Review: King of Sword and Sky, Queen of Song and Souls

Read these two installments of the Tairen Soul series from C L Wilson twice last year, not just because I’ve been following the series, but really because these books narrate a new chapter in Rain’s and Ellie’s adventures and relationship. This epic fantasy is quite a breathtaking work and I’m eagerly hunting down The Crown of Crystal Flame to complete the series.

Title: King of Sword and Sky

Review: King of Sword and Sky, Queen of Song and Souls

Author: C L Wilson

Genre: Fantasy Romance

Publisher: Leisure Book, by Dorchester Publishing

Year Published: October 2008

Stand alone or series: Book 3 of the Tairen Soul series

On the Back cover:

Only one Enemy could destroy them

Only one Love could unite them

Only one Power could lead their people to victory …

The magical tairen were dying, and none but the Fey King’s bride could save them. Rain had defied the nobles of Celiera to claim her, battled demons and Elden mages to wed her.  Now, with magic, steel, and scorching flame he would risk everything to protect his kingdom, help his truemate embrace her magic and forge the unbreakable bond that alone could save her soul.

In my books …

Trust the author to build more twists into an already much convoluted plot!! Just when I was wondering how Ms Wilson is going to top her strong debut, she pulled more tricks out of her hat.

With political intrigue delivered by a conflicted and divided Fey governing council, Ellie’s dark secret providing another controversy that divided loyalties and adding another layer of mystery surrounding Ellie’s heritage, and the fierce battle between the Elds and the Fey, this fantastical adventure in an original universe just got more exciting with more sub-plots and new complications unveiled.

The drawn-out suspense keeps the reader hanging on, while Ms Wilson’s imaginative and sensitive story-telling makes me return time and again to the poignant tale of the Tairen Soul.

IMB Rating: 4.0, Really liked it

Title: Queen of Song and Souls

Review: King of Sword and Sky, Queen of Song and SoulsAuthor:
C L Wilson

Genre: Fantasy Romance

Publisher: Dorchester Publishing

Year Published:
November 2009

Stand alone or series: Book 4 of the Tairen Soul series

On the Back cover:

Only together could their souls be complete

Only together could they survive

Only together could they unlock the secrets of the past and unleash their greatest magic

As war rages all around them, and the evil mages of Eld stand on the brink of triumph, Rain and Ellysetta must learn to trust completely in their love and in themselves, and embrace a forbidden power that will either destroy their world or save it.

In my books …

This book picks up where the last battle ended, and introduces the reader to yet more atrocius doings of Vadim. The lengths he went through to plot the downfall of the Tairen and the number of people he tortured and sacrificed had my hair standing on end.

There were also heart-aching subplots of star-crossed lovers Adrial and Talisa, and Shan and Elfeya, the birth parents of Ellysetta, whose endless pain at the hands of Vadim makes one feel truly heartsick. If you’re faint of heart, and like your romances filled with only bright tales, and happy endings, then this book is going put your emotions through the wringer.

I began to turn the pages with trepidation, dreading to learn what more evil Vadim has in store for Ellie. The only bright part of the story is Rain’s unceasing love for and belief in Ellie, even though she has failed to form the truemate bond (yet). It would be good to end all the suspense in the next book.

IMB Rating: 4.0, Really liked it