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.
As tends to be the case with series, odds are good you like certain ones more than the others. Out of the three books released to date in the Tairen Soul series, this one would be my least favorite. And I’m not entirely sure why, but…
The thing is, I liked it when Rain was courting Ellie. I liked when they were in Celieria. Sure, they couldn’t stay there indefinitely, but I was surprised to find that I didn’t enjoy the Fading Lands more (or at least as much as the mortal world.) And, honestly, I didn’t enjoy the romance as much, either.
See, since book one, Bel has been it for me; he stole the show. When I turn the page, my eyes immediately search out his name. If it’s there somewhere, I’m happy, but if it’s not I find myself impatient for him to come back. It’s tough loving a secondary character because he’s never around enough to truly satisfy.
So, wouldn’t you know it, not only is my favorite character secondary, but the one other to really snag my attention is as well. Galen. (If you read the series, you saw that coming, didn’t you?) I like his arrogance, and I like even more that it’s – mostly – a mask.
I love Bel’s and Galen’s dedication to and devotion for Ellie. The way they treat her moves me more than Rain’s love for her could. My favorite parts of King involved the three or when one interacted with another. And there just wasn’t enough of that. (I fully realize it’s unreasonable to think there should have been more, but that’s where I stand.)
However, I did really enjoy the greater inclusion of the tairen in this one, and Ellie’s attempt to save the kitlings motivated me to keep reading. I had to know if they were going to make it. Also, the ending was a good set-up for the next one, which, according to C.L. Wilson’s website has been delayed.
Even though I liked the other two more, I’m definitely on board for the fourth and final book in the series; I have to know how it’s going to end. And, yeah, I’m hoping for a bit more Bel, too. Okay, a whole lot more.