Series: Silk & Steel #1
Published by Crazy Ace Publishing on January 18, 2019
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A tormented dragon prince.
A captured elven assassin.
Duty demands they fight for their people but love has other plans.
Eroan, one of the last elven assassins, lives for one purpose: kill the queen.
He would have succeeded if not for her last line of defense: Prince Lysander. Now, captured and forced into the queen’s harem, Eroan sees another opportunity. Why kill just the queen when he can kill them all? It would be simple, if not for the troubled and alluring dragon prince. A warrior, a killer, and something else… something Eroan finds himself inexplicably drawn to.
Trapped in a life he despises, Lysander knows his time is running out.
If the queen doesn’t kill him for his failures, her enemies will. There’s nothing left to live for, until an elf assassin almost kills him. A stubborn, prideful, fool of an elf who doesn’t know when to quit. An elf who sparks a violent, forbidden desire in Lysander. If Lysander can’t save himself, maybe he can save the elf and maybe, just maybe… one stubborn elf will be enough to bring down the queen before her reign brings death to them all.
The fight between Dragons, Elves & Humans have been going for a very long time, the elves and humans are dying out while the Dragon numbers keep on increasing. The elves were once the protectors of humankind, but that too came to an end when humans ignored the warning that their weapon could be their destruction. And it was the humans who brought peril and the destruction not only of their own kind, but the destruction of all else.
Queen Elisandra has one thing in mind, to keep extending her line to make sure her reign stays strong and prosperous. She is mighty and powerful and she got to the top by removing obstacles any way necessary and she isn’t shy about showing her power. She wants the Amethyst dragon to rule the world but she knows her enemies are becoming desperate and bold, bold enough to attempt an assassination in her own castle.
I loved the complexity of these characters. The dragon world and how their ruling depends on their line as much as it depends on their power to keep it alive. In their world only the strongest survives, even if it means bringing down one of their own. Lysander is the dragon prince that has made a name on his own. He is known for his agility in fighting, for the lethal way in which he manuvers his sord and the magestic way in which he delivers death. He never leaves survivors and he certainly never plays with his food, but this time is different, and Lysander knows it. As the younger son of Elisandra he is expected to help spread the dragon power and their number, but Lysander doesn’t want to follow rules, and he certainly doesn’t want to play by his mother’s rules.
Eroan is the latest of the assassins who has attempted to kill the queen and failing in his attempt. After days of torture and not getting anywhere he doesn’t know why the dragons keep him alive. As a member of the Order his only duty is to kill the dragon queen and he failed, he strugles with the failure knowing what it means to his people.
This was such a fun read, I enjoyed learning about the battle between these races and how their war came to be. The fight isn’t just good vs evil, it is survival vs extinction. Eroan & Lysander were such great characters, their struggles gave the story such a fantastic spin. Each has demons to fight but both seem rattled by what each day they discover about one another. Their individual story is fascinating, but the story that slowly developes around them is heart wrenching.
In this wonderful M/M story, happiness isn’t the first order. There is so much more at stake than each invididual story. I enjoyed how the author brought their individuality in a way that made sense, they were not simply paired together, their story developes along with every other dramatic twist, and the fate of each of them is not yet determined or drawn, in fact at this point I can’t even imagine what is to come next.
If you are looking for a great adult fantasy that brings passion, adventure and great action look no further. Silk & Steel has it all. A fantastic volatile love story that started slowly until it developed into a gut wrenching adventure that will leave you gasping for more. There is no happy ending on this book, but let’s hope this just sets the pace for what may come in Iron & Fire.
Do I recommend this book? YES YES YES!
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