Author: C.L. Wilson
CL Wilson is brilliant and I spent the last four days reading the first two books in the Fading Lands series.
Lord of the Fading Lands had been on my TBR pile for about a month. Finally I cracked it open and let me tell you, from the moment I began reading it, I dreaded putting this book down. It was that good.
I became so engrossed in Rain and Ellysetta's story that I actually began to feel that I was apart of it. Cheering them on, yelling at the bad guys and despising the evil doer's. I'm pretty sure that I used all of my emotions while reading the two books; from happiness, to anxiousness, right down to anger.
What you need to know: Reading the first book before the second one is a darn near necessity since book one (Lord of the Fading Lands) flows directly into book two (Lady of Light and Shadows).
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
Rain is a Fey king that finds out that the key to saving his people and the Tairen is a girl. He leaves the security of the Fading Lands in search of the girl and come to find out she is not only the key to the survival of the Fading Lands she is also his true mate. Her name is Ellysetta and she is a normal Celerian girl. She was adopted as a child by a Celerian couple who raised her as their own.
At first Rain is not so comfortable with finding out that he has a true mate because he is still not over the death of his heart mate who died during the Mage wars 1000 years prior. Still, her soul called out to his and his soul answered. He has absolutely no control over his need for her and she in essence has no control over it either.
They do face some major bumps in the road from the start. One being that Ellysetta has been claimed (against her wants) as a mate to someone else. After they get passed that little hurdle they have to deal with the fact that their is new trouble brewing with the Fey (immortal magical people), the Eld (evil magic people) and the Celerians (normal mortal folk). There is also the little fact that Ellie is capable of a little magic of her own. Magic that she doesn't even know she possesses and has been taught to be afraid of.
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Lady of Light and Shadows is just as good, if not better than it's precursor. Lots of story movement and questions answered and so much action! On a superficial note: I love the cover of this book. It conveys the occurrences in the book to a 'T'.
Since her earliest memories, Ellysetta Baristani has feared magic, even as she has been inexorably drawn to all things Fey, especially the poetry and legends of Rain Tairen Soul. Now claimed as Rain’s truemate and no longer able to deny her own magic, Ellysetta is swept into the very center of a struggle filled with the magic and darkness she has always feared. The High Mage of Eld wants to capture her. The most murderous dahl’reisen who ever lived wants her dead. And her enemies will corrupt even the people she loves most in their quest to claim her magic for themselves.
In the second book Rain continues to court Ellie while he also deals with the treat of the Eld gaining access to Celerian land.
Ellysetta, with the help of Rain, begins to come to grips with her magic. She begins to use it much to her mothers dislike. She also has to face past demons and come to terms with who she really is.
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Wilson has woven (pun intended) a world that is so tangible and seamless that any fantasy reader worth their salt can do no less than stand up and give applause to her ingenious writing and world building abilities. My only complaint? That the next two books that conclude Rain and Ellie's story don't come out until Oct and Nov of 2008... *Sigh*
This book easily gets an A+.