Monday 13 June 2016

Book Review ~ Dragon Knight's Shield @m_morganauthor

Dragon Knight’s Shield
Mary’s Morgan

“Is he always so exasperating?”

Angus could not fathom what she meant by the word, nor did he care.

Angus MacKay, leader of the Dragon Knights, failed his brothers and his clan upon the death of his sister. Now he must fight the darkness of despair tempting his soul. Back on Scottish soil, he comes face to face with Deirdre who can wield a sword as mightily as his warriors, and he takes her captive. Yet, with each passing day, the fire dragon inside him roars to claim the one woman fate has destined for him. Famed mystery writer, Deirdre Flanagan, is unprepared for the next chapter in her life. On a vacation to Scotland, she steps through the mists and enters into a skirmish alongside a Highlander. However, the fight has only begun, and now she must battle Angus as well as evil in order to claim the love of this Dragon Knight. Will their love be powerful enough to shield them from danger, or burn them to ashes?

What did I think of the book?

“They were an ancient order, descended from the great Tuatha Dé Danann, the Sidhe, or in simpler terms: the Fae. Half-human and half-fae, each was blessed with mystical powers. Given to them were holy relics from the Fae and guardianship over their dragons.”

It's hard being the first-born son. It is even more difficult when you are a Dragon Knight. Angus Mackay has failed his brothers, the Clan and his sister. He is racked with grief and guilt from his sisters death. He takes himself away from his beloved Scotland and makes his living travelling from one tournament to the next, but dark forces are plotting against him and his people. He has to put aside his guilt and seek redemption from the Fae.

Deirdre Flanagan has the greatest friends. For her thirty birthday, her friends present her with a voucher for a holiday in Scotland. If only she knew just where such a journey would take her.

Wow! What an adventure Mary Morgan has just taken me on. From modern day America to the ruggedness of Scotland in the Middle Ages, this book had it all. Romance. Betrayal. Guilt. Love. Hate. Fear. Redemption. And let’s not forget - time-travel!

Calling it a page-turner does not give this book enough credit. Once I started reading this book, I could not put it down. I stayed up until the early hours of the morning so that I could finish it – it is that kind of book.

Just to make things clear this is book 4 of a series, now I have not read the other books, and I was a little bit concerned before I started it that I wouldn't be able to pick up the story, but that wasn’t the case at all. Morgan didn’t go into vast amounts of detail retelling a story already told, but I felt she gives just the right information, to make the backstory clear, so I had a sense of what had come before.

I liked Deirdre. She goes from mystery writer to a warrior princess – thank goodness for all those martial art lessons back in America!  She is incredibly brave, and although she is initially shocked at being transported to a different time - and for a while she thinks it is all some elaborate re-enactment group that she has stumbled upon - she rises to the occasion and seems to make an unconscious decision to make the best of it. Likewise, Angus stole my heart. His guilt was so heartrending that I cried when I was reading about what had happened to him. He is this amazing warrior who tries to do what is right for his brothers and his Clan, but it didn’t work out the way he had hoped, and he really punishes himself for that. His journey to redemption is incredibly difficult, but so worth the read.

Lachlan is the perfect antagonist – he is a frightfully evil, power-obsessed, lunatic. I hated him – just thinking about him makes my skin crawl. I am going to stop thinking about him now!! (Shivers)

Morgan’s attention to detail has to be commended. She brought 13th Century Scotland back to life. From the harshness of the Highlands to the intrigue and danger at court, it was a vivid picture and historically very accurate.

If you love history, time-travel, romance and a great plot – then the Dragon Knight Series are the books for you. I am definitively going to be losing myself in this world again. I can’t recommend this book enough.

I Highly Recommend.

“This is like some damn romance novel,” she choked out.
Where can I purchase Dragon Knight's Shield?
About the author 
Scottish paranormal romance author, Mary Morgan resides in Northern California, with her own knight in shining armor. However, during her travels to Scotland, England, and Ireland, she left a part of her soul in one of these countries and vows to return. 
Mary's passion for books started at an early age along with an overactive imagination. She spent far too much time daydreaming and was told quite often to remove her head from the clouds. It wasn't until the closure of Borders Books where Mary worked that she found her true calling--writing romance. Now, the worlds she created in her mind are coming to life within her stories.

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1 comment:

  1. Oh my goodness!! I'm overjoyed that you loved Angus and Deirdre's story! Being the oldest, I could emphasize with Angus. And trust me, Lachlan's demise is forthcoming! Thank you so much for your review of Dragon Knight's Shield!


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