lord of the fading lands

Underrated Book Recs

I get asked this question a lot, and I’ve found many amazing stories through other book recommendation posts, so I figured I’d create my own. Here are some of my favorite underrated books, in no particular order and with varying genres and themes. Overall, these novels kick ass.

* = best of the best

  1. *Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente
  2. *Lord of the Fading Lands by C. L. Wilson
  3. Ice Land by Betsy Tobin
  4. *The Secret History by Donna Tartt
  5. Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst
  6. We, The Drowned by Carsten Jensen
  7. Midnight Never Come by Marie Brennan
  8. *Enchanted Wanderer by Nikolai Leskov
  9. The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan
  10. Wicked Girls by Stephanie Hemphill
  11. *Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  12. Black Ships by Jo Graham
  13. The Tricking of Freya by Christina Sunley
  14. Silhouette of a Sparrow by Milly Beth Griffin 
  15. *The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
  16. City of Thieves by David Benioff
  17. Witchlanders by Lena Coakley
  18. The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth
  19. *Wink Poppy Midnight by April Tucholke
  20. The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine
  21. *In the Forests of Serre by Patricia A. McKillip
  22. Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
  23. *The Sea Witch by Sarah Diemer
  24. Elfland by Freda Warrington
  25. Valkyrie Rising by Ingrid Paulson
  26. The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
  27. Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill 
  28. *The Bronze Horseman by Paulina Simons
  29. *Wonder Show by Hannah Barnaby
  30. Engelsfors by Sarah Bergmark Elfgren
My beloved is the sun
And I am the earth that thrives only in her warmth. My beloved is the rain
And I am the grass that thirsts for her quenching kiss. My beloved is the wind
And I am the wings that soar when she fills me with her gentle strength.
My beloved is the rock
Upon which rests the happiness of all my days.
—  “The elements of love”, Lord of the fading lands - Tairen Soul book #1
Lord of the Fading Lands by C.L. Wilson

Long ago, in the magical holocaust known as the Mage Wars, the immortal Fey and their allies fought to defeat the grasping evil of the Elden Mages and their dark-gifted supporters. During those wars, in a fit of grief-induced madness caused by the death of his mate, Fey shapeshifter Rain Tairen Soul nearly destroyed the world in a blaze of tairen fire.

Now a thousand years later, a new threat calls him from the Fading Lands, back into the world that had cost him so dearly. Now an ancient, familiar evil is regaining its strength, and a new voice beckons him–more compelling, more seductive, more maddening than any before. 

As the power of his most bitter enemy grows and ancient alliances crumble, the wildness in his blood will not be denied. The tairen must claim his truemate and embrace the destiny woven for him in the mists of time.

This isn’t a brand new or even really a recent book that I’m about to talk about but it’s pretty much one of my favourite books of all time. I was unpacking my book box now that I’m home for the holidays and when I dug out my copy I felt the need to just sit down and re-read it, despite the fact I have hundreds of new books just waiting to be read. 

Lord of the Fading lands is the first book in the Tairen Soul series by C.L. Wilson. It’s a brilliant combination of fantasy and romance and the world that has been created is incredibly layered and beautiful. I love all the characters and I’m still keeping my fingers crossed that she’ll write some books on the supporting characters because I would love to know their stories. 

I don’t really have much to say because there’s nothing I don’t like about this series so I encourage you all to read it! I know that Christine Feehan is a huge fan of the series as well so if you’re a fan of her books, that should be even more incentive to pick this one up.