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Lord of the Fading Lands (Tairen Soul) Mass Market Paperback – September 28, 2010
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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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Lord of the Fading Lands takes place largely in the fantasy realm of Celieria, the home of our heroine, Ellysetta Barastani. Ellie is 24 year-old somewhat gawky young woman who is still growing into her looks. Having been largely ignored by marital prospects, Ellie has dreams of falling in love... something her practical parents do not encourage. In fact, Ellie is facing an unwanted wedding to an odious little sausage. But her life is turned on its head with the arrival of the fey and Rain Tairen Soul, who has not been seen in Celieria in a thousand years. I liked Ellie as a heroine. While she is somewhat naive and unassuming, I didn't find her naivety to be annoying. Ellie must come to terms with being the center of attention and the fated mate (shei'tani) of a king, while dealing with familial and societal prejudices against fey magic. I was happy to see fate intervene in Ellie's life, and I loved that she was able to share her soul light to ease burdens of the fey.
Rain Tairen Soul is a king with a tragic story. When his first mate was killed in the mage wars, he went mad and torched the earth. Rain has been somewhat lost for the last century, but he knows he must find a way to save his people. The numbers of Tairen and Fey are dwindling, and if Rain does not solve the problem, their species and race could die out. I just love Rain Tairen Soul. I loved his strength and vulnerability, and I loved his ability to shapeshift into the tairen soul. Rain was super protective of Ellie without smothering her spirit. I was so happy that he found his true mate, and I really enjoyed the way that Ellie heals his soul unknowingly. Much of what I love about Rain came from the series as a whole, so I won't mention it here... but he remains one of my favorite fantasy heroes to this day.
This first book of the series is largely the meet-cute between Ellie and Rain, and it sets up the story arc for the series. There are glimpses into the major plot conflict of the series, and it is a doozy. But one of my favorite aspects of this book/series (other than Ellie and Rain) are the secondary characters. I have major crushes on two of Ellie's fey guard, and I thought C.L. Wilson did a good job at making all of the characters interesting and engaging. I am eager to continue with my re-read/listen of the series where our characters return to the Fading Lands and meet the Tairen!
I'm a sucker for stories with medieval components, and this one is beautifully written. I felt Ellie was a lacking name for a protagonist but who am I to judge when I read a whole series with a protagonist named Bill (Vampire Bill), names aren that important!
Anyways, stopping the rant. I felt so inside the story, loved the mistery, the wickedness & determination of our villain(s). I'll definitely finish this series.
There were some bumps along the way writing wise, I got confused at times as the focus of narration wasn't always clear cut. The shifting into personal third person from one person to another wasn't always seamless, but it didn't detract from the experience as it didn't happen too often.
The characters were pretty built up, and there are a lot of them, secondary and tertiary characters kept popping up and sticking around. Too often in books characters are introduced and they fall into plot limbo where they're never heard of again. Not so in this book. That is probably my favorite thing in this book, the characters, how many there were, how I got to know each of them and still not become overwhelmed (I honestly couldn't imagine writing a book with that many characters to keep straight and interesting, but she manages it, quite well). As this is the first book in a series, the germ of the plot is just beginning to be fleshed out, we know something isn't normal with our Ellysetta and she isn't exactly what she seems and the mystery is brought out amidst political turmoil and sneaky mages. I felt like the book ended a bit abruptly, but it set the motion for the next in such a way, that you should probably just buy both so you can roll right into the next one. C.L. Wilson slowly spreads out the story, bit by bit fixing the mystery together. With her beautifully set world with plentiful characters to fill it with, this looks to me to be a series to fall right into.