Author: Matthew Angelo
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Publication Date: 28th September 2016
Rating: 3/5. Stars
Diversity: LGBT Characters
Summary: Ash loves being a knight, but hates that it leaves him little time for himself—and even less to spend with his forbidden lover, the half-elf Havyn. Finding time to be together is even more difficult under the watchful, hateful eyes of his captain.
Havyn is suffocating, forced to watch the man he loves from afar, living in fear of the day they are caught—especially since he’s already despised for his mixed blood. He buries himself in his magic and studies, ever hoping for a day when they can love openly instead of living constantly in fear.
But their wish for more time together comes at the price of saving the world from destruction, and it’s a price that might very well tear the two lovers apart, if it simply doesn’t kill them first.
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Disclaimer: I received an e-copy of this book on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Ash and Hayvn love each other, but as the society they live in despises their love, they have to keep it a secret. Unlike humans elves accept same-gender love, but they do not accept an elf loving a human, as it will only cause pain when the human dies and the immortal elf lives on. But then Ash and Hayvn are chosen to save the world. On their journey they can finally express their feelings for each other without having to hide all the time. But the journey is dangerous and the strain of it could easily separate them.
I enjoyed the world building, it was a nice high-fantasy setting and I got a bit of a Lord of The Rings feeling from it. There are gods and one’s role in live (knight, mage etc) corresponds with them. The gods also communicated with them and the struggle between good and evil was nicely explained.
However at points the writing didn’t really flow and thoughts weren’t well described. Sometimes I was completely lost, for example with Ash’ armor. (In one battle he receives a cut to his arm, which bleeds and later on he thinks that his armor is in good shape except for that cut. Which parts of his body does the armor cover?) There were also a couple of grammar mistakes, but as I’m reading an ARC I’ll assume that they will be fixed before the book is released.
The ending is really nice though and I loved it! All in all, it was a quick and lovely read.