Storyline Rating : 5/5 stars
Brief Summary from Goodreads :
In a land where humans and elves find it difficult to communicate, Tari—an elf—is bound to Captain Arion—a human military officer—in a ceremony designed to promote friendship between the two races. When the ceremony is over the pair discover that the impossible has happened: they can understand each other in spite of the language barrier.
Thrown into a storm of politics, Tari and Arion are put in danger by those who want humans and elves to remain separate.
To make matters worse, Tari realizes she has fallen in love with Arion, who has the emotional capabilities of a rock. As both societies dictate that an elf and a human can never be together, Tari must conceal her feelings. Unfortunately the taciturn Arion is watchful and attentive to Tari’s well being, constantly pushing her to her limits with his loyalty, friendship, and dreadfully informal habit of touching her.
If Tari and Arion survive, their tumultuous relationship will either strengthen their countries’ alliance, or cripple the human courts of nobility. The deciding factor will be Arion, and his indecipherable feelings for Tari.
My Point of View :
I was surprised at how much I actually like the story, since I was quite confused with the dynamics between elves and humans in the story in the beginning. It started with Tali – an elf, feeling excited over her upcoming bonding ceremony, which I though was some mating thing. To my disappointment it was some “goodwill act” between the elf and the humans – Tali is bonding with a human that she wouldn’t know till the ceremony. The disappointment was short-lived once Tali begins interacting with Arion, the human who was chosen to bond with her. The way both of them try to understand the other’s culture (also their slow progress of falling in love with each other) is just…..cute and admirable.
After I got over the dynamics between elves and humans, I couldn’t stop wondering what in the world is an Evening Star – a role/job that Tali is holding. It was said to be a really important role within the elf community, so to find out that Evening Stars are dancers were quite…..perplexing. Their true roles weren’t explained until the near end of the story, which you would have to find out yourself if you ever plan to read this book.
Personally, I would love to see the main characters interact with their family members more, maybe that way I could understand the minor characters more (what motivates them to do what they did). Still, I would totally recommend this book if you love fantasy romance and if you want a fast read. I find it truly astonishing that the whole story fits into 160+ pages (Kindle version), I actually felt as though I’ve read 250+ pages worth of story.
Favorite Quotes : None from this book.