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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
What a great conclusion to one of the best fantasy romance series!
“My friends… today, we are not Fey, Celierian, or dahl’reisen, but brothers, united and strong, each of us honorable and worthy warriors of Light. We are the steel no enemy can shatter. We are the magic no Dark power can defeat. We are the rock upon which evil breaks like waves. We are warriors of honor, champions of Light.”
The world of the Tairen and the Fey was captivating and enchanting. The attention to details in this series was so painstakingly accurate. I have to give this author props because you really do feel like you are transported into this other world while you read these books. The characters were so well developed and the story flows so easily. This is one of those books that you could be reading for hours and don't even realize it.
This last book was almost full of battle scenes. We have come to the final standoff with the Mages and the Fey. We also get to see the Fey working together with the mortals, Elves and dahl’reisen and of course the Tairen.
I have to say there was a lot of angst in this book. There were several times when I wondered how will this book have a HEA? It seemed at times that things seemed so hopeless. I'm not sure what I would have done if things did not end well for Rain and Ellysetta but don't worry there is definitely a HEA. And of course the passion and love that Rain and Elysetta have for each other comes out in this book, probably even more so that the previous books.
“Then we will die together, Ellysetta.” The corner of his beautiful mouth tilted slightly upwards in a mournful ghost of a smile. “Whatever your fate, I will share it. Wherever your Path leads, there, too, walk I. Ver reisa ku’chae. Kem surah,shei’tani.”
I think we get most of our questions answered in this conclusion. I didn't feel like any part of the story was left untold per say. However I would have liked to get more of Melliandra's story. I felt like she played such a big role in the series and I would have loved to know what happened with her. And I so wished there was an epilogue! To see what happens with Rain and Elysetta in the future, do they have children? What happens with Kieran, Kiel and the twins? Gah! I guess I'm left to my own imagination.
Overall the Tairen Soul series was a fantastic series! It will draw you in and make you never want to stop reading and that is always the best sign of a good book. Highly recommended!
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.
Please don't think that I didn't enjoy this - I absolutely did! I just feel that she was able to provide more detailed information in the earlier books. Of course I'll start rereading all of them before the month is out - can't wait!
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.