- Series: Tairen Soul (Book 1)
- Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Avon (September 28, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062023020
- ISBN-13: 978-0062023025
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (255 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,081 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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From the Back Cover
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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Top Customer Reviews
So you're probably asking why I gave it 2 stars instead of 1. Well, on a technical level the author was able to craft words well enough wording that made the passages flow. It was descriptive but not so over complicated that I was wondering what she was talking about. Also I could see she put a lot of thought into world building. The world felt realer than the characters, at least the lead characters. The background characters had more personality than the leads, so the parts that were just about them were actually the most entertaining. I particularly liked the queen. I can see promise in future books if the plot got better. If I find the next book on bargain I might pick it up. Otherwise I'm moving onto a new series.
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. It'll be interesting to see how long I can hold out before breaking down and placing a quickie Kindle order for Lady of Light and Shadows.
While the romance was full-bodied, so was the fantasy world. When a novel includes a map and a glossary, I know that some serious thought and planning went into the series. The world building was complete with rich details, and I have no complaints. Nearly all of the plot took place in one location, so I'm hoping for some on-the-road adventures in the next book(s). I highly recommend "Lord of the Fading Lands" for romance fans who like magic and fantasy thrown into the mix.
I own all the paperback books and now I own the ebooks too!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My only complaint is the cover only because the girl is beautiful on book 2 AND in the blurb it states she's beautiful.Read more