It is the twilight of mankind. Depleted by generations of war with a race of dark beasts, humanity stands 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.
Ayden’s life has long been guided by two emotions: love for his sister, and hatred of all things human. When he’s captured in battle, he is enslaved in the service of a human prince, Freyrik Farr. Freyrik’s always known elves to be beautiful and dangerous, but never has one affected him as deeply as Ayden. Teetering on a dagger’s edge between duty and high treason, Freyrik discovers that some choices can change a life, and some an entire world.
Between prejudice, politics, pride, and survival, Ayden and Freyrik must carve a new path, no matter how daunting. For nothing less than the fate of both their peoples rests on the power of their perseverance—and their love.
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Counterpoint steers away from the traditional Tolkien elf lore and instead goes back to the elves' Norse roots to weave the world. Music plays a significant role in the book, both in the mechanics of the elven magic and in the language of the narrative itself. There's snark and scorching sexiness, high-fantasy battles and court politics, three hundred years of racial hatred and two months of blossoming respect and love. Once our heroes learn how to let go of their prejudice and their pride, together they just might save a world.About the Author:
Rachel is a freelance writer and editor who's dipped her toes into cable news and book publishing and now helps would-be authors polish and publish, writes for websites and magazines, and ghostwrites nonfiction. Her professional interests vary widely; she's a Contributing Editor to Construction Source Magazine, a political/media blogger at the Huffington Post, a ghostwriter in the small business and motivational space, and a writer of niche erotica.
Her first foray into slash came at the feet of an amazing array of X-Files fanfic writers, and once she knew the truth (so to speak!) was out there, she never left. When she's not reading or writing H/C slashfic, she's performing in musicals, hiking, gluing captions to cats, and examining the (often lamentable) intersection of media, politics, and civic engagement.
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