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Lord of the Fading Lands Mass Market Paperback – October 2, 2007

4.5 out of 5 stars 245 customer reviews
Book 1 of 5 in the Tairen Soul Series

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This fantasy-romance debut features faerie king Rain Tairen Soul, a man tormented by age-old grief: a thousand years ago, the woman he loved was slain in battle, and in his rage he laid waste to half the world. Now his people are dying out and the evil mages of Eld are rising again. When Rain hears the call of his lost soul mate, Ellysetta, he journeys to the neighboring kingdom to find her; when he claims a woodcarver's daughter as his mate, he scandalizes the nobility of her country and rouses the interest of Eld's wicked wizards, who come seeking her in order to get at Rain. The first book in a series, much of this volume is devoted to establishing the characters and their world, at the expense of plot. Though the extended courtship between Rain and Ellysetta can grow tedious, the story moves well enough to hold readers' interest and draw them into the sequel (due in November), which should advance the plot significantly. A promising start, this series should have great appeal for fans of fantasy and will likely reward romance readers for whom patience is not a problem. (Oct.)
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The First Chapter in C. L. Wilson’s Breathtaking Epic Tale of Magic, Passion, and Destiny

Once he drove back the darkness. Once he loved with such passion his name was legend.

Once, driven wild with grief over the murder of his beloved, the majestic Fey King Rain Tairen Soul had laid waste to the world before vanishing into the Fading Lands. Now, a thousand yearslater, a new threat draws him back into the world—and a new love reawakens the heart he thought long-dead.

Ellysetta, a woodcarver’s daughter, calls to Rain in a way no other ever had. Mysterious and magical, her soul beckons him with a compelling, seductive song—and no matter the cost, thewildness in his blood will not be denied. as an ancient, familiar evil regains its strength, causing centuries-old alliances to crumble and threatening doom for Rain and his people . . .he must claim his truemate to embrace the destiny woven for them both in the mists of time.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 402 pages
  • Publisher: Leisure Books; 1st Printing edition (October 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0843959770
  • ISBN-13: 978-0843959772
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (245 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,143,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rainier vel'En Daris Feyreisen, the Tairen Soul, King of the Fading Lands, and Defender of the Fey has got to do something to save his people. There is only one fertile female tairen, and her offspring are dying inside their eggs. His people are dying, his land is barren, and there is nothing he can do about it. Desperate for a cure, Rain seeks out one of the more powerful Fey objects, a magical crystal called the Eye of Truth. After punishing him for having the audacity to seek answers from such a holy object, the Eye tells Rain that she salvation of his people and himself lies in a land called Celieria and shows him the image of a red-haired, green-eyed girl. Though he hates that cursed land since it reminds him of love lost and battles fought long ago, Rain decides to accompany Marissya, the only remaining female Fey, on her trip to Celieria in the hopes of finding the girl and saving his people.

Ellysetta Baristani is the peasant daughter of a woodcarver in Celieria. She is not the biological child of this family, but they found her in the woods and raised her as their own. Ellie has never felt that she was anything but a full member of the Baristani family, even though there is a darkness inside her that she struggles to contain. When it is learned that the Tairen Soul is coming to Celieria, Ellie's younger twin sisters ask her to accompany them to the ceremony. No one has seen the King of the Fey in more than a thousand years, and Ellie acquiesces to her sister's demands. In the crowded mass of people gathered to see the visiting Fey, one of Ellie's sisters is injured. When she kisses her sister's wound to make it better, the spark of magic between them calls the Tairen Soul from the sky and changes Ellie's life forever...
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I was really anticipating this book and wasn't disappointed in the least. When I received the book, I had that same excited feeling that I'd get when a new Christine Feehan book would come. Just the synopsis made me feel that Wilson was onto something new & exciting.

At some points in the book, I could feel the dread building in me--waiting for the author to use the BIG MISUNDERSTANDING card or have something horrible happen to the h/h just to further the plot. I can quite happily say that Wilson resisted this impulse and instead gave me a story that was uplifting & engrossing, but not sugary-sweet. The interactions between the h/h were believable & intense. I like that the author showed the heroine's vulnerability regarding the hero's past marriage. If she hadn't addressed this, I would've wondered.

I would agree with another reviewer who said that they would be put this in the fantasy category, rather than paranormal romance. While it is definitely a romance, it has plenty of elements that would make this "acceptable" to those who avoid romances.

I can't wait for the next book, and I am overjoyed that I won't have to wait a year for it. Kudos to this new author, and here's hoping that we see plenty of books from her in the future!
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I didn't give two stars lightly. There were serious problems I had with this book and afterwards, I felt like I had swallowed a sandwich that gave me terrible indigestion. Not a satisfying feeling at all.

1) For starters, there are obvious similarities to Anne Bishop's Black Jewel Series, among many other romances written by other fantasy romance authors.

2) The hero dreams and fantasizes about his previous wife who is dead. He conjures her ghost and kisses her and thinks of her constantly. She's been dead for 1000 years. He grieves her and mourns her and doesn't want another wife... wait am I reading a book on the grief of lost loved ones or a romance? I thought this was the start of where the book went horribly, horribly wrong.

3) The entire book has the underlying thread of the hero only liking the heroine because she's his soul mate. It won't be like his other wife which was a "love born of the heart" match. Comforting to know, right? The author went too TOO too far with the exwife deal. It ruined the romance and made the hero seem like he preferred cheating with a ghost. It DID NOT give the impression he would be the same with the heroine, just made the hero look like he couldn't let go of the past.

4) What the hell is with all the wedding preparations? I wanted a fantasy romance, instead I got a book on wedding preparations in a make believe world. Chapters and chapters of picking out clothes, shoes, gowns, getting manner lessons, blah blah blah. Shouldn't they have been having sex by now? Shouldn't they have been in the Fading Lands, her husband's home by now? Noooo, we are given scene after scene of the heroine's mother cracking a s*&t at everything that walks and being a total b^%*( to her daughter.
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Plot Summary: The King of the Fey, Rain Tairen Soul, knows that his people and the magical Tairen beasts, are on a path to extinction. In desperation he dares to touch the Eye of Truth, and after a brutal ordeal, he's rewarded with a vision of a woman and her location. Rain travels from the Fading Lands to Celieria for the first time in 1,000 years and searches for his soulmate. She turns out to be Ellie Baristani, the adopted daughter of a humble woodcarver. Never admired as pretty or appreciated for her kind heart, Ellie is beyond shocked when the King of the Fey insists that she is the one woman who can bond with him for eternity.

This one got me into trouble today. I had a list of things to do, but I just couldn't put it down. I can't recall the last time a romance absorbed my attention so completely, so it's an easy call to give "Lord of the Fading Lands" a top rating. I think it's highly appropriate that author Christine Feehan blurbs this book on the front cover, because halfway through I thought to myself, gee, Feehan fans would probably love this. The hero, Rain Tairen Soul, is just the kind of regal, masterful, alpha hero that commands and demands attention. Ellie is the perfect counter to Rain; she's the light to his dark.

The romance between Rain and Ellie is clearly designed to play out over several books, and I wish I could find more series like this one. I love it when everything is drawn out, so it makes sense that this style would appeal to me. While Ms. Wilson ended this book on a high note, there's so much left hanging that I'm kicking myself now for not buying the second book.
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