Counterpoint is my very first foray into Fantasy M/M. I love love love M/M but for a reason I can’t really explain I have avoided all non-contemporary M/M. After reading Counterpoint, I think I have been wrong and really missing out!
Counterpoint is the first book in Rachel Haimowitz’ Song of the Fallen series. Ayden is an 800 year old Elf who loves his sister dearly and fiercely protects her, and he hates humans. Freyrik is human and Crown Prince of his Provence. When Ayden’s sister takes off into human territory, Ayden is forced to follow her and protect her only to find themselves captured by Freyrik’s men where Freyrik holds them hostage until he can figure out what to do with them. When Freyrik sees Ayden for the first time he feels an instant attraction towards Ayden and finds himself even more attracted to Ayden over Ayden’s love for his sister which shows the type of “elf” Ayden really is. But these two are enemies. They should not trust each other. They should not help each other. And while Freryik is trying to figure out his options, he makes a deal with Ayden – he’ll keep Ayden’s sister safe while Ayden remains captive in his chambers. Ayden will do anything to keep his sister safe.
As the two spend more time with each other their feelings start to surface and and they each struggle with how to deal with them – since again, they are supposed to be enemies. One thing I was unsure of was what historical time period this was supposed to take place in? Maybe that was covered in the book and I just missed it? Each character had no issue with having attractions to the same sex and in fact it was hinted at that if an Elf is to live for hundreds of years, an Elf is going to take it where he can get it. OK, maybe it wasn’t exactly said that way, but I found the sentiment refreshing. And as for Freyrik who is human and a Prince, he knows where he finds his pleasure, but also understands his need for heirs. Ayden’s sister Ella was a wonderful addition to the storyline and a great character. I wish there had been more scenes between her and Freyrik as she provided a nice balance to the will they/won’t they scenario between our two heroes.
As the plot progresses, Ayden and Freyrik have to work together to protect each race and each other. And their attraction and what they mean to each other can no longer be denied. The mixture of human and elf along with the time period help to make the story more believable. I enjoyed the author’s descriptive writing style and it made me feel like I could really “see” what was going on or what things looked like. However this story is not wrapped up all nice and tidy at the end, as there is a big cliffhanger so be prepared! I will definitely be reading the next one as I found myself very attached to the two heroes and especially Ella by the end of the book.
“If you wedge me between two tall cliffs, I would hang a portrait on each and call them home. If you wedge Ayden, he would spend the next thousand years carving a stairway with his blade, one grain of stone at a time, until he could call himself free.”
Counterpoint by Rachel Haimowitz
August 31st 2010 by Guiltless Pleasure Publishing
GLBT Fantasy (m/m)