Pause in the MacLean-a-thon! I will try to read the rest of her books by around next weeks when Day of the Duchess releases, but I got these from the library a few days ago and could not wait to read them.
Wilson, C.L. Lord of the Fading Lands. 2007. Avon Books, 2010. ISBN-13: 978-0-06-202302-5. Print List Price: $7.99.
C.L. Wilson is an author I discovered a while back when I picked up her last release, 2014’s The Winter King out of curiosity, due to my interest in fantasy romances. Having loved that one, I decided to check out her previous series, and I adored this one just as much.
The basic premise is not an original one, as “ordinary girl falls for wealthy and/or powerful guy” is a trope that has been explored by the likes of Twilight, Fifty Shades, and many other romances across subgenres, but this one spices it up by giving the heroine, Ellie a secret past that she only begins to unravel by the end of this book, as well as powers of her own that make her a fitting equal to Rain Tairen Soul.
I have often complained about the over-saturation of alpha heroes in romance novels, but I feel like this novel has a situation in which this type of hero works. While the story is set in a purely fictional world, the lifestyle of the people of Celieria mimics traditions of people from actual history, and Rain has lived for over a thousand years, and dealt with war, which was the cause of the death of his previous mate, and there is a constant battle with his more animalistic tairen instincts, as that side of him yearns for his truemate.
I also love Wilson fleshes out the secondary characters, devoting portions of the story to them, keeping the story equally balanced between the fantasy and romance aspects. And she doesn’t shy away from depicting some pretty dark stuff, like rape and the use of drugs as a means to this end, as well as how the villains of the story are trying to influence the Celierian royals to side with them instead of the Fey.