Thursday, January 27, 2011
Review: Crown of Crystal Flame by C.L. Wilson
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 and fought beside her legendary mate against the armies of Eld. But the most powerful-and dangerous-Verse of her Song had yet to be sung. As the final battle draws nigh and evil tightens its grip upon her soul-will Ellysetta secure the world for Light or plunge it into Darkness for all eternity? As she and Rain fight for each other, side by side, will they find a way to complete their truemate bond and defeat the evil High Mage of Eld before it's too late, or must they make the ultimate sacrifice to save their world?
Crown of Crystal Flame is a beautiful, spellbinding fantasy with an exquisite attention to detail, all without feeling overworked. The book is written with a unique language that fits seamlessly into the dialogue- things like fae tale instead of fairy tale. Based on worldbuilding alone I can say that this book appeals to all your senses and completely captivates you, wrapping you in a rich fantasy setting that just seems to float from the page. The emotional investment for some of these characters was immediate, despite not knowing the background information. Ellysetta and Rain have deeply forged connections that resonated throughout each and every scene. At some points my heart would ache for them and at others I'd rejoice. These very intense relationships, combined with a stellar worldbuilding, made this book a pleasure to read from start to finish.
One warning: This book isn't what I would call a stand-alone and I recommend starting at the beginning and following this story arc how the author intended.
Other books in the series:
Lord of the Fading Lands
Lady of Light and Shadows
King of Sword and Sky
Queen of Song and Souls
*This book was reviewed by Anna Dougherty for the VampChix blog and was given to me for review purposes.