Highland Fire: Guardians of the Stone

Highland Fire: Guardians of the Stone

by Tanya Anne Crosby

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Highland Fire: Guardians of the Stone by Tanya Anne Crosby

Scotland, 1125, the Legend Begins ...
For two centuries, Aidan dún Scoti's kinsmen have guarded Scotland's greatest secret, the real Stone of Destiny. Now King David seeks an alliance with the mountain Scot. But only one woman will tempt him--the accursed beauty whose father once betrayed his clan ...

Tempted by Revenge
Cursed by Aidan's people for the sins of her father, Lìleas MacLaren is the one woman Aidan believes he is immune to ... she is also the one woman who may bring the fierce chieftain to his knees.

Rich with history and lore, HIGHLAND FIRE brings back favorite characters from The Highland Brides and introduces you to new ones.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781495904820
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 02/10/2014
Pages: 332
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.74(d)

About the Author

Tanya has written 15 novels and 4 novellas, all of which have graced numerous bestseller lists including the New York Times and USA Today. Best known for stories charged with emotion and humor, and filled with flawed characters, her novels have garnered reader praise and glowing critical reviews. She lives with her husband, two very spoiled labs and two ex-stray cats in northern Michigan and grew up in Charleston, South Carolina. Her favorite color is green. She once tried to change her name to Anne (in the third grade) and has a dual citizenship (U.S. and Spain), which she fully intends to put to good use now that the kids are grown and have their own cars.

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Highland Fire: Guardians of the Stone 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
MADreaderMD More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this story set in the early history of Scotland. I liked how the author incorporated the ancient history, language, and customs. In fact, Aidan dun Scoti's clan of Highlanders, don't even consider themselves Scots, which they think of as a product of English influence and interference. They cherish their Pict heritage and cling to the old ways. Aidan's clan has a secret to keep and a legacy to hold until the next rightful king is crowned. King David of Scotland wants to unite all the clans, and he thinks Aidan's clan is standing in his way. He doesn't want all-out war, so he goes along with a plan to get Aidan to marry his greatest enemy's daughter to forge a new peace. He thinks it's a win-win situation, since the girl has been cursed and whichever man loves her is supposed to die. Lileas has already buried one husband. So if Aidan dies from the curse, so be it. If not, Lileas is supposed to do the deed herself in order to ensure the safety of her young son. Lili expects the Highlanders to be barbarians, as their reputations are known far and wide. But they turn out to be hard-working, decent people, whom she comes to care for. Aidan and Lili are immediately attracted to each other, but can they trust each other to have a real marriage and not just seek revenge for past wrongs?
Barbee114 More than 1 year ago
Scotland, 1125, the Legend Begins ... For two centuries, Aidan dún Scoti kinsmen have guarded Scotland's greatest secret, awaiting a worthy successor to arise and unite the Highland clans. His people are the last of the "Painted Ones," the guardians of the true Stone of Destiny. A Struggle for Power The Highland tribes are fractured. Scotland's King David seeks an alliance with the fierce mountain Scot. But only one woman will tempt Aidan dún Scoti--the accursed beauty whose father once betrayed his clan ... Tempted by revenge Cursed by Aidan's people for the sins of her father, Lìleas MacLaren is the one woman he believes he is immune to. Offered in marriage by David of Scotland as a guise for peace, she is also the one woman who may bring the fierce chieftain to his knees. Rich with history and lore, HIGHLAND FIRE brings back favorite characters from The Highland Brides and introduces you to new ones.. This is a wonderful I have been reading books by Tanya Anne Crosby for over twenty years and I must says this is one one of my favorites, this story is just amazing as I absolutely loved it. If your addicted to Scottish history and lore like myself then this book is absolutely for you as it has that and plenty more. Starts off with King David mac Mhaoil Chaluim trying to squash Scottish rebellion among the highland tribes. He wants to do this without war or bloodshed but the most rebellious is the one high in the mountains beside Mackinnon another thorn in his side. Talk about paying for the sins of the father, Padruig Caimbeul, yet it is predicted the cursed daughter,n Liliea of the evil man who destroyed your clan will be its savior. Yet only love will be its true savior. There is evilness blackmail holding Lily's son for ransom as well to do these men's dirty work. Brother in law of first deceased husband Stuart Rogan is no a nice guy and has a mistress do her dirty work as well. Aidan dún Scoti known to some as mountain people for David he is a threat to his throne, although he has shown no interest as of yet. His tribe still follows the old ways and keeps out of Scottish politics as they consider themselves Picts the only clan to still following the old ways painting themselves blue and white and even with woman warriors. Of course the rumors just fly about these people think they pick their teeth with their enemies bones. Lileas is a great healer, which comes to Aidan's clan during a mysterious illness will she be able to save them, earn their trust or will she comply with the evil King and his cronies and kill Aidan for the sake of her son? This clan is also the guardians of the mysterious stone that is old as time, but no one except Aidan dún Scoti and his clan know where it is hidden the real reason they don't get involved in others politics as they are the guardians of the stone!. This book is brilliant truly I just loved it and hated that it had to end. It has so many twists and turns plot and sub plots. I fell in love with Aidan how could ye not - so bonny and I loved his family even the old crone and original who put the curse on Lily long before her birth. Just loved this book and I can't wait to read the next one in this series!
jdh2690 More than 1 year ago
This is another winner of a story by Ms. Crosby. I've loved all I've read by Ms. Crosby and the same goes for this story. Her descriptive style pulls the reader right into the story as a witness to all that goes on. I actually got the feeling that I was in medieval Scotland, listening to the ancient Gaelic language and seeing the landscape and lifestyle customs of long ago. I loved the story of Aiden and Lili and eagerly await Ms. Crosby's next Scots tale. I highly recommend her writing.
Sandigger More than 1 year ago
Excellent I very much enjoyed this book. Rather than highlanders the main characters portrayed theirselves as Picts. The story was about romance and intrigue and I found it hard to put down. I hope there are going to be more books in this storyline as it is full of potential stories. I would highly recommend it.