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

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

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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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    entertaining opening romantic fantasy

    When his beloved Sariel died in combat Fey king Rain Tairen Soul went berserk and destroyed much of the realm even as his side defeated the evil wizards of Eld. Now a thousand years later he still grieves, but worries that soon his people the fairy will become extinct. Desperate to save his race, Rain ignores the taboo of touching the sacred Eye of Truth in order to learn if there is some way to save his people. What the Eye showed him after beating the arrogance out of his soul, is a secret. Rain heads a half of continent away to the mortal city of Celieria where apparently resides his lost soul mate, Ellysetta Baristaini, an unacceptable female for their Tairen by the Fey nobles as she is a woodcarver¿s daughter. At the same time that Rain begins courting, the wizards of Eld want to use this expendable woman as a pawn to enable them to destroy the Tairen. --- LORD OF THE FADING LANDS is an entertaining opening romantic fantasy that will please fans of both genres. As with many epic fantasies, the story line focuses on introducing the key characters and the setting so that action is somewhat limited to the romance and to a degree the plotting of the malevolent wizards. Still C. L. Wilson provides a fascinating tale with a solid premise of a dying race, which will bring plenty of fans to this debut, who also will eagerly look forward to the sequel. --- Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 19, 2011

    Took a bit to get into...

    ...which usually happens when you try to explain a WHOLE NEW KIND OF WORLD to a reader. But once I caught on to how things worked, I loved it! Ellie's mother drove me crazy, but there's always a character that does. And I "LOVE" Rain, Dax & Ellie's Quintet!!!!! C.L. writes MEN very well! Her father was wonderful, too. And King Dorian. [did I get them all, lol] I think the best comparison I could make - which is a compliment - is that the series overall was like reading Lord of the Rings, with power-weavings & soul-healings added. C.L. loves [or felt the need] to describe "everything" in all 5 books, so be prepared to read about every color of drapery in every room, how many windows fill the walls and what EVERYONE was wearing - everytime - right down to their socks. But to be truthful, over-describing is bearable when there's a great story involved. I blew through all 5 stories in 2 weeks! =}

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  • Posted July 12, 2011

    Very good series!

    It gets a little dry at some points but overall a very good fantasy series.

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  • Posted April 7, 2011

    Really liked it..intriguing world & storyline

    I found the characters and world building interesting. Couldn't stop reading to know how things were going to transpire between Rain and Ellie. Well done and refreshing change from more recent paranormal romance novels that start to feel like same plot. I will reread it again.

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  • Posted February 1, 2009

    Exciting

    The first in the series leaves you wanting to go right out and get the rest. After reading it the first time you want to go back and reread it.

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    Posted March 14, 2008

    Was disappointed in ending, but liked the book

    It was frustrating to get to the end of the book and nothing is resolved. You've got to read the next book to find out what happens, which I will, and I'm hoping it will be a little more satisfying in the end.

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