Spell of the Highlander (Highlander, #7)
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Spell of the Highlander (Highlander #7)

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It's taken him eleven centuries to find the right woman. He's not about to lose her now.

Jessi St. James has GOT to get a life. Too many hours studying ancient artifacts has given the archaeology student a bad case of sex on the brain. So she figures she must be dreaming when she spies a gorgeous half-naked man staring out at her from inside the glass of an ancient mirror....more
Paperback, 394 pages
Published August 28th 2007 by Dell (first published January 1st 2005)
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Dina
I love KMM's Highlander series - I haven't read the 1st 2 books yet but the other ones were all 5-star reads to me - so I was really anxious to see if this latest installment would live up to my high expectations. Well, I'm glad to say it was another winner. :)

On a Friday night, close to midnight, Jessica St. James, an overworked and exhausted Archeology graduate student at the University of Chicago, is asked by her advisor, who's just suffered a car accident, to go to his office and receive a p...more
Theresa
8/21: I'm halfway through the book and my patience is thinning. My problems with the book so far (w/o spoilers):

1) I understand Cian, the hero, is Scottish, but after 1,133 years in a mirror, wouldn't he have dropped the Scottish highlands way of saying things for more modern speech? For instance, would he still be saying "doona ken" instead of "do not know" after watching TV and reading books from his mirror for so many years?

2) Cian has so many superpowers that it is hard to keep track of the...more
Laura the Highland Hussy
Updated review:

A couple years ago, I discovered a fabulous author(Monica McCarty). When I finished with her books, I asked her who her "go-to" authors were. Monica's answer? Karen Marie Moning. Since my library only had this book by her, this is what I read. Wow, Cian is one hunky medieval male. I immediately returned this book and bought the whole series.

This book focuses on Cian MacKeltar, a 9th century druid who is trapped in a mirror..a mirror that is an Unseelie Hallow (a fae created relic...more
Blacky *Romance Addict*
These books just keep getting better and better! I simply ADORED "Spell of the Highlander" Photobucket

For me, the most important thing while reading a book is to connect with the characters. You can add a storyline, a million storylines that will take your breath away, but if the characters are sh*t (pardon my expression) all the imagination in the world won't do for me. Well, as you'll figure it out, the characters in here were far from sh*t XD

In this novel, the story was in second place. It's about Cia...more
AH
There’s something to be said about a book that takes you off to faraway lands, lands where the men are breathtakingly beautiful and oh, so sexy. Spell of the Highlander is one such book. As I was reading, I felt myself getting lost in this world.

Cian has been imprisoned for 1,133 years in the Dark Mirror. The mirror is delivered to Chicago where Jessica St-James, an archaeology student accepts the delivery on behalf of her professor. From that point on, Jessica and Cian were hunted by Lucan Tre...more
Wendy
3.5 stars

To be truthful, I found the storyline to be on the same lines as the previous books. You know a heroine, that needs to get her "cherry picked", a hero that takes her back to Scotland to get away from the bad guys.

It did pick up for me halfway through the book, with Drustan and Dageus making their entrance in the story, which felt complete and far more entertaining!
Felicia
Ugh, I like this author's DarkFever books, but oooooo this kilted thing has GOT to stop! When do men EVER say "MINE" when having sex?!?! No man I would be involved in, that's fo' sho!
♥  Sam ♥ ~S2~Im made of awesomness
Apr 23, 2011 ♥ Sam ♥ ~S2~Im made of awesomness rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone who loves a well hung highlander!
Recommended to ♥ Sam ♥ ~S2~Im made of awesomness by: Laura the Highland Hussy
Delicious, just delicious. I keep reading this series and each time I finish one I say that same thing – ‘OMG, this was sooo my favourite’ – and yep, you guessed it, I’m saying it again!

Because this book has been reviewed by many before me I won’t go into synopsis to deeply. But Ms Moning has created the epitome of dark, broody alpha Highlander who is tragically tormented by his stone prison in which he is entrapped to look out unto the real world through a looking glass. Our Master of Sorcery,...more
Zeek
Although I know many love the entirety of Moning's Highlander series, I found them to be hit or miss. A frequent reread for me, Spell of the Highlander, the final in the series before the author took the series in a whole other direction, definitely falls in the "hit" category.

The story essentially begins when our heroine accepts a delivery for an unusual artifact while at work. Assisting a professor while working toward her PhD, Jessi St. James's curiosity gets the best of her- especially after...more
Jamie *Gypsy Smut-a-teer*
"Excepting with you, Jessica. You, lass, are the exception to everything. I'm not just stuck with you. You fit me here, woman." He thumped his chest with his fist

Oh these sexy alpha Highlanders. They can be such arrogant arses when you first meet them but once they decide who their woman is then they turn into big huge possessive, sexy, sweet talking Neanderthals. Oh my gosh and since they are all from the past and have one way or another made it to our century can be quiet hilarious over the...more
BJ Rose
I just had to give this a 5* because Drustan & Daegus & their wives played such big roles in this story. And I really liked the tale that slowly unfolds as to the how and why of Cian getting bespelled into the mirror. I also liked that Cian remained basically moral even after he'd done some dabbling in the Black Arts, AND after being held prisoner for 1,133 years. For some reason, I focused on how that number kept getting repeated at odd times in the story, almost like that would become...more
Ilse Snell
I have to admit, before starting this book, I was what is officially known as a “highlander virgin”. My days I spent watching the TV show, Highlander (aptly put, don’t you think?) doesn’t come close to this!! This book had me humming and then full on singing the song to the highlander series. “I am immortal! I have inside me blood of Kings *aaahhhh* I have no rivals…. La la la la la…send me to the future of the world!!” I had dreams of William Wallace aka Brave Heart, riding into his village on...more
Kaleigha
After finishing The Immortal Highlander at midnight, I thought I would just read the back synopsis of the next in the series, Spell of the Highlander. Sure. Well, did that, and then thought I would just read the first chapter. No problem. Right. Seven hours later, and I was finishing up another great book from Karen Marie Moning.

Cian MacKeltar is a ninth century Druid Highlander with unparalleled powers. In his arrogance and quest for more and more knowledge, Cian falls into a trap set by his su...more
Sultan * Baby Mama Smut-a-teer*
Cain, Cain, Cain ... You sexy, arrogant, an rippling muscles of a man, nay of a highlander. Oooo what a sexy man to boot! KMM, I bow to you. You write some of the most deliciously amazing men and love stories, I have had the pleasure of reading and discovering. I wish they made men like this still. I could relate to Jessica in sooo many levels. For one I know the woes of having a rather large ...rack if you will. I, know how hard it is to find a good man and when you find said good man, you wrap...more
Kellie G.
Whew, another fantastic book in this series!! This one was funny, sexy and made me cry! Cian & Jessica were great characters and it was great seeing the others from the previous books.
Cheryl
What an amazing book!!! I just can't get enough of this series! Cian MacKeltar is exactly how I like my Highlander men: big, strong, drop-dead gorgeous and totally Alpha! This man was to-die-for and funny to boot! I couldn't get enough of him and this world that Karen Marie Moning has created and I actually finished devoured this book in a little over 24 hrs!

I've only read books #4-7 in this series, and I'm not ready to leave these hunky Highlanders, so I'm going back to grab the ones I've not h...more
Rebecca (everyday reader)
Cian and Jessica's story is an epic one. Murder, mayhem, black magyck, passion, and Scotland all wrapped up in one great story. Cian is trapped in a dark mirror and hes been for over 1100 years, and Jessi falls in love with him anyway. We get to see Dageus and Drustan again . I love the MacKelters'. Cian gives up his long time vengence to save his mate/wife, very romantic. Great read and great series!!
Lauren
Spell of the Highlander
4 Stars

Repeats familiar tropes from the previous installments, i.e., a hunky highlander suffering under some sort of curse and a virgin heroine who just happens to be his one true love. Nevertheless, the basic premise is quite entertaining as long as you don't take it too seriously, and the references to the Unseelie Hallows and hints at events to come in the Fever series are enjoyable.

Cian is an enigmatic amalgamation of opposites. On the one hand, he is primitive and bar...more
Beth F.
Since I’d already broken the rules and started with book six I decided to continue on my merry-way with book seven in Karen Marie Moning’s Highlander Series. Plus, I’d been reading both this book and The Immortal Highlander as e-books and they didn’t have some of the earlier books in the series available to download.

As in the first book I’d read by this author, the humor appealed the most to me. The heroine is a sexually frustrated virgin who is living in Chicago and going to school for her PhD...more
Vika aka ♔ of GIF & Grumpy Smut-ateer *P/T Freebie Fairy
Cian MacKeltar came into the world, at ten pounds three ounces


OMG!!! HIS POOR MOTHER LOL... but honestly this is officially my favorite book of the series and Cian is my favorite highlander!

More raw, more manly, more bad-ass, more powerful, and ooh god more erotic. No wonder the Keltar twins are so awesome they got great genes from him basically. The way KMM describes just oozes all those adjectives

Powerfully built, with wide shoulders and rippling muscles, he wore a fabric of crimson an
...more
AnnaLund
I have decided that this is the ultimate story in the Highlander series (and I am not going to talk about that excuse of a book Into the Dreaming that came after this one—it'll be like it never existed...) and Cian MacKeltar is truly the dark ancestor of all the boys. But he is also funny, full of quirks and giggles and humor and love. AND, while having the long, silky hair that all the Highlanders seem to be sporting (yum!), his hair is a dark auburn, and not black. His whole coloring spells Au...more
Erica Ravenclaw
3.5

So I read the first of the Highlander Series and was disappointed but entertained. I got a tip from a friend to skip to #4 and read in sequential order after that, since I purchased the entire series in a pack I was ready to go. Turns out... I was NOT reading #4 I was reading #7...awesome. There was of course things I didn't understand about the twins but I knew I skipped two books so I chocked that up to that and kept on reading. With that said, here is my review.

For knowing nothing about t...more
Paige
I really enjoy this series.

***Small Details***

I really liked Jessi St. James and Cian MacKeltar quest together. Like the others, Cian is against the clock to save himself from the evil he delved into much like Dageus.

Jessi was a very strong character. She gave Cian a run for his money and made him work before he could have her.

Their situation was heartbreaking as their days dwindled down and all hope is thought to be lost. Cian had accepted and lived for the day he could have his revenge, unti...more
~J~ Riverina Romantics
3.5 Stars

I couldn't really get into this one as much as they previous Karen Marie Moning - Highlander novels.

They are always a great read, but I felt that too much time was spent on Jessi's thoughts and not enough action.

I am hoping to be proved wrong here - but does everyone of the Highlander series involve their first sexual experience being interupted for whatever reason - and they near the end the Highlander is taken away momentarily before someone saves the day???

They all seem really simila...more
Trader (RedHotBlueReads)
Just when I thought Karen Marie Moning couldn't possibly come up with another sexy Highlander and his smart, likeable mate, she does it again with Spell of the Highlander. I've been eager to read Cian's story every since Mac had something to say about him in Shadowfever (since I read the Fever series first) and his story did not disappoint, and the inclusion of Dageus in his story was just icing on the cake. The last four books of this Highlander series are a must read for any Fever fan, especia...more
Kristen (Peddler of Smut)
Good book but didn't like it near as much as Kiss of the Highlander, The Dark Highlander, or The Immortal Highlander (which is my favorite). I know many readers of this series loved the relationship between the H/h and felt it the most romantic of the series. Personally, I had a hard time feeling the connection between the H/h in this book, and the plot and characters felt a little bland. That being said, Spell of the Highlander is a good book and worth the read.
Alisa (The Reading Obsession)
I can't believe how much I didn't notice the later books in this series-particularly this one- set up for her Fever series! Sometimes I wonder about myself...
Mariya
I swear every single one of these highlanders are too hot for the pages. It should be illegal to be THAT hot! I think I will never get enough.

I adore the Mackealtars. I mean, OMFG! I need to go to Scotland and hear their accent for real. I mean in person it could sound 1000 times hotter, yes? Where I adored Drustan and Daegus' book I did not enjoy Cian as much. And I am thinking that this maybe just from the plot of the story.

Cian Mackeltar, reminds me a bit of Daegus(Dark Highlander) and Barron...more
Maria
Dec 21, 2012 Maria rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: fae, magic
Another amazing book in this great series! Karen Marie Moning’s books are always good to read and this book is no exception. Darker and with more details about the world-building, this story is very well-written and captivates the reader from the beginning until the end.

Cian is a Highlander from the past and a powerful Druid. Many centuries ago he was betrayed by a man he thought as a friend. Now, after hundreds of years, he found his savior in the face of a young and beautiful woman. Jessie is...more
Erin
The Spell of the Highlander was great. The dialogue was hilarious, my attention was kept and I really didn't know what was going to happen next, and I liked Jessi and Cian. Although, really, what's not to love about a 9th century Highland Druid? Cian's manliness and gentleness were very appealing, and I would love to spend more time with him. I really do miss him. Jessi and her graduate student life was certainly something I could relate too, and I found her and Cian to be funny characters. Over...more
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“The entire time I'm burning in Hell, I'll regret each tear I made you weep. But if Hell were the price for twenty days with you, I'd condemn myself again and again.

- Cian MacKeltar ”
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“If she could have anything in the world, he'd asked her, what would it be?

She'd answered that one without hesitation: a best friend. She hastily added, a truly, seriously best friend; one that I couldn't wait to talk to first thing in the morning as soon as I woke up, and one that I still wanted to be talking to, right up to the last minute before I went to sleep.

He'd smiled faintly. You mean a soul mate, he'd thought but not said.”
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