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5.0 out of 5 starsHmmm... not bad at all at all
Reviewed in Canada on August 20, 2018
Confess bought this after seeing a pic of Sam Heughan holding the paperback copy. On the whole... not a bad read. Thanks Sam!
Aug 30,2012 -This book was better than I expected. The summary didn't do it justice. I laughed and also one part almost brought a tear to my eye (maybe I was over-tired from reading so much but still) Cian and Jessica were great together. I also didn't expected the small glimpse into what was the pre-bits to the fever series.... I am going to read the Novella now, wondering how well it links into the fever series...
Feb 16/2014 - Read this for the second time.. it's now a favourite! Loved this book!!
January 24, 2016 - Updated for Audio Edition:
Spell of the Highlander by Karen Marie Moning (Audio Edition) Narrated by Phil Gigante (Highlander series #7)
This has to be one of my favourite books in the highlander series. Cian is a great lead. He has a straightforward sense of humour, he walks a fine line between good and evil due to the fact that he’s used to getting what he wants and doesn't let anything stand in his way of that. Jessica makes me laugh with some of her inner monologue. She's a strong woman and a great mate for Cian. The two together make a steamy combination. I have reread this book a few times, and the audio edition didn't change my opinion one bit. The narrating was done well and this audiobook will go on my favourites shelf.
5.0 out of 5 starsA page- turning, Passionate Adventure
Reviewed in Canada on November 8, 2006
All of Karen Marie Monings Highlander novel are very good and well written.
In "Spell of a Highlander", the adventure begins for Jessi when she see the deadly dangerous, irresistibly sexy highlander Cian in the ancient Mirror. You can't help but love the passion, suspense, adventure and humor that you find in this hard to put down book. I would definitely recommend this book.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 27, 2006
I've just finished re-reading this again. I just love it. It will make more sense if you start with 'The Kiss of the Highlander' and then continue with 'The Dark Highlander' and 'The Immortal Highlander'. Buy them all now because if you are anything like me you won't be able to put them down.
Jesse St. James is the overworked grad student that helps unpack a mysterious package for her archaology professor. It is a huge and very old mirror. And, hold on, is that a figure of a gorgeous hunk of a man she can make out in it's shadows? Cian MacKeltar has been trapped in it for more that a thousand years and, once released by Jessie to save her from the assissin sent to get the mirror back, he sets about getting revenge on the druid that trapped him there. Given that he is the most powerful of the MacKeltar Druid lairds, he doesn't think that getting Jessie to help him will be difficult. It's a shame then that his spells don't work on her...
Their journey back to Scotland and the land of the MacKeltars brings them in contact with the wonderful Drustan (Kiss of the Highlander) and Dageus (The Dark Highlander). But the main story is just how Jessie and Cian can possibly overcome the spell and still have a future together. Believe me, there are moments when you wonder how they can possibly pull it off.
Oh, I do love this story! Cian is a tormented hero and Jessie is very much the modern woman. There is some great dialogue, some very steamy scenes, and the hero/heroine are well matched. What's not to like? I for one can't wait for the next installment.
4.0 out of 5 starsFantastic! Brilliant, One of my all time favorite series
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 29, 2018
Great series, I would rate this 4.9 if I could, I do enjoy reading series more than stand alone. only reason this never got a 5 rating is that Monica Mccarty`s Highland Guard is hard to beat. I had seen Karen`s books advertised for long time but never read. I have just finished the series and was captivated, wish I had read sooner. Could not put down and wish there were more of this series!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 18, 2008
cant believe ive read this book in under aweek!, this is a different type of book for me, combining magical powers and dark magic.Im hooked, line and sinker!! what a great book, a great powerful scott warrior, with immence magical powers. The heroine is a modern thinking women, funny and really likable from the start.Our main character "CIAN" is a huge male sex on legs, and he gets his own way, or he did untill he meets jessi. This is a love story that has you gripped from the beginning,sexual tention between these two well, you could cut it with a knife!She is the only one who can save him, if she chooses to, she has to free him from inside a anchanted mirror where hes been traped in for thousands of years. Combining mordern day, years gone by and every day living lots of magic this is a great book, i recommend this to any die hard romantic,with a little bit of imagination, go with the flow as its got everything you will want from a romance, hero, herione juicy bits! a-plenty, its just pure "MAGIC" i loved CIAN from the start, all that power and male-ness, bring it on!!. After reading this book i have now gone mad and bought all of her other highland series books. You wont be disappointed! This book really did put me under a spell. A spell to read all the rest!! I hope this helps you,happy reading ,i have now for many weeks.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 25, 2012
When i first got into reading fantasy books this series was the first i came across.The seventh in the'Highlander'series 'Spell of the Highlander' introduces us to Cian MacKelter,heir to the arcane magic of his Druid ancestors.Eleven centuries ago he was trapped inside the Dark Glass,one of four coverted Unseelie Hallows,objects of unspeakable power. Jessi St James,hardworking archaeology student thinks she's dreaming when she spies a gorgeous half naked man staring out at her from inside the silvery glass of an ancient mirror.When a split second decision saves her from a terryifying attempt on her life,Jessi finds herself confronting six and a half feet of smoldering male. I love time travel books and i absolutly adore Scottish men which makes this and the rest of the series very enjoyable indeed.Therefore 5*.
2.0 out of 5 starsI do love this author though and have read all her other ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 16, 2016
Unfortunately I have been unable to read the book in full as I downloaded to my apple mac laptop and it keeps jumping from page 187 to 210. I even paid for a second download hoping all would be rectified but the same thing keeps happening, so unable to give honest report. I do love this author though and have read all her other Highlander books. Am disappointed I have not been able to complete this one.
I'm very sorry this is the last book in the series as even after the third time of reading them I will still miss all the great characters she wrote about, particularly the MacKeltar men! This book was especially terrific as earlier characters in the series entered the story in about the last third - so nice when they don't make just a token page or two appearance! I loved Cian with his strong sense of duty, honour and resolve to still 'do the right thing', even after having been locked in a mirror for a thousand years! Jessica was also an endearing character with her agonised-over but always quick acceptance of 'what is', instead of falling into an hysterical heap at every bad turn of events.
The whole series has been everything one would wish for in a magical, well written tale of the past meeting the present, with big brawny sexy Scotsmen meeting strong minded modern day women they vow to love and protect at all costs. Romantic scenes beautifully written where you can feel their desperation that it all could be snatched away from them at any moment and they could be flung back into their own times.
Pour le dernier volume de la série des "MacKeltar", K.M.Moning n'y est pas allée avec le dos de la cuillère. Après Drustan et Dageus, nous voilà face à Cian, le plus ancien et le plus controversé des druides du clan MacKeltar; son existence étant même âprement mise en doute... Et pour cause, celui-ci, versé dans la magie noire, s'est retrouvé pris au piège dans le miroir sombre et tenu prisonnier par un sorcier pendant plus d'un millénaire. Jusqu'au jour où un black-out magique (provoqué par Aoibheal pour sceller à nouveau le Draghar), permet à un voleur de soustraire le miroir à son propriétaire, donnant un espoir à Cian MacKeltar de se libérer enfin du sort qui le retient prisonnier. Par un concours de circonstances, le miroir se retrouve en la possession de Jessica St James, une étudiante en archéologie qui va très vite se retrouver avec d'autre choix que de libérer Cian pour sauver sa vie mise en péril par le sorcier, prêt à tout pour récupérer le miroir... On retrouve ici tous les ingrédients qui ont fait le succés de cette série: humour,aventure, grands sentiments et émotions. Le sort qui libère Cian du miroir n'a qu'un effet temporaire et il est parfois très drôle (et un peu frustrant) de le voir disparaitre en pleine action... L'histoire atteint son point culminant quand les deux héros se rendent en Ecosse, là où tout a commencé, et qu'on se retrouve avec trois MacKeltar pour le prix d'un (la rencontre de Cian et Dageus restera dans les annales de la série, ainsi que la scène où Drustan épie son frère en train de converser avec un miroir...). Si on ajoute à tout ça un final d'une portée émotionnelle inégalée, on peut dire qu'on est face à une série exceptionnelle qui, personnellement, restera gravée dans ma mémoire... Pour preuve, ayant acquis la série au format Kindle, j'ai ensuite acheté l'intégrale au format papier... Mais, il ne tient qu'à chacun de se forger son propre avis...