Crown of Crystal Flame (Tairen Soul #5)
A Song of Love won her heart.
A Song of Darkness haunted her soul.
A Song in the Dance would seal her fate.
Seers had long foreseen an extraordinary destiny for Ellysetta Baristani. Already she had won the heart of the Fey King--the magnificent Rain, ever her ally, eternally her love. She had saved the offspring of the magical tairen and fought beside her legendary mate ag...more
Once again I have finished the fifth and last book in the series that I have to admit is my favorite ever. And that is saying a lot. This is a world and a story that it is very difficult to move away from. The world that this author has created is not like anything I can compare it to for several reasons. The Fey in these books are the most honorable beings imaginable. The men's respect for tradition, for each other as warriors (and they ARE warriors), their reverence and r...more
Crown of Crystal Flame, the final book in the Tairen Soul series starts right where Queen of Song and Souls ends. Actually, the prologue is the heartbreaking event of Adrial and his truemate all over again (and their deat...more
Nov 2nd update
Ok.. I love this series!!!! Adore it! What a beautiful soulmate story, engaging writing and compelling characters...I wish I could have spent more time in Elysetta and Rain's world!
While not my favorite of the series(which I guess is normal since she neede...more
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I'm done... and I'm so sad... it's all over!!!
Reading this EPIC series was probably the best way to spend the cold and snowy months of January/February because I got to snuggle up with one of the most ultimate love stories every written about!!
Crown of Crystal Flame is the concluding book in the Tairen Soul series. And what a conclusion!!
C.L. Wilson wrote such an amazingly, intricately woven story that...more
But once it did, the pages began to finally come to life again. The ending was a bit too saccharine for epic fantasy such as this but then again, so are hobbits bouncing around on a bed. (Ok that was only in the movie, but you get m...more
I liked how everything came together and the story of Ellyseta finally being revealed in its entirety. I did feel that it eclipsed Rain a bit but it was understandable. There were some things that were not addressed and some things set up for the spin off books...more
Like any grand finale to an epic fantasy series involving the fight between good and evil, this book moves to the big battle.
It opens on the eve of same with ongoing bitterness between the fey and Dorian in respect of the tragic events surrounding Tarisa and Adrial
Ellysetta however soothes the way and there is a reconciliation and mellowing for Dorian both as regards Rain and his own wife before he meets his end.
The motivation behind Lord Sebo...more
Fifth and final story in the Tairen Soul fantasy series revolving around Ellysetta Baristani and Rainier vel'En Daris.
The deaths of Talisa Barrial diSebourne and Adrial vel Arquinas have set Rain and Dorian at critical odds. Great Lord Sebourne has taken his army and left the allies to face the might of the Eld on their own while Lorelle has discovered the lie beneath the seemingly wonderful life she is living with her sister and parents in the Faering Mists.
The truth of the dahl'reise...more
Pros: great wrap up for the series, satisfying battle scenes, down time between fight scenes allowed for continued character development
Cons: while Wilson was willing to kill off a few characters, there were too many last minute saves, which reduced overall tension
The Eld have begun their attack on Celaria. King Dorian and his wife are more at odds t...more
What an end to an epic ride for me. One of my friends was disappointed with this book and it had me a little worried. I didn’t read the review just looked at the stars and went ut oh. Not at all the case for me. Book 2 was so good I really didn’t expect any of the others to top it but this one did and by a clear margin. Not far in I thought ” oh we better not do like 80% more world building and then throw everythi...more
I've heard there could be other spi...more
The loose ends to all the interwoven story lines are wrapped up throughout this action packed book and it was well worth the wait. This book pretty much is all about the war between the Fey and their allies, and...more
This was not a series like that. C.L. Wilson made every book a feast to read and this last part of her Tairen Soul series was definitely a worthy ending to one of the best series I have ever read.
I loved the characters. They were well developed and unique...more
While for the most part that's satisfying, with evil defeated and happy ending achieved and all that, at the same time I feel bereft, as if the characters have become friends, and now I've lost them.
But now I'm frustrated by all the unfinished threads that just don't have answers yet. I want to know what happens to all the characters! Now! (I can be patient, really I can, but I'm much better at being patient for books I only moderately like.) I want to see more of Gaelen a...more
A Song of Darkness haunted her soul.
A Song in the Dance would seal her fate."
The crowning glory in the Fading Lands Quintet and it will keep you on tenterhooks throughout. This book finishes the series by answering all of the questions fully and yet still leaves you with some more. I only hope that she writes some more because these characters are too wonderful to leave behind.
A fantastic series that I will continue to re-read for a long, long time.
"How do I show t...more
This is the series finale. Crown of Crystal Flame is nearly filled with war scenes. It's a page turner. Epic battle, good versus evil, love versus fear. At times it did not feel like a romance novel. By this last book, much of the action centers around battle scenes, as the hero tries to reclaim his lands, his honor, and his crown from the evil Mage.
Let me also state that this review contains spoilers. If this bothers you, don't read any further.
(i) My biggest issue came towards the end of the book, in which there was a prime example of what I have come to refer to as the TSTL syndr...more
The climactic war between the Eld hordes and their allies against Rain and Elysetta (mates and powerful creatures), humans, Fey, fallen Fey, and even elves. The author at the outset lays out the long odds facing Rain and Elysetta, as the evil High Mage has constructed a huge army.
The work plays out, with familiar characters from previous works co...more
Overall, I very much enjoyed this series. There were points when I wished the plot and writing were a bit tighter/ It's easy enough to nitpick those things though.
I will say that there is a level of violence, torture, and bloodshed that I'm not as used to seeing in romance. However, if you're a reader of fantasy--especially some of the more gritty--it's not a shock and works well i...more
Now I'm waiting for no. 6. The continuation of this story, the continuation of the lives and stories of each and all of the characters. What happened to Milliandra? Her story is only one of those that I am waiting to read.
If you are planning to read this wonderful series and I urge it, even f...more
C.Ls novels have won numerous...more
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death's silent torment of no tomorrow.
I feel their hearts breaking, I sense their despair,
United in misery, the grief that they share.
How do I show that, I am not gone...
but the essence of life's everlasting song
Why do they wee? Why do they cry?
I'm alive in the wind and I am soaring high.
I am sparkling light dancing on streams,
a moment of warmth in the fays of sunbeams.
The coolness of rain as it falls on your face,
the whisper of leaves as wind rushes with haste.
Eternal Song, a requiem by Avian of Celieria
from Crown of Crystal Flame by C.L. Wilson”
"Do you think the torture masters have tired themselves out?" Gaelen pondered with black humor.
"More likely, we're next, and they've just gone to sharpen their blades," Tajik said.
Locked up in the room with them, Farel gave a grunting laugh of amusement. "Could be. They've been using them enough."
"You know," Gil announced, "as rescues go, I have to say this one pretty much scorches rultshart turds.”