To all those who know what ‘Ver reisa ku’chae. Kem surah shei’tani’ means…
To all who witnessed the courtship of a Tairen Soul…
To all who draw red at the sight of Vadim Maur…
And to those who highly anticipate the conclusion of the Tairen Soul series…
You are wanted to guide those who are still unaware but fascinated to the world of the Tairen.
In a mere eight days Crown Of Crystal Flame will be released and various peeps tweeted on twitter that they haven’t heard about or read this series *gasps in shock* I saw it as an opportunity to one; Have a release party *grin* and two: Bring together those who love this series to teach those who want to know more about the Tairen Soul series. Then I got to thinking, who would be available of the fey to teach our newbies their first lesson?
That’s when I found Gaelen and Belliard available to explain a bit about being a Lu’tan:
Gaelen and Belliard discuss….
Gaelen and Belliard you are the first and second Lu’tan of your Fey’reisa. If it would please you both could you each tell us 5 things about the Fey behind the blood sworn Lu’tan?
Bel : There is no greater honor than serving as a lu’tan, a bloodsworn champion, to the Feyreisa. I willingly and joyously offer up my life for hers and dedicate myself to her protection, in this life and in the death that follows until the Gods call me back to my next life.
Gaelen (glances at Bel): The honor is great, aiyah, but I for one don’t intend to fulfill my oath in death for a long time yet. There are still too many Eld in need of killing, (grins evilly) and I am all too happy to help them greet the Darkness they serve face-to-face.
Bel (sighs): You do love to act so fierce and bloodthirsty.
Gaelen (snorts): It’s no act. Besides, you feel the same.
Bel: Oh, aiyah. But I don’t run around beating my chest and bragging about it. I just slit throats and move on.
Gaelen: Fear is a weapon as sharp as your sword. Did your chatok never teach you that? Mine did. Shannisorran v’En Celay knew the value of instilling fear in the enemy. You weren’t born at the time—I was just a small boy—but I grew up with the legends of Lord Death. All he had to do, they said, was step on a battlefield, and the half the enemy lost control of their bowels.
Bel (rolls eyes): And you believed that?
Gaelen: Every word.
Bel (sobering): Truly?
Gaelen: Truly. Even after his met his shei’tani, he saved all his kindness for her. The man had a look that would freeze your blood in your veins, and his way with a sword…well, let’s just say I’ve never seen his like since. Probably never will again.
Bel (snorts in disbelief): You mean there was a Fey born better with a sword than you? And you admit it?
Gaelen (shrugs): When it comes to Lord Death, there’s no shame in admitting he could best me. Indeed, if he were still alive and we met today, I’ll wager even now he could wipe the floor with me.
Bel: It’s a shame he died in the Wars, then. We could use another swift blade.
Gaelen: Aiyah. (breathes deeply, then smiles.) But you and I aren’t too bad a substitute.
Bel (raises brows): You and I? You mean you include me in your exalted company as a swordsmaster of reknown?
Gaelen (sniffs and examines fingernails): You have some small skill.
Bel (laughs): My head swells with all these compliments.
Gaelen: I could still best you, handily, of course.
Bel (still laughing): If it pleases you to think it, by all means, cling to your illusion. But one day, vel Serranis, we may just put it to the test.
Gaelen (grinning evilly): I am at your service, vel Jelani. Just say the word.
Bel: Well, then… (pulls his swords free; cobalt eyes flare with challenge; teeth flash in a predator’s grin)…Word.
I first met Belliard in Lord Of The Fading Lands and he had me at this moment:
Bel to Elly: "The gift is more than what it appears. As with all Fey courtship gifts, it is also a symbol. The deeper and more layered the meanings, the finer the gift. Rain has given you his magic Kem' falla, the essence of himself. An eternal fivefold weave of it, embraced forever in a fragile Celierian vessel. Strength wedded to vulnerability, magic to mortal craft, him to you. it sings so many different songs. It is a very fine gift, indeed."
Belliard sings a very unique song to my romantic heart and claimed it from the get-go. Now Gaelen, oh Gaelen *deep sigh* is the tormented fey if I ever saw one. A bad-boy with his own kind of honor burning in his heart and I couldn’t resist him. He conquered his place forever!
Now next to many excellent characters you will meet in the Tairen series, the beautiful or stark settings you will get to visit there is also a Tairen who can make me chuckle, smile and laugh out loud at many given moments...
It is Steli who found me too and wanted to say a few things.
Tairen Steli talks about Steli….
Q: Steli, Can you grace us mortals in telling us a 5 things about yourself?
2: Steli loves Ellysetta-kitling. Though Ellysetta-kitling looks like Fey-kin and has not yet found her song, she smells much tairen. Ellysetta-kitling does not yet know the ways of the pride, but Steli will teach. Steli is good teacher.
3: Steli’s song is brave and fierce and free. She loves to fly and hunt. She has no mate—she needs none—but if Ellysetta-kitling can save the pride, perhaps one day there will yet be a tairen born worthy to be mate of Steli-chakai.
4: Steli love to swim in Tairen’s Bay and dry her wings and fur beneath the heat of the Great Sun. Steli remembers before, when the pride was strong and the tairen many, the makai would lead the Fey’Bahren pride across the Fading Lands to the waters of Tairen’s Bay. Much was there to eat and long the days of play, and tairen would fill the skies with the fire and song of their mating flights. Too long has it been since the pride flew to the waters there, but one day—when Ellysetta-kitling saves our young—we will return.
5: Steli does not like knocking! Not at all!
Giveaway: Thanks to the generosity of Cheryl I have awesome prizes to give away:
(1) Complete set of Tairen Soul novels, collector cards, + Fading Lands T-shirt
(2) copy of Crown Of Crystal Flame, collector cards, Steli mug
What you can do: What I would love you to do is take the Tairen Soul badge to spread the word about this amazing release and post it on your blog/facebook/forum board. In the event you don't have a blog but do have a twitter account, twitter the following: Come join the Tairen Soul party where I'm a teacher /or student to an awesome series http://www.leontine1976.blogspot.com/
If you have a preference for a certain prize, say so in your comment.
This giveaway is open internationally and the winner will be announced on October 26th!
Now I’m not the only one who is passionate about this series and I’d like for everyone who has read this series to comment and tell (without spoiling) the tairen newbies what they absolutely need to know heading in to this series. Let us spread the force of the Tairen Soul *grin*
My tip would be; Buy Lord Of the Fading Lands and Lady Of Light And Shadow together. Reading them consecutively will give you a fantastic taste of this series and allows you to really submerge in this world.
Let me leave you with a quote that made me shiver in delight:
C.L. Wilson – Queen Of Song And Souls:
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.
Website C.L. Wilson - Countdown Release party - the amazing Tairen Soul cover artist is Judy York