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Lord of the Fading Lands (Tairen Soul Series #1)

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Review for the whole series

I'm writing this review for the whole series because you do need to read all 5 books.

This is one of my favorite series. The characters are great from start to finish. You do get tiffed at them sometimes, the story needs conflict, but Wilson always brings them back...
I'm writing this review for the whole series because you do need to read all 5 books.

This is one of my favorite series. The characters are great from start to finish. You do get tiffed at them sometimes, the story needs conflict, but Wilson always brings them back to a place that you like them again.

Its a long journey but definitely worth your time and your money.

posted by 3232972 on November 15, 2012

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4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Angieville: LORD OF THE FADING LANDS

I waited for this one to become available at the library for quite awhile. It was always checked out and that, coupled with the rather rave reviews I'd read, made me excited to get my hands on it. The cover is decidedly hokey, but I've come to regret bouts of cover-snob...
I waited for this one to become available at the library for quite awhile. It was always checked out and that, coupled with the rather rave reviews I'd read, made me excited to get my hands on it. The cover is decidedly hokey, but I've come to regret bouts of cover-snobbery many a time before. So I resolved not to let it get to me this time. Besides. I finished the book and still can't wrap my mind around what the tairen actually look like. So the creature on the cover is as good a rendering as any, I'm sure.

Essentially, it is a Cinderella story. One in which the prince is actually a king. A massively overbearing, centuries old king at that. Rain Tairen Soul is well-known throughout the world as the man who almost destroyed it all when his beloved was killed. His rage was of such a magnitude that it nearly scorched the world. Thousands upon thousands died as a result. This all took place nigh unto a thousand years ago and Rain has spent the intervening years basically trying to hang onto his sanity and not give into his anger and sorrow. Enter Ellie--found on the side of the road as a child and taken in by a woodcarver and his wife. In a moment of utter terror, her soul cries out and Rain's hears it. He comes immediately to her rescue and the two of them attempt to make sense of what has happened to them. And what has happened is that they are soul mates. That's right. Rain has love thrust upon him centuries after he thought he was through with it for good. And Ellie has it swoop down upon her for the first time in her life. It's all very anguished and touching.

Except it's not.

I don't know if it's just that the story's been done before and in more compelling ways. Or if it's the he's older than Methuselah and she's a spring chicken ick factor. But it didn't do it for me. It's like the whole time the story was telling me, I am So Epic. Bask in my epicness! And Rain was storming around yelling at me, I am So Tortured. Revel in my anguish! Meanwhile, Ellie was tip-toeing around in his wake whispering, I am fragile but with a Core Of Steel. Underestimate me at your peril! But none of it felt real. It just felt like the veneer of epicness and torture and steel cores. There was also a string of women drugged and manipulated against their will which really rubbed me wrong. And did anyone else think Ellie should totally be with Bel? Or was that just me? Now the story certainly had its sweet moments. How could it not? At just over 400 pages, it never gets beyond the courtship stage of Rain and Ellie's relationship. But even then, I didn't feel like they got to know each other well. But I didn't feel like I knew them either so it wasn't that great a loss. I do have to say that this book (and series) is dearly beloved by many so, clearly, your mileage may (and probably will) vary. It may very well fly for you. But, for me, it never got its feet off the ground.

posted by Angieville on November 27, 2008

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2012

    Not good

    I did not like this book at all. In fact, I didn't even finish it, and that rarely happens. It started off pretty good and then just got stupid.

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  • Posted September 3, 2009

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    Fantasy about the Tairens (huge flying catlike creatures who live practically forever), especially the Lord of them all, Rain, who returns to the world when he hears a cry for help from who is unbelievably his truemate, the love of his heart.

    Ellysetta Baristani, the truemate in question, is a humble daughter of a Celerian woodcarver and his wife. The couple had found and kept this abandoned child, whom they love despite her looks and strange fits. It's a very long book, going into all the history and relationships between the Fey, the Celerians, and the evil plots of the Mages, especially against Elly who never should have been 'lost' and who possesses very strong powers (which she doesn't know about). But one thing can be said of Fey Warriors: they certainly do protect, defend, and love their truemates. Contrary to all the glowing blurbs, I found this tedious to read.

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