"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
By wing, by claw
By fire, by death
So long as dragons rule the skies, Scotland will forever be free.
After a long and bloody war, Scotland has finally won its independence. But Highland dragon Moiread MacAlasdair knows peace balances on the edge of a blade, and she will do anything to keep her homeland from falling to English control.
Even if that means escorting a powerful new ally into the otherworld itself...and defending him with her life.
Madoc of Avandos is on a critical mission to cement alliances against the British. Powerful men would kill to see him failbut as he and his fiercely beautiful warrior fight their way through hostile lands, Madoc is faced with a difficult choice: sacrifice everything for the cause...or let himself burn for the love of a 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
About the Author
A native of the United Kingdom, Audie and AudioFile Earphones Award winner Derek Perkins's audiobook narration skills are augmented by a knowledge of three foreign languages and a facility with accents. He has narrated numerous titles in a wide range of fiction and nonfiction genres. He is a member of SAG-AFTRA.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Different in pacing than the first in the series, this is Moiread’s story – a dragon shifter with some 300 years behind her, she’s a member of the MacAlasdair clan, although they are often off on their own adventures, and rarely together. In the 14th century, Scotland and Wales are under near-constant siege from the English, but a small break in hostilities between the Scots and the English has just started with the Treaty of Edinburgh-Northampton after the end of the first war for Scotland’s independence. No one expects the peace to last, and to that end a Welshman, Madoc of Avandos has come to the MacAlasdair’s to gain their assistance in his quest to visit sites of power and use his skills as a sorcerer to keep the hands of the English from falling too harshly on his people. An alliance of long-standing between the families, and while Madoc believes that his beloved Wales will never be out from under English subjugation, his quest is to do what he can, using all means possible, to mitigate the impact. He requires a bodyguard, and Moiread, being both fierce and at loose ends takes the challenge. Moiread is wonderful here: their story takes place almost entirely on the road as she is supporting, protecting and enjoying her time with Madoc. He’s not overtly rebellious, and doesn’t have any true date by which his quest must end, but haste in all things – and the two are moving quickly throughout Scotland, Wales and even England as he seeks out sites of power, obtains assent and assistance from various families of power, avoids assassins and slowly comes to find Moiread as wonderful and capable, not to mention intriguing, as he had first thought. For her part, she realizes that Madoc is and must focus on his quest, and everything that she wants from a man – including a lifetime together, has to be put aside until his purpose is fulfilled. He’s long lived as a sorcerer, but she also knows that she could outlive him by centuries, and we are always wondering if either of those two facts play on her mind even as they find themselves drawn closer together. When you add in their attraction, the fear of assassins, the fact that the MacAlasdair’s are not the only, nor the most powerful dragon clan out there and there are powers that even rival Madoc’s own, there are more than a few moments where it looks as if they have no chance to succeed. Cooper brings the places and tension to the fore in this one, with the romance being secondary for may good and valid reasons, even as their connection and interactions show just how well suited they are. While we don’t really have moments of settled down roots, the pacing and the ‘road trip’ feel that the story brings just adds to the intrigue and engagement. With plenty of moments set with some actual historic events and in real places, the story has a sense of ‘possible’ even as it’s wholly fantastical. The fragile peace from the treaty wasn’t to last long, just a year, but this story stops before that, yet doesn’t miss on action, intrigue or emotion. 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.
Madoc of Avandos is on a journey to cement alliances. Targeted by an assassin, he needs a companion who can fight. When dragon shifter Moiread MacAlasdair returns from war, he knows she's the best woman for the job. Duty and political strength compel Moiread to agree, but when they cross into the otherworld and Madoc's life is threatened, Moiread jumps into protection mode-and will do whatever it takes to keep the man of her dreams alive. This story was decent enough. We follow Mioread on an adventure, but it was slow at times for me. It tended to be a little confusing at other times. **I voluntarily read and reviewed this book
My Thoughts - 3 out of 5 Unicorns - I liked it!!! ***I choose what I read and review based on what intrigues me!! Yes, I got a review copy of this book, but no one tells me what to think, feel, or write about any book! The cover looks fierce! I like the warrior woman! This is the 2nd book in the series, but the first book of Isabel’s that I have read. This is for adults only due to the violence and steamy content. I liked this book though in the beginning I did get lost because this is a new world for me. I’m not sure if I would have been better off reading book 1 first. I really like Moiread because she kicked butt, and she was a dragon. I definitely like fierce women who can take care of themselves and others. Madoc is interesting, and he has interesting travels. This was an adventure to read full of treachery, intrigue, and action. I think if you like historical with a magic and dragon shifters that this is a book for you!
This is the second book in is series that is following the MacAlasdair dragon shifter family. This story is about warrior daughter Moiread. She's fresh back from the war for Scottish independence. Her father calls her to be a bodyguard for an ally to the family, Madoc of Arandos. We never really find out what Madoc is besides human but he's a spellcaster. His mission is to cement alliances against the British and someone doesn't want him to accomplish that mission. He has assassin's hunting him and Moiread's father has faith that Moiread can keep him safe to finish his very important journey. The circle of alliances must not be broken to keep all safe. I enjoyed the journey these two embark on and their adventure that ends in love neither expects. Moiread casts an illusion so she appears as a lad. Madoc on occasion has difficulty remembering that. It's fun to see them each learn the other's strengths and how they can aid each other in battle. They fit well together. They meet several groups of assassins along the way and each must help the other to overcome. Neither is looking for a mate but surprisingly they find one. Thank you Sourcebooks for the NetGalley ARC for this review.