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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Review: Lord of the Fading Lands by C.L. Wilson

Title: Lord of the Fading Lands
Author: C.L. Wilson
Series: Tairen Soul, book 1
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: HarperCollins
Format: E-book

“Once he had scorched the world.
Once he had driven back overwhelming darkness.
Once he had loved with such passion, his name was legend...
Now a thousand years later, a new threat calls him from the Fading Lands, back into the world that had cost him so dearly. Now an ancient, familiar evil is regaining its strength, and a new voice beckons him--more compelling, more seductive, more maddening than any before.
As the power of his most bitter enemy grows and ancient alliances crumble, the wildness in his blood will not be denied. The tairen must claim his truemate and embrace the destiny woven for him in the mists of time.”
Lord of the Fading Lands is book one of Tairen Soul series by C.L. Wilson.

Rainier vel'En Daris Feyreisen King of the Fey, also knows as Rain Tairen Soul is desperate to save his race. The Tairen are dying and with them the Fey will die too. The Tairen are big winged cats creatures linked to the Fey, Rain as Tairen Soul can shift to Tairen form, he is also the last Tairen Soul alive.
In a moment of desperation he begs for answers of how to save his race from The Eye of Truth. As a response he receives two images, one of a woman and another one of the city of Celieria.
He knows his good friend and confident Marissya v’En Solande, also knows as the Truthspeaker is planning her annual visit to the city of Celieria in the following days; so he decides to leave his exile of over thousand years and accompany her on her journey.
Thousand years ago, during the Mage Wars, the Mages of Eld assassinated Rain’s mate, Sariel. In a moment of complete emotional devastation for her dead, Rain succumbed to madness and scorched the world. Since then Rain hasn’t left The Fading Lands (Fey lands) until now.
There is always a big welcoming for Marissya and her Fey guards, but this year with the news of Rain arrival the city of Celieria is in a big outburst.
People are filling the streets, trying to get a vantage point to admire the Fey procession entering the city. Ellysetta Baristani has always loved the Fey and its tales and now is her opportunity to see Rain for the first time. She arrives early with her little twin sisters to take a good place from where to observe the Fey march.
When Rain starts approaching Celieria he feels another soul calling his. He knows his Shi’dalin or Truemate, is in the crowds observing the march.
The crowds are pushing back and forth an Ellysetta soon finds herself on the floor being trampled by the crowd.  Rain feels her pain and locates her immediately. When he is in front of Elly he recognizes her as the woman The Eye of Truth has showed him. He knows she is his Truemate, but he is in shock and in complete disbelief, never in Fey history a Tairen Soul had claimed a Truemate. Elly also feels the connection with Rain but his claim that she is his Truemate intimidates her. She is just the adoptive daughter of a woodcarver, a simple woman with not education or position. She doesn’t understand how is it possible for the King of the Fey to claim her as his Queen.
For the mating to take place Elly will have to accept Rain completely, if the mating doesn’t occur… let’s just say the consequences will be devastating.
While all this is happening, enemies from the past are taking force. There are other people who also want Elly but none of them have good intentions towards her.
Rain will have to woo her and protect her at the same time because the future of his race is in Elly’s hands.

I have had Lord of the Fading Lands in my TBR for over a year. I don’t know why I haven’t read it before, I’m just glad I did it now.

Ellyseta has always felt as a stranger in her own skin. Even tough she has always being surrounded by a family that loves her; deep in her heart there was always something missing. And being the ugly duckling in her town hasn’t helped her with her feelings of inadequacy. Despite those feelings her heart is pure and innocent. She has always been sweet, caring and loving. The best daughter, sister friend anyone could have.

Rain has been a tortured soul, full of pain, rage and remorse for centuries, until his gift from gods (Elly) comes to his life. After what happened to Sariel he is afraid of giving Elly his heart, but his soul has spoken and there is little he can do about it. He is overprotective and has a big sense of responsibility. But after so many years in exile and pain he has forgotten how “to be nice”. But what Elly is making him feel is slowly shedding his ice shell.

This is a yin and yang couple. They are opposites but they complement each other perfectly, their connection is not simple love but more deeply, they are soul mates, where feelings are bigger than them and appearances don’t matter. *swoon*

All the secondary characters in this book are great. They bring more deep to the story, making it more interesting and entertaining.
With Elly’s family and the Fey you feel you want to know them more; you want to hear their stories, their lives, what ails them and want to comfort and laugh with them as with Rain and Elly. 
With the evil forces you will hate them and will wanted all to disappear and rot in hell.

Mrs. Wilson’s magic with words will make you feel all those things and more. Her prose will keep you captured from page to page and the world she creates will have your imagination flying to this new land.

Lord of the Fading Land is one the best fantasy books I have read lately. It has a complex and different word, with a new language and many interesting characters. The plot has everything you want a book to have, action, love, intrigues, mysteries, and more.
This book is written is such a perfect manner that you will start to learn Feyan (Fey language) and will never be confused with the names of so many different characters because they are introduced masterfully into the story.

I cannot recommend enough Lord of the Fading Lands. If you are a fantasy lover you will adore it, and even if you are not a fan of this genre I think you should give it a chance, it is really a great book.
After finishing Lord of the Fading Lands I couldn’t restrain myself and started immediately the second book of this series Lady of Light and Shadows and let me tell you that it’s even better than this one.
These books are not stand-alone books and should be read in order.

My Verdict: 4 ½ Paws

Other books in the series
Lord of the Fading Lands
Lady of Light and Shadows
King of Sword and Sky
Queen of Song and Souls
Crown of Crystal Flame

Other reviews Goodreads


  1. I have book 1, well this book :) I have not read it yet though, what am I waiting for?

  2. Never heard of this book before! Great review, very interesting might check it out sometime :)

  3. I didn't LOVE this book as much as you did, but I bought the second one because I was interested to find out what happens next and I am glad to hear it's even better! Great review! I think it might have been the mood I was in when I read this, too.

  4. Blodeuedd Exactly, what are you waiting for? :) I hope you like it as much as I did.

    Ally Thank you. Yes, it's not very popular but it's a great fantasy book. If you like the genre you will like it.

    Spaz I started the third one today, and I'm liking it too. There are so many intrigues, that I haven't been able to put it down.
    I hope you like the second too.

  5. I have also had this one in my book closet for well over a year. Seeing how much you enjoyed it is making me want to read it sooner rather than later. The fact that Pamela enjoyed it too, that seals the deal for me. :)

  6. Julie You should read it. It's a great book. Nancy started to read it yesterday and she is loving it. I love this series so much I haven't been able to stop reading these books... I'm reading book 4 right now :)


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