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"I can't put this book down!"

Together with fey and mortals, Ellysetta and Rain fight to defend Celieria from the Eld invasion. However, when they learned that the Eld has been amassing a massive Army of Darkness, they seek to rally allies from the Elves and the Danae. In the heart of Elvia, the truth of Ellysetta's past and future collide. To add to their problems, Rain's bond madness has begun, and only a short time is left before it consumes him.

I couldn't put this book down! The fourth installment in the series is awesome. C.L. Wilson jumps right back from where she left off in King of Sword and Sky and weaves a brilliant, complex story where she reveals yet another facet in the rich world of Eloran. Amid this are two poignant love stories that would tug your heartstrings.

The war continues, but more sinister aspects to the Elds' plans have emerged, and Celieria and the fey alone cannot hope to fight them off. They need allies, both mortal and immortal. It's exciting to read about another race--the Elves--in this richly detailed world, and how they impact world events. We can also see just how different the Elves are from the fey and the mortals, how they have their own culture and ways of doing things. For the Elves have the Dance, and over the years, important people have called forth their Song in the Dance, a Song which allows the Seer among the Elves to see what the future could portend. Rain as the Worldscorcher is one of them, and Ellysetta is another.

Meanwhile, Ellysetta is in a bind. On the one hand, she fears for Rain and wants their bond to be complete, yet this would entail accepting that part of herself that she believes is evil, that which she has long been suppressing and denying. However, she truly has become the Queen of Song and Souls, as she calls forth her Song in the Dance. As to souls...I have to applaud the author's ingenuity, for one event links to another. A certain scene in a previous book that I thought insignificant has been built with layers of meaning, and I am both amazed and awed as the author reveals each layer in gradual stages, with the meaning deeper and more significant than the one previously revealed.

The mystery of Ellysetta also deepens. Although the truth of her origins are revealed, there is the greater mystery of what she would become. Yet, even as she fears she would become the evil she saw in her dreams, Ellysetta clings firmly to the Light. I like what is portrayed here--that there are two sides to things, that fate/destiny is not fixed, but rather, there are several variations of ending according to the choices we make along the way, and that there are always choices.

I am so looking forward to Tairen Soul, hopefully the last book in the series, as I would like to know Ellysetta as she is fully meant to be. Although first-time readers would have no problem understanding the story if they start from this book, however, I would advise that they read the whole series in sequential order in order to appreciate Ellysetta's journey from a shy young girl longing for love to a confident young fey struggling to become a tairen soul who is worthy of her truemate.

Reviewed by Silver Winters
Posted October 15, 2009

SUMMARY

A Novel of the Fading Lands

The first deadly battles of the new Mage Wars have been fought, and victory has been won at a terrible price. As the toll of an unfulfilled matebond and the torment of war begins tips Rain towards madness, Ellysetta knows if she cannot find a way to defeat the darkness growing inside her and complete the truemate bond, Rain will die and she will become the prophesied monster Vadim Maur uses to destroy the Fey and enslave the World.

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Fantasy, Magic

 

Queen of Song and Souls
(Tairen Soul: Book 4)
by C. L. Wilson

Dorchester (Leisure Books)
October 1, 2009
Available: October 27, 2009
ISBN #0843960604
EAN #9780843960600
496 pages
Paperback
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Other Books by
C. L. Wilson

Crown of Crystal Flame
King of Sword and Sky
Lady of Light and Shadows
Lord of the Fading Lands


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