The Tairen Soul Series by C L Wilson
- Lord of the Fading Lands
- Lady of Light and Shadows
- King of Sword and Sky
- Queen of Song and Souls
- Crown of Crystal and Flames
Fae, mages, elves and magic everywhere
Brooding hot mess and shy heroine who has yet to learn her strength
4-5 stars on Goodreads
I really should not have started my research into the Fantasy Romance genre with this series. It’s going to be hard to beat.
The world is flawless; the characters are well rounded and I fell in love with several of them; and the writing is strong.
Ellysetta is living her mediocre life about to be forced into marriage with a pig of a man, because turning 25 and being single brings shame upon your family, when – boom – her soul calls the Tairen Soul out of the sky.
A great evil has been lying in wait for a thousand years, ready to wipe out the light, and it turns out Ellysetta, the wood carver’s daughter and, now, the Tairen Soul’s truemate, is the key to stopping it.
The development of Ellysetta and Rain’s eternal bond spans the entire five book arc and is intricately tied into the main plot. Their union has the potential to wipe out the evil lurking.
Be prepared to be grinning, crying, and melting in turns. The love scenes between Rain and Ellysetta are somewhat descriptive but always in the context of their strong love for one another. He’ll have you swooning.
They definitely remind me of Feyre and Rhys from the A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas, with the third person omnipotent point of view allowing Rain’s perspective to be shown, especially in respect to his wanting to protect Ellysetta, where Rhys’s had to be shown by dialogue from himself and other characters.
(I’d love a version of A Court of Mist and Fury from Rhys’ point of view!)
Ellysetta does not stand on the sidelines waiting for her man to protect her – as much as he’d like her to. She grows and changes and really comes into her own, at last, but my one gripe is that it did feel a little like her acceptance of herself was being stretched to the end to tie in with the climax of the series when she had accomplished a lot in each book.
Fae King Tairen Soul Rainier vel’En Daris had been clawing his way back from madness after his partner was killed in the Mage Wars when he was led to Ellysetta. He is deeply protective of his people, the tairen and Ellysetta. He fights his instincts against the overprotectiveness to let Ellysetta come into her own. Ultimately allowing himself to love her makes him stronger.
I loved the tairen, intelligent giant cats that can be as fierce as they are loving. The bond between Steli and Ellysetta is lovely.
There are too many other characters to name, but I adored the fae males and their honour code demanding they protect their females at all costs. Kieran’s relationship with one of Ellysetta’s younger sisters is protective (like a big brother), so sweet and the hint of the future (when she grows) makes me want more books to explore this.
A lot of the characters have to overcome deep-set prejudices since the Mage Wars required great divide between each set of people. This theme of tolerance is well developed in several main characters. Humility and love is the key to overcoming prejudice.
Unfortunately, a big part of the later books focuses on the villains; it helps tell the story, but perhaps less would have been better here.
I loved these books a lot, I devoured them in about a week. They helped me overcome my book hangover from Sarah J. Maas’ two series (A Court of Thorns and Roses and Throne of Glass) and Cassandra Clare’s most recent installment in the Shadowhunters world (Lord of Shadows), but has created one of its own!