Monday, September 30, 2013

Cross Purposes

Author: Eresse
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
ISBN: 978-1-62210-011-8
Genre: {M/M} Fantasy Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx 

Keosqe Deilen thar Essendri is heir to the ruling aristocrat of Sidona, as well as a cousin to the monarch Rohyr Essendri. Although Keosqe has the wealth to support a family in luxury, a love match does not seem to be in his future until he offers to share his home with his long time friend’s younger brother, Tristan Marante. Spending years in the same household slowly develops into a strong bond of love but not without the pain of heartache Keosqe and Tristan must undergo.

Cross Purposes is the fifth book in the Chronicles of Ylandre series. This is an intricate series that imitates a historical regency romance but with all male characters.  The inhabitants of the planet Aisen are the results of the Naere, a race of hermaphrodites colonizing as well as breeding with the planet’s native people. The Naere colonists were a highly cultured warrior race, with mental power to heal or wound; they were also long-lived and strong. They could communicate without speaking out loud. Some of the Naere kept their breeding with the native gelra to the barest minimum consequently retaining much of the physical strength, endurance and most of the mind gifts, while others bred indiscriminately with the gelra, which resulted in the diminishment or disappearance of many of the characteristics of the Naere in succeeding generations.

Each book features a different couple whose storyline’s timeframe is parallel with the first book Sacred Fate. All of the characters are connected in some way to the royal family of Essendri. Keosqe is head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. There is a spy in their midst Keosqe is attempting to hunt down while dealing with his unreciprocated love for Tristan. Unfortunately, Keosqe is not successful in hiding his emotions from his many cousins who all try to help. Not only is Tristan a gifted healer, he is very perceptive. Tristan is aware of Keosqe’s failed love life. Because of his own family’s fall from grace, Tristan fears being cast aside when Keosqe tires of him.

Eresse’s impressive Cross Purposes is a marvelously emotional saga that I thoroughly enjoyed. 

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