Rise of a Legend

Rise of a Legend

by Amy Jarecki


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Running away from her catastrophic life, historical journalist Eva MacKay joins an archaeological dig at the battleground of Loudoun Hill. Unearthing the seal of William Wallace, Eva gains notoriety. But her dreams of Bowie knives-the weapon that murdered her husband-morph into great swords and dirks.

Drawn to a ruined monastery, Eva drifts into the worst nightmare of all. Awaking to the sharp point of a madman's sword, she's hurled into the midst of a bloody thirteenth century battle. Just when certain death is eminent, brutal arms surround the lass, dragging her deeper into unknown terror.

When Eva realizes she's been hauled to the hideout of rebel William Wallace, a revelation dawns-she's landed the story of a lifetime-if she can stay alive and find a way home to tell her tale.

What she doesn't count on is her mounting chemistry with the greatest legend Scotland has ever known...or the absolute love swelling in her heart.

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ISBN-13: 9781517462628
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/02/2015
Pages: 346
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.77(d)

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Rise Of a Legend 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Booktalk_with-Eileen More than 1 year ago
Audiobook Review: I read this book at the end of November, 2015 and have just listened to the audio. Some of you may think if you've read the book, you needn't listen to the audio. But I stand here and say, the book was even more wonderful this time around. Turns of phrases miss your notice, as well as the emotional pull of sentences when reading a tale. Dave Gillies is a wonderful narrator. He also has a wonderful singing voice as he sings when Eva is cornered to show some talent. Scenes seem to pulse off the page when charged with high emotion. Truly, listening to the story AFTER reading it, allows me to savor every bit of the author's talent. I'm just as excited to throw myself into audiobook two. I have to say I talked so much to my son about this story, time travel and William Wallace, that he purchased book one for himself. He loves the mystic of Scotland, along with a historically accurate story laced with time travel and fictitious characters who breathe life into history. Let me remind you, if you purchase the book, audible will sell you the audiobook at an extremely low price, something like $1.99. Indubitably, this is a superbly delightful story depicting the national fervor of Scotland and how love entertwines hearts for all time. This book starts the beginning of a new series. The book is prefaced with a bit of history to hone the reader to the historical backdrop. I read the foreword twice just so I could get a good grasp of events. What a great time in history! I particularly like historical romance with time travel from the present to the past. With a heroine coming from the present (Eva MacKay), I quickly attach myself to her and truly feel as if I’ve traveled to the past. She encounters circumstances I, too, would find hard to deal with. As with all Ms. Jarecki writes, the reader is thrust into a scene with plenty of emotion and of course, leaving more questions than answers, and very fast-paced. With her descriptive style of writing she quickly builds a plot seething with tension. Present day Eva MacKay wants to find her wow. Trying to get over a bad breakup, she decides to follow her heart, working in an archeological site in Scotland. As a Scottish history buff with a penchant for William Wallace, she loves the dig she’s working in. Eva was also a journalist and wished she could truly learn the truth of history. Her wish comes true in this amazing story sure to please the most discerning reader. William Wallace was such a down-to-earth man, spirited to stand up for the people of Scotland. He was quite the lovable hero. He was also a major hunk of a man Eva MacKay was terribly attracted to, physically as well as his upright character and willingness to lead his people to freedom. What is known about the man doesn’t give the full picture of historical events, so with Eva’s instincts and desire to record the truth of the past, without changing it, she’s pulled into the past to experience and record history and finds herself completed besotted! I highly recommend Ms. Jarecki’s brand of highland tale. This series is absolutely a winner!
LindaTownsend More than 1 year ago
A superbly-crafted Scottish medieval romance with a time travel component Unbridled passion with an incredibly hot seven hundred-year-old Highlander in the middle of the night? Mm Yeah. Bring it on. RISE OF A LEGEND by Amy Jarecki is a superbly-crafted medieval romance with a time travel component. Amy is one of my favorite authors and I can't say enough about her consistently magnificent writing. Her books are always extensively researched and each have been a pure pleasure to read. I realize it's not fair to this series, but I admit being a bit leery of it as the story involves a real, famous hero who is slated to die gruesomely and I didn't want to mourn his passing. I do not like sad stories. Period. I can't watch movies like Dumbo or Bambi. However, friends have told me to trust Amy to somehow give him and our heroine a happy ending. So far, so good... This is the story of legendary Scottish warrior hero William Wallace and historical chronicler Eva MacKay. Eva lost her husband tragically and, to escape the memories, has joined an archaeological dig in the country where she was born, Scotland. She has always been fascinated by the life of William Wallace and makes a stupendous find related to Wallace at the dig site. Then, a providential pendant and a timely storm combine to throw her back in time to 1297 where she meets William Wallace. William Wallace was a big man with a tremendous heart. He was not royalty but he would be forever known as being almost solely responsible for uniting Scotland in fighting the English tyranny. William is strong and utterly devoted to the autonomy of Scotland and its people. I absolutely loved how Amy brought him and this tumultuous time for Scotland to life - and inserted Eva seamlessly into his life. Their romance was sweet and steamy hot. She paints each scene with a life-like touch so the reader feels that he/she is living each moment in the tale with the characters. Some of my favorite scenes occurred as Eva had to explain her clothing - her bra explanation was particularly hilarious. Her phone, her pen, her shampoo, her inability to ride a horse, and many more... all made for humorous moments. This book is amazing. Set in the beautiful Scottish countryside with intriguing characters, it is well-paced and perfectly plotted. It blends historical elements with a sizzling romance. It's suspenseful with just the right touch of humor. The romance meshes flawlessly with the action sequences which often include famous battles with real renowned historical characters. While the edict - "The future cannot change the past." - keeps resounding, I have not lost hope that this couple will find a way to circumvent history and find their everlasting love. If anyone can do it without changing history, Amy can. I would recommend this series to anyone who enjoys well-written historical romances. Be aware that RISE OF A LEGEND ends with a cliffhanger. The good news is that the conclusion of this duo logy is already available. The next book, IN THE KINGDOM'S NAME, is on my reader as I type. My full review will be posted at Reading Between The Wines Book Club. Please check it out there. 4 1/2 Wine Glasses!
MADreaderMD More than 1 year ago
This is an interesting take on the time travel historical romance. Eva MacKay is an historical journalist and has often wished she could have witnessed the events of the past, especially Scotland's history during the time of William Wallace, and report the truth of what happened. It seems that reporting on the past is a much safer topic than dealing with her present--recently widowed due to a violent attack on her husband. She never thought time travel was possible, until she finds herself right in the middle of a skirmish between William Wallace and some English invaders. Now she has to come up with a believable story about what she's doing there and try not to get killed by either side. When she comes under William's protection, their relationship grows, but they realize that they can only take it one day at a time, because the past must not be changed so that the future of Scotland remains intact. I really enjoyed the historical and geographical detail the author poured into the story. As Wallace and his men move across the country to face the enemy from both within and without Scotland, you can almost see the countryside, castles, and battle sites. My only criticism is that this book ends very suddenly. I wish there had been a little bit more of a wrap-up to this book instead of just a dead stop. But the author has got me hooked, so I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.
JeneratedReviews More than 1 year ago
Rise of a Legend, the start of Amy Jarecki's new Guardian of Scotland series, was an interesting premise. A time travel historical romance, this author did a wonderful job of taking facts and adding some what ifs, could haves and indeed did happens to create a story that will stretch readers imaginations to their fullest potential. A huge amount of research went into this work but Ms. Jarecki with her usual competence took a time in history and made it her own. A touching and believable love story at heart Rise of a Legend was a thoroughly captivating read! *I received this ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*
Future-Author More than 1 year ago
You know you have a great book in your hands when time slips past without notice. My daughter missed her bus because I was buried in this book. This story will pull you into the late 1200's along with Eva as she's thrown back in time to medieval Scotland to witness the rise of William Wallace. This book will appeal to the history lover, the historical romance reader, or anyone who would appreciate a really.............really good read. I recommend this book and have read others by this author... everything I've read is captivating from the start.
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
This is book 1 in the Guardian of Scotland series. Eva McKay is on an archaeological dig in Scotland when she unearths the seal of William Wallace. Having always been drawn to this historical figure, she is thrilled with her find. With the help of a stone, Eva is suddenly thrown back in time. She opens her eyes to find herself about to be run through with a sword. Of course, she is rescued by none other than William Wallace himself. Eva soon learns that she must not change history, or she will be sent back to her own time. Wanting to learn as much as she can about William, she convinces him to let her travel with him and his group of soldiers. Spending quite a bit of time together, Eva and William fall in love. What will happen to these time-crosses lovers? I would probably classify this as a historical time-travel with a little bit of romance thrown in. If you look up when Wallace dies, you know that they aren't going to get their HEA. For me that is a must when reading a romance. Now having said that, I did enjoy the book. But be warned, it ends abruptly because there is another book that continues their story. There is a ton of history that is told throughout the story and since I didn't know much about this specific time period, it kept me enthralled learning Wallace's history. If you are looking for a purely historical romance, then this is not the book for you. Although there is some romance, it will not satisfy the romantic in you. I definitely look forward to seeing how Jarecki ends this story knowing that Wallace doesn't have a happy ending. Thanks go out to Rapture Books via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.
Crystal61 More than 1 year ago
I was so engrossed with this story it took me a moment to realize the book had ended. I am now anxiously awaiting the next installment so I can see how their story progresses. I love Eva's determination to spend time with William without giving away too much information. By the end of this book, William is beginning to accept, if not believe, her stories of the future. These two are a wonderful a couple. The glimpse into that tumultuous time in Scotland was fantastic. As I read, I felt like I was there. I had a chance to read this in exchange for an honest review.
Guitarmomma19 More than 1 year ago
I loved the concept of this book! Time travel romance loaded with secrets, treachery, and William Wallac. Amy has perfectly interwoven a beautiful love story in the middle of one of the most treacherous times in history. Loved it!!  Eva is tired of her life. And wants a change. At her archeological site she is continually intrigued by William Wallace. And with a pendant said to have certain powers....which she doesn't want to believe....she travels back to a time right as William Wallace is rising up.  And what a man she finds him to be. Travelling as his historian she begins to see the man behind the legend and falls for him. But with her secret she must make him see the truth about her without changing history. As they grow closer as man and woman she is thrust right in the middle of some of the most bloody and dangerous battles to take place. How long will she wait before she decides to go back home? Or will she follow her heart and belong to William for all of history? Such a great and wonderful story. Loved the history, plot, and the romance of it all.