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Lord of the Fading Lands (Tairen Soul #1)

4.04  ·  Rating Details ·  12,492 Ratings  ·  1,026 Reviews
Once he drove back the darkness.
Once he loved with such passion his name was legend.

Once, driven wild with grief over the murder of his beloved, the majestic Fey King Rain Tairen Soul had laid waste to the world before vanishing into the Fading Lands. Now, a thousand years later, a new threat draws him back into the world—and a new love reawakens the heart he thought long
Mass Market Paperback, 402 pages
Published October 2nd 2007 by Leisure Books
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Christina I suppose you've read the rest of the books since asking this but I'm gonna say that once they become truemated their soul will be as one, she…moreI suppose you've read the rest of the books since asking this but I'm gonna say that once they become truemated their soul will be as one, she couldn't die. But Ellie is waaaay more than she seems to be, I'm trying no to put any spoilers here!(less)
QueenQuan McKinney There is swearing but not in the normal sense. The author doesn't use English swear words but the Fae made up language. It is more about the context…moreThere is swearing but not in the normal sense. The author doesn't use English swear words but the Fae made up language. It is more about the context in which the terms are used. There is most definitely sexual content. not as much as some of Christine Feehan's books but I would not let my child under 17 read it.(less)

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Nov 26, 2008 Angie rated it did not like it
I waited for this one to become available at the library for quite awhile. It was always checked out and that, coupled with the rather rave reviews I'd read, made me excited to get my hands on it. The cover is decidedly hokey, but I've come to regret bouts of cover-snobbery many a time before. So I resolved not to let it get to me this time. Besides. I finished the book and still can't wrap my mind around what the tairen actually look like. So the creature on the cover is as good a rendering as ...more
Robin (Bridge Four)
3.5 Stars.

Is there such a thing as Female Fantasy? If there is this is it. The story is more of a set up of a fantasy world and a courtship between a Fey King and a mortal girl who might be more than she seems. The centralized story is the courtship between Rain the fey King and last Tairen Soul (I’ll get to what that is in a minute) and Ellie the Wordcarver’s daughter. But swirling around that are the undercurrents of a Mage uprising, dangerous political maneuverings that could lead to a great
Nov 10, 2007 Pamela rated it really liked it
I mooched this after reading an excellent review over at Smart Bitches Who Love Trashy Books, and I'm really glad I did. I had a moment of trepidation at the beginning, when I realized that I'd gotten myself into a soulmate book. I'm a bitter old bitch and think that soulmate stuff is crap, and I really don't like romances that hinge on characters falling in love within five minutes of meeting each other because it's their destiny rather than because they meet and grow together and find that the ...more
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Re-reading with Michelle, Ian, Becs, Val, etc. because I just love this series so much that I will probably re-read Tairen Soul any time someone shows a possible interest in wanting to give it a shot.

* Uh so the review below...I think this was the second attempt at a half-assed review of this book that I posted last year. I may try again after this re-read or I may not. *

So I feel like I'm doing Terry a disservice by letting her rep this series on a solo mission here.

My original review wasn't ve
Cait • A Page with a View
May 18, 2016 Cait • A Page with a View rated it really liked it
Shelves: high-fantasy, faeries
3.5 stars. Well, that was highly entertaining. This book is basically like the budget soap opera version of ACOMAF...

The story starts with this super powerful ancient Fey lord named Rain swooping into a town because he felt his truemate's emotions. Ellie is 25, adopted, and has some kind of magic powers she is afraid of. Rain has black hair, lavender eyes, and makes the "territorial fae bullshit" in Throne of Glass seem like nothing. Anyways, Rain is in town for some ceremony for Prince Dorian,
Final rating: 4/5 stars
Final rating - for the whole series: 5/5 stars

“Ver reisa ku'chae. Kem surah, shei'tani. Your soul calls out. Mine answers, beloved.”

After reading The Winter King by C.L. Wilson, I decided to finally read this series as well. It was recommended to me by one of my close friends, and she said that I would love it. She wasn't wrong, because yes, I do love it.

This is the first book in a series of five, and as expected, it had a very slow beginning. The first part mainly
Aug 19, 2012 valee rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYBODY
Recommended to valee by: Sara
First of all, I'm just gonna say that this must be the read that has given me the greatest surprise in my whole life. I have found favorite reads before, but never one that completely took me by surprise as this one. I knew I would like the book because everybody has been recommending it to me forever, but never in my wildest dreams could I have imagine it would blow my mind the way it did. The truth is that once I started it, I just could't put it down. But not only book one... ALL OF THEM. For ...more
Viktoria (seelieknight)
It might be overly ambitious to review five books at once, but considering I binge-read this series over the course of one week, I think this will have to do.

While I had been looking for a fantasy romance book at the time, I didn’t want one that was completely about the lovers or, for lack of better terms, a porno. C. L. Wilson ultimately surpassed my expectations for the Tairen Soul series by giving me exactly what I didn’t realize I’d wanted: ferocious romance, a power struggle, and morally co
Wendy Darling
May 02, 2011 Wendy Darling rated it really liked it
Recommended to Wendy Darling by: Stacia (the 2010 club)
3.5 stars I'm not much of a traditional fantasy person, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It starts off a little unevenly and even had me giggling a bit here and there, but it gradually became a complex, epic story full of fascinating mythology and dazzling magic. All of the characters are extremely well-developed, in that all the ones who are good behave with honor and the ones who are evil believe absolutely in the rightness of what they are doing. I really like Ellie and Rain, whose relatio ...more
Michele (Reading Lark/CanadianTwiMom)
Dec 21, 2010 Michele (Reading Lark/CanadianTwiMom) rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Michele (Reading Lark/CanadianTwiMom) by: Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms)

My review can also be found on Reading Lark After Dark: http://readinglarkafterdark.blogspot....

As an addendum to my review, I have to start off by saying that I have read the entire series and it IS utterly SENSATIONAL and EPIC!

This first book in the Tairen Soul series is pretty awesome... and it's only the beginning. It's a love story of EPIC proportions between a seemingly ordinary young woman and a Fey King.

You have to first accept that this story is pure fantasy... where ordinary humans li
Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
“Ver reisa ku'chae. Kem surah, shei'tani. Your soul calls out. Mine answers, beloved.”

The book was a bit heavy, but it was still good. Some of the...language was sometimes incredible hard to understand. But other than that, the story was good. Though not much happened. I mean, the timeline was weird, and they managed little in the short timeline the book had, if you know what I mean.
“I am not a good man, shei'tani," he corrected. "I never have been. But for you I will strive to be better.
Jul 22, 2008 M— rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed
Ugh. This book is so trite and clichéd as to be nearly unreadable. The nerveless bit of fluff who ranks as the heroine is a horrid mixture of syrupy sweetness and heavy-handed examples of sudden and unexpected displays of magical ability the likes of which her world has never before seen. The king of the Fey claims her as his soul-bonded mate immediately after first seeing her, the beautiful female characters in this book hate her, and her childhood bully is repeatedly thwarted in his attempts t ...more
May 2010
OMG... I started this book at 1am this morning (couldn't sleep, and figured I'd read a chapter or two), and finished this book at 4am... All I can say is that it was one of the most amazing books I've ever read!!! I'd give it 10 stars if I could...

I wasn't sure what to think of this book, so only ordered book 1.. I'm bitterly regretting having to wait to find out what happens to Ellie and Rain (and all the other amazing characters)! I actually thought it would be a stand-alone novel...
Wendy Higgins
Incredible. I immediately bought book 2 and cannot wait to dive in (though I must force myself to only read in the evenings so I may write during the day! Gah!)
This is an adult high fantasy romance series. I am blown away and so in love. So thankful Cora Carmack recommended that I read this!
Cat Russell  (Addicted2Heroines)
Beautiful story, wonderfully written, the only negative about this book is that it ended. 10 stars ;)

"Dark, shadowy figures moved closer, circling.
Torel pulled his two seyani longswords free of their scabbards. "Come, then!" He shouted. "Come dance with the tairen, if you dare! Miora felah ti' Feyreisa! Joy to the Feyreisa! And death to you all!"
And he became a whirling blur of motion - black leather, shining steel, red blood - spinning in the moonlight, delivering death to all he touched unt
Mar 18, 2015 Joanita rated it really liked it
"Ver reisa ku'chae. Kern surah, shei'tani.
Your soul calls out. Mine answers, beloved.”

A thousand years ago the Fey King Rain Tairen Soul laid waste to the world when his beloved Sariel was murdered. Since then he has become a hermit, withdrawing from the world. But he is the last Tairen Soul, the magical winged cats of the Fading Lands, the only remaining Fey capable of entering the tairen’s lair, and because the Tairen’s are dying, it is his duty to protect them and the Fey. Even when he wo

What the - ?! Okay, so I just finished this book and I am shaking my head now as I'm realizing that nothing really happened here! There were like, 4 threads going on in the plot that were steadily leading up to certain things, and NONE of them were concluded! What the hell, man?! So I guess this is just an introductory book, a very, VERY introductory book. Like, we are starting our journey and right now we're packing our suitcase - and that's it. You know, just looking at which shoes to pack for ...more
C.L. Wilson
Aug 27, 2007 C.L. Wilson added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: written-by-me
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 thousan
Shera (Book Whispers)
Genre: Paranormal Romance (AKA Romantic Fantasy)


First off before I read this book, I was prepared to dislike it. It's shelved in the romance genre, and no matter how many romance books I read I'll still always be wary of that lay of the land. The description on the back of the book had me giggling with it's silliness, and then someone told me this was a series about finding ones soulmate. Personally the over the top soulmate thing had me trying to check out before I could even crack ope
Apr 04, 2009 Felicia rated it liked it
I really liked this book for some inexplicable reason, LOL. The main protagonist was really innocent, sometimes irritatingly so, but I was still held by the world and the romance and the characters. It's a very romance-heavy fantasy world, which you don't see a ton. Reminded me of the Black Jewels Trilogy by Anne Bishop, if you liked that (I certainly did) then you'll enjoy this.

I just finished #2 and feel like they could possibly have been combined into one book (the main characters in particu
Ivie ✩Born to Magic-Forced to Muggle✩
Why reread?

Because I am rammed for time, I am exhausted and have no interest into looking for books at the minute. I've simply been that busy.

Why read this?

Because – there was a very particular troll that inspired me to change my bookshelf. See, a while back I was having a convo with a friend about binge buying books. I stay up late on particular evenings when I feel inspired and splurge on bunches of books (biggest bulk buy would be 23 I think) and saying how I love to whisper sweet nothings
Jan 02, 2009 Barbara rated it it was amazing
Watch out Kenyon...Wilson's out writing you. For the life of me I have no idea why Wilson's second book didn't carry the title "USA Today or New York Times Bestseller" on it. Come on people BUY HER BOOKS! I suggest you start with this one and continue on from there. The story is extremely complicated and oh so many yummy characters are introduced. The Gods smile upon commoner Ellysetta when they send her the Lord of the Fading Lands; "Rain" The Tairen Soul, and an outstanding group of men who al ...more
Paige  Bookdragon

Entertaining at first but it came to a point that I don't really give a shit anymore.I love how the hero and heroine's love story takes time but the story became too cliche and too predictable. You can actually predict what will happen and where's the fun in that?

I might give this one a try in the future if I'm looking for a light read, but for now bye-bye.
May 06, 2012 Tom rated it it was amazing
I’m going with 4.5 and that 5th star was flickering on and off but I went with on and will explain why.

First to the story. Rain is the Tarien Soul a powerful being who had once scorched the world after losing his beloved in a war against the Mage. A thousand years later the fate of the Tairen are in his hands as he tries to keep his race from becoming extinct. The Mage are becoming stronger and Rain is the only one that can feel the growing darkness. He is drawn to Celieria to find a girl he saw
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)

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's inside is 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 c
As most anyone who's read this book can tell you- GREAT entertaining read! If you, like me, are hooked on the you're-my-mate-and-don't-you-forget-it romantic reads, this one is for you too! Of course you have to be able to handle the paranormal/fantasy aspect, but I think even if you don't get into that, you'll like this well plotted tale.

At first, I did get little frustrated with Elly- she was just a bit too frightened most of the time of the bond that Rain kept pushing on her but, she was also
Sep 10, 2012 Ian rated it liked it
This book and Lady of Light and Shadows should be read together. They are fundamentally one book that has been split into two

The fae and their kin, magical cat like beasts called tairen are dying. Rain the last Tairen Soul, and the only fae able to shift into the form of tairen asks the gods for help in saving the two dying races. The gods send him to Celieria for his answer.

There he finds Elysetta, a young woman who is his truemate a bond so deep that if one of them dies, the other will die a
Oct 31, 2010 Yodamom rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars I was amazed how much I liked this book. I almost did not read it based on the back cover, it sounded too sci-fi for my taste. What I found was a wonderful paranormal shifter/fae/mage fantasy romance, filled with very real and interesting characters.
An Alpha male hero with control issues and a broken heart. He is ancient and a major part of a horrible history of this world. He has been alone for decades. His name is Rain, he is their king. He reminds me of the Ilona Andrews character
Jan 24, 2011 Kathleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Olivia Cunning
Recommended to Kathleen by: Kris, and Melanie
OMG! What a fantastic book! And the story is just getting started.

First off I must say thank you to my good book buddies Kris and Melanie. I more than likely would not have picked this book up if not for them urging me to give it a try.

This is a 5 book series and is a continuous story, something I would normally not take on but am glad I decided to in this case. I'm also glad that this series is completed so I can just keep right on reading without having to wait for any of the book's to be rel
Oct 14, 2014 Jilly rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, faeries-fae
This is some high fantasy - like, nothing-is-recognizable fantasy. Every single thing is different. Even things seem to be different for the sake of being different, like the powdered wigs being powdered gold or the "red" carpets for important people being blue carpets. But, it was fun to read, once I started figuring out some of the terminology. There are also a lot of Fey words in their language that is not always translated.

The story has three main components: the love story between Rain and
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“My beloved is the sun
And I am the earth that thrives only in her warmth. My beloved is the rain
And I am the grass that thirsts for her quenching kiss. My beloved is the wind
And I am the wings that soar when she fills me with her gentle strength.
My beloved is the rock
Upon which rests the happiness of all my days.
—The Elements of Love, a poem by Aileron v'En Kavali of the Fey”
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