What Kind Of Review Can You Expect?

If I could describe what kind of reader I am, I would hands down say I was an emotional one. When I read I want to fully experience the book, from the emotions coursing through the characters to reacting to the twist and turns of the storyline. I'm looking for those books that fire up my imagination and leave me breathless when it's over. It's for this reason why the reviews I write aren't so much what I think and are more on how I feel. My hopes in sharing my review in this way is that something will spark an interest and have you wanting to have the same experiences. This isn't to say I don't have issues with grammar, word choices etc. Trust me I do and most times all it takes is waiting for the story to grab hold for it not to matter. When I do include things about what I thought about the book (for example I've included comments about word choices and being too descriptive), I only do so because it directly affected how I felt. I hope this helps. Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The Tairen Soul Series

Lord Of The Fading Lands
CL Wilson / Fantasy

Long ago, in the magical holocaust known as the Mage Wars, the immortal Fey and their allies fought to defeat the grasping evil of the Elden Mages and their dark-gifted supporters. During those wars, in a fit of grief-induced madness caused by the death of his mate, Fey shapeshifter Rain Tairen Soul nearly destroyed the world in a blaze of tairen fire. Now, a thousand years later, the fierce Fey King must fight to save his race from the brink of extinction and once again stop the evil rising in the homeland of his enemies, the Eld. The key to his success lies in the mortal city of Celiera, where the Mage Wars began, and with a young woman whose soul sings to him in ways no woman's ever has, whose presence reawakens the primal fury of the tairen within his soul, and whose vast, untapped power can either save or destroy him and his people.

Lady Of Light And Shadows
CL Wilson / Fantasy

Since her earliest memories, Ellysetta Baristani had feared magic, even as she has been inexorably drawn to all things Fey, especially the poetry and legends of Rain Tairen Soul. Now claimed as Rain's truemate and no longer able to deny her own magic, Ellysetta is swept into the very center of a struggle filled with the magic and darkness she has always feared. The High Mage of Eld wants to capture her. The most murderous dahl'reisen who ever lived wants her dead. And her enemies will corrupt even the people she loves most in their quest to claim her magic for themselves

King Of Sword And Sky
CL Wilson / Fantasy

Returning to the Fading Lands with his Celierian truemate, Rain discovers a dissension among the most powerful members of his own council. As the Eld plot their next deadly strike, Ellysetta struggles to master her powerful magic and discover how to save the tairen, while Rain confronts open challenge to his rule and prepares to lead the Fey army to war.

Queen of Song And Souls
CL Wilson / Fantasy

The first deadly battles of the new Mage Wars have been fought, and victory has been won at a terrible price. As the toll of an unfulfilled matebond and the torment of war begins to tip Rain towards madness, Ellysetta knows if she cannot find a way to defeat the darkness growing inside her and complete the truemate bond, Rain will die and she will become the prophesied monster Vadim Maur uses to destroy the Fey and enslave the World.

I have one word for this series - EPIC. This was the second time I've read this series and it still captured my heart and had me entranced. It is still my number 1 favorite fantasy romance and if I had my way, I'd pay the author to continue to write this series forever because I could NEVER get enough of the beloved couple Rain and Ellysetta. In my eyes, they are one of the most powerful and heart wrenching couples in this genre and it has been my undying pleasure to spend time with them. Ellysetta is a wonderful heroine and I loved how no matter what situations she found herself in, no matter how overwhelming and frustrating they were, she handled it with grace and had very relatable and human reactions. Rain thrilled me with his arrogant start in the series but the devotion and love he showed Ellysetta was something that every girl dreams she'll find in her future lover/husband. I'm a sucker for the strong protector and Rain fit that description to a tee. Countless times I was tempted to transport myself into the book and swap places with Ellysetta, just so I could have those piercing eyes gaze into mine and powerful arms embrace me. Sigh ... it's a few days later and I'm still a little giddy. There was alot of things happening in the book but it never confused you or left you behind. I found myself having to hold myself back because all I wanted to do was race through the book, gorging myself on it. It truly is an amazing series and it is one of those series that you buy and keep forever, reading them over and over and over and over and over again (lol and over and over and over - you get the idea) The wonderful thing is the final book comes out this October and so right before it's release I'll re read the series and fall in love all over again. Please - read these books. They're a fabulous addition to the romance genre and an excellent tribute to fantasy.

Ratings: 5 stars and 3.5 hearts

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