Review: Lord of the Fading Lands by C.L. Wilson

Posted September 25, 2011 by Suzanne in Reviews / 3 Comments

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Review: Lord of the Fading Lands by C.L. Wilson
Lord of the Fading Lands
by C.L. Wilson

4 Stars


Released: October 2, 2007
Series: Tairen Soul #1
Published by Leisure Books
Pages: 402

This book just proves adage “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” the cover may look like your teenage sister has just got hold of photoshop for the first time but what is inside was fantastic. I really wish I had started reading it when I first bought it at the beginning of the year, instead it has been languishing in my kindle.

Set in a fantasy world full of the Fey, dark mages and magic, Lord of the Fading Lands introduces us to Ellysetta Baristini the adopted daughter of a master woodcarver and considered plain, awkward and more then a little strange by most. Ellie is fascinated by the Fey and their King, Rain Tairen Soul but never expects to see him in anything but poetry and art, but he is visiting Celiera for the first time in a thousand years as he hears his one true mates cry of pain and is determined to find her.

This book had a mixture of two of my favourite genres fantasy and romance, I really enjoyed it. The writing was fantastic and drew me effortlessly into the world the C.L. Wilson has created. It is a fantasy world with a medieval feel to it with kings and queens and magic in it, it also revealed enough of the history to give you the feel of the world without bogging you down in too much detail.

But what has made me like this book most was the characters of Ellie and Rain. I am not normally a fan of books with Fey in them I tend to avoid them and leave the Fey for YA readers and make a grab for shifters and vamps instead, but Rain may just change my mind. He’s mad, bad and a little crazy but you have got to love a guy who raises a woodcarvers daughter to Queen of the Fey and daring any one to say differently. The character I liked most though was Ellie, I could feel her bewilderment and uncertainty at her sudden rise in life and I admired her courage for just getting on with it with no moaning.

What was also fantastic was the growing storyline about the rise of the dark Eld mages who are slowly taking over Celiera through an insidous and silent campaign of fear and corruption, I can’t wait to read the next book to see what happens next.

This was a great read which I had trouble putting down a good mixture of fantasy and romance that I have feeling is going to be one of my new favourite series.

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About C.L. Wilson

C.L. Wilsons unique blend of pulse-pounding action, sweeping epic fantasy, and passionate romance has made her books a favorite read for romance and fantasy readers alike. Praised for exceptional worldbuilding and lyric prose, her critically acclaimed novels have regularly appeared on bestseller lists including the USA Today, the New York Times, and Publishers Weekly.

C.Ls novels have won numerous industry and reader-selected awards including, LifetimeTV.coms Best Paranormal debut of 2007, the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, two National Readers Choice awards, the Colorado Award of Excellence, and the Holt Medallion. Ms. Wilson is the honored recipient of the PEARL award from Paranormal Romance as the best new author of 2007, and winner of the 2009 PEARL award for best Romantic Fantasy novel.

When not torturing her characters mercilessly, C.L. enjoys relaxing with her family 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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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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