Saturday, February 16, 2013

Review: Shadow Highlander

Shadow Highlander (Dark Sword #5)

by Donna Grant 


The Dark Sword series captures all the power, passion, and magic of Scotland’s legendary warriors—sworn to fight for victory, in battle and in love…
Sent on a dangerous mission into the shadowy world of the Druids, Galen must find a powerful ancient relic to defeat the enemies of MacLeod Castle. But what he discovers is far more powerful—and far more dangerous. A Druid lass whose beauty is as spellbinding as any magic…
Reaghan is the most enchanting woman Galen has even met—and the most enigmatic. She alone is immune to his mind-reading gifts. He alone makes her feel safe and secure. But Reaghan holds a secret power deep inside her that could destroy them both. And if Galen hopes to hold this captivating woman in his arms every night, he must defeat the darkness that draws closer around her every day…


Our story picks up about halfway through the time of the last story, Untamed Highlander, with Galen and Logan sent on a quest for the key to defeating their mortal enemy, Deidre.  The series continues to amaze me with the wonderful stories and the amazing men and women of this magical world.  I have followed this series since the beginning and I was once again thrilled with this installment of the Dark Sword Series.  The passion and beauty of their world is full of sensual delights and allows the reader to sink into the past as well as the magicks that have surrounded us since the beginning of time.
Galen is cursed to never feel the touch of another without being subjected to their memories and inner thoughts. Ever since his god was awakened there has never been a single person he could touch, in anger or affection, without his mind filling with emotions and thoughts not his own.  He is determined to work with the other Warriors to defeat Deidre and find a way to rebind his god, to be free from his curse.  Though he has kept his curse to himself, his friends and fellow Warriors have begun to sense the darkness building inside him, his usually laidback and playful persona no longer able to hide his true darkness.
Reaghan similarly has never been able to experience the joys found with the touch of another. At least she doesn’t think she has. Therein lays her biggest problem.  She has no memory of her life before the last ten years.  She lives in the small enclave of druids, unsure of her future or her past and wishing for a grand adventure away from the limited world she knows. When she first sees Galen she knows that he’s the key to her grand adventure, but forces are working against them, determined to keep them from working together or loving.  But when it becomes clear that she is no longer safe in her sheltered world, Reaghan and Galen must work together to keep her—and the key she carries inside her—safe from Deidre and her dark forces.
The beautiful match of Galen and Reaghan is perfectly done and the two of them are obviously a perfect fit with all their jagged edges matching up to form one cohesive soul connection. Galen is one of those characters that dig into your heart and mind, refusing to leave even after the book is over.  His strength of character and heart are enough to pull Reaghan out of the mire her life has become and show her the light awaiting her in her forgotten past.  Reaghan is seemingly a naive young woman, living her sheltered life, not knowing what her past hides in the dark recesses of her mind. 
When her memories begin to return, putting her in danger and threatening to break her mind, Galen is determined to do whatever is takes to save Reagan’s mind and her life.  He and the other Warriors, as well as their mates, work against time and Deidre’s dark magic to try to cure Reaghan and discover the secret she holds within, which will allow them to defeat Deidre once and for all.  When Deidre comes after her with all her magicks, Reaghan gives her all to make sure that she protects her new friends and frees her memories, no matter the personal cost.
Shadow Highlander was an awesome addition to the overall series and a great story in itself. Galen and Reaghan were obviously made for each other and they come together in an explosive combination of lust, need, and emotional exploration.  Galen finally finds the one woman in the world he can touch and take as his own without his curse coming between them. Reaghan finds a man to offer her comfort, safety, adventure and passion, all while letting her become the woman she was always meant to be. It was wonderful to see the couples from previous stories and the way they have come together as one big family.  I will say that I was saddened when Sonya left the castle behind in her hurt and anger over her loss.  I can’t wait to read Sonya’s story and have great hope that Broc will save her, from the danger stalking her and from herself. 

Rating:  4.75 stars

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