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Spell of the Highlander by Karen Marie Moning
Sunday, February 26, 2006
Powerful. Sensual. Seductive. He is all that is shamelessly erotic in a man. In her sexiest Highlander novel yet, New York Times bestselling author Karen Moning stirs up a sizzling brew of ancient mystery and modern passion as she brings together a devilishly handsome Celtic warrior trapped in time . . . and the woman who’s about to pay the ultimate price for freeing him. Age-old secrets haunt them. Deadly danger and irresistible desire shadow their every move. It’s a relationship for the ages. And all that separates them is a mere thirteen hundred years. . . .

Jessi St. James has got to get a life. Too many hours studying ancient artifacts has given the hardworking archaeology student a bad case of sex on the brain. So she figures she must be dreaming when she spies a gorgeous half-naked man staring out at her from inside the silvery glass of an ancient mirror. But when a split-second decision saves her from a terrifying attempt on her life, Jessi suddenly finds herself confronting six and a half feet of smoldering, insatiable alpha male.

Heir to the arcane magic of his Druid ancestors, eleven centuries ago Cian MacKeltar was trapped inside the Dark Glass, one of four coveted Unseelie Hallows, objects of unspeakable power. When the Dark Glass is stolen, an ancient enemy will stop at nothing to reclaim it, destroying everything in his path–including the one woman who may just hold the key to breaking the ninth-century Highlander’s dark spell. For Jessi, the muscle-bound sex god in the mirror is not only tantalizingly real, he’s offering his protection–from exactly what, Jessi doesn’t know. And all he wants in exchange is the exquisite pleasure of sharing her bed.

Yet even as Cian’s insatiable hunger begins to work its dark magic on Jessi, his ancient enemy is about to obtain the final and most dangerous of the Unseelie Hallows–and the ninth-century Highlander must stop him from getting it. Nothing less than the very fabric of the universe and two passionately entwined lives are at stake–as Cian and Jessi fight to claim the kind of love that comes along but once in an ice age. . . .

Well I'm finally caught up on the series, and I must say, I wish I could go back and read this whole series for the first time ever. I read most of the series one after the other, and for some reason after Immortal, I just stopped. I guess I didn't want to read Spell because I was so blown away by the MacKeltar twins and Adam Black. And being a hardback, I threw away the cover of Spell without even reading the description. I had NO idea that Cian was a Keltar descendant. Had I known how good this book was, I woulda read it ages ago.

Here's what I love about Cian. The fact that he was trapped in a mirror for hundreds of years reminded me of Julian from Sherrilyn Kenyon's Fantasy Lover. But the difference between Cian and Julian was that Julian seemed like such a complainer. All he could talk about was his sad story and how he got stuck in the book. I felt so bad for Cian, and yes he wanted to take his revenge on Lucan, but he wasn't saying "aww poor me, my life sucks" the whole time. How he was able to stay sane in that mirror and keep his cool every time he got out is so beyond my comprehension, but that's why I love this guy so much. He had a temper at times, but was still in control.

I also loved the incorporation of the MacKeltar twins and their wives from the previous books. It's so good reading about them again, and KMM does a great job of keeping their relationships solid and alive. That's probably why I want to reread Kiss and Dark again. I loved the showdown between Cian and Dageus in the store, and how both of them hated each other on sight. I love how she uses Dageus' story to help explain how he knows so much about ancient spells and magic. And in the end, I loved that Cian still put Jessi's life first. I can't imagine how difficult that must be considering he's been a prisoner of that mirror for over a thousand years.

The ending was great to read too. We know that there will be more Highlander books to come. How exciting!! I can't wait. Love love love this book, and I love Cian MacKeltar! I just wish the book were longer, so I'm giving this a 4.5 out of 5.

Favorite scenes/quotes
~ Cian using Voice on Jessi but not working on her. "Remove that woolen, woman, and show me your breasts."

~ "Take your time, lass," he murmured, so softly she scarcely heard him. His next comment was deliberately beyond her audible range, a silky "I plan to with you."

~ Jessi licking Cian's back.

~ "Look, I've been thinking, what's your plan, anyway?"
"To bed you."
"No, I mean, your plan that might actually work."
"Ah, that plan. That would be to cross this room right now and kiss you until you start rearing off yoru clothing and begging me to f---"

~ "so that's why they're called Lucky jeans," he murmured.

~ "You'll have my clan name and a battle. 'Tis Keltar," Cian spat. "And yours?"
"Keltar," Dageus spat back.

~ Jessi keeping a mental diary of her days with Cian. Her marrying him, them picking out names for their kids, etc.

~ "You saw my ancestor's arse?" Drustan said frostily. "His bare arse? had the man any clothing on at all?" He began reaching past her again, for the doorknob.

~ "I will rue for all eternity every moment of suffering I've caused you. The entire time I'm burning in Hell, I'll regret each tear I made you weep. But if Hell were the price for twenty days with you, I'd condemn myself again and again."
posted by Daphne @ 5:32 PM  
  • At 7:51 PM, Blogger Isabel said…

    Awww, I'm so glad you enjoyed the series. Yay

  • At 10:34 PM, Blogger Holly said…

    Girl..Did I not tell you what an amazing book this was? *sigh* Cian *sigh* He ALMOST ursurped Dageus and Adam in my favorites...almost. LOL




  • At 11:26 AM, Blogger Dylan said…

    YAY, you liked it...weren't they just off the hook? I'm SO glad you liked it!!

  • At 10:47 PM, Blogger Daphne said…

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  • At 10:48 PM, Blogger Daphne said…

    Did P-cakes tell you guys she thinks Cian is better than Drustan/Dageus/Adam? Man, I'm so torn, I don't know who I love most.

  • At 12:13 PM, Blogger Dylan said…

    She thinks that?

    You see, Cian is my second fav...after Dageus..but I don't know if it's loyalty speaking or what...because that man is all that and then some and then some more...LOVE HIM!

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