Crown of Crystal Flame was an awesome wrap-up to the Tairen Soul series. I was a bit hesitant to start this book since the previous book seemed to drag (I actually ended up skimming it). However, this final book was action packed! Danger surrounds Rain and Elly at every turn. I was a third of the way through the book, and I couldn't believe what else Rain and Elly would have to confront. There were definitely several chapters that ended on cliff hangers - leaving you wondering if they were going to be able to escape the threat facing them and/or their people.
Rain and Elly eventually get their happy ever after ending, but I'm not sure if I liked the way the final showdown ended. It seemed a little too sweet and fairy tale like for me. I know Elly (and Elly and Rain together) is powerful, but this still just seemed a bit much to me. Although now that I think it over, Elly sure does escape capture quite often via fantastical rescues. Then, again, this is a fantasy book so maybe I'm being a little too critical.
I'd definitely recommend reading books 1-3 (Lord of the Fading Lands; Lady of Light and Shadows; and, King of Sword and Sky) prior to reading this book. I don't think I really missed much skipping book 4 (Queen of Song and Souls) - Wilson seemed to do a decent job recapping events that were pertinent from book 4. (netGalley ARC)
A bit confusing at the beginning, became a little more interesting in the middle, but then got boring and convoluted. I skimmed the last 25% of the bo...moreA bit confusing at the beginning, became a little more interesting in the middle, but then got boring and convoluted. I skimmed the last 25% of the book. It feels like a setup for a series since the ending is unresolved regarding the evil stalking them. I'm definitely passing on the next book.(less)
It started out okay with some spicy scenes (albeit lack of world building), but then I started to lose interest. And when the "vampires" came into pla...moreIt started out okay with some spicy scenes (albeit lack of world building), but then I started to lose interest. And when the "vampires" came into play I was already skimming. I was a bit confused with the setting (this was prior to the skimming), but then there was sex between the hero and someone other then the heroine (although it was forced per say) and that's a big no for me (and then he didn't kill, or at least badly hurt, the bitch). I lost interest after that.(less)