Second in C. L. Wilson's impressive Tairen Soul series, I couldn't get this one read fast enough. (At one point I was so anxious to see what happens next, I had to actually take a deep breath and slow myself down!)Starting right where the first, (Lord of The Fading Lands), left off, we are thrust back into the intricately woven world Wilson has created, with every page an entertaining revelation.The courtship between Ellysetta Baristani and the Fey Lord Rain, is moving along at a fast clip, but of course not fast enough for Rain. He's ready to complete the mating bonds and get her back to safety in the Fading Lands, for the evil mages known as the Eld are on the move and would like nothing more than to capture Ellie. But he's made a vow to her mortal father that he will not touch her until they marry in the mortal tradition and he means to honor it.Ellie is helplessly drawn to Rain- they are destined to be mates- but the slow courtship works well for her as she is just coming into her powers. Powers long thought to be evil. (What's girl to do? She instinctively knows this isn't the case, but it's difficult getting past old mindsets, ya know?)Little does she know how much the magic is ingrained in her and how powerful she really is! Not even Rain knows, though he suspects she is more than the common woodcarver's daughter everyone thinks she is, until one frightening moment when it all comes pouring out.Along with her power, old superstitions come to the forefront, and the fall out is so moving- with loved ones running scared all around- it grabbed my heart and didn't let go. The way The Evilest of Mages uses the betrayals against her in the final battle scene is particularly effective.Wilson weaves together many threads so masterfully you just can't help be in a bit of awe while reading it. I LOVED that aspect of this novel.Second to that are the excellent characters that populate this novel. Their motivations ring true and make me anxious to read some of their stories sometime in the future! **hint, hint**I even loved the political machinations going on around them, and you know how that can bog down a book!This book does romance and fantasy the way I always dreamed possible.