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"The mix of hard-headed realism and fantasy in this novel is enchanting..."ELOISA JAMES for Barnes and Noble Reviews for Legend of the Highland Dragon
When Scotland fell to English rule
The Highland dragons took a vow:
Freedom at any price.
The war may be over, but so long as English magic controls the Highlands, not even a dragon laird can keep his clan safe. What Cathal MacAlasdair needs is a warrior fierce enough to risk everything, yet gifted enough to outwit an enemy more monster than man.
What he needs is Sophia.
Alchemist Sophia Metzger traveled to Loch Arach in search of knowledge. She never dreamed she'd learn to do battle, ride through the stars on the back of a dragon, or catch the eye of a Highland laird. But as her quest turns to sizzling chemistry and inescapable danger, she'll soon discover the thrill of being caught in a dragon's claws...
Dawn of the Highland Dragon Series:
Highland Dragon Warrior (Book 1)
Highland Dragon Rebel (Book 2)
Highland Dragon Master (Book 3)
What People Are Saying About Isabel Cooper:
"Something magical happens when elements of romance and fantasy combine. Cooper's deliciousHighland Dragon Rebelhas it all, including a strong heroine, intriguing hero, heated sensuality and thrilling action/adventure." RT Book Reviews for Highland Dragon Rebel
"Will keep you turning pages until you reach the very end." Book Riot for Highland Dragon Master
"Smartly written, fast-paced, and brimming over with magic and surprises, this is exactly what readers crave." RT Book Reviews 4 ½ Stars, TOP PICK! for Night of the Highland Dragon
About the Author
Isabel Cooper lives in Boston with two thriving houseplants. During the day, she maintains her guise as a mild-mannered project manager working in legal publishing. None of the houses she's lived in has been haunted, although one of her former roommates might have dated a zombie. For more visit isabelcooper.wordpress.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
First in a new fantasy historical series from Isabel Cooper, Highland Dragon Warrior focuses on Sophia, an alchemist who is in hopes of making new discoveries and adding to her knowledge of the alchemical world and, Cathal MacAlasdair, one of the ruling members of his clan of Scotsmen who also happen to be warrior dragons. While Sophia comes seeking knowledge, Alasdair is in need of someone to help one of his men after an attack by an evil, magically endowed enemy. He makes bargain with Sophia; if she will help his fellow soldier, Cathal will give her the dragon scales she seeks for her work. Sophia is an unusual woman for her time of 1304 in that she is a scientist working in a non-traditional female role. Cathal is the youngest in his dragon family who live for centuries. While working together they find despite their vastly different backgrounds and even species, love begins to slowly bloom for the two brave and courageous people who are willing to sacrifice themselves to save others. Dragons in Cathal’s family are not just fire breathing menaces, but have compassion and care for the humans who belong to their castle keep. A studious woman such as Sophia, immersed in her work, finds love and romance to have an alchemy all its own. Their world is full of magical creatures and men who would rule by using evil wizardry as well as the Scot’s wars with the English during that time period. This story is a slow burn type of romance, no pun intended dragonwise. Quite a bit of the story is spent on Sophia’s work with a lot of details of the alchemical processes. Sophia, being a rather cerebral person, spends a lot of time thinking…about everything, especially her reaction to and feelings for Cathal. From Cathal’s point of view, you learn about his family and background, how dragons function in this world, and his growing feelings for Sophia. The pacing is slower than some readers might enjoy; however, it is a well told tale especially for fantasy readers who appreciate attention to detail and interesting world building.
Interesting and unforgettable is what I think of this book. The author does an exciting job of adding mysticism and Dragons together to created a memorable story between relationship weary Sophia and Cathal. Though they both don't really trust each other they need each other to save a life. It was gutsy of Sophia and her friend Alice to travel so far and go to a place that hates people of their kind so that Sophia could help many people. Her alchemy process was intriguing and how she works to save Cathal's friends soul was mesmerizing The fact that she went after the bad guy by herself was either very foolish or extremely brave but it sure made for an intense storyline. This situation throws Cathal and her together a lot leading to a see saw relationship. But I guarantee that the reader will be deeply satisfied by the end of the book. For this reason I give it 4 STARS. Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.
Historical romances are few and far between for me to pick up and read, but when I saw it featured dragon shifters, well I just had to give it a try. Highland Dragon Warrior was an interesting and pleasant read. It’s set in medieval times with magicians, sorcerers, dragon shifters, demons, and alchemy. It’s got mystery, action, and romance. Sophie our heroine is a strong and determined women. She’s smart and stands up for what she believes in. Cathal our hero is a powerful and fierce warrior. He’s fiercely protective of his family and those he cares for and looks after. I enjoyed the story. I loved the Scottish setting and the paranormal elements where fascinating. The author did a good job creating an intricate and appealing world, but man was the world-building extensive. I had a little trouble with the story; mainly their was just so much information with the world-building and historical aspects that the book felt slow. I also felt like I was back in school learning a lesson; especially when it came to Sophia’s alchemy and all the explanations that went into those scenes. Now for the dragons their weren’t that many scenes with the dragon shifters and their magic. I would have liked more. Their also wasn’t much action either, until the very end, when Sophie’s soul is endangered. As for the romance between Sophie and Cathal it was light and slow to bloom. I wish there was more interactions between these two to help build the romance. They spent a lot of time apart, watching each other across a room or briefly talking at dinner, but not doing much to move the romance along. Highland Dragon Warrior is not a simple read. The world-building is extensive and various discussions that take place where excessive and a bit overwhelming. It’s an interesting set up and I’m intrigued, but I was a bit bogged down and felt like I was back in school. Rated: 3 Stars *Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy provided by Sourcebooks Casablanca via NetGalley with the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own.
This was a very different book from what I thought I would find. It's romantic fantasy/magic more than shifter/highlander. I was looking forward to reading my first Isabel Cooper book when I was granted surprising access through NetGalley. Yes there's a Dragon Warrior, Cathal MacAlisdair who is the youngest son and currently holding down the castle for his family. But, this is more about the Jewish alchemist Sophia Metzger, who is seeking a dragon scale for experimentation. He agrees to give her one in exchange for trying to revive his "brother"-in-arms Fergus who is wasting away to a ghost after he and Cathal tangled with the wizard Valerius, who was fighting for the English. Sophia agrees to try and so the adventure begins. Personally I found this book pretty slow going with not a lot of action until the end. It builds and builds and then they get a break gleaning vital information about who and where "Valerius" home is. I found it fascinating learning about alchemy. I've never read a story like this in romance. It felt like something my son would find in his fantasy section of the bookstore. Romance almost played a back seat to the magic. Yes, Cathal and Sophia fall in love but it's not central to the story of saving Fergus. Thank you Sourcebooks and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book. And thank you for giving me access to the next book in the series. I will be delighted to read and review it as well.
'Highland Dragon Warrior' by Isabel Cooper is the First Book in a New Series called "Dawn of the Highland Warrior'. This is the story of Sophia Metzger and Cathal MacAlasdair. Sophia and her friends are world travelers which for that time period is a real accomplishment. In addition she is Jewish who is a alchemist which in it self is a wonder. Cathal is dealing with trying to save his best friend who is at the mercy of an evil wizard. Cathal and Sophia come to deal that she will try an help him and he will give her some of his Dragon Scales . Sophia is finding that she cared a great deal for Cathal but he is a lairs son and her being Jewish wouldn't be able to have a respectable relationship. But they find it hard to fight their feelings. Really enjoyed Cathal and Sophia's story and can't wait for more in this series! "My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read."
Legend claims When Scotland fell to English rule The Highland dragons took a vow: Freedom at any price. The war may be over, but so long as English magic controls the Highlands, not even a dragon laird can keep his clan safe. What Cathal MacAlasdair needs is a warrior fierce enough to risk everything, yet gifted enough to outwit an enemy more monster than man. What he needs is Sophia. Alchemist Sophia Metzger traveled to Loch Arach in search of knowledge. She never dreamed she'd learn to do battle, ride through the stars on the back of a dragon, or catch the eye of a Highland laird. But as her quest turns to sizzling chemistry and inescapable danger, she'll soon discover the thrill of being caught in a dragon's claws. Review: I had not read this Author before and thought this is the first in a new series, so perfect time to start. I found out later it is an even better place, as this is a prequel series to one of her other series. I quit enjoyed the Author's work. I thought she mixed history and the supernatural into a very cohesive story. I thought making Sophia Jewish added a interesting and unique twist to the story. One I had not read before, especially for this time period. I loved that Sophia uses alchemy and no one blinks an eye about it. Sophia is also incredibly strong and perseveres through everything that she is doing and has gone through. Cathal is a what I would think of if I were picturing a Scottish Dragon, moody, alpha-male and sexy. I also liked that there was more than meets the eye to him. Cathal's and Sophia's romance is a slow brewing one that fit them perfectly. They do have an instant chemistry and once the sexy starts, it gets more interesting for them as a couple. Besides romance, there is a lot of supernatural happenings and action to keep readers interested. I will continue to read this series before diving into the other series. 4Stars *I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book provided by the publisher.*
Travel to the early 14th century, and see the world that Isabel Cooper has built: Magic, mysticism, fantastic beasts and alchemy are all alive and well, and plenty of intrigue abounds. Sophia Metzger is an alchemist, strange enough to be a woman learned in this art, but she also has other differences. Self-supporting, Jewish and a world traveler, she’s far more modern than most others of her time, and isn’t afraid of asking for what she needs or wants. When she hears of the MacAlasdairs and that they may be dragons, she heads off to their holdings to beg scales for use in her alchemy. Cathal MacAlasdair is in a quandary: an evil wizard has captured the spirit of his best friend in the hopes that Cathal will work for him. Knowing evil when he sees it, Cathal doesn’t want to bargain with the mage, even if there seems no other choice. With Sophia’s arrival and simple request, he makes a deal. He’ll give her scales if she works a way to free his best friend. He’s not expecting a miracle, in fact he almost feels like he doesn’t believe she is capable of the task, but if she’s open and honest with him, and tries honestly, he’s happy with the bargain. Slow burn, plenty of action, Sophia and Cathal are wonderful together – working to free his friend, Sophia earns Cathal’s admiration and esteem. And, he’s not averse to trying to make her his. But she, as a Jew, knows that she wouldn’t be an acceptable wife for the laird’s son, and despite her attraction she’s unwilling to risk his position and her heart. Slow to develop in both plot and romance, the story is a gradual build to the final confrontations that bring her face to face with the evil mage and her own heart. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.