Queen of Song and Souls Mass Market Paperback – Sep 28 2010
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The Fourth Chapter in C. L. Wilson’s Breathtaking Epic Tale of Magic, Passion, and Destiny
Two lovers, two hearts, one soul.
Only joined can they be truly complete.
Only joined can they survive the darkness.
The Fey King Rain and his truemate Ellysetta share a passionate love unrivaled in the history of their world—and a forbidden power that made them outcasts from the Fading Lands. As war looms and the evil mages of Eld threaten to rip their world asunder, they must fight to defend the very kingdom and people who reviled them.
Only by trusting completely in their love—and in themselves—can Rain and Ellysetta hope to defeat the gathering forces of Darkness. But it will take more than the strength of their devotion to endure. They must unlock the secrets of the past and find the courage to embrace the dangerous destiny that awaits them. Only they can save their world, but that victory might cost them their lives.
About the Author
C. L. Wilson wrote her first story at age six, and though she took a number of long detours during her life, she never gave up her lifelong dream of being published. Many years, hundreds of false starts, and five completed novels later, she received "The Call" in October 2006 and sold her epic fantasy romance, Tairen Soul, at auction. Her debut novel spent two weeks on the USA Today bestseller list, and her subsequent novels have gone on to hit a variety of lists, including USA Today, New York Times, and Publishers Weekly. When not writing, C. L. enjoys relaxing with her husband and three children in sunny Florida and daydreaming of a world where people exercise in their sleep and chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream is a fat-burning food.
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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.
C.L. Wilson elegantly throws us back in the world of Fey in the prologue where the King of Sword and Sky (Tairen Soul) ended. From there we follow Ellysetta and Rain as they travel across the lands trying to create alliances with the Celierians, Elves and Danae, to help fight the war against the evil Mages of Eld. They have come to realize that Vadim Maur and the Mages have been preparing for this war far longer than they suspected. They know the only way they can win this war is to combine the Fey forces with all of the other races against the dark magic of the Eld. But these alliances are tenuous at best, due to the intrigues of politics between the different races. Unfortunately, during this dark time of war, they can't afford any weaknesses or doubts.
As Ellysetta and Rain travel, self discoveries are made about themselves, questions are answered and new mysteries are revealed. Ellysetta is also plagued by horrible nightmares and the anxiety of baring four mage marks made by evil High Mage Vadim Maur. And Rain tries to hide from Ellysetta that the bonding madness has started and that it is advancing fast because of the fighting on the bloody battlefields. In addition to the tremendous worry of the war, they are both distress from the inability to complete their truemate bond; completing the bond will keep Rain from descending into madness and save Ellysetta and her powers from being controlled by the evil Vadim Maur.
Queen of Song and Souls contains all the elements that makes a perfect and terrific read for me: a complex and creative fantasy world, edged with darkness; a romantically, poignant love story; edge of your seat suspense; and truly evil and vile bad guys. C.L. Wilson combines all of these elements elegantly with her beautiful prose. I honestly don't have one complaint about this book. Not one. As this series has progressed, each book just keeps getting better than the last.
I experienced such a wide range of emotions reading this book that by the time I was finished with it, I was emotional exhausted, in a good way. While I was reading my emotions ranged from being anxious, angry, happy, a deep sadness, surprised, thoughtful, and worried. In the end, I was left with a strong sense of forbidding. I'm happy to say we get some long awaited answers but new questions take the place of the old ones. All in all, Queen of Song and Souls is going down as my favorite read for this year, hands down.
Queen of Song and Souls is not to be missed, it sets the stage for the next and final book in this series. I'll be anxiously awaiting the conclusion to Ellysetta and Rain's story in Tairen Soul this coming year.
'Rain...' Bel murmured, his eyes troubled.
Rain waved off his unspoken objection. ' She is a Tairen Soul, and we Tairen Souls were born for war. I may not like this path the gods have set before her, but Farsight is right. I must do everything in my power to ensure she is prepared to walk it'...
Yeah Baby! Woo-Hoo! This is what this series will do to you...just make you stand up and shout!
I'll let someone else do the play by play review. I'd hate to mess up a great story, so I'll just give you the facts!
Ellysetta is finally on the last leg of her journey. She alone has the fate of the world on her shoulders, and with the love and help of Rain and her blood sworn lu'tan she's getting closer to her Song.
I can't express how much I want all of my friends to read this series...It's not by any means an easy read, if you like those pick up a Kenyon, Ward or Cole novel (which I do enjoy sometimes), but if you want something a little more challenging then this series is for you. When you have to actually work for the prize isn't it all that more grand?! That's how this series is for me. I love getting to the "Aha" moments that ties into previous books...Did I mention I LOVE this series?!
"Queen of Song And Souls" was supposed to be the last and final book in the Tairen Soul series, but as always Mrs. Wilson didn't short change her biggest fans by cutting the story in half and giving us a rush ending. Thank you so much for that Cheryl!
I will continue to be a broken record and say...Read this series in order!!! Goodness I can't begin to imagine picking up say book 3 and 4 and trying to understand this world. And if you think for one minute you can just figure it out by doing that, I'll go ahead and tell you... No you won't. Mrs. Wilson doesn't down play her fans intelligence or memories of her previous books, and she stays true to her existing fans. She does not spend half the book "catching everyone up". What a breath of fresh air this author is!
As much as I hate to say this I'm looking forward to the end of Ellysetta and Rains story, and I've been told (by the author) that the next in the series will finally be their Happily Ever After. Oh, and I've also been told....Shhhh, but don't tell.....that we'll be getting Bel's and Gaelen's stories....and a new series by her coming soon! Did I mention I love these books and that they're my all time favorites? I'm so sure I have! And you'll love them too if you read them!
Although there is nothing wrong or unsatisfying about the plots and storylines that is written in this book, like another reviewer, I thought Ms. Wilson's focus was shifted a little too much off the main characters of the story. I understand that she decided to split the last book of the series into two because there was so much that she wanted to put into the ending in order to tie the story all together neatly, there was just too much side story going on. Again the side stories themselves had nothing wrong with them, they were interesting and enthralling just the same, but there was not enough written on the main character's stories. The only time where I felt like Rain and Ellie's story progressed was their time in Elfia, which was toward the end of the book. Much of the book was spent in Celieria, with Annoura/Bour and Adrial/Talisa. I am sure that those two plot lines are essential to future events in the story, especially with what is happening at the palace, and I also understand that Adrial and Talisa's story ultimately needs closure as well, but I just wish that those plot lines were interspersed in the main story of Rain and Ellie instead of becoming the focus of the book themselves. In the end I feel like Rain and Ellie's story ended at pretty much the same place as in King, not much progress or change. There wasn't anything new to their story.
However, to be fair, Queen is a bit shorter than King, and I'm sure (hoping) that Ms. Wilson focused more on the side stories in this book so that she can focus all the story on Rain and Ellie in the final book without the distractions of side plots.
All in all, I think everyone, including me, may have felt a little disappointed because we were all waiting and anticipating for this book to come out and might have hyped it up too much. The book itself is well written and is a beautiful continuation of the series. I think I will be more satisfied with this book if I had the final book to read right after it.
First, this means a return to Celieria City. We learn more about the consequences of the weave Ellie inadvertently spun at the end of Lord of the Fading Lands; something shocking has happened to everyone involved. We get to see King Dorian and Queen Annoura again as the rift in their relationship grows, and as the Mages do their best to take advantage of it. Wilson also further explores the poignant star-crossed love of Talisa and Adrial, a plotline that began in Lady of Light and Shadows.
Later, our heroes travel to Elvia to meet with the Elves. These Elves are a tribute to Tolkien's creation (then again, whose aren't?), dwelling in a beautifully-described city built of living trees and dispensing cryptic wisdom. Ellie, in particular, is strongly affected by her stay here. She learns a little about the possible futures that could unfold, and finally discovers who her biological parents are, but finds just as many new questions as she finds answers.
We also see more of Ellie's sister Lillis, who has a mysterious experience in the Faering Mists, and Melliandra, who continues her one-girl insurrection against the High Mage. (I love that kid...)
Wilson has stated on her web site that Queen of Song and Souls was originally intended as the final Tairen Soul book, but that the story grew too big and was split. A fifth book, titled Tairen Soul, is scheduled to follow this one and complete the series. Queen of Song and Souls suffers a little bit from the change in plans. It's well-written and often moving, but there's a feeling of "set-up" to it. In the earlier Tairen Soul books, Wilson takes her time moving her pieces into place but builds to an exciting climax once the scene is set. Here, most of the climactic events are deferred to the next book. One subplot is resolved, but I didn't have the same "satisfied" feeling I had at the end of King of Sword and Sky. Then again, maybe that's because when I finished King, I knew Queen was waiting for me, but now I have a wait ahead of me before I learn what happens next!
King of Sword and Sky remains my favorite of the series so far. If Wilson ties all of her plots up with a great ending, though, the fifth book could very well blow it out of the water.