Tuesday, December 11, 2007

C.L. Wilson 'Lord of the Fading Lands'

I'm a sucker for fantasy novels, have been ever since I read The Blue Sword in seventh grade so it won't be too surprising when I say, I FRIGGIN' LOVED THIS BOOK. It's got everything you could want in a fantasy, a heroine whose plain and lanky and raised by a woodcutters family. She suffered seizures as a child so she's been avoided and made fun of most of her life. A hero who's mythic, the last Fey king who still can change into a Tairen (a large flying black leopard no less). He sees her in a magic crystal because she is the only one who can save the Fey from dying out. And then there are his cadre of leather wearing, knife throwing stoic warriors whom our heroine wins over with her inherent goodness. Oh this is better than Ben & Jerry's!

If you have ever liked a fantasy novel, read this one. It's a pure delight.

As an aside, this is the first romance/fantasy that I have come across that could fall into the much complained about category of 'not ending each book with a clear happily ever after in order to continue the story into a series.' I have the second book, Lady of Light and Shadows, so the To Be Continued, didn't piss me off too much. I'll let you know if the ending of the second book (since the third is not out yet) annoys me.

Fantasy Romance 2007: 5 out of 5 tairen souls.


Marg said...

This book is going to be on its way to me soon...I hope! I am very much looking forward to it!

Heloise said...

Marg, it's a great book, but the best part is that the sequel is even better. Make sure you have them both lined up and that you clear your schedule!

Heloise said...

Thanks Kate, for the dieing hint. I really appreciated your comment, but I fear I might have hit the wrong button and obliterated it.

My biggest complaint about other review sites (when I'm looking for suggestions) is the length of the darn review. I sometimes worry mine are too short? But I figure people will decide if they have similar taste to mine pretty quick and then I don't have to defend my opinion too strenuously. :)

But I really don't spell well. What can I say. I'm also a sucker for plots with 'mistake babies,' we all have our embarrassments. I just thank god for spell check.