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Counterpoint (Song of the Fallen #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  3,088 Ratings  ·  356 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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Jan 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, m-m, 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
MsMiz (Tina)
Oct 02, 2010 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
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
Sep 07, 2010 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
Oct 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Ezinwanyi by: ~Melissa~
3.5 stars

I enjoyed this audio. Ayden and Freyrik had a lot of tension, but Freyik eventually wore Ayden down.

Ayden and his sister are elves who were captured by humans (all the humans in the book were terrible!) and Ayden was so worried that his sister would be raped that he consented to be a sex partner for the prince.
Prince Freyrick was ruling the country in his brother's absence but he was a much kinder ruler.

Ayden was so distrustful of humans, but prince Frey eventually earned his trust. How

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
Sep 22, 2011 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
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
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
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing

It was so far beyond five stars I don't think I can even count that high.

It didn't have the level of darkness I expect from Rachel Haimowitz darkness (which ended up being preferable) but it was perfect. The scope of everything, the creativity of the characters, the beauty of the love affair, and the emotion behind the whole thing - it was truly incredible.

The audio was fantastic!
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
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
My thoughts right now?

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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

¸. • * ° *❧Gwendolyn❧°**★°**★
I'm left hanging...But...I adore that there is more. This was awesome!!!
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.
Oct 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
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Jo * Smut-Dickted *
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
*P*u*r*p*l*e* Masochist
Sep 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: mm fantasy fans
~Arc Provided Via Netgalley In Exchange For Honest Review~

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

3.5 wanna-be-4 stars

This review is posted on Way Too Hot Books.

“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
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
Oct 17, 2010 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..............
Aug 18, 2010 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
Jeff Erno
Dec 28, 2010 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
Audio Review

This is my second encounter with the story, but it has been awhile. This time around was a cleaned up newer addition and the audio format.

A gripping fantasy romance of two bitter enemies brought together when elf, Ayden, crosses the border into human lands to keep his sister from capture only to be captured right alongside her. Ayden becomes the human prince, Freydrik's personal slave. It is an intense battle of wills as well as a battle for understanding as the pair navigate their
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
♆ BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
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
This book felt … confused… to me. It seemed like it was part epic fantasy, part m/m romance but not really strong in either category. The plot line was pretty standard, enemies learning to overcome their differences while facing a great threat and whatnot and the romance was… kind of lackluster. I rooted for the characters but at the same time I was kind of bored. If you read a lot of Fantasy, the world building and plotline will be on the light side and if you like a lot of steamy scenes, you’l ...more
Oct 05, 2010 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).
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.
Fenriz Angelo
DNF at 70%

I tried, but nope. Not the kind of fantasy i like, this has irrealistic reactions from the characters, and slave-master relationship (even though the slave-master thing is treated lightly, to me, still seems to be a power difference i'm not okay with).
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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” 14 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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