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Hallowed Bond (Chronicles of Ylandre #2) by Eressë

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Chronicles of Ylandre #2
Eressë
Fiction, M/M Romance
October 18, 2010


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 imagine, let alone accept, such a relationship.

Circumstances eventually separate them for what seems forever only to conspire to bring them together once more in the most unlikely of places—at the court of Rohyr Essendri, Ylandre’s powerful monarch. Complicating their situation is the attraction that still lingers between them, waiting to flare once more into love. But when one is unwilling to venture his heart again or wholly forgive its breaker, it may take a king’s interference to reunite these star-crossed lovers for good.

Contains hermaphroditism and explicit homoerotic sexual encounters.

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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?

-Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight vampires sparkle and the werewolves imprint.

-Christine Feehan’s Carpathian vampires sleep in the ground and heal themselves with dirt and saliva.

-Nalini Singh’s changelings fully shift and mate bond and the Psy are part of the PsyNet.

-Lora Leigh’s Breeds are part animal, but don’t actually fully shift.

-And Mean Girls are mean.

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Yes, those kind of factoids.

The ones that rule our various book universes and make us sound like complete fangirl-ing jackasses when we try to explain them to non-believers.

But I live for that shit.

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My ONLY problem with this book?

Riordan.

And what a BIG problem he was too.

Seriously.

Fuck that guy.

For one thing, I found his characterization and behavior to be worse than my most highly loathed TSTL female.

In fact, Riordan defined embodies the “chick with a dick” phenom as applied to the M/M genre.

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Which doesn’t typically bother me too much.

However.

When combined with his actions about 30% or so into the book, I found him to be virtually intolerable.

In fact, being that Dylen was soooooooo amazing, I truly wanted him to ditch Riordan and fall in love with someone else.

Anyone else.

What Riordan did wasn’t just an error in judgement in my opinion, it was an error in character – and therefore pretty unforgivable.

I could go on and on about what a spineless jackass Riordan was and why I thought so – but I will spare you all the rant details.

Needless to say, my aversion to Riordan absolutely clouded my enjoyment of book as a whole.

Luckily, some cheeky scenes with Rohyn and Lassen softened the blow a little bit; but even had those lovely moments not come to pass, I still liked this book a lot and I love this series.

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