Crown of Crystal Flame

Mass Market Paperback | October 26, 2010

byC. L. Wilson

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First time in print! The incomparable USA Today and New York Times bestseller C.L. Wilson continues her phenomenal Tairen Soul series with Crown of Crystal Flame, an epic romantic adventure that combines sweeping fantasy with breathtaking paranormal romance. Popular author Christine Feehan is an enthusiastic fan of Wilson’s magnificent saga, and anyone who adores the dark, epic fantasy of Terry Goodkind will be captivated by the further adventures of the woodcutter’s daughter Ellysetta and her lover, the Fey King Rain, as they prepare for the ultimate battle to save their world, the mystical Fading Lands, from the all devouring Darkness.<_o3a_p>

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“[Wilson] will dazzle readers.”—Chicago Tribune First time in print! The incomparable USA Today and New York Times bestseller C.L. Wilson continues her phenomenal Tairen Soul series with Crown of Crystal Flame, an epic romantic adventure that combines sweeping fantasy with breathtaking paranormal romance. Popular author Christine Feeha...

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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 an...

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. H...

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Format:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 6.75 × 4.19 × 0.96 inPublished:October 26, 2010Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Crown of crystal flame. I have now read all 5 of the Tairen Soul books many time's. And I love them as much today as I did when I first picked them up and read them, It it a wonderful story of life, love and living and good over bad, but it is so much more, so get them all and you wont go wrong. Happy reading. To C.L.Wilson I say thank you very much, I fell in love with many of the people in your books, and look forward to your next books with the same expectation of loving it. X
Date published: 2014-07-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Had some problems... (In the eventuality that the Chapters-Indigo website deletes my rating, I mention that I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars/leaves.) All in all I enjoyed this series. The world building in particular was extremely well done and highly original. I enjoyed the story, the setting, and the characters a great deal. This series was not perfect however and this novel exposed certain problems therein. Let me also state that this review contains spoilers. If this bothers you, don't read any further. (i) My biggest issue came towards the end of the book, in which there was a prime example of what I have come to refer to as the TSTL syndrome. :-) This acronym stands for the phrase 'too stupid to live'. I have now come to use this for a book (or movie) where the main character(s) exhibit a highly unbelievable level of stupidity with regards to the eventual actions of the bad guy(s). In this book, the main character's two young sisters are kidnapped by an evil mage, Vadim Maur. As a result, the main character, her mate, and their allies decide to rescue them. However, while even the main characters acknowledge that their plan (which involves using the bad guys' means of travel and assuming they haven't been double-crossed) has more holes than a sieve, it does not really occur to them that the aforementioned evil mage could be waiting for them. And this was the case after said mage had spent most of his time trying to capture the main character which he has become obsessed with (I'm trying not to give too much away here). Um, right. Just how stupid are these people, exactly? (ii) The end of the series is a tad abrupt, insofar as the evil mage is killed very quickly. I will reiterate here what I have said in at least one previous review of another series: while it may be the case that the CHARACTERS need to 'off' the evil character(s) quickly, this does not mean that the written account of this death/elimination needs to be rushed. In the end, the main evil character's death took one paragraph. Frustrating. (iii) The fate of certain secondary characters is left entirely unanswered. One particular character, Melliandra, escapes with one of the Fey women and several children. The two of them, with the children, head for the northern mountains. Nothing more is said about them, which means they've essentially been left hiking forever in a frozen mountain wasteland by the author. I am still hoping this will be dealt with in a subsequent book (the author has said that there will be another novel in this universe, though this novel will not be part of the current series). These elements are unfortunate, because otherwise I truly enjoyed this series and found it extremely well written. Other books I recommend: -Dragon Bound, by Thea Harrison -Stormwalker, by Alysson James -Cry Wolf, by Patricia Briggs (also the short story which is a preview to this novel, which can be found in the short story collection entitled, 'On the Prowl' by various authors) -Strange Brew, by various authors (including Patricia Briggs) -Transformation, by Carol Berg
Date published: 2011-09-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Satisfying Conclusion ***Spoiler Warning*** This is book 5 in a 5 book series, therefore even the synopsis will have some spoilers if you haven't read the previous books. Pros: great wrap up for the series, satisfying battle scenes, down time between fight scenes allowed for continued character development Cons: while Wilson was willing to kill off a few characters, there were too many last minute saves, which reduced overall tension The Eld have begun their attack on Celaria. King Dorian and his wife are more at odds than ever and Rain, banished from the Fading Lands, is nearing bond madness. This book starts directly after the events of Queen of Song and Souls. There is a brief recap of that book's conclusion, but you might want to skim it again before starting this book. With war imminent, there's less time for romance. Wilson manages to squeeze in a few love scenes, but they're not as detailed as the ones in previous books. Crown is more focused on battles and Wilson does a great job of narrating battlefields. In this book we learn more of the Elves and see some creepy creatures of evil that Vadim Maur has prepared for this war. There's a long denouement after the climax which clears up a lot of things. Rather than feeling overlong, it makes for a satisfying conclusion. While it seemed like she was willing to kill characters, too many named supporting characters are saved in the nick of time. Similarly, Rain and Ellysetta are almost captured and/or killed so often some of the tension was lost (as you know they'll be saved). Having said that, Wilson definitely puts her protagonists through the wringer. If you've enjoyed the series thus far, you'll find this a satisfying conclusion.
Date published: 2010-10-26

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?Deftly laced with a generous dash of magic and fairy-tale charm, C.L. Wilson?s exquisitely written romantic fantasy debut will dazzle readers with its richly imaginative story.? (Chicago Tribune)