This fantasy-romance debut features faerie king Rain Tairen Soul, a man tormented by age-old grief: a thousand years ago, the woman he loved was slain in battle, and in his rage he laid waste to half the world. Now his people are dying out and the evil mages of Eld are rising again. When Rain hears the call of his lost soul mate, Ellysetta, he journeys to the neighboring kingdom to find her; when he claims a woodcarver's daughter as his mate, he scandalizes the nobility of her country and rouses the interest of Eld's wicked wizards, who come seeking her in order to get at Rain. The first book in a series, much of this volume is devoted to establishing the characters and their world, at the expense of plot. Though the extended courtship between Rain and Ellysetta can grow tedious, the story moves well enough to hold readers' interest and draw them into the sequel (due in November), which should advance the plot significantly. A promising start, this series should have great appeal for fans of fantasy and will likely reward romance readers for whom patience is not a problem. (Oct.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
A thousand years ago, Rain Tairen Soul, King of the Fey, had laid waste to the land in revenge for the murder of his beloved Sariel. Now, as his people and the great tairen cats to which they bond dwindle in number and fade from the world, a visit by Rain and his closest companions to the human kingdom of Celeria takes on epic significance when the frightened cry of a human girl touches Rain's spirit. The girl, wood-carver's daughter Ellysetta, betrothed against her will to a butcher's son, is Rain's true mate-and no laws, human or otherwise, will keep him from claiming her. Wilson's first novel skillfully combines elements of romance, court intrigue, and epic drama. Some graphic eroticism makes this adult romantic fantasy most suitable for libraries where Jacqueline Carey, Storm Constantine, and Terry Goodwind are popular. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.