Monday, May 10, 2010

Queen of Song and Souls - C. L. Wilson

Only together could their souls be complete.

Only together could they survive.

Only together could they unlock the secrets of the past and unleash their greatest magic. TAIREN SOUL

As war rages all around them, and the evil mages of Eld stand on the brink of triumph, Rain and Ellysetta must learn to trust completely in their love and in themselves, and embrace a forbidden power that will either destroy their world or save it.

This is book 4 in the Tairen Soul series and I have to say that I absolutely loved it. With each book Ellysetta is stronger and surer of herself and the more we know of her past the more I want to know.

This was supposed to be the last book in the series but after having read it I am quite happy that I will have one more book to read about Ellie, Rain and all the other secondary characters that Wilson so skillfully brings to life. I must confess that my appreciation of the series has grown with each book I read, precisely because the as the world building gets more sophisticated, we get to know the characters better and more subplots are developed the more I find myself totally engaged with these fictional people.

In this book Ellysetta and Rain go back to Celieria to warn King Dorian that war is eminent. Ellie is the center of the action as the High Mage continues to try to control her and she continues to resist. She dreams terrible dreams about a future that horrifies her and that she doesn't know if she can avoid. To add to her worries the truemate bond between her and Rain is still incomplete and that is starting to affect him. On a visit to the Elves, traditional allies of the Fey, Ellie will finally discover who her parents are and what the High Mage has done to her and has been doing to others.

I was really immersed in the story, so much so that when it ended I was quite surprised at how quickly I had reached the end. It has a complex world, a poignant love story and a diversity of characters (this time I even felt for Annoura...) and of plots that I found myself going through a range of emotions while reading it. I do love Rain and Ellie but at this point I also like Talisa and Adrial, I really do want to know everything about Shan and Elfeya and I really hope Melliandra (and a lot of others) will manage to have their field day. Wilson, though, has already proven that she doesn't mind killing a character if it fits the plot so I'm worried. Worried but especially anxious to grab the next book and find out what the Elves already know that the Fey don't and to find how they are going to defeat the High Mage and at what cost.

Grade: 4.5/5


  1. I really need to read this series. I have owned the first one in the series forever!

  2. I think I need to read it, too. I have all of them in my TBR pile, but I keep putting them off.

    Will remedy that shorty!

  3. Looking forward to your opinion Holly. :-)


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