Note about my Reviews

Dear Authors: The reviews in this blog are only personal opinions. I have absolutely no background in literature, writing or reviewing. I am a Librarian (actually a Library Technician for those who care OR know the difference) with a love for a good story. The opinions in the reviews are ONLY my OPINIONS. I am not commenting on the writers ability since well -- I am not a writer and never will be. If you are the author of any of the books reviewed here, my opinion is just that and not a judgment against you!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Review: Soul of a Highlander by Melissa Mayhue

Soul of a Highlander (Daughters of the Glen, #3)

by Melissa Mayhue  
May 20th 2008 by Pocket

352 pages
ISBN: 1416572589 (isbn13: 9781416572589)


Summary:

Nine years ago, Faerie Magic saved Mairi MacKiernan at the cost of her dreams of happiness, snatching her from her life in 1272, and depositing her in the twenty-first century. Now, she must save the last Daughter of the MacKiernan family...who was murdered in 1295. Transported back in time at her request, Mairi finds herself captured by the same evil men as before! Is this the price the Faerie Magic requires of her this time?


Ramos Servans has dedicated his dreams to service as a Guardian, but when he discovers the evil unleashed on the Mortal Plain by his father and their people, he swears he will atone by ridding the world of Nuadian deceit. Part of his mission involves rescuing a lovely Highland lassie, and in the passion that grows between them, Ramos and Mairi find a new dream.

But falling in love can be dangerous when Faerie Magic is involved. Dreams may not be the only cost....

Review

I've decided I am going to put this note before each of my reviews. I have absolutely no background in literature, writing or reviewing. I am just a Librarian with a love for a good story. The opinions in the following review are ONLY my OPINIONS. I am not commenting on the writers ability since well -- I am not a writer and never will be. If you are the author of this book, my opinion is just that and not a judgment against you!

Third story in the Daughters of the Glen series by Melissa Mayhue.


I definitely liked this story much better than 1st book in series. The plot was more well developed and very smoothly written. This story was far more fast paced than the other novels in the series. Scenes flowed together nicely and the plot line kept you glued to the story. Her prose was beautifully scripted and once again you felt like you were there in the story.

The main and secondary characters were far more realistic and I enjoyed how she developed the secondary characters this time around. Of course I would have liked a little more of the humour that was far more prevalant in the first book in the series, but that is just my preferance. I also would have liked a little more details of Mairi's adjusting to modern life. I would have to say that is my biggest complaint about the series that the characters adjust far too quickly in the era's that they travel to.  One more little complaint about this one is that there were no yummy descriptions of huge strapping Highlanders -- I need that in my medieval scottish books : )

As I have said before time travel books are not my favourite because they make my brain hurt with all the possibilites and the problems with it. Also books about the Fae often irritate me at times as well, but these are my issues -- not yours. It was a lovely told tale and I really enjoyed it. I would recommend it to those who enjoy Scottish historical romances and those who enjoy stories about the Fae. 

Now off to read the fourth book in the series (ok, I am a quarter the way through it so far)

2 comments:

  1. Hello
    Have you tried any of the Highlander books by Diana Gabaldon - just thinking of your comment about 'huge strapping Highlanders' - you can't go wrong with Jamie from that series of books!
    Also - you might like Firebrand by Gillian Philips which also brings Fae into the mix - plus two lovely leading male characters!!

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  2. Hey Lynn

    Yeah a couple of years I read the 1st two books in the series and really liked them. I actually met Diana at the Fergus Highland Games and she signed my copy of outlander -- I really should reread and finish reading the rest of the series again. Thanks for the suggestion of Firebrand, I will add it to my tbr list

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