Book Review: Crown of Crystal Flame by: C.L. Wilson

Crown of Crystal Flame (Tairen Soul)
Publisher: Avon
Publish Date: 1 November 2010
Origins: Purchased
Format: Paperback
Series: Tairen Soul Series: Lord of the Fading Lands (1), Lady of Light and Shadows (2), King of Sword and Sky (3), Queen of Song and Souls (4), Crown of Crystal Flame (5)



Synopsis
A Song of Love won her heart. 
A Song of Darkness haunted her soul. 
A Song in the Dance would seal her fate.

Seers had long foreseen an extraordinary destiny for Ellysetta Baristani. Already she had won the heart of the Fey King—the magnificent Rain, ever her ally, eternally her love. She had saved the offspring of the magical tairen and fought beside her legendary mate against the armies of Eld. But the most powerful—and dangerous—Verse of her Song had yet to be sung. As the final battle draws nigh and evil tightens its grip upon her soul—will Ellysetta secure the world for Light or plunge it into Darkness for all eternity? As she and Rain fight for each other, side by side, will they find a way to complete their truemate bond and defeat the evil High Mage of Eld before it's too late, or must they make the ultimate sacrifice to save their world?

Review
This book, like each of it's predecessors, is different than the others. There was a touch more romance in this novel than the last one but still the romance was overshadowed by the fantasy. I was happy that this book picked up considerably after the first couple of chapters and considerably from the previous book. After read this book the last felt more like a stepping stone than ever before. 

I was so happy when the book finally reached the point where things started to go right. Everything kept happening to these characters, through the whole series, one thing after another. C.L. Wilson has no qualms about torturing her characters to the brink. I felt so bad for these characters reading the whole book and the whole series, I fell in love with these characters from the first book and I felt deeply every time they were hurt.

It's always a bitter sweet moment when a series ends. I am sad and happy at the same time. Sad to say goodbye to these characters and happy to find most of them ended up happy when I was done reading. I enjoyed this series immensely and will continue to watch out for work by Ms. Wilson.



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