Loved: This was another romance/fantasy that came out of the blue and totally rocked my world! The first volume of the series is a bit shaky, but after that I was really impressed with Wilson’s ability to create a deep, unique fantasy world and wonderful secondary characters.
There are several romances throughout the series, and each one is intricately and purposefully connected with the overall plot. It was a delightful surprise to discover the Tairen Soul series!
Learned: Two things – C. L. Wilson’s language and her bad guy. For the series, she created a beautiful, flowing Fey language, which is something I always admire. She manages to do it with a lighter hand than Tolkien, and I’ve used her example while working on my own stuff.
She also is a fantastic model to follow for creating a smart bad guy. At any given point in the series, the bad guy is working on about five different nefarious plans to reach his end goal…and the MCs might only know about two of them. Several of his plans actually come to fruition, with disastrous consequences for our heroes, and that’s what drives the plot at such an intense level! There’s an honest question about whether or not the MCs will be smart enough to beat him in the end.