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Silk & Steel

(Silk and Steel #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  1,815 ratings  ·  329 reviews
The Dragon Queen’s reign is one of darkness and death. Humans have vanished under the rubble of their world and if the queen has her way, elves will be next.

Eroan, one of the last elven assassins, lives for one purpose: kill the queen.

He would have succeeded if not for her last line of defense: Prince Lysander. Now, captured and forced into the queen’s harem, Eroan s
Published January 2019
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Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was so fucking good but please, for the love of GOD, don’t read this without fully digesting the content warnings in the synopsis. People are not joking when they say this book is full of torture, sexual assault, physical assault, emotional torment, pain, blood, grotesque incest and just tons of insane suffering that rivals Game Of Thrones. Jesus christ, some parts of this (namely the dick-chopping scene) made my vagina jump right up into my body and hide like a fucking pine marten.

Lyn❤Loves❤Listening #AUDIOBOOKADDICT
Audio – 5 stars! I’m so glad I waited on the audio because the narrator’s performance was perfect.

Story – 5 stars! Loved, loved, loved. Thank you so much for the rec, Achim!! xx

It’s the rare story that I find extended couple separation acceptable. This is one the rare stories. Firstly, because it’s book 1 of a trilogy. If the author makes up for the separation in the upcoming books, all will be forgiven. Secondly, I felt the connection between the MCs even though they were together for a short
Nenia ✨️ Socially Awkward Trash Panda ✨️ Campbell
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nenia ✨️ Socially Awkward Trash Panda ✨️ by: Maraya21 (The Reading Dragon)

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Ever since I read C.S. Pacat's CAPTIVE PRINCE, I've been looking for other dark fantasy books that have that same fantasy bodice-ripper vibe. SILK & STEEL comes the closest of all the other books I've read to capturing that same balance of unapologetic smut and court intrigue, kind of like if GAME OF THRONES was written for the female gaze. Honestly, though, it had me at angsty dragon prince and arrogant warrior elf.

Prince Lysander is t
Saint Monique
5 'Where has this book been all my life!?!' stars

Being a survivor, living with the pain, healing from it, it makes you strong.

This book is bloody brilliant and I have no idea how is it possible that I haven't come across it sooner. I might be repeating myself since I was already gushing about plenty of things in my review for the prequel novella but I have to say it again. I absolutely love the worldbuilding. The lands are dominated by dragon shifters - metal and jeweled kind - who are fight
Starr (AKA Bam Bam) Rivers
So... after some debate, I decided to take PUC's rec and give this a try. I see Monique likes this author's books too, and since I'm on a MM binge, let's see where it goes!

I don't know how I feel yet... This is a tough one.

OK, here are my thoughts:

THIS IS NOT A ROMANCE! Lots of trigger warnings - so do your research-- LOTS AND LOTS OF RAPE!!

That being said...

1) 5 stars for the world building

What can I say, I LOVE dragons!! Gotta be my fave shifters out of all shifters out there. Any author w
Princess under cover
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Princess under cover by: Saint Monique
Love it. Dark fantasy adventure romance. There are two hot men, an elf and a dragon. What's not to like?

Lots of twisted dark, rapey stuff. But somehow, this particular author does it right. Like, the capture, torture, rape scenes aren't just devices for titillation, but they have a purpose, to move the plot along, to show the workings of a character's mind, and that's why I don't mind them.

Unlike another book in the same genre.

In fact, compared to this bo
Rachel (LoverofTBR)
Silk & Steel series
Book 0.5 - Sealed With A Kiss
Book 1 - Silk & Steel
Book 2 - Iron & Fire
Book 3 - Blood & Ice
Book 3.5 - Lost & Found
Book 4 - The Black Prince

Update: 6/23/20
This book has left quite a lasting impression on me and was an amazing start to this series so I will bumping up the rating to 5 stars!

4 5 ‘until it was done’ 🌟

If tomorrow was the end, then what was a kiss today?

What a thrilling and fascinating adventure was this!! I have never read a book
Melanie A.
*** An epic series!! ***
Book 1: 5 STARS
Book 2: 4.5 STARS
Book 3: 5 STARS


If tomorrow was the end, then what was a kiss today?
Wow! A dark, twisted, and fast-paced fantasy adventure. SO my cup of tea.

First, a warning: TRIGGERS GALORE . . . if you're the kind of reader who worries about questionable content, avoid this one at all costs.

If you're not, READ THIS BOOK!
The need to own, to hoard, to have. The dragons' curse.
Plot : Both humans
DNF @66%

I should've stopped way sooner. I really should have.
I read the sample, it was awesome, so I bought it on a whim. I wanted something not contemporary, and something that's plot-driven. This fit the bill perfectly.

My review is full of spoilers, read it at your own peril.

The story starts with Eroan (love the name) who is an elf, sent to kill the dragon queen. The opening scene shows him chained to a wall in the dragonskeep. He got captured during the fight. But we haven't actually seen the
I'm a huge fan of Pippa DaCosta's writing so when I found out she was writing a dark fantasy M/M story under the pen name of Ariana Nash I immediately added it to my wish list. Throw in the fact that the main characters of Silk & Steel are an elven assassin and a dragon prince and I just couldn't wait to get started! Anyone who has ever read any of Pippa's stories will know that she excels at detailed world building and tortured heroes and she has outdone herself on both of those fronts with thi ...more
~**Anna**~ A Romance Reader
Loved it!!

I need to read the next one asap!! I need Lysander and Eroan to reunite! I need them to be together.
Maria Dimitrova


When Ariana Nash first said she is planning on writing a dark M/M fantasy/romance book I was really worried. First because I'm not all that into M/M. Usually the story has to be really good for me to ignore the fact that the sex scenes make me uncomfortable and most often than not manage to turn me completely off. I know this is a bias and that if it's a conventional romance I would let a lot more slide plot-wise than when I'm
Al *the semi serial series skipper*
Ok, I'm going in. Spoilers ahead.

This book was just alright. Giving it 3 stars is me being generous.

It starts with Eroan being captured while attempting to assassinate the Dragon Queen. He is starved and tortured until the queen discovers that her son, Lysander, seems very interested in Eroan. The queen decides to add Eroan to her harem despite Eroan batting for the other team. She has some magnetism thing going on that enthralls the males to her that is never really explained. Lysander, wh
Dark and Thrilling Fantasy!!

This post-apocalyptic fantasy left me craving for more! Lucky girl that I am, I’ve got it in the next two books of this devilish series!! 😱😱

This was dark and, as the author states, not a romance. What it is is DEPRAVED, SCINTILLATING, and ADDICTIVE!! ❤️❤️❤️

This is also not solely MM since the two MC’s barely touch each other and we see more of them with women and other men than with each other.

What to expect? A badass elven assassin seeking to murder the dragon queen
4.5 Stars 

So, that was some pretty amazing fantasy storytelling, right there. I've been eyeing this series for a while now, but the "not a romance" warning made me hesitant. I'm glad I gave in, though, because wow, Silk & Steel was my jam. I mean, we have elves and dragon shifters and they are not friends - what's not to like?

As the blurb states, this is not a romance. Hell, in this book, the MC's are barely ever in the same place at the same time and when they are, they are mortal enemies. But

Why the hell did I wait so long to read this??? Oh, I remember: because I hate long separations between mc’s, and I typically like more romance than plot, or at least a 50/50 split.

Well, I realize that I underestimated what great story telling and world building could do. I thought for sure I would be skimming just to get to the romancey bits, but nope! I read every word, sometimes twice.

This shit was amaze-balls!!! On to the next...
✩ Mira ✩
Jun 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to ✩ Mira ✩ by: Rachel (LoverofTBR)
4.5 stars and a prayer for some happiness for Lysander

me, reading Silk & Steel and going through constant pain for 380 pages straight:

Oof, this book is not for the faint of heart, but it was such an enthralling read. I can't say that I enjoyed myself exactly because honestly there is nothing to bring you joy in this book (except one short scene). This is a full on stop-it-please-it-hurts fest. Like, you know how books usually have action and then some light and fun moments and then some m
This is an amazing fantasy. When I read the blurb, I was hooked. Elves and dragons? Yes please. But I couldn't have imagined how merciless and painful this world is, how inhumanly brutal. I don't do angst all that well and good Lord did I mess up here, because I couldn't stop reading, no matter how terrible things were for Eroan and Lysander.

The blurb warns this is not a romance and it isn't. Eroan and Lysander never got the chance for it to be anything, besides the fact that an Elf assassin and
Apr 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ariana by: Lisazj1
Dragons and elves.
Sworn enemies.
In a harsh and brutal world.

One that Ariana Nash paints in colourful and highly imaginative detail.
Death, rape and torture are things that seem to a kind of normal for the dragons and their broods.
In case I haven’t made myself clear enough - this is not for the faint-hearted or for those of you who seek a romantic setting in dragon lore.

The violence at times is horrifying, the crude brutality blood-curling and yet – I enjoyed the heck out of this book anyway. A
ash | novelly rooted
hmmm... i don't know


this is not a mm 'heavy romance' but a slow burn mm 'love story' between prince lysander (gay dragon) and eroan (bisexual elf assassin) in a post apocalyptic dragon infested world, that will develop and evolve over the span of the series. in terms of 'dark' elements, it felt tame and mild.

i want to make sure everyone has that understanding before jumping into this book. think along the lines of 'captive prince sow burn'

i think i will like this series. i am told the 2nd book i
Marwa Abdulla
Jul 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well! That was ....... interesting, I guess.
Five Solid Stars!

I am so happy I decided to pick this book as my first read of 2020. It was more than worth it!

First things first, this book is not a romance. Let me repeat, it is not a romance. It is dark, brutal and unforgiving (like the dragons) but, it WILL tug at your heartstrings like nobody's business. It is about two lost and hurting souls who somehow find each other and then get tugged away by uncontrollable forces. They don't form a relationship but you can feel the tangible connectio
R.A. Steffan
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Silk & Steel is the first major foray into M/M for author Pippa DaCosta, writing under the pen name Ariana Nash. As the author warned in her readers' group on Facebook, it's an emotional rollercoaster and very, very dark.

Anyone familiar with the author's other works will know to expect AMAZING world-building, and will not be disappointed. Ariana Nash crafts a post-apocalyptic world of dragons and elves, with humans clinging onto the outskirts, battered but not broken.

Our heroes are an unlikely p
There is no greater sin in MM fiction than to have your two actually gay main characters engage in heterosexual relations. This offense ranks above even the nearly ubiquitous "bisexual" MM romances--despite being exploitative and low key homophobic, at least those are honest in their heteronormativity. And to actually have the acts committed on stage... unforgivable.
I am itching to DNF.

Incest (mother/son), rape, M/F 99% of the book.
This is NOT a love story, never mind what the warning by the authors claims. This is where Stockholm Syndrome meets Lima Syndrome, both fueled by the common need to kill the Queen.
Overuse of “male” - strong male, short male, older male, the other males and so on; misplaced modifiers galore.

Little to no history of this universe. No world building either, we are just thrown in the midst of it.

Quite a few things don’t ma
Jo * Smut-Dickted *
3 Stars for the read but +1 for being that combo of fantasy/dystopian/paranormal that I so dearly love and so rarely get.

The setting appears to be either (alternate) reality Earth after a rising up OR in the future but feels more like fantasy and paranormal because humans don't enter the picture until very late on.

I really enjoyed this one, outside of the MM aspect, and read pretty much straight through because I was so interested in the politics and the way the world worked. The descriptions
Ariana Nash
Jan 18, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition


I'm getting lots of questions which I'll try and answer here. If you have any more, do drop them in the comments below:

1, Book 2 in the Silk & Steel series is due to be published in April. out now!

2, Eroan identifies as bisexual. Lysander is gay. (This isn't explicitly said in book 1 but it is implied by their behavior).

3, There will be three books in the series.

4, If you're looking for gushy romance, this series isn't that but it features two strong male leads who overcome their terrib
Louise H  -  ⭐ Life in the Book Lane Reviews ⭐
What is better than a book with a sexy, swoony, moody hero? A book with two sexy, swoony, moody heroes!

If you don't already know, Ariana Nash is the darker, more erotic pen name of Pippa DaCosta. So if you're familiar with her work, you'll be pleased to know that this contains just the same amazing world building, deep characters, strong emotions and complex plot that can be found in her previous work. What you get is more, more darkness, more lust, more steam and more heroes. In fact this has t
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WARNING: This is a M/M that's DARK.

I've had a book hangover from Silk & Steel for over a week, that's how good Ariana Nash is. Not surprising since Ariana Nash is the alter ego of Pippa DaCosta.

Nash has a warning for this book: This book is brutal! It will chew your heart, spit it out and dance on the broken pieces."

She was more than right. I was actually excited when I heard DaCosta was branching out into this genre, M/M. Not going to lie, I didn't really understand the genre until I read some
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We were warned by the author and she was right, my heart was left wrecked after this dark and gritty rollercoaster ride. There is nothing like the thrill of starting a new series and getting chucked into the icy cold deep end of the pool. As expected the world building and back ground story are nothing less than phenomenon. The characters yank, twist, and shatter your heart strings. Forced to choose between what is “right” and what their hearts need, you’ll want nothing more than for Lysander an ...more
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Born to wolves, Ariana Nash only ventures from the Cornish moors when the moon is fat and the night alive with myths and legends. She captures those myths in glass jars and returning home, weaves them into stories filled with forbidden desires, fantasy realms, and wicked delights.

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