Review: Crescendo by Rachel Haimowitz

Posted April 28, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 4 Comments

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Review: Crescendo by Rachel Haimowitz
Narrated by Giles Barron

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Series: Song of the Fallen #2
Genres: Fantasy Romance, M/M Romance
Published by Riptide
Released on April 12, 2018
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher
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The Delight

I eagerly anticipated this sequel after reading through the first book, Counterpoint, and coming up against that astonishing ending.  Sometimes its not a good idea to really anticipate a book because then you’re setting yourself up for disappointment, but in this case there was no disappointment.  This was a strong sequel from beginning to end.  Like the first one, this book challenges the emotions with many of the dark events in this odyssey-style story.


This is a continuation story so needs to be read in order behind the first one, Counterpoint.

The story continues from the point where the High King or Aegis sends his emissary to bring Freyrik and Ayden to the capitol.  Freyrik is under the Aegis’ disapprobation because he didn’t immediately send Ayden to him as a slave.  Ayden is also worried about what has been going on in the capitol that keeps his brother from returning home to his own kingdom.

The hardships continue for Rik and Ayden.  They discover that surviving the Surge, Ayden accepting the punishment of lashes and that finding love together is not enough.  Now Ayden is forced into a true slaveship with his elf magic bound while Freyrik is placed in a no win situation that makes him choose between his brother and the Aegis.  Either choice will bring betrayal and disappointment.  Under it all, the prince and elf still have each other and they will face an epic adventure once again- together.

I don’t have a wide range of knowledge when it comes to fantasy romance, but I was fascinated by all the creative twists and turns that the magical world the author thought up.

The plot was riveting.  I was already vested since the first story, but most of the times I got so caught up in the story that I couldn’t have turned it off to save my life.  Just when I was sure it was going to go a certain way, it twisted and took off in another direction.  I loved not knowing what was going to happen next.  There was a feel that certain things like a few minor characters’ fates that I would have liked to have seen neatly tied up in the end because I was curious about them, but in no way did this take away from a superior plot that focused on the fate of the world and specifically the two heroes.

These two heroes- Actually, I could just sit here and gush, but I doubt anyone wants to read that. Heh heh!  Truthfully, I found them more than engaging and splendid examples of what good main character should be in the first book.  It just got better with the more hardships that were thrown their way in this story.  They are tough and strong enough to weather the storm of life without a lot of angst, but they are also tender and there for each other when it counts.

I enjoyed this one in audio format and listening to narrator, Giles Barron, for the first time.  I was wary since the narrator is different from the first book, but no need.  He handled my well-loved characters like a pro.  His British accent worked for this human high court/ elven fantasy story.  He captured timing, tone, emotion, and the most intense moments of the story very well.  I will definitely be watching for more of his work.

In summary, this was an amazing conclusion to the Song of the Fallen story.  I could wish there was more in this world for the side characters, but I was well-satisfied with what I got.  I find that this duo of stories, Counterpoint and Crescendo, are terribly easy to recommend to those who enjoy high epic fantasy adventure.

My thanks to Riptide Publishing for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for an honest review.


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New Release #66
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About Rachel Haimowitz

M/M erotic romance author, freelance writer and editor, sadist with a pesky conscience, shamelessly silly, proudly pervish. I’m a twitter addict (@rachelhaimowitz), and I blog every M/W/F at Fantasy Unbound. To learn all about my current and upcoming projects, please stop by my website. I love to hear from folks, so feel free to drop me a line anytime at metarachel (at) gmail (dot) com.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Carole's Random Life
4 years ago

This sounds really interesting. I am glad that the second book in the series lived up to your expectations. That doesn’t always happen. I am glad that the narrator worked well for you even though he was different than the narrator from the first book.

Sophia Rose
4 years ago

Yes, I was relieved that it didn’t lose all the great part of the first book. Haha, and then I had to wonder about the narrator, but that turned out great, too. 🙂

Mary @StackingMyBookShelves!

Glad you enjoyed this next in series book. Sounds like it had a great plot with all the twists. Great review!

Sophia Rose
4 years ago

Yes, I really did. Thanks, Mary. Twisty plots are the best. 🙂