Although the English king tried to wrest it away, the Highland Targe—ancient relic and protector of Scottish lands—still lies safely in the hands of Clan MacAlpin. But for how long?
Jeanette MacAlpin trained her entire life to become the next Guardian of the Targe, but that duty has now fallen to her cousin Rowan—a duty Rowan can’t seem to master. Fearful for her clan’s future, Jeanette seeks the solace of a sacred wellspring, and there encounters tawny-skinned Highland warrior Malcolm MacKenzie.
Wounded in battle, Malcolm is desperate to regain the use of his sword arm and strikes a deal with Jeanette. In return for her skills as a healer, Malcolm will advise the MacAlpins in their resistance against the English. And when he can once again swing a blade, he’ll return to the ranks of the Scottish army to fulfill his duty as a soldier.
But as passion grows between the golden warrior and the fair-haired healer, duty collides with love. Will they follow their hearts, or will clan loyalties keep them forever apart?
About the Author
Laurin Wittig was indoctrinated into her Scottish heritage at birth when her parents chose her oddly spelled name from a plethora of Scottish family names. At ten, Laurin attended her first MacGregor clan gathering with her grandparents, and her first ceilidh (kay-lee), a Scottish party, where she danced to the bagpipes with the hereditary chieftain of the clan. At eleven, she visited Scotland for the first time, and it has inhabited her imagination ever since. Laurin writes bestselling and award-winning Scottish medieval romances and lives in southeastern Virginia. For more information about all of Laurin’s books, please visit her at LaurinWittig.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Jeanette MacAlpin trained her whole life to become the next Guardian of the Highland Targe, so when her cousin Rowan is unexpectedly chosen for the honor when her mother is murdered, Jeanette is left not only grieving, but also feeling completely adrift. Compounding her misery, Rowan seems utterly unable to master the skills Jeanette must now teach her to be an effective Guardian for their clan. Their mutual frustration, compounded by fears of an impending repeat attack by the English, lead Rowan and Jeanette to argue over Jeanette's disappointed hopes and dreams for being the clan's Guardian. She leaves the castle in a huff and stumbles upon Malcolm MacKenzie, an injured warrior and heir to clan MacKenzie, desperately trying to heal his sword arm. He and Jeanette strike a bargain: Jeanette will use her healing skills to rehabilitate his sword arm in exchange for his lending his skills in battling the English as an advisor to the MacAlpins until he is well enough to return to Robert the Bruce's army. But as Jeanette heals his arm, he heals her wounded heart and passion simmers between them. When Rowan has already been chosen as Guardian, why would Jeanette be developing any gifts now? What does that mean for her role in clan MacAlpin? When his arm heals, will Malcom forsake his duties as a soldier to Robert the Bruce and as heir to the lairs of clan MacKenzie or is his love for Jeanette strong enough to compel him to stay? Does Jeanette have a significant enough role to compel her to stay with clan MacAlpin, or will her love for Malcolm give her a new purpose and direction in life? This sequel to Highlander Betrayed delivered all I expected from the series in terms of action and suspense. The author does a good job depicting the enmity between the Scots and the English, as well as the perfidy of some Scots clans that chose to fight on the English side. The use of magic requires a little too much suspension of belief for my taste (seems like to an even greater degree than in book 1 in this series), but since this is listed under the "paranormal" genre, and the Highlands are full of stories about magic and the fae, I suppose I can't argue too much. I listened to this book on audible, and as is always the case with Phil Gigante, the performance was excellent. His deep, resonant voice is particularly suited to Scottish warriors!
status Read in April, 2014 format Paperback (edit) review Highlander Avenged is one of those books you won't be able to put down. One of my favorite reads of 2014, it was absolutely fabulous. This is the second in Guardians of The Targe series, Highlander Betrayed is the first book in the series. I recommend you read that first as you the reader will have a better understanding of the Targe the history, lore, power etc. Also the relationships between the young women of theses books surround Rowan MacGregor, Jeanette and Scotia MacAlpin - a cousin and two sisters. Of course the English King still wants the ancient relic and protector of Scottish lands. Plus he would like to execute Rowan's husband as well the spy who switched sides. You can read alone, but I personally feel you the reader will have a clearer view if you read Highlander Betrayed first also a fabulous read and my review is up for that book as well. In Highlander Avenged this story is about Jeanette MacAlpin those of you who read Highlander Betrayed must of felt like me as she never got guardianship as it fell to her cousin Rowan. Jeanette tries to teach the ways and how to call the powers of the stone with no success. Rowan gets frustrated feeling only her husband Nicholas can help her. Of course Jeanette had been taught and prepared for guardianship of the Targe since birth and for Rowan it's only been like days plus she never wanted this duty either. Jeanette also frustrated as being taught these ways all her life she too is frustrated with her cousin and decides to take a walk to the well Spring. A place that always has given Jeanette a sense of calm. In Highlander Avenged the hero in this book is Malcolm MacGregor an injured soldier that protects Jeanette from a nasty English soldier bent on kidnapping her or worse thinking she is a witch with the guardian powers. After saving her Jeanette being the healer she is, notice's his sword arm is injured and brings him to Dunlairig Castle to heal him. They make a deal heal his sword arm and he will help advice The MacAlpins against the English. After that he will return to King Robert and rejoin the Scottish Army They quickly have an instant attraction which turns to love yet is not meant to be as they both have obligations to their own clans very much like unrequited love, the planets not inline etc. Not that they don't love each other just that they are both honorable and have obligations to their own clans plus he is a soldier to King Robert and needs to return his men and King and finish his duty to him, I love that I got some time with some of my Highlander Betrayed characters like Rowan, Nicholas, Scotia, Duncan and even comical Peigi who always makes me laugh. The elder naughty matchmaker! I fell in love with Malcolm MacGregor besides being a very sexy golden kilted highlander and his endearment of always calling Jeanette "Angel" was very attractive as well. I loved this book very much as I have loved every book Laurin Wittig has written as I have been reading her for a long time since her debut, but I must say I think Highlander Avenged is my favorite so far and will be on my keeper shelf. It will keep you captivated and brings out many emotions as I laughed and I cried through this book to me that equals to an amazing over the top great book! My advice is to read on the weekend or when you have time as you won't want to put this book down so count on loosing some sleep. In my opinion that counts a books as a masterpiece as I surely felt Highlander Avenged was not knowing what was going to happens next, feeling the characters struggles, triumphs, grief, pain and love. I definitely recommend Highlander Avenged as I can't wait now for book three in this series which I am sure will be Scotia's story. I totally loved it and know anyone who reads it and loves historic Scotland, hot hunky kilted highlanders and some true Scottish history too as I do will love it too! Next book release will be The Winter Stone, One Legend, three Enchanting Novellas. If you remember little Fia MacLachlan from "The Devil of Kilmartin" by Laurin Wittig another wonderful read too. This will be available on April 21, 2014. I can't wait to read it. It is a group of three novellas also by the talented Tanya Anne Crosby and Glynnis Campbell. You can't go wrong with these three talented amazing authors! Other books by Laurin Wittig: The Devil of Kilmartin Charming the Shrew Daring the Highlander Highlander Betrayed (book one in Guardians of the Targe) Five Unforgettable Knights box set also with Tanya Anne Crosby and Glynnis Campbell, Colleen Gleason and Claire Delacroix which also has a musical soundtrack. ( All full length Books The Devil of Kilmartin is in this set) The Winter Stone, One Legend, Three Enchanting Novellas