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Son of the Morning

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  5,383 ratings  ·  296 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Linda Howard captivates readers in the deeply romantic tale of a contemporary woman who unravels an extraordinary mystery from the past . . . by living it.

A scholar specializing in ancient manuscripts, Grace St. John never imagined that a cache of old documents she discovered was the missing link to a lost Celtic treasure. But as soon as
Mass Market Paperback, 374 pages
Published March 1st 1997 by Pocket Books (first published 1997)
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Re-read 11/7/12

A medieval Templar assigned to protect a secret treasure

A modern woman alone against a powerful sect

An ancient text ties them together before they even meet…

And then Grace came to Creag Dhu.

Read and re-read since the 90’s, for some reason, this romance novel always draws me in. Probably because it blends different sub-genres of romance so expertly- and dang, is the hero hot.

A chick book for sure, I will admit I can see it being a hard one to get into because it's so not romance n
Stacia (the 2010 club)
My non-galley reviews for this site are still on hold in protest, but here's a snippet of why this book amused me :
In the rest room next door there was a long, explosive sound of gas releasing, then a contented 'Ahhh.' Grace clapped a hand over her mouth to hold back the hysterical giggle that rose in her throat. She had to finish before he did, or he might hear her. The competition was the strangest in which she'd ever engaged.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I present you with : Fear Peeing. The next
Not even sure if it makes 3 stars.

Most of the Linda Howard books I have read have been solid 4 or 5 stars. This one did not make the grade. Found it a bit too like the Outlander books which cannot be trumped in my opinion. Same premise. Time travel, Highlands of Scotland.

I really cannot muster up much enthusiasm to write a full review.

The human heart had the capacity to love many people ...

Nov 13, 2015 Werner rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers who aren't turned off from it by this review
Recommended to Werner by: It was a Christmas gift from my wife
Note, Nov. 13, 2015: I just discovered and corrected a typo I missed earlier; where I meant to say "genre conventions," I'd written "gene conventions." Maybe those are meetings of DNA researchers.... :-) While I'm not changing my assessment, I've also edited it to tone down some language that I've decided, in retrospect, was unkind.

Time travel! A smart, strong-inside heroine who learns to kick some butt! Secrets buried in long-lost documents! Medieval knights, and a castle in the Highlands! Acti
Grace St John is archaeological scholar. Fluent in five ancient languages, married to another archaeologist and the love of her life. She never imagined that a cache of old documents would soon set her on a path of no return, one in which everything she holds dear and everything she has ever believed in will be put to the test.

I was enthralled from page one. Well, let me back up - page one of the first chapter. Someone really needs to tell Ms Howard that prologues aren't normally 13 pages long.
2.5 stars

I think I went into this with too high expectations. I was in the mood for a nice romance novel and add in the fact that I love time travel novels I was super interested. I’m also a huge fan of anything relating to the Templar’s; however, I was not expecting it to be the focal point of this novel. I wasn’t even going to try to compare it to Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander time travel novels, because that’s just setting any book up for failure as far as I’m concerned. But imagine my surprise
Son of the Morning is the one Howard’s book that has stayed with me ever since I first read it six years ago. It crosses genre lines like a suspense/mystery/highlander with time travel. Grace character makes a convincing transformation from a book smart , shy woman to a street smart heroine with sheer determination to avenge the death of her loved ones. Drawn by dreams and bonded by fate, the love story of Grace and Niall of Scotland is atypical of the standard romance out there. This nov
BJ Rose
I recently finished another reread of Son of the Morning. This is one of those books that I just have to reread every other year. I give it 5*+, and would rate it 10* if that were possible.

Grace St. John is a twentieth-century research scholar who has recently begun deciphering some 14th century documents involving the Knights Templar. Then her husband & brother are brutally murdered, and she is on the run, protecting her life and the documents that someone desperately wants. It was interest
Oct 14, 2011 Kay rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: time travel fans, sheltered girls who become badasses
3.5 stars, but rounded up to 4 for a fantastic first 2/3 of the novel.

This was supposed to be a time-travel romance. But what I actually read was completely unexpected--and so much better! Barring some awkward plot twists towards the end, this was a good read.

The description of the book above is fairly accurate. Grace, an archeologist specializing in medieval languages, stumbles upon a set of documents relating to the great treasure of the Knights of the Templar. Soon after, a mysterious organi
Jane Stewart
Wonderful. Great. Exciting. I loved the heroine Grace.

She was a living a normal happily married life working as an archaeologist. Then her husband and brother were killed and she became a fugitive fleeing from the powerful people who killed them. How she fled, what she did to get away, stay away, live under other identities and outsmart them was exciting and amazing. The author creatively transformed Grace into another type of person. Most of the story was about that and it was great. The last p
Jul 24, 2008 Celeste rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Romantic suspense
So, as I was reading this book, I couldn't decide if I loved it, or if I was annoyed with it! Now that I have finally finished it though, I'm going to have to go with loved it.

Even though it took... oh, around 250 pages for the main characters to finally meet, (I kept thinking, OK, get ON with it already! Time travel so you can meet him already! *wink*)however, the build up was interesting in itself and kept me intrigued. And when they DO finally meet, it makes up for the slow, seemingly never-
4.5 stars...

Son of the Morning caught me by surprise. I didn't expect this kind of emotional roller coaster mixed with time travel. A studious girl on the run who not only doesn't fall down in a crying heap of mush but takes the bull by the horns and survives. I was impressed. Strong female lead, hot highlander, layered mystery and non stop action = great read!
Aug 09, 2015 D.G. rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to D.G. by: Tammy
It seems to me that that Son of the Morning was Linda Howard's attempt to write a book a la Outlander: modern woman with some useful knowledge time travels and find husky Scottish warrior. Like Outlander, there's also a husband and big measure of guilt because she shouldn't feel this attraction to the Scottish hunk.

The plot of this book was all over the place, with a lot of mumbo jumbo about not understanding God, etc. This was just a device so we didn't question the nature of the treasure, did
What a surprise! Can't compare this to anything else I have ever read. It was very different but in a good way.

Previous to this, I only read one book by Linda Howard Open Season by Linda Howard and it had quite a bit of humor. There was no humor in this one - in fact, it was very suspenseful and even a bit violent (nothing too bad, though)

So there's a whole lot of stuff that goes on and I can't even give it an adequate summary. If you like time travel, large doses of crazy villains, lots of history, a super sexy Scotsm
I read this book when it was first published years ago and I remember enjoying it. I guess times have changed because this time around I was disappointed. (view spoiler)
This is one of those book that will keep you at the edge of the seat, wishing for the two leads to meet already, while hoping the author would postpone the meeting for a little while longer.
I have to admit at first I didn't particularly like it, though time-travel is one of my favorite genre, but unfortunately the actual time-travel happened in the last fifty pages or so.

The prologue was too long, then, the pacing was a tad too slow for my liking, the heroine was too wimpy for a romantic suspens
Buy the secondhand edition from my friend :).. Re-read today, and write the review in my own languange, Indonesia

Cerita tentang Time Travel, and believe or not, menurutku ini kali pertama Linda Howard nulis genre yang ada unsur paranormalnya/time travel.

Abad Pertengahan (sekitar 700an tahun lalu)

Niall of Scotland, dulunya adalah Kesatria Templar, saat Ksatria Templar banyak diburu, Niall kembali ke kastilnya di Skotlandia Dru Creagh, untuk menjaga harta kaum Kristiani yang juga telah dijaga
3.5 or maybe 4.0 stars. It's Raiders of the Lost Ark meets Da Vinci Code meets Sizzling Hot Scot. I read this book a few years ago, and recently listened on Audible, since it was on sale for $3.99. Good narration by Natalie Ross.

The first half of the book is not really a romance, it's more like a suspense-thriller, but with dream-sex. I liked the first half best. Four stars for part one, three stars for part two.

Part One: Howard did a top-notch job portraying Grace St. John's struggle to survi
So, realized I never wrote a review for this, my first foray into romance, nearly 15 years ago! And what a doozy it is. You've got your suspense, your time travel, your Highlander, your nearly star-crossed lovers beating the odds and getting their HEA after all. Some of it is truly clunky: the villain is over-the-top pervy, and he gets his in a weirdly lewd way. The hero does in fact speak in that annoying spelled out broooooogue. And the heroine skirts dangerously close to Mary Sue territory. P ...more
This was a very interesting story that kept me curious in its direction throughout. It had a little bit of Outlander with the time travel to medieval times and also the adventure part reminded me of Raiders of the Lost Ark because of the Hitler references and protector of the "power". My only complaint was I wish the H&h would have connected earlier and not just through dreaming because they were amazing together, but even with them not meeting until very, very late in the book I still reall ...more
Another Howard favorite. This is a darker novel and a departure form her others as it is a contemporary suspense, historical and time travel all rolled into one. I tend to think of it more as Grace's story and less as a romance, but it works either way.
Harikaydııııı...Tek kelime ile Linda Farkı görülüyor..Okumadım adeta yaşadım..
This book is a hard one to review. The books seems to contain two completely different stories in one. Unfortunately, they don't slide smoothly together like intended. If one is looking for a good romance, this will probably disappoint. The H/h don't even meet until the last third of the book. I was one who approached it as a romance and spent the best part of the book frustrated, almost missing the importance of the story.

The major part of the book centers around Grace, a sweet, pretty, bookish
Laurel Bradshaw
If you don't think too much about the glaring plot holes and gratuitous sex scenes I suppose this is sort of a fun, fluffy book. I have no clue what the title signifies. I don't recall the phrase "Son of the Morning" coming up at all. I enjoyed the fact that a lot of the book takes place in the Twin Cities. And I'll read anything about medieval Scotland, and a modern-day scholar translating historical documents. But Grace's reasoning and inner-thought process left me shaking my head - starting w ...more
Lynsey   • The Demon Librarian

Like most other reviewers, I'm very unsure what to make of this book. To butcher that over-used cliché- it really doesn't do what it says on the tin.

Because on the tin it says it's a romance. A highlander time travel romance to be exact. Well, technically I'm not sure you can really get away with that statement or that classification since the Hero and Heroine DO NOT EVEN MEET UNTIL THE LAST THIRD OF THE BOOK!

It became clear right from the first chapter that it was going to be slightly d
***I'll translate later***

Que dire sinon que ce livre fut une déception. :(

D'abord, il comprend 27 chapitres et le héro et l'héroïne ne se rencontrent qu'au 20ème. C'est vrai qu'entre temps on a droit à de courts et rares passages où ils se rencontrent en rêve, mais en ce qui me concerne c'était loin d'être suffisant. Ensuite Linda Howard consacre plus de temps au méchant qu'au héro.

L'histoire a clairement du potentiel, un voyage dans le temps, l'implication des templiers, un highlander ténébreu
♥~♥Geri ~ the Racy Lit Reader ♥~♥

Well, this is different. Not quite what I expected. I was expecting more romance but this was more suspense with a bit of history thrown in. Both characters didn't get together, as in appeared in the same scene together until way past the 60% mark or was it 70%? Nonetheless, the things that Grace went through kept me interested until Grace and Niall finally met and whew, what a meeting it was. This is not your usual Linda Howard romantic suspense. As I have said, this is more suspense or m
Apr 05, 2007 Rhapsody rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: time-travel romance readers
This book wasn't horrible or anything, but it just didn't give me what I look for when I pick up a romance novel. Most of it was more of a thriller/mystery/crime novel; Grace doesn't even meet Niall until the last quarter of the book, if that. I got impatient watching her dodge bad guys and work on her translation, even if it was somewhat satisfying seeing her outwit her enemies and get stronger. When I read a romance novel, I like the two mains to meet relatively early on, and to spend a lot of ...more
Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms)
Jul 12, 2014 Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms) rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms) by: Werner
I’ve always been intrigued with the mysteries of the Templars and also like books with time travel, and this book has both. The prologue is set in France in 1307 just two months after the infamous Friday the 13th when the the greatest military order ever to exist was betrayed and destroyed by Philip IV of France and Pope Clement V. Most of the leadership was killed, many horribly tortured, but some did escape. It was known that the Templars had vast treasures, and greed played into the events of ...more
Dinna Ken
A solid 4.. but more like 4 and 1/2 captivating-stars!!

Well, now! Not sure what to say but: Bravo, Ms. Howard! You've just acquired a new fan!

I'm a huge fan of Time-travel stories. Now, you throw-in some Highlander (something like Karen Marie Moning's Highlanders' series) and you've got yourself an obsessed fan!


A serious win!

I've even noticed, that even though at some parts I should have felt that it dragged, I gotta be quite frank and say that I enjoyed every word of history (fact or made up) a
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Linda S. Howington is an American best-selling romance author writing under the pseudonym Linda Howard. After 21 years of penning stories for her own enjoyment, she submitted a novel for publication which was very successful. Her first work was published by Silhouette in 1982. She is a charter member of Romance
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