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Lord of the Fading Lands (Tairen Soul #1)

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  8,667 ratings  ·  801 reviews
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Once he had scorched the world.

Once he had driven back overwhelming darkness.

Once he had loved with such passion, his name was legend...

Tairen Soul

Now a thousand years later, a new threat calls him from the Fading Lands, back into the world that had cost him so dearly. Now an ancient, familiar evil is regaining its strength, and a new voic
Audio CD, Unabridged, 16 pages
Published May 1st 2010 by Audio Realms (first published October 2nd 2007)
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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)

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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
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
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“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 focuses on the romance between the two main characters
Michele (Reading Lark/CanadianTwiMom)
Feb 28, 2012 Michele (Reading Lark/CanadianTwiMom) rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 04, 2012 valee rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
Wendy Darling
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
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
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...
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
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
Barbara M.
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
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
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
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
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
Bu yorum aynı zamanda Romancekolikte yayınlanmıştır.

Romance ağırlıklı bir epic fantasy okumak ilginç bir değişiklik oldu. Yazar kendi dilini, dünyasını oluşturmuş. Dili sana ezberlettirmeyi de amaçlamış. Bir süre sonra çevirisini vermiyor. Kitabın son sayfasında bir sözlük mevcut ama.

Kitabın başını çok sevdim. Cümleler, yazarın duyguları ifade edişi beni çok etkilemişti. Ortalara doğru doğal olarak bir entrika durumu işin içine girince biraz sıkılmaya başladım. Sonuna doğru iyileşti. Rain ile
The Tairen are magical winged cats of the Fading Lands who are dying. Rain Tairen Soul, the King of the Fey and the Fading Lands is bereft. If the Tairen die, then so do Rain’s people, the Fey. Rain has been the ruler and most powerful Fey alive for over a thousand years after many wars, destruction, and the death of his beloved mate, Sariel. She may not have been the mate of his soul, but her death by the hands of his enemy, the Mages of Eld, caused Rain, in a moment of rage, to scorch the worl ...more
C.L. Wilson
Sep 07, 2007 C.L. Wilson added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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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
Dec 22, 2010 Regina rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Romance lovers and those interested in the fated to be mated theme
Recommended to Regina by: Erika (Nurslings)
3.5 stars. I liked this book despite the fact that it is not my typical type of book, it is heavily romance and a destined to be mated theme. The world building is not incredibly strong (not a lot of descriptions of the powers and types of beings), but what is described is intriguing. It is a fantasy romance and the world is one that is divided between mages, Fay (not otherworldly creatures), and mortals. The hero is a Fay but also a Tairen Soul, which seems to mean he is an immortal shapeshifte ...more
Jan 29, 2011 Kathleen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
Suzanne the Mighty (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
Plot-driven yet sexually explicit paranormal romance series with shape shifters who transform into flying fire-breathing lions. Got it??? He's called a Tairen, and he's Fey. Yes, spelled F-E-Y.

If his true love doesn't bond with him by the series finale, it's the end of the world as we know it. He meets her in this book, and recognizes her as his soul mate immediately. Yup. Insta-luv. But she does not immediately fall for him -- it takes her quite a while.

Across the series, we read of various
If I had read this book instead of listening to the audio, I would have enjoyed it more. The narration seemed appropriate at the beginning but as I got to the know the characters and understand the world, I realized the narrator was too over the top. You see, the writing in this book is very lavish so I think it needed a more understated approach so the words would shine. As it was, it sounded like a person eating chocolate and going 'mmmmm' with every bite (understandable at the beginning but t ...more
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This was an epic read for me.

I truly recommend this book to those who love fantasy, romance and action.

Lord of the Fading Lands is not such a surprise to me. I mean, I knew I would love this because I loved C.L. Wilson's Winter King. I am usually skeptic when it comes to a series with the same hero+heroine, but with this one, I totally trust that I will not be bored during the rest of the series. It holds a lot of possibilities for the next books! :)

The characters are so interesting! I got to
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
I didn't know what to expect when I started this book. I wasn't going to buy it. Everytime someone would recommend the Tairen Soul series, I would stare at the cover and shake my head. The cover of the book acted like a sort of repellant, a little comical and cheesy. Anyway, someone who loves the same books as I do told me I simply had to start this series and I am so fricken happy she did. This story almost reminds me of the Lord of the Rings. Not that it has hobbits and takes place in Middle E ...more
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
Wendy F
Is it romance? Is it Fantasy? Your answer is as good as mine! It's BOTH, I suppose. Rain is the Tairen Soul and this means that while he is a Fey, he is also able to transform himself into a Tairen. Now you're wondering what a Tairen is, right? Good question, ha. A Tairen is a winged flying panther like thingie that has glowing lavender eyes. In addition to this, the book takes place in a completely fictional imaginary world. One that has Mages and Elves (though they haven't shown themselves yet ...more
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Tairen Soul (5 books)
  • Lady of Light and Shadows (Tairen Soul, #2)
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  • Queen of Song and Souls (Tairen Soul, #4)
  • Crown of Crystal Flame (Tairen Soul, #5)
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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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