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Hallowed Bond

(Chronicles of Ylandre #2)

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Time and circumstances may force true lovers apart but the tie that binds them can never be fully severed.

When Dylen Teris and Riodan Leyhar meet one harsh winter in the dual-gendered realm of Ylandre, neither expects the encounter to lead to a fast friendship and abiding love. For a chasm of vastly dissimilar social stations lies between them, and not all Deira could ima
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ebook, 166 pages
Published October 18th 2010 by Liquid Silver
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Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
12/11/14 Series RE-READ in preparation for newest book...

ORIGINAL REVIEW:

3.75 Stars


First, like I've said already:

The covers for these books are heinous.

Definitely not my jam.

But, fear not, I overcame.

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Second, I really enjoyed this story.

This author's world building is quite simply - #lameassjokealert - out of this world.

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Haha, what a dork.

Anyway, for fantasy geeks like me, there is just nothing better than becoming so embroiled in an author's fictional make believe that you can spew factoids about said world by rote.

Need an example of what I mean?

-Stephaniebook...
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Bookwatcher
Jan 01, 2011 rated it it was ok
A question: how much you can take before you abandon a book?

I can take a lot... but something in this book bother me so much I really can go on... giving up, 80% read


So, it's very personal and I don't want to spoil your fun, so my explanation, point by point, of this low rating will be inside a spoiler.

I like the hero, Dy, adore again the world and the plot (like the first book) but I really despise the
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Vivian
Aug 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
I like the world of Ylandre with the magic, political intrigue and unique hermaphroditism.

While the story is typical, young love torn asunder and much later reconciliation it plays nicely in the world with a broadening of the first book's perspective and revisiting Lassen and Roh. Of course, there are times when you want to smack the silliness of youth out of them, but hindsight is twenty-twenty and we only get to do things in one direction. The pace was quick and the plot surrounding the roman
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❧Gwendolyn❧A Bookish Berkeley Girl❧
3.5 Karma is a Bitch in Spiky Steel-toe Shit-kicker's Stars!

This is a storyline driven by MCs, that will crush my heart in the mist of reading, I hate. Following a storyline that flow on the heels of Karma who in-turns proves to be a bitch in spiky steel toe shit-kicker's is just not my idea of a great fantasy read....or at least I thought?

The storyline and MCs in detail, and what happen, what they did...

Oh Rio (view spoiler)
Karma
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Kassa
Nov 15, 2010 rated it liked it
The Chronicles of Ylandre series is a definite mind bender. Hallowed Bond is book 2 in the series and though this can be read as a stand alone, the overwhelming world building and somewhat awkward prose won’t be as bad if you’ve read the first book in the series. Also the various new terminology and concepts introduced will feel more familiar and easier to recognize. That said you can pick this up alone if you want and dive into the very complex and dense world of Ylandre.

This science fiction o
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Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
My favorite genre has to be fantasy and I think the way Eressë has created this world is spectacular. I love the hermaphrodite angle because it’s very different from what one would normally read. The connection between Dylen and Rio is intense and fascinating at the same time. Their love for each other is shown in the grief they both experience over the years of being separated and the pressure they feel from high society and reputations. I absolutely loved Hallowed Bond just as much as I loved ...more
Natsroshan
This sequel goes in my favorite shelf too. Hallowed Bond is as captivating as Sacred Fate.
I really like Dylen. And the world created is just fascinating.
Loved it.
Valentina Heart
Oct 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
I think I squealed once I saw that Sacred Fate got a sequel. I was so in love with that story and the world that i couldn't get it off my mind for weeks.
So naturally I expected the same wicked writing and plot as the first one had. It was good. I can't say that it wasn't, but I was also disappointed. First let down was Rio. That rejection of his really caught me off guard and I really wanted him not to be a main character anymore. After that the story just didn't hold the same interest for me.
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Em
I really enjoyed this second instalment of The Chronicles of Ylandre. It got off to a great start and I thought Dylen and Riodan were fascinating characters, both coming from completely different backgrounds. Eresse has done a great job in managing to create a unique, believable world and this time round I actually found all the complicated names and places much easier to get on with!

It was also great to catch up with Lassen and Rohyr again and find they are still as much in love as they ever were. Loo
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Jacq ~
Feb 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Love the interesting fantasy world.

DaisyGirl
4.0 Stars

Dylen Teris is a hethar (high-paid escort) and Riodan Leyhar is the son of a highly ranked Ambassador, poised to follow in his father's footsteps. The two meet one harsh winter and become fast friends and then, slowly, lovers. Their vastly dissimilar social stations, however, prevent them from being together but they promise to reunite as soon as they are able. In the interim, one of them is in dire need of help and the other denies their friendship in an act of betrayal. Ci
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Nivalis
Hallowed Bond is just as fascinating a read as part one of The Chronicles of Ylandre, Sacred Fate. I love that in this book we get to see the relationship of two already known characters develop. Moreover, Hallowed Bond follows up on some previously glossed over plot points from Sacred Fate.

Dylen and Riodan's journey to a HEA isn't an easy one. In fact, it takes them over 20 years to finally find their happiness together. Hallowed Bond is a story about first desires, first love, and forgiveness. Additionally, Dylen'
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315
Apr 01, 2015 marked it as meh-gave-up-dnf
Okay read some reviews so putting this on a shelf to die.

I don't like historical books mostly because they can be hard as hell to read and understand. Heck, even my scifi alians books speak English better!!! I digress...

So now its hard-as-hell-to-read historical wording and toss in a bunch of made up words.. Well fuck me!

So I DNF the last and the story for this one sounds like a hair puller and its hard to read and understand on top of it. Yeah, no. Not for me.
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Don Bradshaw
Eresse came up with another great storyline. Dylen and Riodan are low born and high born lovers respectively and suffer from the common prejudices. I liked the rags to riches theme that Dylen followed and the way that Eresse introduces aids under a different name. My only problem with the story and I had the same problem with Sacred Fate was that the story got bogged down in the middle and I felt like I was shoveling water. This would easily be a 4 star book if not for the unnecessary character ...more
Mandy
Another great book in the series. I loved the characters. I loved learning more about this world. I loved that we get to see Lassen, Rohyr and their son again and I love the ending. I pretty much won't read a book thats not HEA, but I also like my villians to come to a satisfying ending. I like my revenge and retribution and so far the books haven't dissapointed. So, another 5 stars for ticking all my boxes.
⚣Michaelle⚣
4 Stars

For some reason the beginning didn't intrigue me like the first one did - and I didn't feel the romance between Dylan & Riodan until after they'd parted ways and were trying to rebuild the relationship. The sex was hot, but it just wasn't as emotional as the scenes we get after the apology. Their entanglement felt every bit as juvenile as their ages suggested (at least for Riodan).

Will always love a story that has legal, respected prostitution with it's beautiful cou
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Kazza
Mar 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
Book two, Hallowed Bond, is just as fabulous as book one, Sacred Fate, in the Chronicles of Ylandre. Perhaps book 2 was easier to read as the terminology is more ingrained now. The glossary was not particularly needed this time around.

I thoroughly enjoyed all the characters, primary and secondary. It was wonderful to catch up with Rohyr, Lassen and their son Vyren. Plus I really loved Dylen's Adda, Hirlen, he was a wonderfully caring man.

Dylen Teris lives as a very poular
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Shelby
While this was a hair shy of reaching the same levels as “Sacred Fate” for me, I still very much enjoyed this novel. I love the world building here and find the idea of this society fascinating. What little detail the beginning lacked for me though was more than made up for by the end of the story.

Riodan Leyhar has had enough of fighting with his father. He may want to foist him off to an advantages match with that old lecher, but Rio’s having none of it. Running off to the capital m
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Debbie
Oct 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
Do you love fantasy stories? Do you love a good murder mystery? Then this is the book for you.

Hallowed Bond is the story of Dylen Teris and Riodan Leyhar who live in the dual-gendered, hermaphrodite world of Ylandre. They are both from totally different social standings. Dylen is a hethar, an educated companion who provides sexual and social companionship for pay but is not to be confused with prostitution. Riodan is the son of a high ranking Ambassador. He rebels against his father, runs away
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Gwengwel
Seriously, I try not to be angry at a writer when I dislike a personage but in this case, I am.

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Adrienne -kocham czytać-
Not quite as full of the same magic as the first story--Lassen and Rohyr are still by far my favorite couple from this series--but this was a touching and wonderful story that showed even more of this world (which again had thorough and completely immersive world-building that I adored becoming lost in).

There were so many characters in Rohyr's circle in the first book, that I don't remember these two, but was very happy (and sometimes pained) to read their story. It really was a mirr
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Kukko
Main Characters: Dylen Teris & Riodan Leyhar
Key Themes: Social Differences, MPREG
Location: Outer Space

MM romance between a beautiful high-class prostitute turned secret agent, and a high-born diplomat

Despite overlapping with the first book of the series, this story is definitely not on par with Sacred Fate (Chronicles of Ylandre #1) by Eressë

The characters here were subdued and the dialogue lacked energy. The story line wasn’t particularly romantic or convincing.

As a teenager, Riodan ran away from home to avoid a betrothal. He turns up on Dylen’s doorstep, almost frozen to deLeyhar
Key
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Lala
4.5 stars

Liked this MUCH more than the first book! The whole relationship spanning years, the heroes..even the writing was easier to get into this time.

I honestly liked Riodan. Yes, his behavior that one time was shitty..but who is without flaws? I loved that Dylen didn't forgive him easily, though.

The only reason the book didn't get 5 stars was because of the 12-year time jump. I honestly can't believe those two, being so much in love, didn't come together earlier..even for sex
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Tamela
This whole series is at the top of my-6-star-favs list. I love the characters, the world, the concept of "turning". Everything is so well written and the characters are all so deep. The only stumbling block for me is the names, it takes me a while to get them anchored in my head since they are not something I'm familiar with and often can't figure out how to pronounce them correctly. But other than that this whole series is amazing and should be read one right after the other. The timelines over ...more
Andri
Jun 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Hallowed Bond is the second book in the captivating Chronicles of Ylandre series. It is set in a fantasy,overwhelming magnificent world.Eresse has done an excellent work creating this unique world and one must admire her for it.
Hallowed Bond is a fantastic read full of angst.
And even though I don't necessarily agree with what Rio did I can understand why he acted the way he did. And more importantly IMHO by the end of the story he fully redeemed himself.
Dy and Rio are a wonderful ca
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Wendy Ann
A good read (no pun intended), but disappointing as compared to the first book in this series. I really enjoyed getting a better understanding of what it meant to be dual gendered in the land of Ylandre – the world building is a huge part of the draw of this series. I also loved the scenes with Rohyr and Lassen from the first book – totally hot. Unfortunately, these characters (Dylen & Rio) never really clicked for me. They spent far too much time apart and/or fighting one another to pull me ...more
J.r
Aug 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I had enjoyed the first book out of this series, and that is why I picked this one up. While the first book was good, this book was amazing. I loved the characters, and it was nice to see a glimpse of the first book's characters too. The story line went at a good pace and was interesting enough to keep my attention. It is very character driven. So, some might complain about the actual story line (perhaps that there isn't as much development here), but I thought it was perfect for getting to know ...more
Ayanna
Nov 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, meh
This one's more focused on intrigue/plot than it is on romance, although we do get plenty of sex.

It was odd because I only vaguely remembered Dylen and Riodan not at all (from bk 1, that is).

This one seemed rather...passionless.

The scene between Vyren and Hirlen reminded me of that one scene between Maggie and Grandpa from the Simpsons.

These characters aren't as endearing/likeable as those of bk 1 were. They come off as asses.
Pamela Su
This story ripped my heart out.

Dylen and Riodan's story appealed to me on many levels. I could understand how society's expectations and familial pressure can mess up Riodan's head. It is easy to claim to be unashamed of someone's background in a private, intimate moment. It is a completely different story in a more public setting. I also rather enjoyed watching Riodan grovel for Dylen's forgiveness.

An enjoyable series that I plan to continue in the future.
C
Dec 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
After reading book three I decided to come back to this one. I had been a little put off by the betrayal referenced in some reviews, and honestly I was worried during the reading of this. But I'm glad I came back to it. I felt that Rio was truly contrite and although I had the same fears as Dylen, I'm glad he gave them another chance. Loved this, loved the world and characters once more, loved the peeks at Roh and Lassen and their adorable son as well. Excellent!
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Eressë has always enjoyed reading and writing historical fantasy. Indeed, her pen name is taken from the elvish language J.R.R. Tolkien created for his fantasy epic The Lord of the Rings, a favorite of hers since way back when. However, most of her stories turned into M/M romances because the male leads had more chemistry with each other than with the females. Why she wrote them that way she doesn ...more

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