The Warrior of Clan Kincaid

The Warrior of Clan Kincaid

by Lily Blackwood

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ISBN-13: 9781250084842
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 07/31/2018
Series: Highland Warrior , #3
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 52,473
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Since her earliest days, Lily Blackwood has found a friend in books. Raised an Army brat, her family moved often, and books were constant companions who always smoothed the transition to a new location and a new set of friends. Now, Lily lives in Texas where she writes sexy historical romance novels about fierce Highlanders while looking out over a garden tended by her own handsome, dashing husband. She suffers endless (fun and always welcome!) interruptions by her two children. And like many authors, she writes with a cat-or two-wrapped around her legs. She is the author of The Beast of Clan Kincaid, Single-Minded, and other books.

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CHAPTER 1

An Caisteal Niaul, Inverhaven, March 1390

It was after midnight. Cold and raining.

"Doesn't it matter at all that I don't want to be sent away?" Derryth MacClaren sat atop her mount, gripping the reins in her mitten-covered hands, her chest tight with fear and dread.

Just moments ago, it seemed, she had been warm and asleep in her bed. The next she'd been hoisted by a Kincaid warrior into her saddle, as rain pattered on the stones all around. There was a wagon ... and a group of Kincaid men gathered nearby, speaking quietly. They wore dark hoods and furs, with weapons glinting beneath. Clearly they were to be her escorts.

But she did not want to ride out of the castle gates, into the great darkness beyond, even if she did have an escort of the clan's largest and most skilled warriors to protect her along her way. Though sleep still muddled her mind, the frigid air quickly cleared the cobwebs away.

Her older half-sister, Elspeth Braewick, the Lady Kincaid, stood looking up at her in the shadows of the castle bailey, out of the dark frame of her cowl. Drops glittered on her face.

"Of course your wishes matter," Elspeth answered softly, in a conciliatory tone. "But sometimes you must trust that decisions are being made for your own good. I'm sorry, Derryth, but you have no say in this. You must go."

"Elspeth! What a paltry reply," Derryth said with a frown. "I am not an unquestioning child." She was nineteen, nearly twenty. "Tell me why you are sending me away."

Derryth had only a dim, sleepy memory of Elspeth rousing her from her sleep and urging her to dress in garments that were quickly laced by two silent castle maids. Now, beneath a thick fur cloak, she wore the costume of a peasant — layers of oilskin, leather, and wool, all roughly hewn — and underneath those, not one, but two pair of heavy woolen hose. A dagger had been strapped to her waist. Instead of riding her own gentle gray pony, she sat on a hardy young mule.

Derryth's grip on the reigns tightened, her gaze fixed unwaveringly on her sister. Why hadn't she been told the day before of this plan? Why would they send her away now, in the dead of night?

Then suddenly ... she knew.

"It's the Wolf, isn't it?" she whispered, her heart sinking like a weighted stone in her chest. Just speaking his name caused her vision to blur and her throat to close. Though the last two years had passed peacefully, an enemy presence loomed like a dark shadow over Inverhaven, always. A threat that had never really gone away.

"No, of course not," Elspeth murmured with a shake of her head. Her gathered brows and half-smiling lips declared Derryth's suggestion to be the silliest thing. But tellingly, she'd glanced away as she spoke the words.

Derryth's pulse increased, knowing some unpleasant truth was being kept from her.

"I don't believe you. He has threatened the Kincaids again, hasn't he? Don't send me away. I choose to stay here with you and Niall. I'm not afraid."

It was a lie. She was afraid of the Wolf — Alexander Stewart, the Earl of Buchan — and the terrible destruction he'd all but promised to wreak upon the Kincaids. But love for her sister, and all those here at Inverhaven, made her brave.

Like Elspeth, Derryth was a MacClaren by birth. But since Elspeth had married Niall Braewick, the Laird Kincaid, two harvests ago, the Kincaids had become Derryth's family too. Once, their clans had been fierce enemies, but those times seemed a distant memory, all but forgotten.

Since early summer, Derryth had resided at An Caisteal Niaul, the Kincaid clan's legendary Castle in the Clouds, as a guest of her sister and brother-in-law. There'd been feasts and festivals, and she'd indulged in several exciting near-romances, though she had not settled her affections on any man, as none had satisfied the always changing requirements of her heart. In the meantime, Inverhaven had all but become her home.

But now they were sending her away, to her other home — to the MacClaren stronghold at Falranroch — over which her young, widowed stepmother, Bridget, presided.

"Of course you aren't afraid, and you shouldn't be, because there's nothing whatsoever to fear," her dark-haired sister replied lightly, though Derryth heard the uneasiness that she tried to hide. "But winter has passed, and Bridget deserves a bit of respite from tending to our little sisters, Mairi and Kat, who will be so happy to see you after you've been gone for so long."

She did miss Mairi and Kat. Their constant girlish chatter and fun. But she did not want to leave Elspeth, not when they had grown so close of late — since their father's passing the previous year. In their grief, it seemed they'd seen each other for the first time through different eyes. Before, Derryth had always thought of Elspeth as her bossy older sister, but now she considered Elspeth her dearest friend. The years had taken so much from them — both of their mothers and now their father, who had been far from perfect but they loved him still. For now, it seemed important that they stay together, no matter what.

If all was well and good at Inverhaven, as her sister claimed, and she was merely being sent to help her stepmother with her little sisters, she would be leaving Inverhaven on the next clear day, not under a black night sky, heavy with unspent rain.

Anxiety pooled like ice at the pit of her stomach. Derryth knew without a doubt they were sending her away to protect her from something, which could only mean they knew of some danger or threat.

"You'll arrive at Falranroch in two days," Elspeth continued. "And you'll be back in a comfortable bed before you even realize."

She offered a forced smile, but Derryth could plainly see that the dampness in her eyes came from tears, not the rain.

Derryth's eyes flooded in response, because Elspeth had always been the strong one, and hardly ever cried. But now her sister cried for some reason over her. Because she was afraid? Because they might never see each other again?

"I don't even know why we are crying!" Derryth exclaimed, reaching out her hand. "Because you will not tell me!"

Elspeth reached up and grasped Derryth's hand and sighed. Just like that, her lips lost the easy smile they'd attempted to hold.

"Oh, very well," she said resignedly. "You coax my secrets from me, as you always do." Elspeth's damp eyes warmed with sudden affection, and she squeezed Derryth's hand. "Yesterday, the old farmer, Carmag, came to the castle insisting on speaking to Niall. While working in his field, he claims to have seen three, perhaps four soldiers on a distant hill." Her voice dipped. "King's men."

Fear struck through Derryth's heart as she straightened in the saddle. Her heart beat more frantically. Her mind grasped quickly onto the words. The importance of the revelation. The air around them seemed to grow colder, and darker.

She'd been right, after all.

King's men.

They might as well be called "Buchan's men," at least here in this distant corner of the Highlands, so far away from Scone and Edinburgh. As the third son of King Robert, and some claimed, his favorite, the Wolf commanded a force of royal soldiers and private mercenaries, which he dispatched to do his bidding. Though two years ago he had lost much of his power, he had regained it over time and remained just as dangerous as before, though until now he had kept his distance.

Suddenly she wanted nothing more than to return to the castle, to her soft, warm bed, and go back to sleep, because maybe when she awakened in the morning she would find this had all been a bad dream.

Elspeth spoke again, a hand coming up — perhaps nervously — to touch the simple bronze brooch that fastened her cowl. "Of course, no one else saw this, and poor Carmag is not the best witness. You yourself must remember a fortnight ago when he arrived naked and drunk at the castle, claiming fairies has stolen his garments — and his cow. Today Niall himself rode out, along with a large company of men, and searched all day and found nothing. No camp. No soldiers. Not even the cold remains of a fire." Her voice softened. "So you see we don't know if they actually were soldiers, or" — she shrugged — "just a trick of the light in the shadows and trees. But if there were soldiers, it's possible they were scouts sent by Buchan. And if something should happen —"

"An attack." Derryth spoke the words bluntly, shivering from more than just the cold, damp air. Here, in this place, already stained by the blood Buchan's army had once spilled, nearly nineteen years ago.

Elspeth nodded, her skin paling a shade more in the night. "Or a siege. Then Niall and I want you to be safe and away from here, long before there is danger. Today, messengers will be sent to our allies, and all in the village will be informed and urged to come inside the walls, at least for now."

The truth, at last. Elspeth's words, and the fear she saw in her eyes, caused Derryth's stomach to clench tight, and she felt almost ill. Elspeth, always so strong and decisive. Always the caretaker. Perhaps for the first time, she realized Elspeth needed tender care too.

"I won't leave you," Derryth said firmly, shaking her head — moving as if to dismount. "Not in your condition."

Yet Elspeth, whose eight-month pregnant stomach could barely be discerned beneath her cloak, stilled her — reaching up and spreading a hand over hers where she clenched the saddle's horn. "This is Buchan of whom we speak. It matters not that you are a woman," Elspeth continued, and Derryth could see the worry and desperation in her eyes. "His actions led to the death of many innocent Kincaids. Not only Niall's father and his warriors, but Niall's mother and youngest brother as well. He would be no less ruthless with you or me."

Niall appeared then, tall and strong, to stand beside her sister. Dark-haired and striking, and wearing a pladjer over his shoulder, the air became charged anytime he came near. Warriors stood straighter. Castle servants moved faster. Not from fear, but because he carried himself with such presence and each day earned their respect, and they wished, in turn, to earn his approval and praise.

"Ye'll not be staying here, lass," he said in his rich, deep voice. "So cease your arguing, ye're just making your sister feel worse about it all. She'll be joining ye as soon as the bairn is born. I'll have ye all safe, until the danger — if it exists — has passed. Besides, ye know ye are too spoiled a lady to suffer through the hardship of a siege, should one occur."

He spoke the words in a low, teasing tone, but with enough gravity that she knew he was serious.

Hearing his words, Derryth's chest tightened with shame. She was indeed spoiled, and had always cared far too much for pretty things and amusements. Even now, her skin complained at the scratchiness of the rough garments she wore. Ugly, shapeless clothes she would never have chosen for herself.

She winced, regretting the pettiness of her complaints. It was why they sent her away, no doubt. They considered her a helpless creature they would only have to worry about. And why should they not? She had never proven herself to be of any true use or value to anyone other than to be marriageable, and thereby a useful tool in strengthening or gaining a new alliance.

The burden of her shortcomings weighted her heart. She knew they loved her, but unlike Elspeth she didn't know how to properly hold a sword or stitch a wound or even clean a goose. Most important, she had no experience assisting in the birth of a child. Instead she'd spent her hours learning every possible way to plait, curl, and otherwise arrange her hair, and how to stain her lips and cheeks with cherry juice without anyone knowing she'd applied anything at all. She had mastered decorative embroidery, because as a young girl, she'd always believed her simple gowns needed something more, but what good were fanciful patterns in thread at a time like this?

Tears stung her eyes. Tears of self-reproach. Why had it taken this moment — this threat against all she loved so dearly — to make her realize she ought to be more?

As if Elspeth saw straight into her heart, she said, "Derryth, you've done nothing wrong. We just couldn't bear it if something happened to you."

"But don't you see?" she replied, her voice unsteady. "Nor could I bear it if something happened to any of you."

"You must trust that I will protect her and our babe." Niall's arm went round her sister, and his large hand squeezed her shoulder gently — an offering of comfort.

Elspeth looked up at him, love plain in her eyes, seeming small and protected within the protection of his muscular arm. Niall was a famed warrior, and fearsome both in negotiation and in battle. And yet she had seen her sister fell him with just a glance. Silence him with a single word. A kiss.

How she envied them, in the most loving way. Would she ever find a love so deeply passionate? She craved a feeling of romantic ... mad love in her heart, but thus far she had found no one to inspire wishes of forever.

Shifting his gaze to Derryth, Niall said, "So go ye now. Prepare for your sister and our babe to join you, in perhaps a fortnight's time. Mayhap even a sennight, if the child is hearty as I expect he or she will be."

He grinned, but even here, in the dim light, Derryth perceived the dark shadows beneath his eyes, as if he had not slept since hearing of the soldiers' presence on his lands. He loved them all so much — his wife and his clan, and yes even her silly self, whom he called "little sister." Aye, she loved him like a brother too.

She forced herself to look past the hurt of being sent away, to the intent of his words. Niall had given her a task — to prepare for Elspeth and the bairn, and she must embrace that new purpose with enthusiasm. Whatever the future brought, she must make herself a useful part in it. As soon as she arrived at the MacClaren stronghold, she would set about educating herself on more important matters, and becoming a woman to be admired for more than a fetching braid or a pretty gown. She'd surprise them all, in the best possible way, the next time they met. Next time, they would not think of sending her away.

But what if their worst fears were realized, and she never saw them again? It was no overreaction. She had only to look at the past to know that danger was everywhere in the Highlands, and that death could strike at any moment. Trepidation filled her mind, consuming her thoughts, and causing her chest to constrict with each quickening breath.

"Oh, Elspeth," Derryth choked, as her emotions overtook her.

How she despised Buchan — a man she'd never even seen with her own eyes — for the wrongs he had done, and for the fear he inspired. For tearing their families apart.

She leaned down, wrapping one arm around her sister's shoulders, inhaling the familiar, comforting sweetness of her skin and hair. Niall embraced them both in his strong arms. Enveloping them in his warmth, he kissed Derryth's temple and then his wife's.

"I love you both," she whispered.

Just then, a figure approached — one who became more familiar with each trundling step. The older woman smiled up at her.

"Hello, child." Bundled heavily in garments similar to hers, the woman appeared prepared for travel, carrying a large embroidered pouch and a covered basket. "Are ye ready? Ah, don't ye fret, my bairns. We'll all do just fine, and I've brought a big basket of bread, cheese, and ham, and oh, yes, honey cakes to satisfy our bellies along the way."

Niall moved quickly to relieve her of the burdens she carried.

Was Fiona to accompany her then? She gave a sigh of relief, and her tension lessened to some degree. Fiona always made everything seem better.

Elspeth smiled warmly at their former servant, who had always been a treasured friend, and her words confirmed what Derryth had already surmised. "Fiona has offered to journey with you. She wants to see Mairi and Kat, and she'll help with the bairn when I join you."

"The bairn!" exclaimed Fiona. "'Twill be a braw lad, I've already told ye, and I cannae wait tae meet him, after the Lord — guiding Ina's capable hands — sees him safely into this world, without me hovering about as a distraction."

(Continues…)


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jerichat 8 months ago
This is the third book in the Clan Kincaid series. There was a bit of a wait for this final book, but it was well worth it! While the book is good on it's own, it's probably best to read at least the first book (The Beast of Clan Kincaid) before you read this. The prologue in that book tells the story of the night the three brothers are made orphans, and are separated in order to try and save them from murder. The hero in this book - Cullen, or Cull as he's called - is a man with no last name, but with an abundance of honor. The heroine - Derryth - is a woman who starts out as pampered, but sees that she wants to become something more than what she is. Her growth during the book is absolutely believable.
Anonymous 4 months ago
I hesitated paying $7.99 for this book but it was worth it. I read it in one day. I couldn't put it down. SC
BookishCreation 7 months ago
I Voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Does anyone have an oxygen mask? This book left me a bit on the breathless side. Unless one of these handsome highland warriors comes out of the page to save me I might need some help here. When I read the description of this book I knew I was going to love it, but I was not expecting the story to grab me in the way that it did, talk about take my breath away. Our story starts when the hero, Cull, as a young boy on a slave ship. He is being bought by a man who wants to make him a warrior and otherwise give him his freedom, but everything has a cost. Cull isn’t exactly a cold hearted killer, so even though he values his freedom his true dreams don’t involve a sword and blood, but he will do whatever it takes to achieve his dreams even if that means becoming the best warrior Scotland has ever seen. As a man, Cull is every inch the hard kilt warrior he is famed to be. He learned long ago how to harden his heart against his duties, but when he clams Derryth as his own Warning spoiler to protect her he finds himself helpless against the feelings she ignites in him, and slowly his armor starts to crack. To see my full review please visit my blog site bookishcreation. You can find the link on my twitter @bookishcreation
Hfowler 8 months ago
Ever since book one, I have looked forward to the next book in this series.  The characters are so captivating and intense.  Cull the Nameless is such a dark and dangerous character; with his slave background, his cold demeanor, and how he responds to Derryth.  Derryth comes across as a spoiled young girl too superficial and selfish, until she is almost raped and then capture by Cull and his army who are hellbent on taking Inverhaven.  What Cull and Derryth do not realize is that he is the third and youngest lost child of the murdered Laird Kincaid and that the Wolf of Badenoch wants him to take it and kill the “imposters”, not realizing that they are in fact his brothers.  The story is engaging, intense, action-packed, passionate, poignant, and perfect.  I LOVED the “I chose you” scenes between Cull and Derryth.  I’m glad that in the end, he got his name, and a family, and a woman that loved him so much.  His ordeal, I think, was the worst of the three brothers and he definitely deserved a happily ever after.  Loved every second of the story and highly recommend the series.
Historical_Romance_Lover 8 months ago
I really enjoyed Derryth and Cull's story! Cull has no idea who he is or where he came from, so when the man known as the Wolf rescues him from a life as a slave, he pledges himself to him. Many years later, he is the man's toughest warrior and in charge of the attack on Clan Kincaid. Derryth is the sister of the Lady Kincaid and when news of an imminent attack arrives, she is send away to safety. Unfortunately, she and her traveling companions are captured by the very people who are on their way to attach their clan. They claim to be members of another clan and are put to work by Cull. Because of the way his men treated Derryth, he has taken an interest in keeping her safe. As they spend time together, they become closer and Derryth soon sees the mark on Cull that identifies him as the last remaining Kincaid brother. Will Cull stick by the side of the man that saved him from a life of slavery or will he side with the family he has never know? This was a great conclusion to this awesome series!
momof3boysj 9 months ago
Cull, a warrior for the Wolf, kidnaps Derryth and her protectors because he's not sure which clan they are from. To keep her safe, he sent her to his tent and acts as her protector. Cull has the mark of a slave or so he thinks, he's a man without a past. Derryth plots an escape and fails. As she agrees to abide by Cull until he's able to set her free, sparks fly between them. They fall in love, but he cannot make her fully his without permission from the Wolf, the man to whom he owes his life, but Cull is ultimately loyal to the King. When the Wolf's order to attack a clan seems suspicious, he waits for orders from the King. They do not come, and Cull is forced to make a hard choice. Derryth is fooled by a missive and finds herself kidnapped again, and this time she has no protection. Cull will do anything to save her, and in doing so, he learns of his past and the truth of his marking. Derryth and Cull will have to find trust and forgiveness to forge forward in love, but will it be in time? **received an ARC from netgalley**
Anonymous 9 months ago
Absolutely devoured this incredible book. Great plot, wonderful characters, and just the right amount of sexy. Loved the conclusion to this fabulous series.
candy-b 9 months ago
Derryth has been sent to Falranrock, the home of the MacClaren's. It was to keep her safe. The Laird was afraid the Wolf was around and after the last time he was around Kincaid's, he killed the parents and youngest brother. A lot of Kincaid deaths can be put squarely on Buchan's shoulders. Lady Kincaid was eight months pregnant and could not travel. Cull the nameless, had been a slave at ten years old. But he was rescued by Buchan. He took him to a training castle so he could be taught how to fight. He became very proficient with a sword and was feared. I loved this story, the support they gave to each other and the important task to find the truth. The characters are great and mesh well together. The tale gets complicated with the slashing, murder, fear, and danger. I so loved this book and I am going to look into getting her other ones. She writes well, keeps it interesting for the reader. So much is going on but she seems to be able to keep it straight for you. I received this ARC from the author and voluntarily reviewed it.
stanhope3234 9 months ago
4.5* A slave boy with no memory, now a man with no name, Cull “The Nameless” and head of The Kings Guard. On a mission that will give him things he’s longed for most, a castle and lands but most of all a name. Derryth MacClaren sister of Laird Kincaid’s wife, feels shame and uselessness for being sent home from the Kincaid castle on threat of a possible attack. Attached on the way by that threat, Derryth is saved by Cull and held captive. Traveling as peasants Cull has no idea who Derryth and group truly are. This is the third book in the series but read as a stand-alone Book. I did not feel I missed anything from not reading the first two books. Cull is a strong and honorable man doing what he feels right by the King. When Derryth comes into his life he feels things he’s never felt and finds someone who gives him a new purpose. Derryth is stronger and fiercer then she believes. She sees past Cull’s purpose to the man himself and a love that both are willing to lay their lives on the line for. A touching romance with nail biting suspense and a heartbreaking past.
carvanz 9 months ago
I love a story set in medieval times so I was especially excited to read this one. It starts out pretty fast with Darreyth having to flee into the night with the threat of danger looming over her sister’s home. Unfortunately, she is sent directly into the path of the very army that they were trying to protect her from. Cull rescues her from a horrible fate at the hand of paid mercenaries and thinks she is nothing but a child, covered in mud. I love when the hero doesn’t recognize the heroine for who or what she is so I settled in to enjoy it. Once Cull lays eyes on the grown woman Darreyth, he’s a goner though he continually reminds himself to get it under control. It doesn’t work. He falls hard and fast, as does she. And that is where I felt a bit disconnected to the story. They are falling and yet they’ve barely spoken. There is internal monologue showing strong feelings but nothing to support those feelings. I did try to push it aside but I couldn’t help that I didn’t feel real chemistry between these two. And I like an insta-love story but, in my opinion, it just didn’t work with this one. However, I did like the intrigue that is the focal point of the story. I was curious how this couple would find their HEA since Cull was pretty much assigned to kill Darreyth’s family. There was a bit of a twist that, while it didn’t completely surprise me, was a very nice touch. This is a fast paced read with some nice secondary characters. The villains were within reason of the era while the other characters help to lead the story where it needed to go. There were still some loose ends that didn’t get tied up and I’m not sure if they will be dealt with in future books. The steam was pretty intense and the humor low. The angst was medium first due to the heroine being a “prisoner” as well as her secret and then due to the battle between good and bad. Overall, this was a nice read and I would certainly try another book by this author. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book provided by NetGalley and St. Martin's Press. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
georgia1 9 months ago
A wonderful story that pulls together all the magic of a historical romance. A lost brother who does not remember who he is and has been living another life. A sweet heroine who figures out his identity and only wants to help him. Secrets, betrayal, deep emotions and truths that have been hidden that come to the surface. Yes, perfect!! Derryth MacClaren is sent away from Inverhaven of Clan Kincaid, where she has been living with her sister, to seek safety in case the castle is attacked. Traveling disguised she and her companions are captuered by the enemy they were trying to avoid. Cull the Nameless, a member of the King's guard saves her from being abused by his men. He had been raised without remembering who he was since a young age. Taken in by Buchan, known as the Hawk, he has been raised as a warrior and part of the enemy of Clan Kincaid. Lori Dykes
KindleLady 9 months ago
This was my first book by this Author, and I would definitely read her work again. The chemistry between the main characters is good, they are both likeable and the storyline interesting. I felt the end dragged a little, but overall it was an enjoyable read. I was given an ARC by NetGalley for my honest opinion.
DebDiem 9 months ago
Wow! The Warrior of Clan Kincaid by Lily Blackwood is a phenomenal historical romance. Cull was bought from a slavers ship and became a warrior for the King 's Guard. Derryth was kidnapped by Cull's men on her way home from visiting her sister. Derryth and Cull's story is loaded with action, suspense, humor, steamy sex, drama and lots of twists and turns. This story captured me at the first page and didn't let me go until the end. I loved it. The Warrior of Clan Kincaid is book 3 of the Highland Warrior Series but can easily be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book that I received from NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
FromTheSouth 9 months ago
Book 3 of this series is a perfect fit, my fellow Scottish romance book loving friends. Though each book is a stand-alone, I highly recommend you read them in order to get the full history/backdrop of the underlying clan connected theme. Cull, the hero, came across at first as a take charge, nothing stands in his way, war heart hardened hero, who could not allow himself the luxury of caring about pretty much anything or anyone. Well, except for serving his King and country, and a man by the name of Wolf. He felt he owed that well-known and feared laird special allegiance as he has been his mentor/father-like figure since Cull was a young lad rescued out of unimaginable circumstances. Derryth, a suspected but unconfirmed enemy of Cull’s, knew the legend and nefarious deeds of Wolf all too well. Just hearing him mentioned filled her with fear for her family. She finds herself directly in the path of Cull’s current main mission. Used to a pampered, easy life, this gal has to dig deep and find her backbone in order to survive and help protect those she loves. Despite being a sweet, beautiful, damsel in distress, she’s got resolve, folks. She eventually breaks down Cull’s walls and becomes his undoing, but in a verra good way. Despite coming to her rescue, it was difficult to witness Cull speaking to/treating Derryth so harshly in the beginning. She takes it on the chin though, and he soon softens towards her. There are some unexpected twist and turns and a couple of predictable ones, as well. Overall, I definitely stayed engaged and enjoyed seeing this warrior hero get back the life he unknowingly had stripped away from him and find true love in the process. Title: The Warrior of Clan Kincaid, Series: Highland Warrior (Book 3), Author: Lily Blackwood, Pages: 320, stand-alone but part of a series, good guy/war heart hardened hero, heroine is kidnapped, some violence, attempted rape scene, enemies to lovers, no cheating, no love triangle, virgin heroine, eventually very steamy scenes, cameos of previous characters. Book 1 - The Beast of Clan Kincaid, (Niall & Elspeth), 5/31/16, Pages: 318 Book 2 - The Rebel of Clan Kincaid (Magnus & Tara), 12/6/16, Pages: 320 Book 3 - The Warrior of Clan Kincaid (Cull & Derryth), 7/31/18, Pages: 320 (I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I was not given any payment or compensation for this review, nor is there any affiliation or relationship between this reviewer and the author/publisher/NetGalley.)
CathyGeha 9 months ago
The Warrior of Clan Kincaid by Lily Blackwood Highland Warrior #3 A family destroyed Three sons separated for years A trilogy of stories Strength, endurance & perseverance Retribution & Vengeance HEA for all three sons Finally we find out what happened to the youngest Kincaid brother. Cullen Braewick ended up sold into slavery when most of his family was butchered. Years later he was purchased by Buchan – The Wolf – to be trained as a warrior. Little does he know that Buchan’s agenda is one of revenge, murder and mayhem that will hurt Cull if he follows orders explicitly. Into Cull’s hands falls Derryth MacClaren. She is saved by him from a “fate worse than death” and thus begins their sparring, getting to know one another and eventual HEA. With kidnapping, misdirection, murder and more this is an action-packed story of wrong doing eventually righted and family once again together. I would like to know more about the brothers and their families further down the road but have a feeling that this may be the last book in the series…maybe? Did I enjoy the book? Yes Did I like Cull & Derryth? Yes Would I read other books by this author? Yes Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the ARC – This is my honest review. 4 Stars
nelriv 9 months ago
Rcvd an ARC at no cost to author...(netgalley) I am so disappointed! Buuuuuuut not in the book I am disappointed with myself, why you may ask because this is the third in this series and let me tell you it was good, so of course now I have 2 more books to read. We have Cull a loving warrior, a man who has lost his memory and does not really know who he, as he take care of Derryth he falls in love and when he finds out who he is, he is conflicted will he choose love or his family? Then we have Derryth who was sent away to protect her and ends up being kidnapped and Cull the least likely person for her to fall in love happens to be just that when she discovers something on him telling her who it is... I wont tell you more but you will not have time to get bored this will keep you on your toes. Enjoy!
astroyic 9 months ago
I Am So In Love With This Book! So undeniably, unequivocally, irrevocably in love with this book. It was fantastic! From the first chapter I felt myself beginning to fall. Everything about this storyline and the characters captivated me. It’s filled with all the heat and humor, I crave, and all the heartwarming, heartbreaking emotion that I can’t get enough of. 
Derryth and Cull are delicious together. Their personalities, their conversations, their chemistry…..my my my! I was a goner, charmed beyond words, hooked. This was a one sitting read for me, so engaging in so many ways. I think I was born in the wrong century, because I want my own Cull. Lol. 
This is so well written. Lily Blackwood sure knows how to capture and secure the heart of her readers. She is an excellent writer. This is the first time I have read one of her books, and I am so glad that I found her. This had all the things I live for in Romance Stories. I can’t recommend this enough. There aren’t enough stars for this one!
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
MGBookReader 9 months ago
In a word: satisfying The Warrior of Clan Kincaid is the final book in the Kincaid Brothers Trilogy, and it was a very satisfying and fitting finale. I would consider the first book in this trilogy to be one of my favorite historical romances in recent years; this one comes pretty close to matching it, in my opinion. In this concluding installment, the focus is on Sir Cull the Nameless. Cull's earliest memories are of being a slave aboard a ship where he suffers many abuses and witnesses the worst of mankind; he wears what he believes to be a slaver's mark under his arm as a constant reminder of his lowest of statuses. At around age 13, his life changes for the better when he is bought by the Earl of Buchan (known as "The Wolf") who claims to want to free him to fight for the Scottish King. From that point forward, Cull lives only to train as the fiercest warrior and earns a position with the elite King's Guard. He has been recruited by The Wolf to lead the siege on a castle that is occupied by "imposters"... the castle held by Niall Kincaid, the first born son of the Kincaid whose land was stolen by neighboring clan lairds and who executed his father and mother. It was believed at the time that the three Kincaid sons were also slain; however, it is revealed in the first book of this series that they were taken by various trusted clansmen to secure their safety; in the process, they were lost to one another. While the first 2 sons have been reunited, the third and youngest of the trio (Cullen) is thought to have perished. The Wolf insists that all three boys were murdered, and that the ones claiming to be Kincaids are imposters who have deceived the crown and must be usurped from their positions. What The Wolf does not know, however, is that each of the true sons of the Kincaid bear a mark that proves them to be the true heirs. Derryth is the younger sister of Niall Kincaid's beloved wife Elspeth. She has lived with her sister and brother-in-law, but Niall has determined it is best for her to be sent to out of harm's way to her stepmother's home as they anticipate a siege and further treachery to occur. Derryth is loathe to leave as she adores her sister's family, but she reluctantly agrees. Not long after they embark on the journey (using the less traveled routes and disguised as peasants), they are surrounded by militia who attack their meager caravan. As Derryth flees the nefarious intentions of the men who have her pinned down, Cull comes to her rescue and saves her from certain ruin. When he catches Derryth, she is covered in mud from head to toe, dressed in peasant wear, and stinks to high heaven; thus, Cull believes her to be a nuisance child. But once the filth is removed from her person, Cull realizes she is a stunning woman. Both captive and captor do their utmost to deny their attraction and growing feelings for one another as they are "enemies." What I liked: --- Cull was always honorable and forthright regardless of the corruption that surrounded him; he was a perfect hero in that sense --- Derryth was very likeable as a leading lady; she was just feisty enough to be believable, and her struggle with remaining true to her family while falling in love with the man she believes to be her enemy was well developed by the author --- The plot was exciting and fast-moving --- Oh the steamy goodness -- never graphic, but always very passionate with a physical and emotional connection between the main characters that is felt by
EileenAW 9 months ago
I found The Warrior of Clan Kincaid by Lily Blackwood, book three of her Highland Warrior series, to be an amazing and moving story. We have Cull the Nameless who had no memory of his family or past before his time as a slave on a sailing ship. Once removed from slavery, he was trained to be a warrior and fight on behalf of the Scottish king. Derryth MacClaren was sent away from her castle home to avoid capture by a vicious nobleman who vowed revenge against the Clan Kincaid. But a surprise attack has her captured and she ends up under the protection of Cull. His gentle words and touch seduces her and allows her to feel safe among the enemy. Derryth notices a tattoo on Cull’s arm that was not from his slave days but that proves him to be the legendary, long-believed dead son of the murdered Laird of Kincaid. Before she can inform Cull of this fact she is kidnapped and held hostage by the Wolf’s jealous son. Will Cull be able to find and save Derryth? Will he learn the truth of who he really is and once he knows how will he deal with the Wolf and his lies? How much is he willing to sacrifice to keep Derryth safe and along his side? Ms. Blackwood wrote a wonderful and emotional story that is not to be missed. She drew me into the lives of her characters, making me forget the world around me. I kept hoping the Cull would be able to save Derryth despite the obstacles and jealousies they encountered along the way, so they could find their happy ever after. I struggled putting this book down, turning page after page, not letting go until I turned the last page. I highly recommend this book to other readers. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book on the behalf of the publisher through Netgalley.
def618 9 months ago
At last, we discover what happened to the third Kincaid brother who disappeared as a child while his family’s castle was attacked, and their parents killed. It was worth the wait! Derryth MacClaren has been visiting her sister, Elspeth, and her husband Niall Braewick, Laird Kincaid at their castle. Woken in the night, dressed as a serf and told she was being sent home she fears for her pregnant sister and understands they may face a siege from Niall’s enemy Alexander Stewart, Earl of Buchan. She heads home with her brother-in-law’s men as her escort. They are caught by Buchan’s men and held as Cull the Nameless, one of the leaders, decides who they are. He plans to have them work for now and takes Derryth to his tent. She will also work, and he will try to keep her safe. Cull is loyal to Buchan because he rescued him some years ago from a Venetian ship where he was a slave. He was then trained to be a soldier and eventually named a King’s Guard. He doesn’t understand the hatred for the Kincaids but follows the orders he was given. Eventually, he learns more of his history. I won’t ruin the rest of this wonderful, complex story. I highly recommend this book.
gigiluvsbooks2 9 months ago
LOVE TAKES NO PRISONERS Derryth MacClaren is on the run. Traveling under heavy guard, she has been sent from her castle home to avoid capture by the vicious nobleman known as the Wolf, who has vowed revenge against the Clan Kincaid, and any who support them. When a surprise attack leaves her vulnerable, Derryth ends up in the hands of an enemy warrior who claims her, with the Wolf’s blessing, as his prize. But her captor’s gentle words and touch seduce her heart—and body—completely...and when she discovers the tattoo on his arm that proves him to be the legendary, long-believed dead son of the murdered Laird of Kincaid, Derryth knows she must find a way to alter his fate—and her own. Cull has no memory of his family or past—all he knows is the life of a warrior, trained to fight on behalf of the Scottish king. If he can help the king’s law officer of the North, the Wolf of Badenoch, defeat a rebellious faction of Highlanders, Cull will be met with untold riches beyond possessing beautiful, innocent Derryth. But now that she has informed him of who he really is—Cullen Braewick, the youngest son of the slain laird—he is torn. If Cull exacts revenge against the Wolf, who executed his father, he stands to lose the precious lass who he has come to love. What is he willing to sacrifice for Derryth to keep her safe...and in his arms? Review: I can say this was my first book by this Author, but it will not be the last. In this story Cullen, who has had a lonely life finds the one who will make him whole and give him the family he always wanted. I really liked the story, it was exciting, heart-felt and fun to read. I thought the Author did a good job of writing an interesting story, that was action packed. I liked that Cullen has no clue about his past but is working towards a goal to make himself happy. Derryth originally comes off as spoiled, but she is totally not and becomes so strong and spunky when she is captured. I loved Cull and Derryth together the connection they have and the spark are great. Being on separate sides of the conflict made me root for them even more. The ending was very satisfying and made a nice full circle for Cull. A very entertaining read. 4Stars *I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book provided by the publisher.*
Anonymous 9 months ago
Derryth MacLaren, a Laird’s daughter who has been living with her half sister and sister’s brother, a Laird himself is being escorted stealthily in the guise of a peasant back to the MacLaren stronghold for safety after the King’s men has been sighted fearing yet another invasion from the cruel King’s son “the Wolf”. Within hours of their journey however, men from the very army they are escaping ambushes them and in the melee, Derryth is almost raped and saved in the nick of time by the army’s commander. Coated in dirt from the ordeal, Cull doesn’t realize that the urchin he rescues is a lovely young woman until later when he forcibly has her bathe (Derryth knows the value of her odoriferous disguise). Even before then, he makes it clear to all that she is under his protection. Cull has no memory of his family, “saved”/purchased by The Wolf from a slaver ship as a boy & then trained as a fighter, Cull is a formidable warrior and commander but best of all, honourable, fair and compassionate. His discipline is deeply ingrained but he finds himself not being able to fight his attraction to Derryth (and yes, that was hopefully romantic!). I have to admit to liking hostage stories! Derryth and Cull are a wonderful couple. This was amazingly well written and the connection and romance between Derryth and Cull absolutely riveting. I loved the way the author managed their hostage/captor, enemies to lovers relationship. Fantastic story and fantastic writing. I could not put the book down once I started. This is a new author to me, after reading this book, I’m definitely checking out her backlist & looking out for her future books. Highly recommended.
PegGlover 9 months ago
Cull The Nameless was a fierce warrior and an honorable man, he was also a slave. Although Cull was a King’s guard and Knighted, he never forgot where he came from, and who the man was, who freed him from a slave ship. But this man was not kind, not even a little, nor did he buy Cull out of the goodness of his heart. No, this sinister trickster, known as the Wolf, had devised a plan, so evil that he could pass for the devil himself. Cull The Nameless didn’t think anyone could love him, until he met Derryth MacClaren. She loved him even though he had no treasure or surname. Cull’s greatest desire was to have a family, a name, and a piece of land, that he could call his own. So when the Wolf, dangled Cull’s greatest passions before him, Cull was more than tempted. But, the plan Wolf wanted him to carry out, would destroy his relationship with Derryth, and everyone whom she loved. How could he do that? This book kept my interest from the very first page. It’s a captivating, romantic, historical fiction tale, well-written and engrossing. If you enjoy adult romance, historical fiction and fabulous writing you’ll love this book. Thank you, St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.
Noire 9 months ago
I received an ARC of this book to read from a NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. The Warrior Of Clan Kincaid is the final book in Lily Blackwood’s Kincaid Brothers trilogy. It could be read as a stand-alone but I would recommend reading the other two books first. Niall Kincaid heard that an evil nobleman named the Wolf is planning to attack his castle and so sends his sister-in-law Derryth MacClaren off to safety with trusted warriors, unfortunately they are almost immediately captured by the enemy. Cull the Nameless who has been charged with leading the siege against the Kincaids can’t help but be fascinated by the beautiful peasant girl his men have captured. Kept as a prisoner Derryth fears for her family and dares not reveal who she really is. Lies and betrayal will make the path to HEA very difficult for these two. An exciting story that will keep you at the edge of your seat. Very steamy. Publishing Date July 31, 2018. #NetGalley #TheWarriorOfClanKincaid
book_junkee 9 months ago
I really liked the idea of a secret identity playing out in the Highlands, so I was pretty eager to read this one. Derryth and Cull are very bland. They seem to be good people who want the best for others, but everything I learned about them could fit in a thimble. There were no deep revelations of feelings towards each other. It read like they fell into lust because there was nothing else to do. Plot wise, it was dull. I expected battles and sword fights and maybe an axe and there was nothing. The build up is non-existent and the ending was fairly lackluster. Overall, it was a quick read and did have an intriguing premise. Sadly, the execution wasn’t for me. **Huge thanks to St. Martin’s Press for providing the arc free of charge**