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Beloved Son (Aisling #3)

4.1  ·  Rating details ·  283 Ratings  ·  37 Reviews
Newfound love might not be enough. Trust holds the possibility of both salvation and damnation. Circumstances having forced them to seek asylum in Lind, Wil and Dallin are momentarily safe, but find themselves at the center of a convergence they're not sure they're strong enough to face. The power of the land and the Mother awaits Wil in the bowels of Lind, but it comes wi ...more
Paperback, 1st Edition, 388 pages
Published December 15th 2011 by Prizm Books (first published December 14th 2011)
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Eden Winters
I've been counting the days until Aisling 3: Beloved Son released, and let me tell you, the wait was worth it. Dallin and Wil make up one of my all time favorite couples, and for 'fade to black' where sex was concerned, Ms. Cummings sure made the love between these two sizzled without having to give a play by play of the action.

Wil has grown stronger, more secure in himself, thanks, in part, to Dallin's unwavering support. I loved seeing him come into his own. His stubborness and that fact that
MsMiz (Tina)
Jun 12, 2011 is currently reading it
When is it going to be Dec. 15?????? Have to add how giddy I am to read this and SO happy to see so many others get on the Aisling train.
Apr 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, fantasy-au, emotional
I loved Wil and Dallin and I loved their story. And even though I usually prefer sexy times on page, I thought the way they were handled here worked well. Their love certainly showed through.

Side notes
In this series, different variations of 'useable therefore useful' and ' those most easily used and uses them ' type phrases were used a lot and drew my attention more than they should have.

Reading long stretches of italicized paragraphs is not easy.
Nov 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, magic, m-m

3.5 Stars

Full review to come. Just a few points for now.

What bored me: The MC's introspection and the same old internal struggles. It was never ending and tiring.

What I loved: The dream world and the confrontations that Wil and Dallin faced. It really took off around 45%. I loved the ending!
After finishing this novel, read Everything, free story from Aisling universe, about Wil and Dallin after the trilogy. It's sweet and sexy and everything we wanted for these two.


4.5 stars

Beloved Son is the third book in the Aisling trilogy and, if you didn't read the first two books, this is a bad place to start. So, stop reading this review and check out Guardian and Dream. The books are classified as "young adult" by the publisher, but, personally, I never saw the trilogy that way. The
Oct 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm, read-again-maybe
My review comments to the earlier books in this series apply equally well to this one. If you don't like intensely character-focused stories, don't bother with Cummings. That's really what she's all about. And even more so than in the previous installments, since large parts of this book take place in the dream plane.

I do have some quibbles with Cummings' writing, built up over the course of reading both this series and her Wolf's-Own books in quick succession. She has some favorite prose tricks
P.D. Singer
Feb 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is the amazing and wonderful climax to the Aisling trilogy: I am still sitting in awe of the sweeping epic and the incredible use of language. The love between Wil and Dallin is their strength and perhaps the route to triumph for their enemies, but Carole Cummings brings all together in the grand culmination of three volumes of fear, flight, growth of trust, and at last, battle.

If I ever write something half this good, I will have done well.
Keeping this short and sweet: chock full of action and excitement, but straying just a little too far into "religiousness" for me.
I am just as - if not more - in love with Dallin & Wil as I was before. Thank heavens there's some real sex in #3.5! (Such a dirty mind. *shakes head disappointedly*)
Desperately hoping for book four! The story isn't over yet.
Nov 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya, mm
I guess a simple 'I really liked it' isn't going to do it this time, huh? Too bad, because it is so much easier to explain why I don't like books.

This book felt like a decent culmination of the first two books. Much more of it takes place internally, in the dreamworld (and in the MCs heads), but seeing that Wil is a dream himself, that was kind of a given. Also, Gods don't manifest themselves on the physical plane, so if they are taking an active part, we'll have to move inward. I happen to lik
Dec 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: lovers of fantasy
Recommended to Cryselle by: P.D. Singer
Shelves: torquere, fantasy
Carole Cummings has presented a sweeping dénouement to her stunning trilogy. Aisling Part Three, Beloved Son, completes all the story arcs that have been building to give as a monumental tale of men, gods, love, and oh yeah, saving the world, too.

Apologies for spoilers for books 1 and 2, but it’s nearly unavoidable. Aisling must be read in order to make proper sense, but it’s well worth it. Start with Guardian, then read Dream, and then Beloved Son will cap this epic.

The one thing Wil Calder fe
Dec 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: angst, fantasy, sniff
The first half of this book tested my patience and had me frustrated. Dallin almost made my head hurt more than once. I thought my problem was coming from there but he was still the same, solid, always analytical, looking at each and every piece of the puzzle from every angle, so that couldn't be it. What I realized I missed was Wil, the "vicious little shit who never bloody quit". He almost seemed resigned and like he was tagging along and although I understood the reasons behind the somber moo ...more
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is probably one of my favorite series ever. From book 1 to book 3 I was hooked and captivated the whole way through. Dallin and Will are such wonderful, complex characters who develop so much throughout the course of the books. Their relationship develops completely naturally, and I love how much they depend on each other to draw out their own inner strength. Their constant snark back and forth is endearing, and you can feel how much they care about each other underneath it, without any of ...more
Alex Alden
May 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
I love the Aisling books, and I rate them as 5 stars as one complete story, but compared to the first and second books, this one made things too easy for Wil and Dallin. You know those books where suddenly everyone loves and admires the main character(s) and everything just starts falling into place for them? This is one of those. I prefer my books with protagonists who have to struggle right through to the bitter end, where it seems like the whole world's sole purpose is to screw them over. Thi ...more
Kaje Harper
Dec 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book is much more internal than the previous two. Although there is plenty of physical danger, it takes second place to the magical dangers and conflicts, which occur in the landscapes of Wil's mind. The relationship between Dallin and Wil is strained by the things each must do, and how they believe the other will view their actions. And Wil needs to find his true name and true self. But these guys are still Dallin and Wil, whatever titles and names they end up with, so the fact that they b ...more
Bellbomb Bellbomb
Sep 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: carole-cummings
Wow. I haven’t read a lot of M/M fantasy, but I doubt there are many that could rival this story’s epic scale. The author’s ambition with this world building is as huge and well thought out as Middle Earth in LOTR. There’s a whole background story about the creation of the world by the gods, the first tongue that is no longer spoken, the tale that has been twisted through generations among different regions, the power struggle between higher beings, and then the choices vs. destiny that the Chos ...more
May 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
I would have given this one 3.5 stars, but since I can't and it was better than most I give 3 stars to.... There were a less-than-average number of proofing errors for the genre, though the formatting for Kindle was sub-par. I'm not going to say more about that, other than to say that it did not at all affect my reading pleasure.

The author has a distinct voice and can wield a pen. If you enjoy the voice, there'll be little to stop you enjoying this. I found the Brit dialect distracting because i
Reese Sanders
Dec 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Yes, yes and yes. Character fantasy done right. It's not often a writer will allow their heroes to be fallible and to grow as people and to let readers watch it all happen. I watched these characters grow up, I watched them make mistakes and I watched them find a way. I watched them grow together while they did all that. Wil started out as a kind of man-child whose first instinct was always to lash out. I watched him grow into a man who can now believe he has worth as a person. Dallin started ou ...more
Oct 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this 3rd book of the trilogy very much. I enjoyed seeing the continuation of the relationship between Wil and Dallin, although much of it was done through the fight to save the Father. Both Wil and Dallin grow into their titles of Aisling and Guardian and learn to trust in each other to protect each other. I would have liked a bit more of a personal connection between Wil and Dallin. This book was mostly devoted to the war they were fighting.
Overall, I would recommend this series. I d
Sashu ~Sabine~
Dec 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I just reread the series and am still reeling from the impact: The first time around I kind of rushed through the story, 'cause I HAD to know how things where going to play out. This time, I just got to savor the journey. And what a journey it was! Heartrendering, beautiful, true, full-of-wonder, fantasy of the soul as much as epic fantasy.

The ending was in no way incomplete for me: each of them has come in its own, they are together in the best way possible, the last barriers of mistrust are d
Jun 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.75 Stars, rounded up.

The first book still remains my favorite. The second and third books were good, but they were also frustrating. For most of it I felt like I was in the dark. Like Dallin and/or Will *knew* stuff, had revelations all through the book as to what was going to happen, what sacrifice was going to be needed, etc., but they didn't tell us *anything*, and boy was I frustrated and pissed off sometimes. I'm all for keeping the reader guessing but there was too much of it for my tast
Rosemary O'Malley
Aug 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Another series that I devoured in just a day or two. It was so totally engrossing that I was ninja reading at work! I regret nothing.

These are 'talking' books...a lot of it is inner monologue and outer exposition. There's intricate mythology and mysticism all over the place but when the action does come it is furious and intense. I loved our two heroes, the slow, intimate build of their relationship, and the way they interact with each other. The storytelling is lovely and flowing, even with all
Oct 07, 2011 rated it it was ok
I am frustrated. This one seemed more like a chapter than a book. Don't misunderstand. It was long page-wise. But just as Something started to happen, it ended. I spent a few seconds trying to get my reader to turn the page before I thought to check my page count. Over. Last page. Last line. I love Carole Cummings writing. I love the world she created. I love the characters. But this installment didn't really have anything going on. It was a bridge to the next book. I can't afford to keep buying ...more
Aug 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, kindle
This was my favorite in the series. I was eager for some action in the story, and my wish has been granted. It came out slow and a bit annoying, but then got into the pace that pleased me more. I don't know if the author will write another book, or if I will read it. For me this was the ending. And maybe the word "End" hints just as much :-)
It was a nice story, deep enough if you care to look. If you decide to give it a try I ask you not to stop when it is somewhat boring at times, or to crowded
This series was so good I couldn't stop to review that 2nd book. I just had to find out what was going to happen next. So much happened to Dallin and Wil it was almost hard to read it. I found myself angry when I was interrupted with silly things like having to eat or go to work or go to bed :)

Totally wonderful writing, so descriptive I thought I was there, that I could see what was being done.

Thanks for this story, I'm sorry to see the end!!
1st read - Jun 3
Loved this series to an extent that has surprised me. While there is an element of M/M romance (no explicit sex) to the series, it is at heart, a fantasy series, and those who enjoy an epic fantasy will probably enjoy these novels. This 3rd novel brings the bulk of the story to a conclusion, but there are a few unfinished threads which lead me to wonder if the author is planning to continue the series in the future. It seems there's a contingency plan in place for it... :D
Jun 23, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. I did love the characters of this series, but this book was a bit too much "he huffed and he puffed and he pushed and he pulled" for me. I would've liked to see more real action. Overall not a bad series, although it really was just one continuous storyline, the breaks into three books felt rather random.
Dec 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
As a volume of the complete set (3 books), this was very good. (If considered as an independent piece, it would've been sadly lacking, since the three volumes of the trilogy make up one long book, and none really work well alone for my taste.)
Dec 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m-romance, fantasy
Rating 3.5

I was seriously worried about this installment. At a certain point, I found myself skipping over passages. The story was far too long and dragged in many places. The ending redeemed itself.
Feb 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
I've finished this installment of Aisling serie before, but I forgot to rate it and mark as read. And it was long time ago, and I don't remember the specifics of my supposed review. Well. I remember I liked it a lot, so let it be.
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