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

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

by C. L. Wilson
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Lord of the Fading Lands (Tairen Soul Series #1) by C. L. Wilson

“The best book I’ve read in years.”

—Christine Feehan


The incomparable C.L. Wilson brings her phenomenal Tairen Soul novels to Avon Books! Lord of the Fading Lands is the first book in the epic romantic adventure that combines sweeping fantasy with breathtaking paranormal romance. USA Today and New York Times bestseller C. L. Wilson dazzles with a magnificent, heart-soaring tale of passion and great destiny—of the tormented Fey King Rain, the woodcutter’s daughter Ellysetta, who would be queen, and their eternal quest for true love in the mystical Fading Lands.

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ISBN-13: 9780062023025
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/28/2010
Series: Tairen Soul Series , #1
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 426,254
Product dimensions: 6.96(w) x 11.28(h) x 1.15(d)

About the Author

C. L. Wilson wrote her first story at age six, and though she took a number of long detours during her life, she never gave up her lifelong dream of being published. Many years, hundreds of false starts, and five completed novels later, she received "The Call" in October 2006 and sold her epic fantasy romance, Tairen Soul, at auction. Her debut novel spent two weeks on the USA Today bestseller list, and her subsequent novels have gone on to hit a variety of lists, including USA Today, New York Times, and Publishers Weekly. When not writing, C. L. enjoys relaxing with her husband and three children in sunny Florida and daydreaming of a world where people exercise in their sleep and chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream is a fat-burning food.

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Lord of the Fading Lands 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 243 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
Angieville More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Once he had scorched the world. Once he had driven back overwhelming darkness. Once he had loved with such passion, his name was legend... C.L.Wilson¿s debut novel, LORD OF THE FADING LANDS, has everything a romance novel should. Tortured hero, misunderstood heroine, great love, evil villain, humor, passion, mystery - it¿s Cinderella set in a land of Tairen, Celerians, and humans. No wicked stepmother or sisters, but certainly plenty of mean and nasty peers. The Tairen are fey, gifted in magic and mystery. A thousand years after the Mage War, however, they are facing extinction. Rainier vel'En Daris Feyreisen is the last of the Tairen Soul, and in an effort to consult the Eye of Tairen as to how to help his people, he is guided to find a woman surrounded by flame. He finds Elly, and discovers she is his shei¿tani, the mate of his soul. Ellysetta Baristani suffered from horrendous nightmares and seizures for years, although they finally ceased, to her adopted family¿s relief. Raised by strict but loving parents, Elly is fascinated by the tairen, and especially Rain Tairen Soul. An awkward, gawky, and unattractive child, Elly is finally coming into her own beauty. Because she is nearing her 25th birthday, her mother, in a genuine loving gesture, allows her to be betrothed to a man with the personality of a toad who only wants Elly so he can exploit her. Our H and H meet and it is not love at first sight. Rain recognizes her as the woman shown to him by the Eye fo Tairen and forces himself into her life. Elly, while admiring him from afar, is afraid of him and his magic when he rescues her from a stampeding crowd. It¿s a good romance, believable and heartwarming. Most of the story is about Rain and Elly adjusting to the idea that they are destined to be together. Neither are inititally thrilled with the idea. Ms. Wilson moves the story slowly to allow the reader to get to know the nuances of the characters and to immerse ourselves into their world. She masterfully uses details to create a seamless and richly detailed story. The quality of her storytelling is absolutely rock solid. I found the book to be magical, dramatic, romantic, tense, and thoroughly entertaining. It is everything I like in a book. My only complaint is that I wasn¿t ready for it to end. The sequel, LADY OF LIGHT AND SHADOWS, is set for release at the end of October. I can hardly wait.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Rain Tairen Soul, King of the Fey, the most powerful Fey alive, takes matters into his own hands to help save the tairen -- magical winged cats of the Fading Lands -- from extinction because if they no longer exist, so too would the Fey die out because they are so closely related, their existence dependent upon one another. Taking the Eye of Truth -- the oracle a trained seer can use to garner answers from any realm of time -- in his hands, something that should never be done, he demands how he can save his people but receives only mind-bending pain and scenes of the past that are just as painful - the Mage Wars, the death of Sariel, his heart mate, and his Rage on the world in his grief at her passing, scorching anything and anyone is his path during his grief in his tairen form. As suddenly as the pain was upon him it is taken away, and in its place is the vision of a woman and of a city he knows well and despises just as much. But now he knows what he needs to do. His soul mate awaits him. Ellysetta Baristani, a woodcarver's daughter, is fast approaching her 25th birtday, the time when a woman is considred a spinster if not married, but although she is happy with her family, that same poor family and her own strangeness keeps eligible men from her door asking for her hand. All except one, the butcher's son, who Elly refuses to marry, even when her parents insist on the union. She prays to the gods to send her anyone but that despicable toad, and she learns very soon that you must be wary what you ask for. But when she meets her destiny and learns more about him and his kind, both of which have always fascinated her, life is never the same quiet peacefulness she's known all her life. But would she give Rain up for any aspect of a life that seems so far away now. Not for anything in the world. Lord of the Fading Lands is a beautiful love story, bringing together soul mates, one magical and thousands of years old and the other a young, innocent girl of common unbringing, but when they touch, desire and need threads through them both, one having to control his desires and keep his tairen in check, the other slightly afraid of such intense feeling but wanting to experience it nonetheless. Dark forces are stirring to keep this union from happening, to take over the world and be all powerful, but being a soul mate transcends love and when it happens, no power in the land will be able to conquer them and their passion. These characters plow right into your heart and stay there. Even the secondary charaters, good or evil, make you sit up and take notice. And the tairen alone is the worth the reading of this story. This is one unique and wonderful book!
Leeya_Morgan More than 1 year ago
I have read a lot of books over the years, but this is one of my favorites. The characters are complex and real. Their reactions feel genuine and for a fantasy book, that surprised me. Rain is your typical broody, loner male lead but its his unexpected gentleness that captivates the reader. Elly is strong and courageous, with a nice family background. The development of the each individual character is quite interesting to see. I literally could not put this book down until I was finished with it. And if you love fantasy and plot twists, this is definitely the book for you. C.L. Wilson breathes a fresh new life into the tired old stories that line fantasy book shelves.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This has to be the best series i have ever read. i couldnt stop reading it, and now i can barely wait for next year. Please do yourself the biggest favor by picking this book and lady of light and shadow. it has everything, action, intrigue, love. Written beautifully with everything fitting together so well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was enthralled from the first paragraph to the last. I sat up all night to read, not wanting to put it down, afraid I might miss something. While the book was closed I was so caught up in the story, as if I too was there, part of the story. When there was danger, I wanted to warn her somehow. I believe I may have fallen in love with Rain even faster than she, and I was aware I was falling. The romantic way he courted her took your breath away. I am not a young girl, yet I found myself giggling at times. When my husband wanted to know what was so funny, I told him I would tell him later-and I SHOWED HIM. I wanted to read faster, then wanted to slow down so as not to finish. I wanted it to go on for ever!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can only wonder if the author is really a character from this fairyland because I have been spell bound by this story. It has mistery and has romance. It is wonderful to know that the heroine does not always have to be a great beauty but that her beauty comes from within. Lord Rain and the Fey are beautiful and enchanting characters. I can't wait for the next book to take me back to the beautiful Fading Lands fantasy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great book! Fantastic story with all of the right combinations - changlings, magic and mystical places! Lots of twists & possible twists that leave you wanting more! Good, strong, characters in this book and great ground work in plot development for the next book. You can find yourself really immersed in this story! Can't wait to get the sequel!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I received this book as an advanced reading copy and I finished it within 24 hours of starting it.....and that is with work and family related doings. It was a hard book to put down and I can't wait for the next installment to come out. I won't spoil the plot, but, if you like books that are a combination of JRR Tolkien 'elves, mages, magic' and Christine Feehan 'shapeshifters and a dab of romance', you will really like this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Chronicles of Narnia, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the Harry Potter series, Stephen King novels, and few others create a world so real it sucks the reader in and holds them captive, refusing to let go until the author has finished having their way with them. C. L. Wilson¿s debut novel THE LORD OF THE FADING LANDS is one of those books. In the land beyond the Faering Mists, the tairen are dying. With the death of these magnificent, magical winged cats, so ends the Fey, a race of magic weilding warriers. Desperate to save his two species, Rain, the Fey King and Tairen Soul, consults the Eye of Truth and finds salvation in the unlikeliest of beings ¿ the orphaned human named Ellysetta. Good wars against evil as Rain woos the mate destiny has pre-ordained for him while Ellie discovers and begins to wield the magic she has long denied. Easily the best book I have read in years, THE LORD OF THE FADING LANDS 'October 2007' weaves a complex and detailed spell. C. L. Wilson might be a new voice in Paranormal Romance, but she is a powerfully mature one. Her story left me breathless and hungry for more and very, very glad the publisher 'Dorchester' has decided to release the second book in the series, LADY OF LIGHT AND SHADOWS this November.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. Sometimes it's difficult to keep up with a book where just about everything is a part of a different world. C.L. Wilson does an excellent job of not only telling a great story, but making sure the reader can understand this new fantasy world. I am so excited to read the second book. C.L. Wilson will have many followers after this series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
C.L. Wilson has provided readers to join in a world of sensuality and beauty. Passion flows off the pages. Once you begin to read you will be unable to put it down. Can not wait for the next installment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fantasy romances are popping of the shelf these days. There are so many - any yet many of these have little substance. Lord of hte Fading Lands though - this book has depth and strength. THIS is the type of book worth waiting for! C. L. Wilson has created a strong, wonderful story and her name will be one I will be watching for more great books. Already I can hardly wait for the sequal!
Guest More than 1 year ago
C. L. Wilson has created a new and exciting world in which to lose oneself. If you love Sherrilyn Kenyon and Christine Feehan, then Lord of the Fading Lands is a must read. I am definitely looking forward to more from this author and I'm thankful Lady of Light and Shadows will be released so soon following LFL. Bel, Kiel and Kieran need their own stories, too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
C.L.Wilson is a bright new voice of the romance/fantasy genre. I highly remmend her new book Lord of the Fading Lands to those who like books in the vein of Christine Feehan and Sherrilyn Kenyon who are too of my favorites. I have now added C.L.Wilson to the list. She has created a fantastic new world for us to expore and enjoy. I eagerly await her next installment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful beginning of (hopefully a long) series by C.L. Wilson. This book has a wonderful, grab your attention beginning and never stops. It is almost impossible to put this book down once you start, and wishing you could get the next book in this series NOW. The love scenes are marvelous, not just physical but what dreams are made of and provides you with wonderful moving feelings. The descriptions of the characters and places come to life vividly in your mind and the plot just holds you to see what is next. Thanks Cheryl for a wonderful story and lovely poems and lyics, cannot wait for Lady of Light and Shadows, and hopefully more about the people introduced in this book. Can't wait to see if anything comes of various plots involving the sisters of Ellysetta, maybe even with one of the Fey guards of Ellysetta(?) What wonderful twists and plots to imagine coming to life from Cheryl Wilson. I certainly hope there is more after Lady. visit Cheryl's site and click on the 'Wish' list here to get your books as fast as possible. Well worth the full price and if you are like me, not a book I would resell. this is a book I will read again and again. Mere words cannot convey how wonderful this story is.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mrs. Wilson unfolds an enchanting world where the joining of the magical Fey and the mortals of Ceileria comes a Cinderella story come true. Rainer von¿En Daris Feyreisen, King of the Fey, and the last Tairen Soul of the Fading Lands finds himself thrust in to a relationship with a `mortal¿ peasant whose family is of the working class. As Rain and Ellysetta begin their courtship the local nobles and a shunned fiancé (bad Celerian custom) makes for some very interesting situations and well placed humor. Mrs. Wilson does a fine job of creating situations that we (the reader) can apply to other dating relationships and old time stories although, this book mostly focuses on the courtship of the Fey King and his `mortal¿ Truemate, it develops the customs of the Fey people and the mortals of Celieria, and it develops several secondary characters that may follow in this delightful series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
CL writes a very believeable story. I realy enjoyed reading this book.It's a story about King of the Fey Rainer Tairen finding his truemate in Ellysetta Baristani a master woodcarver's daughter.Rain has lived over thousand years, Ellie only twenty-four years. Ellie is so very shy and does not understand how Rain could care for such a plain and tall girl as her. He sees her magic and inner beauty. The magic that Ellie does not want to admit she can weave.It has been such a long time since Rain has felt like this.They are so dfferent but so alike. It was a joy to see the two of them get to know each other. Yes ,it feels like you are there with them. There is mystery also, someone is trying to hurt the people Ellie loves. I's a must read. I know I will continue to read about Rain and Ellie as long as CL writes about them. Please don't stop CL.She is now one of my favorite writers.I can't wait for LADY OF LIGHT AND SHADOWS.If you enjoy reading Chistine Feehan as I do ,you will enjoy this also.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best debut novels I have ever read and I eagerly await the next in the series. There is no doubt in my mind that CL Wilson has a long career ahead of her in the paranormal romance genre. Without giving too much away it¿s a story about Faerie King Rain 'Tairen Soul', a man tormented by grief: a thousand years ago, the woman he loved was slain in battle, and in his rage against this he laid waste to half the world, and then retreated to the Fading Lands. Only a new threat to this land brought him back into the world that had cost him so dearly. A new voice calls to him - more seductive, captivating and intriguing than ever before...it is the call of his truemate Ellysetta. Now an ancient, familiar evil is regaining its strength and threatens the world and the both of them. What makes me excited about this book is the wonderful combination of intrigue, magic and romance. With some of the best range of secondary characters I have ever found in a series like this and hopefully will be given stories of their own. It was a joy to read from start to finish, I started it in the afternoon but couldn't put it down until I finished which was late in the night. I recommend this book to all lovers of the paranormal genre. Its now one of my all time favourites and is firmly on the keeper shelf Alert!! This is the first book in the series and the story continues in November with Lady of Light and Shadows!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is so well written and weaves a magical story 'in your mind' that you do not want to put it down. It is the quality of writing that could have gone to hardcopy first then paper back. We are lucky that we are getting it at paper back prices. I would buy it at hardcover prices.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book captures you from the first page and holds you completely until the end. Anybody who enjoys authors such as Christine Feehan, Allysa James, Slyvia Day or Marjorie M Liu will REALLY enjoy this book. The plot is tight, well written and wholly enjoyably. I could not put this book down until I finished it. This is one book I can honestly rave about. A new kind of shape shifting race in a new world and both come together nicely and continue to develop as you delve further into the story. I really, really. quite enjoyed it and am looking forward to her next book
Guest More than 1 year ago
C. L. Wilson has created a new world for readers to visit. I for one was amazed at this new world and the Fey King, Rainier vel'En Daris Feyreisen, Tarian Soul. He has found his Truemate in a common woodcarver's daughter Ellysetta Baristani and he will allow noone or thing to come between them. This makes for some very interesting encounters and tense situations. Who is the enemy out to destroy them? What are the secrets that Ellie hides? What or who is behind the dark dreams that torment her? I can hardly wait for the second book in this marvelous new debute series!
Guest More than 1 year ago
From the first line till the last this book captures your interest. C.L. Wilsons' characters are so alive that you're able to 'fill' Rains' restlessness when he paces, or 'fill' Ellis' breath stealing fear of her hidden magic. When Ms. Wilson writes of her Fey warriors, she does so in such detail that you can plainly see them, in all their strong, sexy glory, in your 'minds-eye'. One has no trouble picturing, or feeling, the strong waves or vibes of magic used through out the story's plot. Even though Ms. Wilson uses this first book in this Wonderful new series to establish the characters and their unique world she keeps the plot of those in it clear and alive, keeping you sitting on the edge of your seat, or as I found myself gripping the pages of your book, in suspense. So, if your looking for a book with myth, shapeshifters, Fey, sexy sword welding hunks, magic, or edge of your seat adventure and most of all ever-lasting-love then this ones for you. I can't wait for the next book in the series, 'Lady of Light and Shadows', to come out in November or all the others that follow. Marjorie 'zookeeper78usa'