02 December 2009

Review: C.L. Wilson - Queen Of Song And Souls

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Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Leisure Books (October 27, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0843960604
ISBN-13: 978-0843960600

Genre: Fantasy Romance
Main Characters: Rain Tairen Soul and Ellysetta Baristani
Book Origin: Personal Library

Cover Summary:
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.

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.

I’ll have to warn all who haven’t read QUEEN OF SOUL AND SONGS that it has no true beginning; since it starts where King Of Sword And Sky left us, and no true ending; which will be given with The Tairen Soul. I would rather say; be prepared to open this book where the Shei’tanitsa bond is getting deepened, where the stakes are getting almost insurmountable high and where the war turns even grimmer then before. The opening scene is one that instantly triggers the ‘oh no, don’t let that happen’ response from the reader and I will not guarantee to anyone who is familiar with this series you won’t feel it again.

The story delves in to various facets of the romance between Ellysetta and Rain, the angst, the love, the risks and the rewards. C.L. Wilson has a knack to make me feel it all via her lyrical writing style but most of all; she makes it all so understandable. Each action brings along its own consequence and there are just no easy choices to make. It gradually builds the tension between Ellysatta and Rain but also showcases the depth of their love. When they first met in Celieria, and Rain claimed Ellysatta as his true mate, their feelings were fresh, new and exciting. Over the course of this series the love has matured, deepened and gained in strength but the bond madness lures for Rain as it remains incomplete. Yet with all the dangers that surround Rain and Ellysetta it is the beauty of their love that also forms a stark contrast to the evil of the Eld Mages.

If there is one thing I love to hate is a true-to-the-core evil and C.L. Wilson conjured it with High Mage Vadim Maur. There was one scene in which he had to make a sacrifice in order to remain his power and it is where I found a new low point for his character. The Eld Mages are plotting and scheming away and as a reader I got an overall view of what they were up to, making the threat towards the Fey all the more tangible. The threat and the danger is an essence that is felt throughout every angle of the story but also gave the Elves a more prominent role to fulfill.

If there is one secondary character that instantly ranked himself with my favorites of Belliard and Gaelen then it is Elven King Hawksheart. Next to the almost omnipotent vibe surrounding him there are also heart shattering personal details revealed that made me want to know all about him. The Elven place in this world blends the ethereal with the more earthly nature and once again the vivid details brought this place to life in my mind’s eye.

Rain and Ellysetta with their Shei’tanitsa bond along with the war receive the most attention and many side characters I’ve come to treasure provide a wonderful supportive cast. Belliard, Gaelen, the incomparable Tairen Steli, Tajik and many more in Fey, Ceilierian, Eld and Elven world accelerate this story. Questions receive answers and more questions arise from it and truths present itself with painstakingly honesty. It is a double-edged sword where I reveled in as certain things finally come to light and then in its wake leaving new mysteries to unravel.

Without a doubt QUEEN OF SONG AND SOULS is another emotion-laden story, I was engaged from first till last page and C.L. Wilson took some bold choices. One that had me at the end of the story where it brings a reality to the Shei’tanitsa bond I wasn’t expecting. I will say that this is a novel for the readers invested in this series since it is essentially a deepening of the story and where the plot reaches a level of `all-or-nothing’ for the main characters.

I treasured this read because I’m so very attached to all the characters playing their role in the grand scheme of things but I also long now for the conclusion and a happily ever after for a couple that takes me breath away in their awe-inspiring love. QUEEN OF SONG AND SOULS is by far the darkest episode in Tairen Soul series and a preparation for the finale title; Tairen Soul. I’m counting the days until its release, as always with a novel from the hand of C.L. Wilson!

Quote Rain:
Spirit spun from his fingers in wild waves, and the river around them blazed with fiery light. Hands, teeth, tongues, lips, wings, talons, spirit bodies – both fey and Tairen – caressed and tormented her, claimed and plundered. Gone was the gentle lover. He poured out upon her his magic, his essence, the blazing need of his soul, the primal core of him that existed when all else was stripped away; pure, dominant, male energy, unyielding and fierce, aggressor and defender, protector and conqueror, the darkness to her light. Ours, his Tairen hissed. She is ours. Our mate. Our female. Our pride.
(After reading this I was a puddle of wanton reader)

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  1. OMG,

    You've got my friend's book up on review! C.L.'s the first person to welcome me to my writers chapter and we've been friends ever since.

    OMG, the girl can write and she's such a sweet person, I just adore her.

    Yes, this is a great book!


  2. Teheheeheh, I just nabbed your boy! He's at the party! Hurry on over or I'm gonna keep him for meself! ;-)

    Wicked Hawk

  3. Oh I love this series. The ending had me in tears.

    I missed Bel and Gaelen, but overall really enjoyed this book.

    CL Wilson has a lot to cover in the final book- I can't wait!!!!!!

  4. Must read book 1!
    Yay for having book 1

  5. Hey Leontine! I skimmed thru because I've only read the first in this series and I really need to find time for the rest!

  6. You just reminded me that I have this series on the shelves and not read a single letter... sigh.. this review makes me hungry for more!

  7. @HAWK - You're in C.L. Wilson's writer chapter, so uber kewl!! And yeah, I love talking to here too :)

    @Mandi - I was blubbering like a teenager with her first break-up and hubby looking at me like I'd gone nuts. But also felt it was a gutsy and good move by Cheryl ;) That final book can be 600 pages, I want it all!

    @Blodeuedd - YAY Go read girl, it's the best, though when finished book one you will want to read book 2 instantly!

    @Tricia - it's good to skim when you haven't read beyond book 1 though i try to remain spoiler free I cannot always guarantee it. At least did you read the quote? It was one that I couldn't get enough of.

    @Marissa - Someday Mariss, I have faith in ya. You'll pick them up from Mt. TBR ;)

  8. Great review, Leontine! This reminds me that I have the first two books in this series on my TBR shelf...

  9. Leontine I dare say you'll make me a fantasy reader out of me yet. Great Review, I've seen this author around and will have to give her a shot.

  10. @SarahT - I really hope you're going to give them a go Sarah, I just can't get enough of her writingstyle.

    @Smokinhotbooks - If there is one author I have pimped from book one then it is C.L. Wilson such a fabulous blend of romance and fantasy. I think you'll apreciate her humor too, can't wait for you to meet Tairen Steli...she's such a hoot.

  11. Beautiful review! I loved this book, I had an emotionally cleansing cry with it. Tairen Soul can't come soon enough.

  12. I love this book, too! Can't wait for Tairen Soul.

  13. I also skimmed the review to your opinion part because I have only read the first book. You know it was a tough read for me as Fantasy and I aren't the best of pals, but I definitely want to read the next books in this series...

    Hey! Don't go nabbing my Mt. TBR expression LOL

    *wanders off muttering something about going to register the rights to that expression*

  14. @Donna - Yeah the ending, got I couldn't stop myself and soaked a few tissues right there and then ;)

    @Silver - I think anyone who has read QoSaS has the same feeling *grin*

    @Pearl - ROFL, and there I thought it was lingo you picked up somewhere. Okay erases Mt. TBR from memory and goes back to TBR expression ;)

  15. Okay I have a lot to catch up on... I have not read anything by this woman... I have not read this series... but apparently I am missing out on something... Must check out!!! Going to do that soon!!!
    Hope you had a great day/night Leontine and have a wonderful tomorrow!

  16. This sounds like a good series, albeit a bit out of my comfort zone. Maybe I should try it...


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