Title: Lord of the Fading Lands (Tairen Soul #1) written by C.L. Wilson
Genre: Fantasy – Romance
Published by Harper Collins
Page count: 355
Format: Ebook (read on Barnes and Nobles HD+)
Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #34
After a thousand years of living a bitter, lonely life, Rain, the lord of the Fey and the last Tairen Soul finally feels the call of his truemate’s soul. He travels to the distant city of Celieria to find her and it is Ellysetta Baristani, the eldest (adopted) daughter of a woodcarver and his wife whose soul calls out to meet his. Rain begins to court her to win her heart as is custom through Fay tradition and Ellysetta, despite her fear of magic and the Fay, finds herself bewitched by Rain and the seemingly endless amount of love he has for her. But these are dangerous times for Ellysetta and even more dangerous times for the Fay. Rumors of murders performed by the Deilreisen, members of the Fay who have been outcast, echo along the borders of the mortal world and through the cities causing the people of the cities to fear and curse the Fay…the very people whom Ellysetta will soon be part of as their Queen. Tensions abound and danger lurks around every corner as the Lord of the Fay tries to win Ellie’s heart…little do they know that an age old enemy of the Fay has plans of its own.
This book was the June Alternate pick for Vaginal Fantasy Book Club! I read and reviewed the main pick “The Fire Lord’s Lover” early on in June and loved it. This book was no different, I absolutely loved this book as well, I just thought they were really fun books to read.
I gave this book a full 5 out of 5 stars. I thought it was wonderful. I thought the storytelling was wonderful, I thought the story was magnificent.
The story takes place in a fantasy setting where we have Fay, Magic and Mages but even though it’s a fantasy novel there is a very big, romance plot in this book. I feel as though the Romance plot (the Tairen Soul and his mate) overshadows the fantasy plot (the Fay and the Mages) a bit… I’m not sure if this was the aim of the book to be more Romance rather than epic fantasy…I really liked it though. I thought the Romance was fantastic and just wonderfully romantic so if you’re in that sort of romantic mood and you like fantasy novels, you would probably like reading this book. Once I got into this book I had a hard time putting it down, I just really wish that we saw a lot more of the fantasy plot, I really liked seeing the bits and pieces of fighting that we get to see…I wanted more swordfighting and wanted to see more magic and more of the elven vs. mage storyline. I also wanted to know about the Tairen’s and see more of the Tairens. Also we hear a lot about the Fading Lands and it’s really a place I would like to see but we don’t get to go to the Fading Lands in this book so I’m assuming that we may see it in the future books since this is a series.
I will definitely be reading more of this series (lately I’ve been reading some great books that are the first in a series so I have a kabillion books on my reading list!). I loved seeing the relationship blossom between Ellie and Rain and although we see a pretty big shift in their relationship in this book we don’t see any resolution in their relationship, we see the beginnings of what is supposed to be this unbreakable, magical, ultimate bond and it’s clear that the bond between them will grow into something much stronger. The ending was pretty abrupt so books that end that way just really make me think that I HAVE to read the next one. I am really interested in how they grow with each other, I’m interested in seeing what becomes of this whole Fey/Mage dynamic, I’m interested to see what is in store for the Queen because I hate her lol and I’m interested to see the Fading Lands and learn more about life there and about the Tairens. Yes…I will definitely be reading the next one.