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King of Sword and Sky (Tairen Soul #3)

4.33 of 5 stars 4.33  ·  rating details  ·  4,194 ratings  ·  222 reviews
Only one enemy could destroy them.

Only one love could unite them.

Only together could they lead their people to victory.

Returning to the Fading Lands with his Celierian truemate, Rain discovers a dissension among the most powerful members of his own council. As the Eld plot their next deadly strike, Ellysetta struggles to master her powerful magic and discover how to sav...more
Mass Market Paperback, 467 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Leisure Books
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It's really a shame that these books are classified as Romance, because I feel they would appeal to a much larger audience were they not. Cheryl Wilson has crafted a marvelous fantasy world complete with all the elements including a language for her Fey. Her characters are complex and her pacing is some of the best I've seen. Yes, there are romantic elements, but they are not gratuitous at all and add to the complexity of her story. I found myself many a night staying up to read far later than I...more
C.L. Wilson
Sep 20, 2008 C.L. Wilson added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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Only One Enemy Could Destroy Them.

“C. L. Wilson’s exquisitely written romantic fantasy debut will dazzle readers with its richly imaginative story” —Chicago Tribune on Lord of the Fading Lands

Only One Love Could Unite Them.

“Wilson jumps back into her tale without skipping a beat, expanding her world with finesse while boldly taking her story in entirely unexpected directions.” —Publishers Weekly on Lady of Light and Shadows

Only Together Could They Lead Their People To Victory…

The magical tai...more
Barbara M.
I know it's weird, but is it normal to be as depressed as I am that I won't get another shot of Wilson's finest before October??? Argh..You would think after reading all 3 books in this series back to back to back that I would be a little ready to move on...but I'm not! It's been a long time since I've been this hooked on a series. So here's my second question...

Is it better to have read and have to impatiently wait...or to have never read something so wonderful at all?
Wilson hits the mark once again with this the third installment in Wilson's Tairen Souls series! The characters are finally coming into their own and Elly is FINALLY learning to let go and trust her mate. Not enough to complete the bond, which is sorta frustrating, but she's getting there. And let me tell you, these two are generating some steam when they get together!

In KOS&S, Elly and Rain are on their way to The Fading Lands, the home of the Fey and where Rain is King. This book focuses m...more
Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms)
Jan 19, 2011 Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms) rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants the BEST of fantasy and romance
Recommended to Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms) by: Stacia
I read this series last month and could not move on. I am re-reading them all and just finished this one for the second time. This third installment of the Fading Lands does not disappoint. There is so much that happens in this book and so many discoveries to be made. I can not say enough about the writing in these books. Although the world of Rain and Ellysetta is complex, I did not have trouble understanding it nor did I have trouble picturing in my mind all the amazing sights and characters....more
Lady of the Lake

The entire series was superb! Sometimes when there are sequels to a good book (of any genre) they have a tendency to deteriorate in quality as the stories continue....THIS DID THE OPPOSITE! The storyline got deeper it was just fabulous. Wilson did such a phenomenal job at creating the world in which this takes place. There was nothing left out, from the visuals to the characters to the spoken language that was developed for the Fae! (I find myself using some of the phras...more
C.L. has a lot to live up to with this third book and the continuing tale of Ellysetta Baristani and her soul mate and husband Rainer vel’En Daris who must save the Tairens from extinction. Ellysetta is the key to the Tairen’s salvation and if she fails, both the Fey and Tairen will fall victim to their enemy, the Mages of Eld. King of Sword and Sky begins where Lady of Light and Shadow has left off. Rain is taking Ellie to his home, the Fading Lands, along with her father, Sol, and her younger...more
Feb 22, 2011 Kathleen rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kathleen by: KindleRomance Reviews
This book was so amazing that I don't think my review will do it justice but I'll tell you what I found so amazing about this book, EVERYTHING! From the imagination used in writing it, the story itself, the characters, the feelings it gave me while reading it, the good verses evil, the fighting scenes, the love scenes, The magic. WOW! WOW! WOW!

See I told you I could not write a review deserving of this story/series. All's I can add is, if you have thought about giving this series a try, I say wh...more

She reached up to cup his face in her hands. "Do you love me, Rain?"
"More than I knew it was possible to love. All the stars will fall from the heavens before I ever stop."

Steven Peterson
I never would have believed that I'd be reading a fantasy and fantasy romance work like this. But, after having read the first two books in this series, I am hooked! And the third keeps me hooked.

The two key characters are Rainer vel'En Daris, the Fey King, and Elysetta Baristani, purportedly a woodcutter's daughter but, actually, much more than that. Indeed, her parents, with the intervention of the evil High Mage of Eld, Vadim Maur, have created a powerful woman, with magic of great depth. And...more
Cat Russell  (Addicted2Heroines)
"I think you look upon this Fey more favorably than he deserves, kem'san."

"Nei, I see him plainly enough." She laid her palm against his chest. "And I love the Fey I see."

So the battle begins and it was fantastic! This story was as intense as it is addicting. A lot of events unfold and there are many questions that still need answers.
From her first trip to the Fading Lands, until the last battle in Orest, poor Ellysetta's heart and magic are tested relentlessly. Despite the fact that she brings...more
Lynda Warnock
Amazing...incredible…outstanding…these words are not enough to describe the third installment of the Tairen Soul SeriesKing of Sword and Sky by C.L. Wilson. I read the first two books and have been anxiously awaiting the last two in the series. I was not disappointed one iota.

Ms. Wilson is a phenomenal world builder, so much so you can see every room, mountain, and road in your mind’s eye as you are immersed in the story of Rain and Ellysetta and the rest of the Fey. The first books were exce...more
Ronda  Tutt
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Suzanne the Mighty (Under the Covers Book blog)

Ellysetta is going to the Fading Lands with her mate Rain to try and and heal the yet unborn Tairen, as was foretold by the powerful Tairen Eye. But, Rain didn't expect to come home to dissension within his own people, and now that the Eld are planning to attack they must all work together or be destroyed.

We are midway through the Tairen Soul series now with King of Sword and Sky, I tend to find that midway through a fantasy series is when all the action happens. But it doesn't really seem to b...more
Michele (Reading Lark/CanadianTwiMom)
My review can also be found on Reading Lark After Dark: http://readinglarkafterdark.blogspot....

You know what I hate about completing this book?? I'm now past the half-way point in this series. Only two books left, and I'll be so sad when it's all over. *sniff*

King of Sword and Sky continues its rich story-telling, wonderful character development, and we finally get to meet the Tairen. What awesome creatures they are... and by awesome I mean, magnificent, enormous, highly intelligent and fierce...more
Tairen's breath of fire reigns,
She of red hair feeds the flame.
She soothes the soul cast in chains
Because of love she holds no blame.

While he embraces her love so pure
And guides her to her waiting fate.
With magic and sword they will secure
This land of legend and truemates.

The third book in the Tairen Soul series is nothing short of wonderful. After reading Lord of the Fading Lands and Lady of Light and Shadows it was obvious that C. L. Wilson wasn't just a one hit wonder. She has what it takes...more

Narrator: Emily Durante

This third book in the series was much better than the second book, Lady of Light and Shadows. The story picked up from where things left off in book 2 but everything moved along at a much faster pace. We finally get to see the Fading Lands and meet more of the Fey. And while Rain had always talked so favorable of the Fading Lands, things aren't perfect there.

We also learn a lot more about what is happening in Eld and that is interesting...more
Absolutely beautiful! This book also has some epic battle scenes, and it's just the beginning.

The beginning was a bit slow, but the story got a lot better in the middle and end. We see some startling revelations. The love story of Rain and Ellysetta is moving along nicely. We learn more about what the High Mage is actually doing with the Well of Souls. All aspects of this epic story are progressing nicely!

Can't wait to read the next book!
I would have to be so bold as to say that I wish I could give this four and a half stars, since I found it even better than the first two offerings in the series. As the connection between Rain and Ellie grows, so to do the elements trying to tear them apart. Beautifully written and paced, this is definitely a great read, the only problem now is waiting for the next installment.
Carolyn F.
This book takes Ellie and Rain to fairy where at first everyone loves her and then they start attacking her. This shows the closeness between Rain and Ellie and their relationship with the Tairen. Ends horrible (but good for the books). I'm moving straight on to book #4 and have liked this series so much I preordered book #5. Wonderful series, would recommend it.
Just WOW what a series; it contiues to surprise me...Super intense- can't wait to read the next one!!!
Marcela (BookaholicCat)
4 ½ Stars
I'm completely and utterly in love with this series
King of Sword and Sky continues the story of Ellie and Rain. Although it begins a little slowly, the slow start helps ease you back into things (frankly though, since I'm reading these books back-to-back, I really didn't need the warm up). Picking up practically right where the last book left off, the story starts to build up speed until your heart is racing, your pulse is pounding and you’re turning the pages as fast as you can. It was a great read!

The book opens with Rain and Ellie travelling...more
Der dritte Teil knüpft - ebenso wie schon der zweite Band - unmittelbar an die Handlung des Vorgängerbands an. Rain und Ellysetta reisen in die Schwindenden Lande, um Ellysetta zum einen vor den bösen Magiern zu schützen und zum anderen weil Ellysetta die letzte Hoffnung für das Überleben der Tairen Babys ist. Doch einfach wird es nicht und auch der Empfang ist nicht gerade herzerwärmend. Der Rat, der die letzten tausend Jahre stellvertretend für Rain regiert hat, scheint entsetzt zu sein, dass...more
Jessa ♥dhanger♥ EvilDarkSide
Wow...just wow! This series keeps getting better and better. The first and second books were amazing and wonderful. The third book simply blew me away. Rain and Ellysetta's bond is nearly complete. Ellysetta is becoming more confident with her magic and she is beginning to embrace her tairen side. Rain's protectiveness and devotion towards Ellie is intense and even overwhelming at times, in a good way of course. And in return Ellie shows Rain the love he needs and deserves. The Mage Wars brought...more
In part one: Lord of the Fading Lands, a woodcarver’s daughter called Rain Tairen Soul from the sky and a courtship begun.

In part two: Lady Of Light And Shadow, the courtship continues as a fierce battle knocks on Celierian doors and secrets reveal themselves.

Now in part three, King Of Sword And Sky, Rain takes his Shei’tani to his homeland where new challenges lie for Ellysetta. Enter a new world where Fey gather to meet the Shei’tani of a Tairen Soul, a Tairen pride that roars their welcome an...more
Lover of Romance
"Ve sha kem'tani. Kem'san. Kem'reisa" You are my mate. My Heart. My soul. With hands and words and lips and teeth, he claimed her, declaring possession, marking her with his touch, his kiss, his breath, the scent of his skin rubbing her with hot friction, singing to her soul.

Rain and Ellysetta have left Celieria, knowing that their enemy is going to attack soon. Ellie is sad to be leaving her family and the only life she has ever known. Ellie knows her destiny is to save the Fey, even though sh...more
After the Lady of Light and Shadows, I wasn't sure what could top that one. I won't say that the King of Sword and Sky was better than the last two books, because in truth, I'm truly torn right now. But without a doubt, this book was breathlessly amazing. Near the last hundred pages, I could barely pry the book from my fingers. C.L. Wilson continues to bring to life a world created so beautifully and flushed out so fully that in those brief interludes that I bring myself back to reality I'm alwa...more
Every time I try to write a short review for this series, I end up going off on a tangent and garbling on about everything I love about it; the characters, the plot, the complexity, the writing... Gushing psychobabble, basically.
So I'm just going to say that if you hold any doubts over reading this series, please erase them and buy a copy. I was kind of surprised to realise not many people have read these; in my opinion they are much better than other books by the likes of J.R. Ward, Kelley Arms...more
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“Live well.
Love deep.
Tomorrow, we die.”
“That was the strength of Ellysetta's weave. Bright, unyielding,indefatigable love. Love that did not know surrender. Love that did not understand limitations or even basic self-preservation. Love that would batter itself to death before giving in to defeat.” 13 likes
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