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Liquid Silver
Release Date
June 2014
Book 6 of Chronicles of Ylandre
Fantasy Romance, LGBTQ

Guile is an asset in foreign relations, but an affliction when it comes to affairs of the heart.

A bastard of unknown parentage, Yandro Vaidon was born saddled with a huge disadvantage. The nigh rigid class structure of the dual-gendered realm of Ylandre relegated him to the bottom rungs of the social ladder and promised a dim future. Worse, the endeavor to win respectability was arduous—most claimed it was impossible. But by dint of hard work, perseverance and instances of plain good luck, Yandro rises higher than even he had hoped. However, he quickly learns there are hurdles to overcome even at these heights. Not least is his inconvenient attraction to a colleague deemed way beyond his reach.

Scion of House Essendri, the reigning dynasty of Ylandre, Jareth Hadrana is gifted with more than his fair share of beauty and wit. The kingdom's preeminent ambassador, he has surpassed what is usually expected of a fief-lord's second son. But while his high birth and family wealth opened doors for him, Jareth's success stemmed from his own efforts to make something of himself other than the idle fop or swaggering rakehell that was the lot of many younger sons.

A coincidence of interest drew Jareth and Yandro to the same profession, but a king's intervention throws them together in an association that soon turns into mutual desire. However, prejudices have largely kept the aristocratic True Bloods and lower caste Half Bloods on opposite sides of the social and romantic divide. In addition, reticence born of distrust and a secret like no other hamper their attempts to span the chasm between them. It will take more than their shared passion to convince them to lower their protective walls and risk their hearts in full.

Book Review by Breann (reviewer)
Aug 23, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
148 people found the following review helpful
Chronicles of Ylandre is one of the best M/M fantasy series out there. It's gotta be, because it doesn't get much better than this.

Yandro and Jereth work together for the king as ambassadors for Ylandre. Despite Yandro's unfortunate social standing, he proves to be Jareth's equal time and time again. Even though he's proven himself to others, Yandro can't seem to convince himself that he's worthy of someone with such high standing as Jareth.

There is a lot of fantasy in this series. So much that, even after six books, I still need to use the very useful glossary of terms in the beginning of each story. What I love about it is that even though this is very high fantasy, at the heart, it's a romance series. Which is really what us romance junkies want to know.

That being said, there was a lot of politics set up in the beginning. It was hard for me to get into IN FINE FORM because of that. I don't mind a little, but it was too much. Especially when I've come to expect a great love story from the series.

I really did enjoy Jareth and Yando. Yandro, who refused to be wooed by Jareth and his constant attention. He was very innocent and completely scandalized by Jareth's bluntness. Jareth was quite blunt when it came to his intentions with Yandro. I loved how he didn't give up, but still held back when Yandro truly didn't want what he was offering.

When there was romance between Jareth and Yandro, it was just as wonderful as I had anticipated. I just wanted more of it. Was IN FINE FORM my favorite Ylandre story? No. Will I still read more? Absolutely!
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