Hallowed Bond is the second book in the Chronicles of Ylandre series by Eresse. Like the first book, the wonderful and intricate world that Eresse builds is not only fascinating; it easily becomes addictive to read about. From the first page, Hallowed Bond, sucked me in this complex world and into the lives of Dylen and Rioden and didn’t let up until the very end.
Hallowed Bond is a very complex and detailed book. I have to admit there were times I felt a little lost from the wealth of political information and intrigue of the Ylandre Kingdom. There is so much information given at once that I was almost overwhelmed by it. But, I held firm and finally was able to get used to the informative and elegant style of writing that Eresse has. Once, I re-familiarized myself with this book and the life of the Ylandre, the book was a smoother read for me and I really enjoyed it.
Dylen Teris and Rioden Leyhar come from different social standings. Dylen is an educated paid social companion and Rioden is the son of an Ambassador. There is an immediate physical attraction and emotional connection between them when they meet, but because of the social differences between them, both men know that their love is doomed from the beginning. But, for a short time they are determined to be together until they are pulled apart.
Dylen had always thought that Rioden would be true to his word and help Dylen if he should ever need him, and when Dylen goes to Rioden for help, Rioden denies the love and companionship they had ever had between them. This causes Dylen to feel betrayed by Rioden, but both men hurt by Rio’s actions. Years later, when they are forced to reconnect with one another and in many ways both men are haunted by the past. Dylen finds it hard to forgive Rioden’s callousness from years before, and Rioden becomes determined to earn Dylen’s love and trust again.
Like the first book, Sacred Fate, Hallowed Bond was a labor of love to read. This is not an easy book to follow at times, but it’s so worth it in the end. There is a lot of hurt and mistrust that the heroes must work through and there is a lot of political intrigue and world building that goes on throughout the story. This could easily bog the romance between Dylen and Rioden. But, with Eresse’s usual flair and lyrical storytelling skills, I thought the story basically moved smoothly along.
I do think it’s possible that Hallowed Bond could be read as a stand-alone book, but I do not recommend that you do so. To fully understand the intricate world of the Ylandre, I do believe it is necessary to read Sacred Fate first. This is an amazing series and I hope that Eresse continues writing more about these unique and lovely people.
I looked for more information about the author Eresse and I did not find a website but, there is a livejournal that Eresse keeps that looks to be quite informative. If you are interested in following Eresse’s journal, here is the link to get to it directly: http://eresse21.livejournal.com
Time and circumstances may force true lovers apart but the tie that binds them can never be fully severed.
When Dylen Teris and Riodan Leyhar meet one harsh winter in the dual-gendered realm of Ylandre, neither expects the encounter to lead to a fast friendship and abiding love. For a chasm of vastly dissimilar social stations lies between them, and not all Deira could imagine, let alone accept, such a relationship.
Circumstances eventually separate them for what seems forever only to conspire to bring them together once more in the most unlikely of places—at the court of Rohyr Essendri, Ylandre’s powerful monarch. Complicating their situation is the attraction that still lingers between them, waiting to flare once more into love. But when one is unwilling to venture his heart again or wholly forgive its breaker, it may take a king’s interference to reunite these star-crossed lovers for good.
Contains: hermaphrodism and explicit homoerotic sexual encounters.