Now for my part…
I read this book (as an ebook) a year or so ago. You can tell the author did plenty of research to make her story as historically accurate as possible. The Kilmartin keep, the Scottish Highlands… everything is just as you’d expect in the hills and heather, and the characters behave according to their time period. Great 🙂 but it leaves you with an odd feeling of emptiness once you’re done.
Elena’s healing abilities were not explored, and worst of all, Symon’s “devil” spells were almost completely ignored by those involved (why did no one try to figure out where they came from before Elena came along? Why weren’t they described more in depth? Why couldn’t we get Symon’s point of view on them?), save for one grand exposition moment in the beginning while he goes haywire in the stone circle. Was he a brutal animal when he was under the devil-spell? If so, it was never shown in text or subtext. Laurin Wittig is a promising writer, but not breath-taking. Yet. This is Wittig’s debut novel. There are two more:Charming the Shrew (yes, another take on the famous Shakespeare play) and Daring the Highlander, both of which sound very interesting.
Anyway. Probably the more compelling scene in this book was when she had to heal him in front of all his clan.That got my attention. It was poignant, emotional, and very well-written.
All in all, I very much enjoyed this book (gee, ya think? Seems I put it down more than I lauded it lol), and you’ll very much enjoy this unknown author. There’s talent there. I’m just a difficult reader 😉