REVIEW: King of Sword and Sky by C.L. Wilson

Saturday, November 8, 2008 1:00
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Book CoverGwen’s review of King of Sword and Sky (Tairen Soul Series, Book 3) by C.L. Wilson
Fantasy (romance) released by Leisure Books 30 Sep 08

Well, damn.  You know that feeling when you’ve read a book that just blows you completely away, and you don’t want to read another one for a little while so you don’t ruin the buzz?  Well I had that feeling for about a week after I read this book.  I. Was. THAT. Blown. Away. 

I don’t gush often.  Very few books (or movies or anything really) strike me as worthy of a gush.  But let me gush for a little bit on this book.  The first two books were good, but this one was GREAT. With the first two, I bemoaned the lack of forward momentum.  It seemed like we were reading about every little detail of these peoples’ lives for a LOT of pages (they’ve all been long books).  This book definitely didn’t lack forward momentum.  In fact, I couldn’t put it down for almost two days straight.  The tot wanted to know what I was reading that had me breathless, I was that engrossed.

I won’t give any spoilers except to say that in the beginning of the book we are still waiting for Ellysetta to complete the soul bond with Rain.  This bond will make Rain and Elly strong and nearly impervious to the dark influences in both their lives.  This inability to complete the bond lent a heartbreaking note to this couple’s relationship.  It kept me grounded in what little bit of reality was possible with a series set in an alternate world full of magic and supernatural beings.

Elly matures and evolves in King.  Her character begins as the rather small, former mortal and, by the end of the book, becomes so much more.  I am sincerely in awe of how she grows thru the book.  I can’t wait to see what she does in the fourth entry.  It should just blow our socks off.

There are many twists and turns in King.  I never quite knew how sub-arcs were going to turn out.  I love it when an author is able to surprise me.  I love it even more when I want to read ahead but I don’t dare because I might miss something.  My eyes were literally glued to the page, one after another, consuming this book in large chunks.

If you aren’t following this series, I don’t recommend starting with this one.  The story is involved, full of detail past and present, and because it’s so much fun to read, why would you NOT read the earlier books.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves fantasy – it’s a terrific fantasy novel, even without the romantic elements, which are present but in a perfectly delightful way, are not the key driver of the book.  It’s a fresh, new twist of these genres.  I loved it.

faye.jpgGrade: A+

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Returning to the Fading Lands with his Celierian truemate, Rain discovers a dissension among the most powerful members of his own council. As the Eld plot their next deadly strike, Ellysetta struggles to master her powerful magic and discover how to save the tairen, while Rain confronts open challenge to his rule and prepares to lead the Fey army to war.

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