This review is based on the negative feedback I've read. This book is much more than simply another romance. This book is a necessary installment in the overall story arc. If you cut it back to just a few short chapters then you would be missing out on the scope of the world, the characters and it would be simple and easy and forgettable.
But having invested many pleasurable reading hours into this series, it is far from forgettable. The length and the time spent building up the events and the time spent knowing the characters is written in such a way that it feels effortless to read. And that just shows how talented CL Wilson is in this genre. She grabs you and strings you along one thread at a time, weaving together one fabulous and compelling saga! The details and characters of this series is so finely honed, it's read with ease, no drag, no lull in the story line.
In some ways I do think this series was mislabeled, in that it has more of an epic fantasy feel, rather than a romance. But the romance is still the primary focus of the overall story plot. Yes, war is upon them and there is evil that haunts Ellysetta, but it's that war and that evil that is preventing Rain and Ellie from fulfilling their mate bond, so therefore everything in this book and in all previous books has been necessary.
Could CL Wilson have eliminated these last two books and had the bad guy, Vadim Maur destroyed sooner to appease those that feel this series is dragging, well, maybe. She could have eliminated this thread with these characters, or that thread with those characters, but then what do you have? There is so much detail. You learn much more of the world and the characters and the bonds, that without those things would it have been as epic, or as rich, or as amazing? NO! It would not have. I love fantasies. And the Tairen Soul series is one of the most engaging I have read in awhile. This series is truly an Epic Fantasy Romance series and there just aren't very many of those out there. I've read Epic Fantasies, but this one is romance and I think CL Wilson is an amazing talent in this genre, and if it were to take her six books to complete this saga, then I say take six books! Because I love and cherish each one of them.
Not exactly a review :). But my thoughts nonetheless! This series is for those that don't mind an epic saga as two people struggle with who they are and prepare for a war that could destroy everything as they know it. And of course along the way you get to fall in love with so many terrific and endearing characters that we can only hope to see them in their own epic stories in the future (Gaelen, Bel, Kieran, and Kiel to be exact!) I love these books, and they will always remain unforgettable in my heart. My highest praise to Ms. Wilson for creating such an amazing world.