Lady of Light and Shadows: Tairen Soul, Book 2

Lady of Light and ShadowsAuthor: C. L. Wilson
Book Name: Lady of Light and Shadows
Series: Tairen Soul
Order: #2
Genre: Fantasy/Romance
Rating:  Excellent
5+stars

 

Blurb:  She feared the dark visions and the magic within her. And she dreamed of the miraculous love that could save her.

Like an enchanted fairy tale prince he stepped from the sky to claim her—the Fey King, her destiny, her one and true love.

But behind the mesmerizing beauty of Rain’s violet eyes Ellysetta saw the passionate hunger of the beast . . . and a sorrow, deep and ancient, that she alone could heal. Only for him would she

embrace the frightening power that dwells within her. Only with him at her side could she confront the shadows that haunt her soul. For an epic battle looms on the horizon—and only united can they hope to turn back the armies of the darkness.

Review:  This second book was just as excellent as the first in this series.  It was definitely more intense.  Normally, that level of on the edge of your seat kind of tension pulls me away from a story because I’ll need to get a break from it for a bit.  This pushed those limits for me, but there were just enough breaks throughout to keep me dug deep into the story.

We get to see Ellysetta pull out the backbone that we were promised in book one as well as the promise for even more later.  She isn’t going to shrivel up the second she is challenged or forced to face difficulty, she is going to face it kicking and screaming the whole way.  We also get to learn a bit more about where exactly she gets her magic.

Rain shows that he isn’t perfect and makes mistakes, but is willing to own up to them.  I want to say that I didn’t like the biggie one he made, but if you think about the weight of years and the beliefs that those years ingrained in him, you can kind of understand it.

While there is a tiny bit of the “miraculous save” kind of thing going on here, really, no one character carries the entire weight of those saves.  Usually, it takes many people to pull them off and that is refreshing as far as I’m concerned.  I love the teamwork.

Just loving this one all around.

 

 

Lord of the Fading Lands: Tairen Soul, Book 1

Lord of the Fading LandsAuthor: C. L. Wilson
Book Name: Lord of the Fading Lands
Series: Tairen Soul
Order: #1
Genre: Fantasy/Romance
Rating:  Excellent
5+stars

 

Blurb: Once he had scorched the world.

Once he had driven back overwhelming darkness.

Once he had loved with such passion, his name was legend. . .

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 Celieria, 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.

Review:  This is the first book that was new to me that I’ve been willing to give a full 5 star rating to in a very long time.  I was completely stuck from the very beginning.

The characters were all excellent with lots of depth and intricacies in their personalities to make them the kinds of characters you just want more from, not just the main characters.

Ellysetta is very much on the innocent side and doesn’t fall into the stereotypes that end up feeling simpering, because while she may lack world experience, she does not lack a backbone.  We don’t see lots of it here, but enough to know that it is just going to get better as she becomes more of how she needs to be.  She is so not a Cinderella character.  She could have been, but she was written so much better than that.

Rain, is definitely your tortured soul who has suffered more than his fair share, but it is great to see how that begins to open back up as the story goes along.  There isn’t any one magical moment that fixes him.  He has to grow and relearn what it means to care again.

I even really loved most of Ellysetta’s guards and their very different personalities.  Heck, even the bad guys are really well done.

No, not totally thrilled that this is one of those stories that does not, in any way, end at the end of the book.  It does carry on to the next.  But… this was so incredibly well written it didn’t even put a dent in the 5 star placement this so well deserves.