Queen of Song and Souls (Tairen Soul)

Queen of Song and Souls (Tairen Soul) - C. L. Wilson So... the best way to describe this 4th book in the Fading lands series? Maddening. But in a good way. There's just so much going on, and you want to know it all, and you want to know it all, right now now NOW! But then again, no you don't, because then the story's over, and then where would we be? (other then waiting for CLW's next 3 promised books)But there's a lot happening in this book, and it doesn't seem to stop... and you want our Heroes to get a break, and to be able to just relax, and then they do, but then things pick up again but you can't help but yell at half of them, and tell them not to do it (and I can't tell you what the it is, because that would be a spoiler and if you know anything about this series, it's that the books are so much better if you don't really know anything in advance, but let me tell you, it is so worth it!) and even the bad guys... or rather the people who do bad things, but aren't really bad, because they're being preyed upon by malevolent forces so it's not totally they're fault (again no details, because spoilers are bad!), they're totally sympathetic (even when you want to kill them in a murderous Rage) and the real bad guys... or rather bad Guy because despite there being a few not so great guys, there's only one really bad guy and you hate him. HATE him... In a way no evil villain has made you hate them before. And the ending... It doesn't end like any of the other books, but it's still as gut wrenching... still as frenzied and surprising, and hope inducing as the last books, and those stupid final pages, the necessary (and interesting, really) glossary and ad for another (unrelated!)book, make you think there's plenty of story left, but really there's not, so when you get to the last word... it leaves you desperate, desperate for the final piece of the story,(but not, because again... then it would be over...)And you're crying, because really how can you not cry? And you're railing because Ms Wilson is evil incarnate to leave us here, and you know , know her publishers are even more evil incarnate because they're totally going to make us wait another year to know the ending... or she'll decide to rewrite again and we'll still have to wait (and wonder what the original version was like), and how on earth are we supposed to do that?so... overall a great addition to the series...Probably reads better if you read it right after the 3rd book... (Even better would be able to wait for the last book, but really once you've started the first book, there's really no hope for you) The story picks up, pretty much where that leaves off. Ohh... and you really want to carve out some time to read this uninterrupted because there aren't really any "okay I can stop here for a bit" moments... Every page makes you want to read the next and the next after that, and to just keep going.So... In conclusion: I love this series! It makes me all kinds of happy, and makes me even more ridiculously happy that I'm a member of PBS (the reviews over there are what initially convinced me to give this series a chance) and that I'm a reader! and it makes me want to to convince people that they should be readers if just to find an author they like even half as much as I love C.L Wilson :)