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  • Mass Market Paperback: 386 pages
  • Publisher: Dorchester Publishing (1 Nov. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0843959789
  • ISBN-13: 978-0843959789
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 870,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Second Chapter in C. L. Wilson’s Breathtaking Epic Tale of Magic, Passion, and Destiny

She feared the dark visions and the magic within her. And she dreamed of the miraculous love that could save her.

Like an enchanted fairy tale prince he stepped from the sky to claim her—the Fey King, her destiny, her one and true love.

But behind the mesmerizing beauty of Rain’s violet eyes Ellysetta saw the passionate hunger of the beast . . . and a sorrow, deep and ancient, that she alone could heal. Only for him would sheembrace the frightening power that dwells within her. Only with him at her side could she confront the shadows that haunt her soul. For an epic battle looms on the horizon—and only united can they hope to turn back the armies of the darkness.

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About the Author

C. L. Wilson wrote her first story at age six, and though she took a number of long detours during her life, she never gave up her lifelong dream of being published. Many years, hundreds of false starts, and five completed novels later, she received "The Call" in October 2006 and sold her epic fantasy romance, Tairen Soul, at auction. Her debut novel spent two weeks on the USA Today bestseller list, and her subsequent novels have gone on to hit a variety of lists, including USA Today, New York Times, and Publishers Weekly. When not writing, C. L. enjoys relaxing with her husband and three children in sunny Florida and daydreaming of a world where people exercise in their sleep and chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream is a fat-burning food.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Helen Hancox on 6 Nov. 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
'Lady of Light and Shadows' is the second instalment in the duology about the Tairen Soul. This book definitely doesn't work on its own and would be very difficult to read as a first book, it follows immediately on from 'Lord of the Fading Lands' and continues the story of Rain and Ellie which was so gripping in that first instalment. The first book didn't finish at a particularly pivotal moment and the second instalment picks up straight up from that point and continues with the story as more and more depth and excitement is layered into the novel, including a previously mentioned character arriving to play a significant part in the action. It's a good thing that they have been published so closely together as they really don't work on their own; however, as a pair of books making one story, they are brilliant.

In this story Ellie's troubles increase as she continues to go through the complicated pre-marriage rituals. Each day of her life seems to become more and more complex with the difficulties between her and her family (mainly her mother) echoed by the political machinations between the King of Celieria, Rain Tairen Soul and the evil Mages of the Eld. Ellie's bridegroom, Rain Tairen Soul, is a fascinating character and she learns more about him as the book progresses; however Ellie is also learning more about herself and much of what she is learning looks bad. The narrator gives us insights into what is happening in Eld and we learn more about Ellie's provenance, much of the information seeming very worrying. How can Ellie be the good person that she seems with the history that she has had, and is she merely being positioned as Rain's mate in order to destroy the Fey from within?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth on 22 July 2008
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I find that I regret all the other 5 stars that I have doled out in Amazon reviews, because this novel is truely worthy of the highest praise and cannot be compared. The 5 stars I award here do not equal the 5 stars I have given to others in the past! If the rating system was out of ten, it would be a definite 9 and a half (because nothing's perfect ha ha).

LADY OF LIGHT AND SHADOWS is the second installment in the Tairen Soul quartet, and follows directly on from LORD OF THE FADING LANDS. The 3rd and 4th books are due out in October this year and Feburary of 2009 (last time I checked the website), and personally I can't wait!

Lady of Light and Shadows follows the tale of Ellie and Rain as they continue to prepare for their wedding, and continue to forge the necessary soul bond that Rain will eventually need to survive. Even though they definitely lust each other, and Rain's very soul calls out for Ellie, their bond is growing almost painfully slowly, as Ellie must fight her continuing nightmares and the darkness within her. She must trust herself and believe in her own powers before she can even begin to accept the soulbond that Rain is offering her, and even though another reader mentioned that they were almost too many sex scenes, I would have to disagree! Unlike other paranormal romances - although I would hesitate to label this series as such; it is a fantasy novel as well as a romance. The minor characters (ie not Ellie or Rain) are very well drawn and have very strong personalities that shine through the pages, such as Marissya and Laurianna, and there is a strong plot that twists and turns throughout. It is not just about Rain and Ellie, but rather the events in the world around them.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Leontine's Book Realm on 26 Oct. 2007
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As I read the last chapters of Lady of light and shadows I closed the book and fell in silent awe for the imagination pouring out of C.L. Wilson's mind. In this second installment of the series I further more tasted the vast set-up of the worlds, its rich depth of the characters and the feeling that as I turned the pages I will discover something new. The plot lures with mysterious intrigue and darkness but also love that reaches out between Rain and Elly and the secondary cast of characters lifts this novel even to greater heights!

In Lady of light and shadows we meet Rain and Elly again, the courtship continues, the Celerian Lords still have many questions they want answered as the Mages reach out with their darkness and new characters introduce themselves with strong voices that need to be heard.

What a joy this novel has proven to be, I felt picked up by Rain and Elly and quickly found myself in their world again as the fragile moments of blossoming love shimmers between them it had an impact on me that swept me of my feet. If there is one thing that C.L. Wilson has a gift for it is to write with such emotion you can feel them vibrating from the pages and her imagination to describe a Fey race with their magic that I can see this in my mind's eye. Besides the romance, the mysteries that unfold themselves more, there is an action in this novel that rendered me breathless as I read the scenes. With also another love that holds me in its grip, two people, together yet apart. They speak of events in the past that has its rippling effect on the present as they remain in the dark. All aspects of this novel compels you to read page after page riding the waves of romance and action, wrapped in thrilling storylines.

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