Can a book make you want to throw it against the wall AND hug it close to your heart?

Yep. Lord of the Fading Lands by C.L. Wilson is a beautifully crafted story of love, romance, magic, evil, devotion, and destiny. When the book finished on page 402, I wanted to throw it against the wall because the story hadn’t finished along with the book. Only, the hours of pure pleasure spent reading it kept the book firmly in my hands and pressed against my heart.  This is the nature of epic romance. Since there are now five books in the series I think it is safe to say there are many more hours of reading pleasure ahead.

I think one of the reasons I tend towards SciFi/paranormal romance and suspense in my reading is that I like fast paced stories with a satisfying resolution. I generally avoid epic fantasy despite the fact that there are many amazing stories told in the genre. I think I am a product of the TV era—impatient—but Lord of the Fading Lands is book worth taking the time to luxuriate in. Like an epic fantasy it has a leisurely start, but unlike many epics it does have a tight focus and (at least within the confines of a single novel) a short time span—a great balance between the traditions of epic fantasy and the demands of romance.

Lord of the Fading Lands tells the story of Rain Tairen Soul, King of the Fey, and his soul mate, Ellie.  The world is rich and glorious and the story is peopled by wonderful characters.

What I loved about the heroine: Ellie is strong, generous, and wise. She is being hunted by terrible evil and dealing with a mate with a tortured soul and she handles both with grace.  She’s the fairy princess every little girl would hope to grow into.

What I loved about the hero: Rain, is indeed a tortured soul and he carries a Tairen soul within. Tairens are a species of large, predatory, winged, cat and he shape shifts into one at will. Despite the resulting wildness, he deals with Ellie with gentleness and devotion.

Other cool stuff: I really love the Fey culture created for this series. They are proud and fierce. I fell madly in love with Bel, Ellie’s chief protector when Rain cannot be at her side. I also liked that the antagonists are truly worth adversaries for the powerful Fey. They are a nasty, nasty lot.

Genre: Fantasy Romance (labeled Paranormal Romance)

Primary format: Mass Market Print

Publication date: October 2007

Publisher: Dorchester