This book will be epic and can take Lord of the Rings for a ride. If you loved Lord of the Rings and just thought a love story needed to be put into it you will fall in love with the works of C.L. Wilson. You will be transported into a fantasyland of shape shifters, fey, magicians, suspense and intrigue that will leave you craving the second installment.
Tairen Soul's are very rare and there is only one that lives right now. He is thousands of years old, but looks very young. The Tairen Soul is a fey that can turn into a huge cat with wings and he can breath fire. The present Tairen Soul is Rain. Rain Tairen Soul lost his love many years ago in a huge war against his enemies the Mages of Eld. When Sariel was killed he went into a killing rage and sent fire a crossed the earth and killed many. Since then he has just existed, but life has not been complete. The Eld have been suppressed for centuries, but Rain believes they are rising again. He consults the Eye of Truth to see what can be done. It shows him that to save the world he will have to find a special woman. She is his truemate and is human. He must leave the Fading Lands and seek her out. Seeking out a truemate is hard for him since he wants to uphold his love for Sariel. He will have to find a way to save the world and still be true to her memory.
Ellysetta is a poor girl and also an orphan. Her parents found her abandoned in the woods. They took her in and raised her to be their own. No one knows what her origins are, but she has always had terrible dreams and excruciating seizures. For a while they stopped, but they are back in full force. Something is seeking her and she instantly knows that she must hide from the man who is trying to find her through her dreams.
Rain arrives in Ellysetta's city. He is a King and she a poor woodcarvers daughter. They have nothing in common, but the gods have spoken. She is the only woman for Rain. She is his truemate. As they become closer someone comes out of the woodwork and tries to kill Ellysetta. Are they trying to kill her to upset Rain or is there more to the story? Will Rain be able to bring Ellysetta around? She sees no reason to seek a relationship with him. She wants to stay as far away from magic as she can and Rain is like pure magic. Will these two be able to survive the rise of the Eld or will the evil forces find a way to keep them apart?
This is just the first installment in what is going to be an epic series. Once you start you will be seeking out the next book and begging C.L. Wilson for even just a glimpse of what will happen next. I encourage you to get this first book and be swept away to a fantasyland that has exactly what I've been looking for. C.L. Wilson took me out of my chair and into a place that teamed with magic, emotion and everlasting love. This first book will grip you and I can't wait to get my hands on the next. I have to find out what happens next!
Once he had scorched the world. Once he had driven back overwhelming darkness. Once he had loved with such passion, his name was legend... TAIREN SOUL Now a thousand years later, a new threat calls him from the Fading Lands, back into the world that had cost him so dearly. Now an ancient, familiar evil is regaining its strength, and a new voice beckons him--more compelling, more seductive, more maddening than any before. As the power of his most bitter enemy grows and ancient alliances crumble, the wildness in his blood will not be denied. The tairen must claim his truemate and embrace the destiny woven for him in the mists of time.
Re-Issued by HarperCollins Avon 2010 / Prior Issued via Dorchester 2007