Review: The Highlander's Sword by Amanda Forester

Wednesday, March 10

Title:  The Highlander's Sword*

Author:  Amanda Forester
Series: N/A
Genre:  Historical Romance (Medieval Highlands)
Publisher: Casablanca Sourcebooks
Format:  mass market paperback
Date/Year:  March 2010

*This book was provided to me by the publisher for review

Summary from the publisher:

A quiet, flame-haired beauty with secrets of her own…
Lady Aila Graham is destined for the convent, until her brother’s death leaves her an heiress. Soon she is caught between hastily arranged marriage with a Highland warrior, the Abbot’s insistence that she take her vows, the Scottish Laird who kidnaps her, and the traitor from within who betrays them all.

She’s nothing he expected and everything he really needs…
Padyn MacLaren, a battled-hardened knight, returns home to the Highlands after years of fighting the English in France. MacLaren bears the physical scars of battle, but it is the deeper wounds of betrayal that have rocked his faith. Arriving with only a band of war-weary knights, MacLaren finds his land pillaged and his clan scattered. Determined to restore his clan, he sees Aila’s fortune as the answer to his problems…but maybe it’s the woman herself.
My Musings:

Amanda Forester’s debut novel The Highlander’s Sword grabbed my attention from the very beginning.  It is a fast paced page turner with lots of villains and obstacles to overcome before the hero and heroine find their happily ever after.  Their love story is embroiled in outside forces and circumstances beyond their control as well as a multitude of misunderstandings.

Overall I enjoyed this book, but there are a few things that I wish would have been different.  I felt that Aila and Padyn were so at odds with each other at the beginning of the story, and unfortunately I never really got the feeling of what made them “fall in love” with each other.  In Aila’s case it started when she was a young girl as “hero worship”, but for Padyn I never understood why he was “in love” with the woman that he took for a wife…that she was always more a means to an end.  I contribute this to the fast paced and conflict driven plot.

I thought that there were too many villains in this story, and while it made the book more exciting, it left little room for the small moments between the hero and the heroine to seem to fall in love with each other.  In fact I felt that the secondary story between two lesser characters was more convincing in just two or three scenes, than the hero and heroine's love story throughout the entire book.  I counted at least five different traitors/antagonists/villains, and I felt that that was just too many.  While the author did an excellent job of weaving them all together in the story, I felt that there was more of a focus on the conflicts, which sacrificed time that could have been for the Aila and Padyn to interact with each other.  They were separated by circumstances more than they were together, which makes it difficult to understand how or why they fell in love.  Overcoming the many adversaries and dangers can form a bond, but not necessarily a lasting love…at least in my opinion.

For readers who like “light” romances that are on the sweeter rather than the steamier side, or who are not particularly a fan of romance novels, but like historical fiction then I would recommend The Highlander’s Sword.  I would still recommend this book to fans of romance novels especially those who like them set in the Scottish highlands; just know that the romance aspect seems secondary to the conflict and action in this story.

Ratings: 3.50 stars

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ann alba March 11, 2010 at 4:04 PM  

Thanks for the review. It sounds Like a great Story one I would love to read.
Who cant love the name MacLaren Good Family name...

librarypat,  March 12, 2010 at 1:29 AM  

I note your comments and will be looking for this book. A little more action and a little less sex isn't a bad thing.

Booklover1335 March 12, 2010 at 8:45 AM  

You're right librarypat. Less sex isn't a bad thing. I just wish the hero and heroine had more revealing intimate moments, not necessarily sexual encounters, but moments where we could learn why they learned to love each other.

I hope you enjoy it!

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