The Chieftain

The Chieftain

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by Margaret Mallory
     
 

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Connor, chieftain of the MacDonalds of Sleat, holds the fate of his people in his hands. Rival clans are plotting to take over his lands, and duty determines whom he will fight, trust . . . even marry. Seeking guidance, Connor turns to Ilysa, a young lass with the gift of foresight, who reveals an approaching danger-and a passion that burns only for him. But the

Overview

Connor, chieftain of the MacDonalds of Sleat, holds the fate of his people in his hands. Rival clans are plotting to take over his lands, and duty determines whom he will fight, trust . . . even marry. Seeking guidance, Connor turns to Ilysa, a young lass with the gift of foresight, who reveals an approaching danger-and a passion that burns only for him. But the warrior must make a powerful marriage alliance, and Ilysa's bloodline is far too humble.

With her powers to heal and see evil where others cannot, beautiful Ilysa dresses plainly, speaks softly, and loves her chieftain from afar. Yet when Connor finally stokes the embers of desire that have so long burned within her, Ilysa feels bliss unlike any she's ever known. Now as he is forced to place duty before happiness, Ilysa senses Connor is in grave peril. Can she find a way to prove she is the woman he needs by his side?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Mallory’s fun and engaging fourth Return of the Highlanders 1516 romance (after The Warrior) pairs competent healer Ilysa with chieftain Connor MacDonald. For as long as she can remember, Ilysa, a young widow, has yearned for Connor underneath her shapeless garb and covered hair. Connor, however, hopes that marrying a high-ranking woman from another clan will improve his clan’s chances for survival, and makes that his priority, especially in wake of the devastation caused by his scheming uncle. As one born with the Sight, Ilysa believes it is her duty to keep Connor safe, especially as he doesn’t realize the danger he’s in. When Ilysa risks everything for Connor’s safety and unveils her beauty, he begins to see who she really is. Readers will appreciate the well-developed romance, historic detail, and red-hot passion as they root for two strong protagonists who bravely face danger at every turn. (Feb.)
RT Book Reviews
"4 1/2 Stars! A must-read for Scottish medieval fans."
RomRevToday.com
"The story sizzles with romance and adventure."
RomanceJunkies.com
"THE CHIEFTAIN, the bittersweet, but gloriously triumphant final installment to Margaret Mallory's Return of the Highlander series, has achieved what few series are capable-a conclusion that's every bit as addictive, tantalizing, entertaining and satisfying as its predecessors, if not more."
RT Book Reviews on The Guardian
"TOP PICK! 4 1/2 stars! Mallory imbues history with a life of its own, creating a deeply moving story. Her characters are vibrantly alive and full of emotional depth, each with their own realistic flaws. Her sensuous and highly passionate tale grabs the reader and doesn't let go."
New York Times bestselling author Virginia Henley on Knight of Desire
"Spellbinding! Few writers share Margaret Mallory's talent for bringing history to vivid, pulsing life."
RomRevToday.com on Knight of Desire
"The story sizzles with romance and adventure."
From the Publisher
"Readers will appreciate the well-developed romance, historic detail, and red-hot passion as they root for two strong protagonists who bravely face danger at every turn."—Publishers Weekly"

THE CHIEFTAIN, the bittersweet, but gloriously triumphant final installment to Margaret Mallory's Return of the Highlander series, has achieved what few series are capable-a conclusion that's every bit as addictive, tantalizing, entertaining and satisfying as its predecessors, if not more."—RomanceJunkies.com"

TOP PICK! 4 1/2 stars! Mallory imbues history with a life of its own, creating a deeply moving story. Her characters are vibrantly alive and full of emotional depth, each with their own realistic flaws. Her sensuous and highly passionate tale grabs the reader and doesn't let go."—RT Book Reviews on The Guardian"

Spellbinding! Few writers share Margaret Mallory's talent for bringing history to vivid, pulsing life."—New York Times bestselling author Virginia Henley on Knight of Desire"

The story sizzles with romance and adventure."
RomRevToday.com on Knight of Desire"

4 1/2 Stars! A must-read for Scottish medieval fans."—RT Book Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446583114
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
02/26/2013
Series:
Return of the Highlanders Series, #4
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
374,512
Product dimensions:
4.38(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.25(d)

Meet the Author

Margaret Mallory abandoned a career as a lawyer to become a romance novelist. Why this surprised everyone, she doesn't know. Who wouldn't rather have thrilling adventures with handsome Highlanders than write briefs and memos? Margaret lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her husband, a goofy dog, and a crabby cat. With her children off to college, she spends most of her time working on her next book in The Return of the Highlanders series. Margaret loves to hear from readers.

You can learn more at:
MargaretMallory.com
Facebook, www.facebook.com/margaretmallory.author
Twitter, @margaretmallory

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The Chieftain 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
Laurie_Ryan More than 1 year ago
An amazing story I wish would go on and on. I’m in tears as I write this, having just finished the Chieftain. and what a glorious finish it was! I have felt, through this series, a growing bond with these four men, their women, and their clan. It all seems so real. I’m sad to see it finish, but so happy I got to be part of it. Although it’s hard to pick a favorite among the four, I have to say the ending of this story took it over the top for me. Wow. Just…WOW!
acade More than 1 year ago
I think it's safe to say that Margaret Mallory has a new fan and a completely hooked one at that. The Chieftain was filled with stellar characters, surprise connections, terrible betrayals and all of the emotional turmoil they bring and just a lovely romance to top it all off. Like I said. I was hooked. Even if I wanted to strangle a Highland warrior now and again. The gist is that Connor is a somewhat new Chieftain who's lands are at risk and who is in need of a strong alliance with another clan. He plans on forgoing a marriage for love and using his marriage to form a bond with another clan to ensure their help in defeating his enemies. Yep. You know there's gonna be some drama with that one. Connor, Lord love him, I spent about half the book wanting to pinch the ever living hell out of the man and then somehow he had me doing that girly contented sigh thing and falling completely in love with him before I even realized it had happened. He really is a good man and I loved the warrior/Chieftain side of him that would do anything for his people. He's not afraid to get his hands dirty and fight with his men. The pinchable side was the way he treated Ilysa the first half of the book where the damnable man just kept dismissing her and being rather flaky in what he wanted from her. Had me getting all grumbly and wanting to give him a smack. Ilysa though held her own and may just be my favorite heroine of the year. The lass was amazing and while not the strongest physically she definitely had a fighting strength behind her and had determination like you wouldn't believe. What made me fall head over heels for Ilysa was the fire in her. If the men around her dismissed her warnings of danger? Well, the lass would lock their asses in their own dungeon until the danger passed. Seriously. Holy freaking balls! And she just had a great personality and did things you really wouldn't expect. There's really some heart breaking moments once Connor got his act together and started falling for Marjory and the two have to struggle with his need to protect the clan and "do what's right" versus what's really in his heart. I mean. Heart. Breaking. Stuff. One thing I liked about Mallory's world building was that her Highlanders definitely have a dark side. There's danger lurking everywhere and these Highlanders are brutal. They're fierce in their determination and quests for revenge and things aren't always pretty even when the Chieftain is a good man and honorable. The ending in this one was one of those "oh s***!" make your hands fooking sweat kind of endings. And yeah I just cursed but it's so my blog and totally merited with this one. I mean seriously. Hands sweating. Fidgeting in my seat. Holding my breath kinda endings. And so damn good. If I hadn't been hooked before that would have done it for me. I'm really looking forward to checking out all of the earlier books in the series next and love the hint of maybe another book coming into the picture for one of the characters that really won me over throughout the story. If you love Highlanders, "impossible love" stories and damn fine upstanding characters (though some may slip a time or two on that front) you'll love The Chieftain. It comes out at the end of February and is one ye shouldn't miss.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Margaret has done it again! What a magnificient end (even though I didn't want it to) to her series. I wanted to read Connor and Ilysa's story from the moment I got a sneak peek, but it still took me by surprise. The love, passion, and fight these two went through to be together was inspiring and just plain rocked. Margaret is a master of putting obstacles in her h/h way and she didn't disappoint with this book. I told her once before and I'll say it again. She has a fan for life. Another masterpiece. Well done, Margaret!
soleah More than 1 year ago
It took nearly half of the story before the couple finally got together.  Too much politics.   I wish there are more moments of Connor and Ilysa.  Still giving it 4 stars. Well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another very exciting story !! Enjoyed the book to the fullest. I can't wait to read another book by this author.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
THE CHIEFTAIN by Margaret Mallory is another exciting Scottish Medieval historical romance. Book 4 in “The Return of the Highlanders”,but can be read as a stand alone. See, “The Guardian”,”The Sinner”,and “The Warrior”. Conclusion of this fast paced story,which is filled with danger,betrayal,secrets,passion,Scottish clans,Highlanders,love and the desire of a clan to reclaim what they once lost. Follow,Chieftain Connor MacDonalds of Sleat and Ilysa,is best friend’s sister on a journey of danger, love and passion,Connor didn’t see coming. While, Ilysa is a healer and has the gift of foresight,she also has been in love with Connor for years. Connor is determined to reclaim his clan’s lands,their honor,and fight his evil uncle. “The Chieftain” has a bit of magic, maybe a ghost of centuries past,the discovery of true love and a passion for life. This is another one of my favorite author’s. She draws her readers into her Medieval Scotland,their struggles,their magic,myths and their legends with her strong characters,her interesting and intriguing plots. I ask, who doesn’t love a Highland Warrior? What wonderful conclusion to these strong,fierce warriors and their lovely,strong lass. A must read! If you enjoy Scottish warriors,Scotland history,romance,Scotland struggles for survival,and their passion for life you will enjoy “The Chieftain”. RATING: 4.5 HEAT RATING: MILD REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More/My Book Addiction Reviews
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the best of the series. One of my favorite books ever. And I read a lot of Highland Romance Novels.
Mikkella More than 1 year ago
I don't typically write reviews, however I just spent the last three days with no sleep due to this author and felt she deserved my praise! She sucked me into her world and refused to let go. Though predictable in some places, I fell in love with, and actually laughed out loud with her characters. Thank you for allowing me a glimpse into your world. 
lisibear More than 1 year ago
This book was great. I loved how everything came together and Connor was a great character. He has suffered so much but the he got the best lady. All four of her books are wonderful!!! Great romance!! Great Job!!!
Seamless More than 1 year ago
I wasn't disappointed after eagerly awaiting the next book in this great series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great ending to the series!!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read all four books of the Highlanders Series , I plan to read more books by Margaret Mallory .
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Out of all the book in this series this was the best kinda of sad to see this series end fell in love with the charcters in the first book will deffently be looking foward to more books from this author in the future
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Loved this story!!!!!
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grayRK More than 1 year ago
I love all three book the Warrior, Chieftain and the Sinner. I love reading about the Highlander worrior. Margarat Mallory did an exclent job of all of these book. just loved the action and the story line.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While the beginning of this story got off to a rocky start the subsequent pieces all came together brilliantly. I would read the other stories in the series; although they are not required to understanding Connor's story they do provide some background in places.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the best book in the series. Although the entire series was great. I loved Conner & Ilysa's story. The book kept me enthralled! A wonderful end to a beautiful series.
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crayolakym More than 1 year ago
Chieftain of the MacDonald Clan, Conner is everything a woman is looking. Well built, a natural born leader, and a strong will to protect his people, he must find his equal to stand beside him and defeat his enemies and his eye is longingly set upon Ilysa, a woman without powerful alliances, wealth, or anything to offer as much needed unity per say. Having had numerous attempts against his life by his Uncle Hugh who also desires to be Chieftain, Conner has some heavy decisions to make and quickly. “It takes a brave man to approach Duncan MacDonald’s sister, which can be the only explanation for why such a gem is yet unclaimed.” When Conner eventually catches up to Ilysa again he is bewildered at her transformation and wants her now more than ever. Now to just convince her she has more to offer then she thinks and to break it to his close friend, Iylsa’s older brother, he desires her and wants her by his side. Can Iylsa find it in herself to be what Connor needs? Can she prove she is the woman he needs by his side and make him see? Mallory is a heart-stopping epistler whose writing draws the reader in quickly and begging for more. This book is part of a series, however, easily reads as a standalone as I have not read the prior books and would never have known it part of a series. Her style of character building is impressive as she strives to build strong characters, with obvious flaws, making the stories more personal *This review first appeared on Mother/Gamer/Writer