Review: Forged in Dreams and Magick by Kat Bastion

Friday, November 15

Title: Forged in Dreams and Magick*
Author: Kat Bastion
Series: Highland Legends
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher:  self published
Format: eBook, trade paperback
Date/Year: September 22, 2013
Reviewed by: Melissa 

*This book was provided to reviewer by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Summary from the publisher:

Kat Bastion's award-winning debut in the Highland Legends Series:

Found in the arms of her second soul mate . . .

Isobel MacInnes wakes up in present-day California, lunches in medieval Scotland, and by ten days’ end, falls in love with a man and his country, only to lose them in a heart-wrenching twist of fate . . .

Forced to balance the delicate strands of time between two millennia . . .

Isobel, a rising-star archaeology student, is dropped into two ancient worlds without warning . . . or her permission. Her fiery spirit resists the dependency thrust upon her. Amid frustration at her lack of control, she helplessly falls in love. Twice.

Shocked by revelations rewriting the very foundations of history . . . of everything.

She struggles to adjust to the unimaginable demands of two leaders of men—a laird in the thirteenth-century Highlands and a Pict chieftain in a more ancient Scotland. Isobel transforms from an academic, hell-bent on obtaining archaeological recognition, to a woman striving to care for those she loves, and ultimately . . . into a fearless warrior risking everything to protect them.

My Musings:

Isobel (I love that name) finds herself tossed back one thousand years because of a unique artifact. There she finds her soul mate. She’d not the strongest heroine at first, but unfolding events (like being tossed back another thousand years where she finds yet another soul mate) teach her to be stronger.

Though there are two love interests in Forged in Dreams and Magick, it’s not a triangle or a ménage, since her men are from different times. Both were strong warrior types, and leaders who truly cared for her. I found it interesting how they all coped with the time split and liked that they didn’t all react to it the same.

Kate Bastion has a gift for description. However, certain parts of the book were a bit heavy with it and I found myself skimming. It wasn’t until the end of the book that I fully appreciated the story Bastion had to share. Based on the Epilogue, I’m guessing this is a start to a series. I would recommend this read to a time travel fan who likes to immerse themselves in the details of the past.


Overall:  3.5 – A likeable time travel read.
Sensuality level: 4
– Detailed romantic love scenes that made the room a bit warmer.

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