’t have anyone else in his life.
Christina Enness
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
To be honest I am a little biased about this book because I wrote the story prompt based on the photo for Love is an Open Road, that Lexi choose and ended up writing Darksoul: Part One, so I am emotionally connected to this book in so many ways.

I don't even know where to start: Sunder was amazing.

It turned out to be so much more than I could ever have imagined.

The emotions in the story had me on a roller coaster that didn't seem to want to quit. I don't even have the words to describe how much
~nikki the recovering book addict
3.5 stars.

It pains me to say this but, I expected more. Perhaps that's why I'm doubly disappointed. Part one was absolutely perfect. I loved it. And I loved seeing Gabe and Sunder get to know each other. It was absolutely adorable. The little mystery of Sunder's birth and Sunder's birth mother was intriguing too.

But I think part two sort of messed things up for me. I constantly got lost and confused. Too many things and too many new characters all of a sudden. And while I appreciate an author'
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Every now and again I get swallowed up by a huge warm fuzzy of a book. It doesn’t happen often enough but I just loved this book. High Fantasy, Sci-FI, Magick, Maddeningly Sappy but beautiful M/M Interspecies Relationships, Asexual characters, Abandonment Issues, Intergalactic Feuds, Battle Scene’s, Wooing, Romance, Thriller, Mystery with a big fat HEA and walking tree’s.
Not to mention the obvious for it to get 5 stars. It was excellently written and edited with a fantastic storyline. The
Happy Being A Nerd
3 stars

This story was one of my favorites from the m/m romance group's "Love Is an Open Road" event, and I've been waiting for the completed story ever since I read the first part. Maybe that's why I'm a bit disappointed?

It just didn't do it for me.

Normally when I read a book that I enjoy, I can sit and read until morning without feeling tired. With this I felt myself grow distracted and unfocused after only reading for a short while. At the same time I can't point to anything that's wrong wit
Megan Jackson
Not bad

In some places the story was just a lil more rushed. Over all I enjoyed the book, I read it in one day so not too long and yes I would read book 2. I did like the unique take on this... But I would have like the love stories to happen in there own books so you could get more attached to there stories.
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
*****I recieved this ebook in exchange for an honest review*****

This has been a much-anticipated read for me since I read the original story in the M/M Romance Group's "Love is an Open Road" event back in 2015, which contained only book 1. In this new completed version, we see book 1 with only some minor alterations for the sake of plot, and we get book 2, which is where things get interesting.

I really like the premise of the book, and Lexi has such an amazing talent for world building and cr
2.5 stars. This was a tough one for me. The characters just did not do it for me- it seemed that they (Gabe, Sunder, Ronan) changed personalities halfway through and I didn't appreciate that. Generally for everyone I thought the character development was weak. Since I'm a sucker for character development and world building (which was alright, although the alien characters seemed like Americans with a different body type- that is to say culturally, they were and acted like Americans), this was a ...more
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, magic, elves
*spoiler alert*
I was expecting more of this book. Or I should say... less. Less confusion, less far fetched ideas, less convulsed action and far less cliches.
For example... Gabe was a commitment-phobe... Then gave up so easily and accepted Sunder as the love of his life, blah, blah, blah. He's presented as this almost meek, non confrontational character and all of a sudden he became this strong alpha guy who snarls at everyone that does so much at look at his partner. The transformation was too
L Cam
Very late arc review. I've read a few of Lexi Ander's stories and I love the writing. This author really knows how to develop characters and a story. I'll have to be the odd one out though as far as liking this particular title from her goes. I wasn't a fan of how the mpreg went. I suppose that's part of her signature. Most of her titles aren't your traditional or stereotypical mpreg stories, which makes them interesting when you mix in the actual writing. Everything else in this story, characte ...more
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