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Anin's mum was from the Lammock Tribe, women warriors. She is now to be wed to King Talon, ruler of the Pict tribes, who most thought he'd be getting a tough warrior woman. Surprise. Her mum sent her off to hide from the king's man, just like she always had Anin hide who she really was.
Paine was feared by all. Where he went—pain and death followed. His latest mission for King Talon should have been easy. Get the future queen and deliver her to the king. It wasn't so cut and dried. The soon-to-be-queen was much more than he expected.
This tale is about the Picts—Painted People. A culture that did really exist at one time and this author brings back to life in this fiction story. I loved this story and can't wait for the rest of the series. Book two; The King's Warrior (Wrath's story) and book three; The King and His Queen (King Talon's story).
Wrath, leader of King Talon's personal guard, a man whose life was to protect the king. To enjoy women but never wed. It would distract him from his purpose and weaken him. That was what he always believed. And then he found Verity in a snowdrift and everything changed.
Verity had made it to her homeland. She was a Pict but had been kidnapped, along with her sister, as a young girl. She never thought she'd see this land again...never escape the Northmen. And thanks to her visions—a known and yet unknown man, was there to rescue her.
As Wrath and Verity set off to find her missing sister, they find unrest in the Pict lands. Not everyone is happy that King Talon has united all the Picts so that a foreign rule will not take over. And the rumors of their king's wives not being able to bear heirs are getting louder. I'm looking forward to King Talon's story in the third book. Great series and an interesting people, the Picts—Painted People, from long, long ago.
Book 3: The King and His Queen (King Talon's story) Amazon
Talon, King of the Picts, has unrest in his kingdom. He needs a queen that will give him an heir. Something people are starting to think he cannot accomplish. He has traitors within and besides his faithful friends, Wrath and Paine, he trusts no one. And then there is the problem of Hemera.
Hemera loves her freedom after so many years of slavery with the Northmen. She was given Paine's old home from when he was an executioner and it's plenty far away from others. Everyone thinks Hemera is slow-minded, and that's fine with her, she prefers being alone and in the forest where nature speaks to her.
This is the last book in the trilogy and hated to see it end. I loved all three stories and the unique characters—especially Bog, Paine's wolf. The reader gets to see how Talon is from the previous two books, but he's really so different when you “get to know him” in his own story.
Emma Macinnes is the youngest, most knowledgeable, and plainest sister. She has accepted that she'll never know the love of a man or have her own family. She's content helping her clan with her knowledge of plants and the land—until she gets to know her sister Heather's intended.
Rogan MacClennan gave up marrying for love like his parents did and is resigned to do his duty. When his intended is kidnapped, he can't get her younger sister to stay out of the search. Rogan is a man used to giving orders and the stubborn girl refuses to obey him. He's glad she's not the one he's marrying—or is he?
What a great story. As Rogan gets to know Emma, he sees more in her than he first noticed. Too late as he refused to marry 'the plain sister' and the contract is for the oldest, prettiest sister. Rogan and Emma's story is told in this book but the search for Heather continues in the next book; Highlander's Rebellious Love and Heather's story is book three; Highlander: The Dark Dragon.
Patience Macinnes is the middle sister and the warrior. She has been searching for her oldest sister Heather who had been abducted. Instead of continuing the search, her father sends her to settle a dispute among a couple of clans. What she hoped to be quick mission, ended up being much more.
Hunter McLaud was the youngest of his brothers and spent his days with the lassies. If there was one thing that he was good at—it was pleasing women. The beautiful woman warrior didn't fall under his spell and into his bed like other women. But he knew she needed him if she were going to stay alive. And the only way to save her...was to marry her.
Patience didn't need a man in her life. She led a group of warriors. She made the orders...not followed them. Patience soon found that much more was at work than the McLauds trying to take land. As if finding Heather and getting her away from the Dark Dragon and his ghost warriors wasn't enough to handle. Great series so far. It all starts in book one; The Highlander's Stolen Bride...Emma's story.
Heather Macinnes had finally found her way home after being kidnapped by the Dark Dragon and his ghost warriors. Waking up in her own bed, she realized the nightmare was over. And then she found out her father had wed her to the Dark Dragon to protect their clan. Looked like her nightmare was far from over after all.
The Dark Dragon was a cold, hard man. Any softness in him had been put to death so that he could live without emotion. Protect his people. If only he could get his new wife to be obedient so he could protect her. Every man, woman, child, and beast feared him. But not Heather.
The final book in this trilogy was as captivating as the first two. Stories that grab the reader and takes them on an adventure. A time when having land was power and as always, there was no lack of men desiring that power. Can the third Macinnes sister find love and happiness as her sisters did? With a man as dark as she is light?
******************** Donna's Complete Booklist **Copied with author's permission** Highlander Trilogy