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Product Details

  • Series: Tairen Soul
  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Reprint edition (September 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062023012
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062023018
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #590,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Released right on the heels of her impressive October debut, Lord of the Fading Lands, Wilson's sequel picks up, appropriately, right on the heels of the first title's denouement. Ellysetta Baristani and her betrothed Fey lord, returning hero Rain Tairen Soul, are days away from their wedding, but the wicked Eld lords are drawing ever closer to locating Ellysetta, whose magic they hope to use for their own ends. As the intrigues of the Eld plot ripple throughout the court, Ellysetta wrestles with personal demons and the mysterious power within her. Meanwhile, tensions on the country's borders mount as the specter of war draws nearer. Wilson jumps back into her tale without skipping a beat, expanding her world with finesse while boldly taking her story in entirely unexpected directions. As Ellysetta comes into her own as a proper heroine, driving the story toward its breath-taking conclusion, gratified fans may find their elation giving way to anxiety, as the wait for the next volume will be considerably longer. (Nov.)
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From the Back Cover

The Second Chapter in C. L. Wilson’s Breathtaking Epic Tale of Magic, Passion, and Destiny

She feared the dark visions and the magic within her. And she dreamed of the miraculous love that could save her.

Like an enchanted fairy tale prince he stepped from the sky to claim her—the Fey King, her destiny, her one and true love.

But behind the mesmerizing beauty of Rain’s violet eyes Ellysetta saw the passionate hunger of the beast . . . and a sorrow, deep and ancient, that she alone could heal. Only for him would sheembrace the frightening power that dwells within her. Only with him at her side could she confront the shadows that haunt her soul. For an epic battle looms on the horizon—and only united can they hope to turn back the armies of the darkness.

More About the Author

Writing has always been a focus of my life. I penned my first story at age six and haven't stopped writing since.

I hold a Bachelors Degree in English, Creative Writing from Georgia State University. Before selling my first book, I worked in the high tech industry as a marketing manager, a technical trainer, and a marketing product manager. I'm a member of Romance Writers of America, Tampa Area Romance Authors (TARA), Georgia Romance Writers (GRW), and Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA)

I live in Florida with my husband & our three children. When not torturing my characters mercilessly, I enjoy questing through the wilds of the latest Elder Scrolls game, knitting, crocheting, and dreaming of a world where chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream is a fat burning food! Oh, and reading, of course!

Customer Reviews

Well written and fast paced.
Susan Hill
The author creates a fantasy world that is full of intrigue, and characters that are compelling and complete whether good or evil.
Linda E. Ross
Where the first book left us with a lot of questions, we get some answers in this one.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Detra Fitch VINE VOICE on October 20, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Sequel to The Lord of the Fading Lands.

Rainier vel'En Daris, King of the Fey and Rairen Soul, had literally stepped from the sky to claim Ellysetta "Ellie" Baristani, a woodcarver's daughter, as his queen. Ellie is being groomed for her new life among the nobility and the royal courts. Ellie still does not understand the horrible nightmares that plague her or the frightening powers within her; however, it has become very clear that her life is in danger.

The evil High Mage Vadim Maur has minions everywhere. His apprentice, Kolis Manza, almost has the proof needed to show that Ellie is the one for whom Vadim has searched over twenty years for. Kolis has gotten close to the mortal queen and Ellie's former fiancé. It is only a matter of time. Once proven, the High Mage will claim Ellie's soul. Using Ellie, Vadim will enslave the world.

***** Do not begin this book until you have read Lord of the Fading Lands. Otherwise you will not fully understand what is going on. Believe me when I say that fans of either Fantasy or Paranormal Romance novels will LOVE both of these books. I cannot stress hard enough to the men out there that they will enjoy these two titles.

Having said that; I found this title to be as awesome as the first. It ends in a very good place. The author may either stop there or continue onward. The action is mostly non-stop, so make sure you have plenty of time to read before you even open the cover. I see awards in this author's future. This is a highly addictive series and I hope to see more! *****
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Helen Hancox on October 18, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
'Lady of Light and Shadows' is the second instalment in the duology about the Tairen Soul. This book definitely doesn't work on its own and would be very difficult to read as a first book, it follows immediately on from 'Lord of the Fading Lands' and continues the story of Rain and Ellie which was so gripping in that first instalment. The first book didn't finish at a particularly pivotal moment and the second instalment picks up straight up from that point and continues with the story as more and more depth and excitement is layered into the novel, including a previously mentioned character arriving to play a significant part in the action. It's a good thing that they have been published so closely together as they really don't work on their own; however, as a pair of books making one story, they are brilliant.

In this story Ellie's troubles increase as she continues to go through the complicated pre-marriage rituals. Each day of her life seems to become more and more complex with the difficulties between her and her family (mainly her mother) echoed by the political machinations between the King of Celieria, Rain Tairen Soul and the evil Mages of the Eld. Ellie's bridegroom, Rain Tairen Soul, is a fascinating character and she learns more about him as the book progresses; however Ellie is also learning more about herself and much of what she is learning looks bad. The narrator gives us insights into what is happening in Eld and we learn more about Ellie's provenance, much of the information seeming very worrying. How can Ellie be the good person that she seems with the history that she has had, and is she merely being positioned as Rain's mate in order to destroy the Fey from within?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By babs on January 22, 2009
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Watch out Kenyon...Wilson is out writing you. For the life of me I have no idea why Wilson's second book didn't carry the title "USA Today or New York Times Bestseller" on it. Come on people BUY HER BOOKS! I suggest you start with the first book in the series and continue from there. The story is extremely complicated and oh so many yummy characters are introduced. The Gods smile upon commoner Ellysetta when they send her the Lord of the Fading Lands; "Rain" The Tairen Soul, and an outstanding group of men who along the way devote their very beings to protect her. OMG ladies your not gonna put this one down...I promise! Wilson doesn't drag out the story line, she closes one mystery and opens another (which is, in my opinion, a breath of fresh air), more times than not the author will just keep repeating herself with to much back and forth as filler...Well I'll tell you, you are not going to find this in these novels. By the time your done with this book the characters are like family, and their world has become yours. ~Enjoy~
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Hinton VINE VOICE on February 3, 2008
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Picking up right where Lord of the Fading Lands left off, Lady of Light and Shadows begins the morning after the Queen of the Fey is hunted in her dreams by the dark being she calls the Shadow Man. Ellysetta knows that it's only a matter of time before she has to face her darkest enemy. Ellysetta's fiance and truemate, Rain Tairen Soul, has vowed to protect her, but even he doesn't know the depth of the evil that stalks his mate. Rain also has the added pressure of trying to protect his people, who are dying, and keeping the borders between Ellie's country and that of the nearby by Elden Mages closed to protect them all from the dangerous magic the Mages wield. Lady of Light and Shadows is the second book in C.L. Wilson's Tairen Soul series. This story gets more involved in the politics between Celieria, Eld, and the Fading Lands, as well as in the origins of Ellysetta's birth. It's more magical, more fantastical, and more enchanting than the first book--which is something I didn't even think was possible. These books are the perfect blend of fantasy and paranormal romance and are so engrossing you won't want to put them down. I'd suggest this series to anyone who enjoys magical beings and battles between the dark and the light. Now if only October would come a little faster so that the next two books (King of Sword and Sky and Queen of Song and Souls) would be released, I'd be all set.
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