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Crown of Crystal Flame (Tairen Soul) Mass Market Paperback – October 26, 2010
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From the Back Cover
A Song of Love won her heart.
A Song of Darkness haunted her soul.
A Song in the Dance would seal her fate.
Seers had long foreseen an extraordinary destiny for Ellysetta Baristani. Already she had won the heart of the Fey King—the magnificent Rain, ever her ally, eternally her love. She had saved the offspring of the magical tairen and fought beside her legendary mate against the armies of Eld. But the most powerful—and dangerous—Verse of her Song had yet to be sung. As the final battle draws nigh and evil tightens its grip upon her soul—will Ellysetta secure the world for Light or plunge it into Darkness for all eternity? As she and Rain fight for each other, side by side, will they find a way to complete their truemate bond and defeat the evil High Mage of Eld before it's too late, or must they make the ultimate sacrifice to save their world?
About the Author
C. L. Wilson wrote her first story at age six, and though she took a number of long detours during her life, she never gave up her lifelong dream of being published. Many years, hundreds of false starts, and five completed novels later, she received "The Call" in October 2006 and sold her epic fantasy romance, Tairen Soul, at auction. Her debut novel spent two weeks on the USA Today bestseller list, and her subsequent novels have gone on to hit a variety of lists, including USA Today, New York Times, and Publishers Weekly. When not writing, C. L. enjoys relaxing with her husband and three children in sunny Florida and daydreaming of a world where people exercise in their sleep and chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream is a fat-burning food.
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Top Customer Reviews
My only complaint (other than the bad book covers- there's no way that guy is Rain) would be Ellie and her wavering self confidence. I rolled with it through the first few books but towards #4 and 5 I wanted her to get with it already! I wanted her to grown into herself faster and accept that she is a good person. I felt that her inner conflict went on too long. I also hope there might be a spin off series or maybe a novella or two about some of the other characters, like the twins and Mellisandra.
Having said that, I bought all of them and read the whole thing. It was imaginative and engrossing and I enjoyed it, though, because all the books are really just one long story, some reader fatigue had set in by the beginning of the last book.
Just Wow! I am totally blown away. The series is brilliantly written with the world building and the dynasty of connections between the characters. This is one series that imagination and creativity of the plot exceeds any fantasy tale I have ever read. I found myself captivated from the very first book and towards the end of each book I couldn't wait to get to the next book to continue the flowing magical movie like visual of excitement the author's smooth writing revealed as it came alive upon the page.
I want to note however that each book is just a part of the story and must be read in order for the reader to understand the awesome plot and the connection between each character.
The main characters Ellysetta and Rain are magical and their passion is believable and steam up the pages throughout the series. The fey language will have you melting with heart felt emotions.
"Ver reisa ku'chae. Kem surah, sheitani. Your soul calls out. Mine answers, beloved." (Rain)
"Whatever your fate, I wil share it. Wherever your Path leads, there, too, walk I. Ver reisa ku'chae. Kem surah, sheitani." (Rain)
The Tairen creatures are creative as they are a form of great big cats with wings. They are humorous and playful but most importantly they are protective with a fierceness that will have you in awe. Steli is my favorite because of her protectiveness and heartwarming fondness of Ellie, she had me laughing out loud with her humor and actions.
The friendship between the Celierian (humans) Fae, Elves, characters bring forth the drama of family history, their fates of religion and beliefs, their turmoil of living and surviving, and their dedication of honor and soul wrenching love to die for.
"War is a strange thing, kem'jitanessa. I've seen bitter enemies fighting side by side, because they hate the thing they're fighting more than they hate each other. Sometimes you have to take your allies where you find them and hope for the best."
Throughout each book the reader will find the many examples of good (light) vs evil (darkness) and a discovery of how not all evil (darkness) is truly evil but a necessary action of protectiveness and love - a way of life. This is one of the reasons I love about this magical story.
"We are all the gods children. All our gifts come from them. It's what we do with those gifts that determines whether we walk in Light or Shadow."
The evil (darkness) of the Mages along with their demon possessed evil creatures will have you seething for revenge as the torture and graphic bloody scenery plays out in this action packed mystical story. The magical powers bestowed upon the Mages and their minions is bone chilling and will have you gripping the book tight as you read the scenes thinking OMG or WTF.
However, though the reader will be stunned from the horrific scenes of great loss, the passionate warmth of love and good deeds between each book leaves you with a fulfilled contentment up to the final climax of the breath taking Happy Ever After in the end.
Overall, I highly recommend this series for all Adult Fantasy fans and this fan of C.L. Wilson looks forward to reading more of her fantastic works.
This was a very good ending to the series. It picks up right where book 4 left off and jumps right into the action. Ellie was more on track with the way she was in book 3 and was not whiny and annoying like she was in book 4. She was much more likeable, though there were a few instances of her wanting to do something regardless of the danger it put everyone around her in. I certainly don't want her sheltered in a bubble like some of the characters would do if they could, but sometimes she does things that are just stupid. Still she and Rain were great, solid characters in this book.
One of the biggest draw backs to me was a lack of romance in this book. I realize that they're in the middle of a war so it shouldn't be all sunshine and rainbows, but this read almost like a straight fantasy book rather than a romance. There were many drawn out battle scenes. The other problem that kept me from giving this a 5 star rating is that, as others have mentioned, the ending was very rushed. Ellie's been struggling to do certain things throughout the books, and in a matter of a couple minutes she just does it. Very rushed. I also thought the big solution to the problem with the mages was unbelievable based on what we know of magic from the previous books. Plus, like I said, it all took place is just a couple pages.
All that being said, it was a satisfying read and a great end to a fantastic series.