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“Rain Tairen Soul was no stranger to loss. War between the Fey and the Mages of Eld had cost him the love of his heart, Sariel, and many others he’d held dear. In his grief the powerful Fey king had then scorched the world, leaving death and destruction in his wake.
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“This book came so highly recommended that I'm surprised I didn't enjoy it more.
“Rainier vel'En Daris Feyreisen, the Tairen Soul, King of the Fading Lands, and Defender of the Fey has got to do something to save his people. There is only one fertile female Tairen, and her offspring are dying inside their eggs. His people are dying, his land is barren, and there is nothing he can do about it. Desperate for a cure, Rain seeks out one of the more powerful Fey objects, a magical crystal called the Eye of Truth. After punishing him for having the audacity to seek answers from such a holy object, the Eye tells Rain that she salvation of his people and himself lies in a land called Celieria and shows him the image of a red-haired, green-eyed girl. Though he hates that cursed land since it reminds him of love lost and battles fought long ago, Rain decides to accompany Marissya, the only remaining female Fey, on her trip to Celieria in the hopes of finding the girl and saving his people.
this is basically a romantic fantasy, much more relationship oriented than most fantasy, but it is too deeply steeped in the traditions and worldbuilding of fantasy for anyone to label it as purely romance with a few fantastic elements. Make no mistake about that. The whole plot is rife with mages, magical powers, non-human races, flying venemous fire-breathing dragon-cats, and is set in a world other than our own. It's fantasy, albeit one a bit heavy on the romance.
Ellysetta Baristani is the peasant daughter of a woodcarver in Celieria. She is not the biological child of this family, but they found her in the woods and raised her as their own. Ellie has never felt that she was anything but a full member of the Baristani family, even though there is a darkness inside her that she struggles to contain. When it is learned that the Tairen Soul is coming to Celieria, Ellie's younger twin sisters ask her to accompany them to the ceremony. No one has seen the King of the Fey in more than a thousand years, and Ellie acquiesces to her sister's demands. In the crowded mass of people gathered to see the visiting Fey, one of Ellie's sisters is injured. When she kisses her sister's wound to make it better, the spark of magic between them calls the Tairen Soul from the sky and changes Ellie's life forever.
The only way I can sum it up is to say that this book is insanely fun. ”
“Although I also read this book and the series during their original release, FADING LANDS is one of those rare stories that I can read over and over. Ms. Wilson’s lyrical writing style captures me as a reader and doesn’t let me go. I lose myself in her words. Her world-building is fantastic and the ending blew me away—totally didn’t see it coming. I consider Ms. Wilson one of the best contemporary fantasy romance authors today.
So, although this series isn’t new, if you love fantasy romance you’re missing out if you don’t read it. Truly, FADING LANDS is fantasy romance at its best that’s why I gave it 6 stars!
Strong. Focused. True.
“Fae King, Rain Tairen Soul, is a man tormented by age-old grief: A thousand years ago, the woman he loved, Sariel, was slain in battle, and in his rage he laid waste to half the world. Now his people are dying out and the evil Mages of Eld are rising again. When Rain hears the call of his soul mate, Ellysetta, he journeys to the neighboring kingdom to find her.”Katharine G wrote this review Saturday, June 15, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“DNF. I attempted this book for the Vaginal Fantasy Book Club, June 2013.
Ug. I just can't do it. First off, while in every other way, the parents are written like they love Ellie, but they purposely leave her in the living area with this godawful creep of a guy so he can "mark" her and then act shocked and appalled when this tiny girl isn't able to prevent this hulk of a man from marking her and then rain down their disapproval on her, forcing her to marry him. Fuck you. Seriously? Never mind that Ellie would rather be alone and never marry rather than marry this asshat. They just don't care, but instead force her to do it.
Then, enter the "hero," Rain. Another asshat, but a handsome one. Evidently he's some kind of shapeshifter thing and can turn into a cat...with wings. Um, huh? He's also a Grade A Alpha Male who thinks he knows best and that this woman, who's never met him, must be protected and is too stupid and weak to possibly be able to make decisions for herself because she's female.
No thank you. I made it about a quarter of the way into this book, but I just couldn't keep going. I'm glad the library had this one so I didn't have to pay any money for it. I think this is my first DNF for a Vaginal Fantasy book since I started following the club.”
“It's a favorite so far”Talin wrote this review Wednesday, June 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Someone recommended this one to me. I enjoyed it very much. As I read the first two books, I found that there were elements I recognized that seemed borrowed from classic fantasy books. Oh well, there's nothing new under the sun, right? I will say that with most of them, the author did a pretty good job of putting a new twist to them. I liked the characters and got invested in them quite quickly. All in all, it was a good read. Didn't expect there to be so much steamy stuff, but that was OK. A little "inspirational" reading is always fun.”Monika R wrote this review Wednesday, February 27, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“exhilarating romance. fierce. =v.v=”Chloe wrote this review Wednesday, February 27, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Recommendation so I might read it.”Tosia L wrote this review Wednesday, November 28, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“LORD OF THE FADING LANDS was a beautiful story that I would loved to have heard when I was a little girl. I remember in childhood when I loved all these stories where the princess and prince have their happily ever after.
This is a fated to be mated love story and an excellent one at that. The only reason why my rating is down a bit is because fantasy is not usually my type of read and it did start out a little difficult getting used to the fae words and their meaning, also this is set in a historical setting which I am not quite used to.
I won't go too much into the plot of the story, but I will say there will be characters you love and also characters you hate to the point of wishing yourself into the book and slapping them senseless, which I did on occasion. Overall this was an epic beginning to beautifully written love story. ”