Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Hallowed Bond by Eresse

Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
Genre: {M/M} Hermaphrodites, Futuristic
Rating: Golden Blush Award
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Dylen Teris returns home, after an evening of performing his duties, to find a stranger huddled on the front steps. Riodan Leyhar had been robbed of his belongings and was lost in the city. After learning the circumstances of Riodan’s dilemma, Hirlen, Dylen’s father offers shelter to Riodan.

Hallowed Bond is book two in the Chronicles of Ylandre. The setting takes place in the city of Rikara located in the dual-gendered realm of Ylandre, which is on the planet of Aisen. The exceptionally well written plot features love, political espionage, as well as social traditions that mirror historical Regency settings. The characters are especially realistic. Following in the footsteps of his father, Dylen is a companion who provides sexual services and/or social companionship for a considerable fee. Dylen is well educated, highly cultured and generally approved of by the high ranking society. The famous fraternity of companions is well known for their supreme discretion. Born an illegitimate child, Dylen knew the name of his sire; nevertheless chose to keep it a secret. When Dylen fell in love with Riodan, Dylen’s birth status is the bone of contention that separates the lovers.

Riodan loves Dylen. However, Riodan surrenders to his ambassador father’s aspirations of a higher social position after Dylen forces him to recognize the futile idealism of a future relationship. Years later, Riodan suffers through a loveless engagement of marriage arranged by his parents until he and Dylen have a chance meeting at the court of Rohyr Essendri, Ylandre’s powerful monarch. Dylen is now a member of the royal intelligence team and Riodan is a diplomat. Rohyr Essendri’s interference reunites Dylen and Riodan, giving them an opportunity to repair their broken hearts.

Eresse has created a spectacular episode to the extraordinarily distinct Chronicles of Ylandre. Like the first book Sacred Fate, Hallowed Bond is a captivating blend of political intrigues, social prejudice, emotional turmoil, magical powers as well as breathtaking love scenes. I recommend this excellent series to everyone who enjoys unparalleled all male romance stories.

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