Lord of the Fading Lands by C. L. Wilson

Lord of the Fading Lands (Tairen Soul, #1)

by C. L. Wilson

The First Chapter in C. L. Wilson's Magnificent Epic Tale of Magic, Passion, and Destiny

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-dead.

Ellysetta, a woodcarver's daughter, calls to Rain in a way no other ever had. Mysterious and magical, her soul beckons him with a compelling, seductive song—and no matter the cost, the wildness in his blood will not be denied.

As an ancient, familiar evil regains its strength, causing centuries-old alliances to crumble and threatening doom for Rain and his people . . . he must claim his truemate to embrace the destiny woven for them bock in the mists of time.

Reviewed by Kait ✨ on

3 of 5 stars

i picked this up after ashley raved about the series, which i believe she compared to sarah j. maas’ [b:A Court of Mist and Fury|17927395|A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)|Sarah J. Maas|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1452783825s/17927395.jpg|25126749] (i think we all know how i feel about that). i get the comparison, but it was not the same for me and lord of the fading lands fell short:

1. the insta-love was too much to take, making the romance pretty unbelievable
2. everyone is SO stereotypical - the heroine doesn’t realize her magical abilities, she’s shy and inexperienced, she’s big-hearted, etc., while the hero is terrifyingly powerful, etc. etc. etc.
3. the conflict feels very watered down - wilson heavily hints at plots to come in later books but does not flesh out this book’s conflict
4. i haven’t read the rest of the series (and don’t know if i will), but i highly, highly suspect this should have been part one of a longer book

seeing as this did not do anything original and missed the mark for me, i’m not sure i’ll continue. that being said, i did enjoy reading it and being 1/5 through the storyline might break me…i do want to find out what happens!

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