"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
He swore to protect Scotland to his last breath
But when terror rules the seas, he'll have to make a choice:
Give everything he has for independence, or trust in the dragon who rules his heart.
The war for Scottish independence rages on, but it's only a matter of time before England is victorious. Exhausted and battle-weary, Highland dragon Erik MacAlasdair will face unknown seas to seek the Templar stronghold and claim a power so great it could free his beloved homeland forever.
If only that kind of power didn't come with such a terrible price.
Daughter of a mortal woman and an ancient dragon, Toinette has never forgotten the proud Scot who once stole her young heartshe'll gladly fight at his side. But when dark forces leave them stranded on a cursed island, it will take everything they have to defy their fate...and trust the passion that burns within the heart of every dragon.
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
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Highland Dragon Erik MacAlasdair is on a mission to uncover an ancient artifact. Along the way, he runs into Toinette, a female dragon from his youth. Once she accepts his commission, they end up stranded on an island together that they must escape. This was more of a historical horror/romance rather than a romance set in historical times. The plot wasn’t set around the romance at all. Rather, the romance was a minor piece to the overall story. **I voluntarily read and reviewed this book
Wow, what to say about this book...All three of the books in this series are SO very different from each other. This one felt more urban fantasy-paranormal over romance. Yes the HEA was there but I wouldn't call it a story of the journey to love. It was more like childhood friends on an epic quest and realize the other completes them. Eric is the cousin to the Mac Alastair's of the first two books. He was trained in the dragon, warrior and magical arts by his Uncle Artair. He's been in the service of Artair his whole life, mostly as a warrior. Toinette, Antoinette Dechamps, is a illegitimate child he decided to foster when she arrived at his castle as an orphan dragon shifter unable to understand or control her powers. Artair took her in, trained her along with the others in his care, unknowing who her father was He sent her on her way when it became obvious she was a sexual threat to his heirs and charges. She eventually landed on her feet and in this story is a captain of her own trade vessel. Eric has been charged with finding a magical artifact that may help end what seems like an eternal war between Scotland and England. Clues to this artifact were unearthed by Sophia the alchemist from book 1, Highland Dragon Warrior. He discovers the captain of the boat and crew he hires is none other than Toinette from his childhood. And so the adventure begins. I wish I could say this was a fabulous love story. It wasn't. It was slow and I pushed on determined. Again, it was not what I was expecting. There is more dragon shifting in this book that made that part satisfying. It did have an interesting adventure and an HEA. They were victorious in the end. I was not passionate. It was a meeting of two very strong dragon shifters who connected to support each other and lend each other the strength to overcome an ancient evil. Thank you Sourcebooks for the unexpected ARC of this book for my honest review.
The Prologue does a fine job of setting up this story and getting the reader familiar with Erik and his need to get away from the war should bloodlust finally come upon him. It also opens up the story for the readers, so they become very curious as to what is going to happen. The authors description of the war and the happenings around Erik certainly create a reality for the reader that draws them into the story. Though battle weary he is mind is sharp and while there is a roughness around him you will get a glimpse of a kinder more caring man that existed before the war. This draws the reader into championing him and wanting him to succeed in his mission. Toinette surprised me. There were times I felt she should be more hardened but then I had to remind myself that she is a dragon. She didn't have to worry about much with that card up her sleeve. Her reserve calm demeanor was fitting with how she formed her life after all the trials and tribulations she went through. It showed a strength most people desire in themselves. For me the best part of the story was towards the end when Toinette and Erik went off on their own to find the answers. Up until then it dragged a little for me but here it became intriguing. I do give it 4 STARS for its entertainment value.
While this is the third in the Dawn of the Highland Dragon series, this could be read as a stand-alone. While there’s some references made to the couples of the previous books, none of it is necessary to enjoy the story. Mild spoilers for the book below. Erik, one of the Loch Arach family members (and a dragon), has been sent away from the battle between the Scottish and English to find a treasure supposedly hidden by the Templars. As it’s apparently located on an island in the middle of the Atlantic, he’ll need a ship to get there. Luckily, he runs into Toinette (another dragon), who he was fostered with at Loch Arach, and now captain of the ship Hawk. While they were attracted to each other as teens, nothing more than a kiss happened before Toinette was sent away, and it’s been quite a long time since they’ve seen each other. This was not at all what I was expecting. I binge read the first two books in the series before this one, so coming off of Moiread and Madoc’s road-trip-style romance, I initially thought this would be another fun traveling story. Then things took a surprisingly decided turn sideways, and I realized . While I wouldn’t call any of Ms. Cooper’s books that I’ve read so far light reading – they usually have multiple layers, and have several philosophical and religious layers – this on was heavier than most. It quickly goes from “OK, this is weird” to “creepy” to “OMG WHY am I reading this at night???”, while at the same time exploring sacrifice, friendship, and understanding the price of both. “It’s all pride, as far as I’m concerned. Kings and crowns and banners—it’s all pride, it’s all stupid, and none of it’s worth a drop of my men’s blood.” I admired Toinette. Unlike the MacAlasdair dragons, who are Scottish nobles, Toinette grew up poor and English, and she’s on her own when she suddenly starts manifesting her dragon powers as a teen. Somehow, she manages to end up at Loch Arach, where she’s taken in and learns to control her powers. Even there, though, it’s obvious she’s not one of them, and when she’s eighteen, she leaves to forge her own life. And she does! She marries, is widowed, and then inherits the captaincy of the Hawk. Her crew respects her, and from everything we see of her, she’s a good and prosperous captain. While Erik owes his loyalty to his MacAlasdair family, Toinette’s family is her crew, and she knows it. One of my favorite parts of this book is the interactions between Erik, Toinette, and her crew, especially Marcus, her second in command. During a storm, Erik and Toinette are forced to reveal their dragon selves in order to save the ship and its crew, so threaded along with the rest of the plot is the crews’ reactions to, well, their captain turning into a giant fire-breathing monster. Each of the crew are distinct and well-characterized, and each have their own reactions to the dragons and being stranded on the island. And as a note, since I was not expecting this – this book reads as straight horror at times. It’s more of an existential horror rather than blood and guts-type, though there’s a bit of that, but this is a book I would most definitely NOT recommend reading before bed! While I’m only an occasional horror reader, I thought the quality of it was well-done, and the explanation behind it was fascinating, as well as keeping with the series’ fourteenth-century take on religion. Overall, while this was not at all what I was expecting, this was excellent.