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Lord of the Fading Lands

(Tairen Soul #1)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  20,967 ratings  ·  1,741 reviews
Once he drove back the darkness.
Once he loved with such passion his name was legend.

Once, driven wild with grief over the murder of his beloved, the majestic Fey King Rain Tairen Soul had laid waste to the world before vanishing into the Fading Lands. Now, a thousand years later, a new threat draws him back into the world—and a new love reawakens the heart he thought long
Mass Market Paperback, 406 pages
Published October 2nd 2007 by Leisure Books
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Amirantha While the sex & swearing in this series is not too much in my opinion, there will be many evil deeds done. I have just finished the second book and wo…moreWhile the sex & swearing in this series is not too much in my opinion, there will be many evil deeds done. I have just finished the second book and would recomment this series only for 18+, there will be systematic torture, rape and enslavement in this series! Be warned it is not an easy read.(less)
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 couldn'…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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Nov 26, 2008 rated it did not like it
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
Helen 2.0
Feb 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, faves
ReREreading this series specifically to spite my tbr mountain
Cece ❀Rants, Raves &Reviews❀
This books seems to be either a love or hate it with most people

Based on my stars, i think you know where I stand --adoring these characters as a whole but ya best be knowing Imma critique the fuck outta parts i hope improve in the series

First of all... this goddamn cover

Honestly, ya could've fucking googled "fantasy adventure warrior art" and gotten something better and more reflective to the quality of this book

I just feel like this one doesn't fully convey
✨the alpha power of our love i
Robin (Bridge Four)
Re-read time

I think I liked it better the second time through. So time to round up instead of down.

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
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

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DNF @ 11%

Have you ever had a book that's been on your to-read list for years, and then when you finally get to it, it's a screaming disappointment? That's me with this book. So many of my friends were hyping up the Tairen Soul series and after finishing Holly Black's Folk of the Air, I was desperate for more exciting stories about the fae.

The blurb from Christine Feehan on the cover was an immediate red flag because I've disliked nearly
Nov 10, 2007 rated it really liked it
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
Grace A.
Feb 26, 2022 rated it really liked it
Rain, a fae king, carried the burden of a rampage of mass killings brought about by his own hands when the woman he loved was killed. After a thousand years and slowly watching his race dying, he reached out to a powerful being, the Eye, for answers on how to save his race. The Eye showed him Elysetta. He will soon find out that Ellysetta was her soulmate and more than a lowly wood carver’s daughter. But everywhere the fae king goes trouble follows, and now he’s brought it to Elysetta’s doorstep ...more
Aug 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Parvati Patil
My second book by C.L. Wilson after Winter King. I can't believe this one is even better. I highly recommend. ...more
Becca & The Books
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Would recommend if you like Sarah J. Maas and your favourite Shadowhunters series is The Infernal Devices
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
Jul 22, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed
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
Final rating: 4/5 stars
Final rating - for the whole series: 5/5 stars

“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
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
Oct 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, faeries-fae
This is some high fantasy - like, nothing-is-recognizable fantasy. Every single thing is different. Even things seem to be different for the sake of being different, like the powdered wigs being powdered gold or the "red" carpets for important people being blue carpets. But, it was fun to read, once I started figuring out some of the terminology. There are also a lot of Fey words in their language that is not always translated.

The story has three main components: the love story between Rain and
Viktoria Winter
It might be overly ambitious to review five books at once, but considering I binge-read this series over the course of one week, I think this will have to do.

While I had been looking for a fantasy romance book at the time, I didn’t want one that was completely about the lovers or, for lack of better terms, a porno. C. L. Wilson ultimately surpassed my expectations for the Tairen Soul series by giving me exactly what I didn’t realize I’d wanted: ferocious romance, a power struggle, and morally co
Apr 04, 2009 rated it liked it
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
C.L. Wilson
Aug 27, 2007 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: written-by-me
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
Michele (Reading Lark/CanadianTwiMom)

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
Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
“Ver reisa ku'chae. Kem surah, shei'tani. Your soul calls out. Mine answers, beloved.”

The book was a bit heavy, but it was still good. Some of the...language was sometimes incredible hard to understand. But other than that, the story was good. Though not much happened. I mean, the timeline was weird, and they managed little in the short timeline the book had, if you know what I mean.
“I am not a good man, shei'tani," he corrected. "I never have been. But for you I will strive
Wendy Higgins
Incredible. I immediately bought book 2 and cannot wait to dive in (though I must force myself to only read in the evenings so I may write during the day! Gah!)
This is an adult high fantasy romance series. I am blown away and so in love. So thankful Cora Carmack recommended that I read this!
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...
Lacey (laceybooklovers)
Jun 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
I have no idea why I thought this was a standalone but it’s a true fantasy romance series soooo the romance is still at its beginning stages here in book 1. But I loved this fantasy world! I liked the world-building and it was an interesting take on a different kind of fae - these fae control the 5 natural elements. It’s fated mates between the fae king (who also shapeshifts into a flying large cat) and a heroine who’s more powerful than she thinks she is. I can’t wait to continue with this seri ...more
Rubbing my hands together in glee...

Within minutes of starting the audio of Lord of the Fading Lands, I knew I was in love. My heart started fluttering, I was looking around wanting to share my glee and smiling like a loon with love for a new EPIC series. Yes, it probably seems a little extreme since I had only been listening for a couple of minutes, but sometimes, you just KNOW.

Well, I was right and I BLOODY LOVED IT!!

The characters came to life, the storyline was riveting and the promise of a
Lover of Romance
Ver reisa ku'chae. Kem surah, shei'tani. Your soul calls out. Mine answers, beloved.

Rain Tairen Soul is the King of the Fading Lands, and has survived for centuries, and after losing the woman he once loved, spent countless years bent on revenge against those who killed the woman who was gentle and kind and gracious. Now determined to find out the truth and the evil that threatens his people, he finds out that he has a truemate, the woman that is the other half of his soul. He never thought it p
AℳY♔Queen of Fat cats♔민윤기's fiancé
GUUUYYYYSSS, THIS ONE IS A MUST READ!! I devoured the books and I'm officially down for whatever CL wilson ever spits on, sat on, imagines on, writes by...anything!!!!
Only bad thing is that the full series isn't KU *sobs* but hoopla has the books so ...
*kisses hoopla app*
It's official, Parvati Patil is the best reviewer in Goodreads cuz all her recommendations knock it out of the park. And I truly despise FAE!!! But these fae are different, yeah they're royalty like in any other freaking FAE boo
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
Mar 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
"Ver reisa ku'chae. Kern surah, shei'tani.
Your soul calls out. Mine answers, beloved.”

A thousand years ago the Fey King Rain Tairen Soul laid waste to the world when his beloved Sariel was murdered. Since then he has become a hermit, withdrawing from the world. But he is the last Tairen Soul, the magical winged cats of the Fading Lands, the only remaining Fey capable of entering the tairen’s lair, and because the Tairen’s are dying, it is his duty to protect them and the Fey. Even when he

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
Jan 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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.
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