The Tairen are powerful winged cats that
live inside the bodies of the Fey. Rain Tairen Soul, the King
of the Fey and of the Fading Lands, is facing the extinction
of his people. One thousand years ago, Rain scorched the earth
after his mate was killed in the Mage Wars. Now, knowing that
his people are dying, he turns to the Eye of Truth for help.
In it he sees Celieria, a mortal city. Not understanding the
meaning of the vision, he joins the annual trek of truthseer
Marissya to the city, not knowing what lies in store for him.
In Celieria, Ellysetta Baristani, the
adopted daughter of woodcarver Sol Baristani and his wife,
Lauriana, is facing a crisis of her own. Her mother wants her
to wed Den Brodson, the butcher’s son. Ellie has always
dreamed of magic, and loved hearing tales and poetry of the
Fey, and wants nothing to do with Den. But when he forces his
mark upon her, she has no choice. Until Rain Tairen Soul
appears out of the sky and claims her as his shei’tani, his
true mate, the other half of his soul.
Ellie, fearful of magic because of
childhood experiences, doesn’t want to join with Rain, but
agrees to accept his courtship. Rain knows that Ellie, and the
power that lies deep within her, is the key to saving his
Beautifully written and extremely
seductive, Lord of the Fading Lands weaves a
spell around its readers much as the Fey weave spells of their
own. The characters are so perfectly drawn that you feel as if
they will step out of the pages of the book and appear before
The bond between Rain and Ellie tore at
my heart and made me sigh with pleasure and longing. Yet all
is not peaches and cream with this story. The evil threatening
the Fey, and Ellie, is real and frightening, and made me
shiver in more than one place.
Lovers of fantasy will want to snatch up
Lord of the Fading Lands as soon as possible.
The second book in the series, Lady of Light and Shadows,
comes out in November, and believe me when I say you will want
to have read the first one so you can dive right into the
C.L. Wilson has penned a fantastic novel
that I highly recommend. The term Recommended Read doesn’t
come close to describing how much I loved reading Lord
of the Fading Lands.