Title: Lord of the Fading Lands
Author: CL Wilson
Series: Book 1
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Page Count: 400
Type of Book: Paperback, Library Loan
Review Word Count: 1,000
Rated: 5/5 stars
Notes: Ah, feel the love in this book!
As most followers of mine probably have guessed, I’m not one for romance. But if it’s meshed with fantasy and done really well, then I am all for the romance. Take this book for example. You have a woodcarver’s daughter + the King of a magical species = Instalove! Granted, normally I detest Insta-love, but this was well done and the King is very sweet and not at all an overbearing ass which is something you see all to frequently. But before we get into the nitty gritty review, let’s get on with the warnings, shall we? Because there may be quite a few trigger warnings in this book for readers.
Warnings: one sexual assault, forced betrothal, a man that doesn’t know the meaning of the phrase ‘no means no’ especially when the woman you attack repeatedly tells you no, the King tells you know, her parents tell you know, and the High Council tells you no. Evil mages doing naughty things to women in the bedroom, manipulations, political intrigue, a mother that can be rather harsh and unknowingly cruel towards her daughter by calling her ugly and telling her she didn’t think she would ever get marriage from anyone let alone a king…hmmm. Not sure there’s anything else you might need but a box of tissues.
This book was fun to read, and it’s been a while where I can honestly say that it was fun because of the emotional roller coaster ride! There’s loads of entertaining scenes, and plenty of romance, adventure, political intrigue, and bad guys aplenty in this book. I spent most of the day flipping through the pages, wondering how things could get resolved in time for the ending, and alas there is a happy cliffhanger. I say happy cliffhanger because the characters are together and happy, but there’s obviously loads of things unresolved, leading up to book two. I checked on Goodreads and there’s at least four books in this series, but I’m not positive that’s the grand total.
This book wow’d me with its believable characters. It was the characters that made this book, and the world-building only helped spur it along. I’m irritated that I’ve left this on my TBR for so long but pleased that I have yet another series to attempt to finish*.
The story is as follows:
Ellie is a woodcarver’s daughter, who is often told by her mother who only wants what is best for her that she is hopelessly ugly and possessed by dark spirits so she can never hope to get a man. She had always thought her oldest adopted daughter would be unwed, and happily left her to her own devices, which was reading books about the Fae. Ellie, knowing she has no prospects, is horrified when her parents decide to let Den marry her; a fat little man that doesn’t understand the phrase ‘no means no’.
A whole country away, the King of the Fae senses his mate in distress, and after touching the forbidden object known as The Eye (no, not from Lord of the Rings, stop that) it shows a woman in the country he loathes, and so he travels to it, in the hopes of finding his Truemate.
There he finds her, and rescues her from the man who insists that she is his wife to be. Den doesn’t want her for her ugly looks or her skills, of which she doesn’t have hardly any, or even of her lack of money. He wants her for her magic-and he knows he can gain a mountain of wealth using her for her magic. Hence, he schemes with a suspicious sea Captain, and the two of them plot.
Meanwhile, Ellie is meeting the Queen of the Country, she’s learning the Fae language, learning about their magic, and getting to know the King better so that in three weeks they can be married. It would have originally been one week, because the King can’t stand the country and has to fly back home as soon as possible so that he can mate with his mate, but her parents talked him out of one week to three weeks, and that they have to properly be wed in a church.
There’s quite a lot of politics that get flung in later, and there’s some ruckus about an attempted murder, but the book does end on a happy note which made me happy as well. I liked the characters, and the worldbuilding, and the twin daughters, Ellie’s little sisters, were utterly adorable. It was all very well done, and I’m definitely interested in book two, but don’t need to read it immediately.
Has anyone else read this series, and is it worth continuing on? If so, let me know in the comments!
Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book.