Spell of the Highlander

Spell of the Highlander
(Highlander #7)
by Karen Marie Moning
read by Phil Gigante
Published 2008 by Brilliance Audio
10 hours, 59 minutes. Unabridged.
Rating: 4/5

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. . . .

Okay, so whoa. That didn’t exactly end the way I expected. Don’t worry! It wasn’t bad. It was just different from the other books in the series. It left things really open for another book. Or, at least, it felt that way to me. I know I still have to read Into the Dreaming, but the synopsis to that has nothing to do with the way this one ended. Oh well. We’ll see if there was supposed to be more in time, I suppose.

First awesome thing about this book? More yummy MacKeltar. I’m really enjoying their cameos and the story line staying in their family. Cian is older than any of the time-traveling, immortal (or, at least, for a little while) Highlanders we’ve met so far. He hails from the ninth century. It shows a little bit. He makes some cave-man-like demands at the beginning. Jessi, like the characters before her in this series, is incredibly likable and strong-willed. Well, she is until Cian kisses her. Then, she’s putty in his big, strong hands. Their relationship is fun, and sometimes really sweet.

Moning weaves a great plot, complete with faerie magic and the Highlander twins we all love. There’s not much I can say that I haven’t already said in the reviews of the previous books. If you’ve read them and you liked any of them, you’ll love this one. It wasn’t quite as good as the last one. That one remains my favorite. It’s interesting how they all line up and have little cameos. If you’ve never read the series, I suggest starting with the first one and moving in order. It’s more fun that way, though they could all stand alone. But they’re in chronological order, as far as plot goes.

Phil Gigante is, of course, amazing. The performance and production of the audiobooks for this series deserve a round of applause, or maybe an award. I know The Dark Highlander was nominated for an Audie when it came out. I think the whole series should have been nominated for an Audie. It’s superb. Seriously, if you’ve never tried audio, these are a good place to start.

This book contains profanity, explicit sexual content. 18 and up, please!

Source: Homewood Public Library. Birmingham, AL.
Author’s website: http://www.karenmoning.com/
Purchase this book: AudiobookStand | Book Depository | IndieBound | Audible

Read my reviews of previous books in the series:
Beyond the Highland Mist | To Tame a Highland Warrior | The Highlander’s Touch
Kiss of the Highlander | The Dark Highlander | The Immortal Highlander

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