Bridging The Hatred Of Centuries Did Not Come Easy For Freyr K Farr And Ayden Vaska As Prince Of A War Torn Human Province, Freyr K Could Ill Afford To Fall For An Enemy And Ayden, An Elven Warrior With Three Hundred Years Of Bitterness In His Heart, Wanted No Part Of Love Yet They Came Together Despite Themselves And The Wills Of Their Peoples, Joining Hearts And Minds To Fight A Race Of Dark Beasts Threatening The Extinction Of MankindYet The Dark Beast Threat Pales Beside The Dangers Of A Summons To The Human High Court, Home Of The Aegis Exalted And The Harshest Test Yet Of Ayden S And Freyr K S Fledgling LoveWhen The Aegis Strips Ayden Of His Magic, Freyr K Is Forced To Choose Between His Love For Elf, Aegis, And King, All The While Seeking The One Uncertain Path That Might Save His Doomed Race Time Is Fast Running Out For Mankind, And Only By Making Peace Amongst Themselves And With Their Ancient Elven Enemies Can They End The Dark War And Undo The Tragedy That S Plagued Humans, Elves, And Dark Beasts Alike For The Last Three Hundred Years This Title Is A Lightly Revised Second Edition Of Crescendo, Previously Released With A Different Press


10 thoughts on “Crescendo (Song of the Fallen, #2)

  1. says:

    EXPLOSIVE AND YUMMY CONCLUSION 4.5More of my reviews and ramblings at PANTS OFF REVIEWSMiss Haimowitz has got it, she has outdone herself in this one when it comes to the writing She could have given us an easy HEA, an easy road for both Freyrik and Ayden but man if she didn t blow all of that out the water These lovers were pushed beyond what they could handle and for a little bit man and elf looked as if they were not going to make it This action packed epic tale will keep you on your toes and have you cheering for the humans and elf alike.The books picks up after Freyrik is summoned to court, that has him scared for both his life and for Ayden The trust of his people is waning because his feelings for an elf is noticeable There is no denying that Rik is in love, but it s traitorous because their King has taken up with the enemy Freyrik and Ayden venture into unknown, will they be riding into their deaths or will the Aegis himself be forgiving Though Rik is happy to be seeing his brother after sometime, he just walked right into a political war One move with the wrong alliance could cost him his life, because in this war love is not enough.Rik cannot protect Ayden in the Aegis court, and his mental stability is being pushed the limit He is taking Ayden to the one place he has no control, the one place he cannot over rule and keep Ayden at his side As soon as they arrived Ayden is taken stripped of his song magical powers and taken away to be treated as the slave he should have been all along Through this Ayden knows that Rik has no power where they are, but it doesn t stop the small resentment he has That once again the human he loves has failed to protect him.While Ayden struggles with trying free his fellow elves and wanting to remain with Freyrik, Freyrik struggles with where his loyalty lies So blind in his trust of his brother and the love for the Aegis, he is caught between a rock and a hard place When Freyrik and Ayden is sent to find out where the feral comes from read first book , to test his loyalty The mission could cause them their sanity if not their lives It will lead to some truths and finally an understanding between both humans and elf.I am not surprised by the awesmazingness that is this book The bitter hate humans feel towards things they don t understand fear is captured splendidly The adventure would make any fan of fantasy happy in their pants, such imagery and passion filled the pages I never thought I could fall in love with Ayden any man was I in for a surprise With all the pain he endures, he still manages shine even without his elf light and at times when he should hate Freyrik he always becomes the sole thing that Ayden lives for How can you not love such a pure heart, how can you not love them together Just when you think yep it can t get any worse bam it does Then when it s good, hmm it s really good.It s a book not to be missed, and a guarantee that fans of the first will love For readers who are seeing this series for the first time I recommend you read the first book, you will not be disappointed I am in awe, I am in love and I am losing my pants This is fantastic read filled with love, anger, hatred and a plot so deeply intricate you will lose yourself in the pages When you think about one of the great reads, you will remember this book.


  2. says:

    Finally Finally Finally After waiting forever okay, I admit that its actually been less than 6 months Ayden and Freyrik finally get their Happily Ever Afteror is it merely a Happy For Now Rachel, will you please stop torturing me I will admit that I was really nervous about reading this Not because I don t trust Rachel, but because I ve had several bad experiences with sequels over the past few months This sequel did not disappoint The story begins about 3 weeks following the end of Counterpoint and I loved and savored every tortuous word of it And when I say torture, I mean torture It took me a week to finish because I kept having to stop and breathe It was so angsty I think my heart was breaking for Ayden for about 97.3% of the book Every time I thought things would start getting better for himnope, they would just get worse and worse to the point I wanted to scream for him Even though I could feel so much love between Ayden and R k, R k was really starting to piss me off He was too humble and too weak eh, he was human after all He kept thinking about how willing he would be to sacrifice himself for Ayden and I kept wondering if he would ever grow a pair a stand up for the one he loved I think I screamed out loud when he finally did Like with the first book, there were many great, awesome lines from the Ayden and I have highlights all over the place But I am going to share one of my favorites from Freyr k instead Dark beasts, night terrors, and Ayden with manners These woods were terrifying indeed Once I finally figured out what Song of the Fallen actually stood for, I felt a little silly My brain never even suspected that, nor did it ever think it was of any importance I do feel a little cheated by the abrupt ending a 2 month gap in story time where many things happened and were left unexplained , so I feel I should at least knock off half a star for that 4.5 Stars I can t wait for the next story set in Ayden s world Just give me Ayden I didn t really care for this book cover at first, but after reading it I can see some of the details pulled straight from the story itself Unfortunately, it is not as beautiful, nor as hot, as the cover for Counterpoint No cover can compare to that.Please don t let my review scare you away from reading this I think if you loved the first book then you will love this one, too Ayden and Freyr k s journey through prejudices and self sacrifice is totally worth it in the end Their story is amazing


  3. says:

    This is the sequel of Counterpoint , which ended with a cliffhanger, and it s about the hunky protagonists being called before the Big Boss of the humans They have to pretend they re not in love with each other and the elf gets cut off from his magic, which is quite unpleasant for him To be honest I liked the second book less It focused on the hate between humans and elves and the intrigue at the human court than on the romance This wouldn t be a bad thing, but the whole situation was very violent and sad and the elf and his human lover were barely even together.The end was rushed a lot the end of the last chapter is the highest point of a decisive battle and then we re straight at the epilogue several months later.Some important issues were left unresolved mainly about how their relationship is going to work considering that elves live a loooong life and human kings tend to have less than average livespans Meh 3 3.5 stars because it made me sad even if it had a happy ending.


  4. says:

    What a great series I hate to see it end but this book is perfect, I wouldn t change a thing Well maybe I would


  5. says:

    Awwww Beautiful The writing is really a part of the story and it enters your mind, holds your hand and takes you to another world, another place There s also a fine humorous vein that made the darker moments a bit lighter It was as if the author was telling the story whispering in my ear, but the writing is not shy at all It s intimate and personal, the perfect instrument for the narration In the previous book, Ayden and Freyrik had to face their own prejudice and that of Freyrik s people to find love in their relationship Ayden was the one who faced distrust and danger, who had to fight to keep his pride intact, while falling in love with the enemy, with the man who kept him prisoner Freyrik had to balance his status as a ruler with his role of lover.In this book, Ayden and Freyrik both have to face danger, deceit and betrayal in a hostile setting The political scheming in the Aegis High Court kept me always on edge because it translated into Freyrik s inner torment and into Ayden s physical harassing, but it was beautifully balanced by the sweetness and tenderness of Ayden and Freyrik s relationship, their pure and unquenchable desire and love.Both men have to question their loyalties, which have the potential of bringing them apart Both aim to noble goals, to the freedom of their peoples, and these may be conflicting, but Ayden and Freyrik are loyal to each other and incredibly they find the way to make things work, each sacrificing something in turn Each of them has to make difficult choices and sometimes it s only the blind faith in their love that makes them strong and makes them endure their trials.In this book Freyrik seemed to me emotional and fragile He is forced to become a leader against his inspiration, he doesn t shy away from his responsibilities, but he is conflicted and I liked the way he sought comfort from his elf Ayden, stripped of his mind ear, devoid of his song, has to learn to be human in a way, to get accustomed to imperfection, and to understand Freyrik the hard way, with human senses For his king Ayden swallows his pride time and again, trying to keep him sheltered from the things which could hurt him.The story, the romance, the setting, the writing, each element is really beautiful and crafted with skill and passion and took me on a journey that I enjoyed to make Big time.


  6. says:

    I m so mad with this book Rather, with the author I read Counterpoint last year while reading Prisoner because I was trying to make Bloodraven last as much as possible, it was like my fantasypaloza In retrospective, I think while I liked all three books, Bloodraven being my absolutely favourite, Counterpoint was my less favourite, hence, I read the second part several months after Like I said, I m MAD, even after reading the acknowledgments because Rachel said this was a three years project and I totally believe her because the lore and world building was terrific, the musical theme was GREAT and I want it for a movie and or TV series Everything was great, a wonderful crescendo of events until the are you fucking kidding me ending I can t believe, it s like taking a almost fully baked cake a huge bridal one and burning and kicking it one minute before serving it What should had been the mother of battles and confrontations at the end at least, that s supposed to happen in fantasy in general if you have one big bad ass evil one as your villain was so lackluster and, as if that wasn t enough, IT FADES TO BLACK It freaking fades to black and then we re presented with a nice wrapped epilogue, two months ahead Why, Rachel, why I ve only read, besides from this series, Power Play from the author, but in both we see this magical epilogue were everything is solved, no further explanation whatsoever It pains me to my bones, this was easily another 4 stars book for me I may have cut some of the multiples scenes were Ayden was being tortured, it was very repetitive but after that ending, I cannot give it than three view spoiler So Ayden and Freir k are together and they re both war heroes Were the elders s song released pacified purified Does Freir k s sons now respect Ayden despise him ignore him Was the Aegis always a bastard is he sorry has he learned something from the elves Does Jagall apologizes does he feel guilty relieved are the slaves comfortable and happy living in the Elven Republic Does Freir k s misogyny changed after all And really, those are just a few, hide spoiler


  7. says:

    Arc provided via Netgalley in exchange for honest review and suddenly it didn t matter that their songs couldn t twine when their bodies and hearts and minds fit so perfectly, harmonized so exquisitely well He hung in the moment, a perfect crescendo, and wanted for absolutely nothing Crescendo A steady increase in intensity or force a gradual increase in the loudness of a sound or section of music.The 2nd and the final installment in the Songs of the Fallen series had everything I felt the 1st was missing I liked the 1st book in the series a lot, but I wished that there had been in depth building of the fantasy world and less of the war strategies and this time to my delight we get that and much .The 2nd book continues right after the ending of the first one and that worrisome cliffhanger Freyrik Ayden are being taken to see the Aegis, Freyrik s king who heard about Freyrik s victory and infatuation with the beautiful elf slave and doesn t seem so pleased with the fact that Freyrik kept Ayden hidden from him, but there s also a hidden purpose to it all about which they find out from the Aegis himself later on After their arrival Freyrik Ayden get separated and forced to get involved in the ruthless and corrupting politics of the court which puts again their love, life and possible future together on test and what s even worse they take away from Ayden the one thing he always could rely on, the core of his being his magic DeafNo Worse than deaf For all the beauty in the world s music had been shattered, stripped away, leaving only this broken wailing wrong in its place The fantasy fans will be in for a treat with this installment, because the author truly did her best when it comes to creating a unique and interesting fantasy world We get to meet both sides of the courts the human s and the elven s, their politics and their background and in the end we finally find out what really had happened between their ancestors in the past and made humans and elves sworn enemies In a magical world of lies, secrets, betrayals can something so pure as love survive The story was dark, thrilling, heart wrenching with some steamy scenes inbetween I liked Freyrik a lot, but Ayden has stolen the hit spot yet again and remains my favorite character in this series Whereas he did have a few spoiled and immature outbreaks in the first book, in this installment his mature and brave side came to attention and what was even admirable his unwavering devotion and love towards Freyrik In comparison to him Freyrik had a few moments of insecurity and doubt this time making him quite selfish in my eyes and making me believe that Ayden put on stake than him when it comes to their forbidden romance, but you just wait, because eventually he will do something truly brave and heart wrenching which will redeem every moment of doubt One of the best characteristics of this story is the beautiful, poetic writing style It truly shows the amazing talent of this author and when all secrets come out you ll understand the true meaning behind this title and the series and how they fit perfectly into the story The only thing I wish she did a bit differently is the search and the battle against the Fallen in the 2nd half of the book which I felt concluded too quickly and considering its importance I think the author should have described it thoroughly Other than that the story was perfect and the ending was than satisfying I recommend this series to all mm readers who are fans of mm fantasy books with an epic love story This series were my first books by R Haimowitz, but they definitely won t be the last He risked meeting Freyrik s eyes, saw within them a reflection of the malestorm he heard in Freyrik s song Fear, anxiety, carefully controlled panicAnd love, gods, such love Trust me, his gaze said Always, he thought back This review is posted on Way Too Hot Books.


  8. says:

    Unputdownable sequel to Counterpoint Great tale of m m romance and epic fantasy adventure You have never laid your pride down, Freyrik Not once, for me or anyone You don t know what it means to give that up, even for a moment And yet you ask it of me again and again Tell me, Freyrik, what can you wring from me Have I not done enough for you to trust me, gods crack you Re read 14th April 2013


  9. says:

    CRESCENDO, LOVE WAR


  10. says:

    4.5 stars rounded down to 4 Loved this one and the story continues You might remember that I reviewed the audio book for Counterpoint the first book in this duology about a month ago and I loved itwell, some things haven t changed because I loved this one as well Crescendo picks up right where we left off at the end of Counterpoint Freyrik and Ayden are heading for the High Court where their presence has been demanded by the Aegis Exalted.As the tensions between elves and humans grows, so does the love between Freyrik and Ayden Things go from bad to worse when the Aegis binds Aydin s magic and Aydin discovers that he s not the only elf being held prisoner by the high court Between the intrigues of the high court, the threat posed to mankind s existence by the dark beast and the machinations of Freyrik s brother as he plots the down fall of the Aegis Freyrik and Aydin are fighting not just for their survival but the survival of both of their races.This bookWow Just wow It s been quite a while since I ve read a fantasy novel that contained a plot that captured me as strongly as this one did The plot for this story was a little complex than the usual and things often weren t quite as they seemed especially where the Aegis and the high court were concerned and I loved it but I have to admit keeping track of all the subtle twist, turns and nuances of events as they transpired and the impact that they would have on events and individuals was a bit challenging I loved the pacing and the ongoing world building that occurred in this book always being given enough of both to keep my imagination fully engaged and the story moving at what for me was a steady pace and while not to fast it also didn t drag I was on the edge of my seat pretty much from start to finish as Freyrik and Ayden struggled to find a solution that would save both of their races and allow them to be together Their s is not an easy relationship and sadly often than not it s Ayden who pays the price in blood, pain and ultimately with the binding of his magic While his faith in Freyrik may falter at times it never fails and in the end when they need each other it holds strong My one and only niggle was the ending and even this by no means spoiled things for me I have to admit that after all that they went through to save their races and each other I would have liked a little happy times with Rik and Ayden but still all things considered knowing that they got to be together was a big plus While Craig Beck was the narrator for the first book, Giles Barron took on the challenge of narrating Crescendo and I was really pleased with his narration While I had a month between the first and second book it was by no means enough time to forget the wonderful narration that I enjoyed in Counterpoint and fortunately Mr Barron was equal to the task drawing me back into the story effortlessly and giving me voices that held all of the expression and consistency that was present in the first book Song of the Fallen is my first time reading this author aside from a short story and a book co written with another author and I have to admit maybe that s not such a good thing because for me this one has set the standard pretty high for future books by Ms Haimowitz and needless to say I ll be adding Giles Barron to my list of narrators that I like An audio book of Crescendo was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.