Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Child of Awe” as Want to Read:
Child of Awe
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Child of Awe

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  281 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Muriella Calder...a young Scots beauty with auburn hair and wondrous green eyes. Sole heir to castle and fabled fortune. Stolen from her family and betrothed against her will to the second son of a rival clan.

John Campbell...a proud young warrior and hero on the bloody fields of valor. His courage has won him honors for the Campbell clan and made his name a legend—but his
Mass Market Paperback, 469 pages
Published October 1st 1990 by Pocket Books (first published 1987)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Child of Awe, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Child of Awe

Night Broken by Patricia BriggsThe King by J.R. WardUp From the Grave by Jeaniene FrostSixth Grave on the Edge by Darynda JonesBurning Dawn by Gena Showalter
2014 Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy (January - June)
213th out of 599 books — 2,440 voters
Outlander by Diana GabaldonDaughter of the Forest by Juliet MarillierGods of The Nowhere by James TipperDragonfly in Amber by Diana GabaldonVoyager by Diana Gabaldon
Great Celtic Fiction
122nd out of 179 books — 339 voters

More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 679)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Engaging Scottish Historical and but it didn't Awe me either 3.5 stars. Child of Awe is the story of Muriella Calder whose father left her at a very young age as heiress to his large estates, much to the chagrin of the rest of the Calder and Rose clans. Muriella's guardianship was given to the powerful Earl of Argyll and he eventually takes her away from her mother's family (the Rose clan) by force with plans to wed her to his younger son John, who is not thrilled with his father's choice for hi ...more
In truth, awe does not come close.
This is a long book. It is also intense, suspenseful, and at times, frighteningly gory. But then, it tells of a time when men were often brutal, and women were mostly property - cherished perhaps, but still useful primarily as items rather than people.
The author buildsthe suspense and intensity in this story from the very beginning, when we met our heroine (although she is still a bundled babe). The years until she is nearly old enough to wed are more or less sk
Judith Leger
I read this book years ago and now that I've found out it's coming again, I am definitely going to grab a copy.

The story was so intense and emotionally charged that I couldn't put it down. Can't wait to revisit all the places in this book. I loved John and Muriella. I also loved the part that it wasn't an easy fall in love with your captor story. They both struggled but overcame the obstacles to find their way to true and everlasting love. It thrilled me to discover that this story is based on r
Karen Mccullough
An Amazing and Memorable Book

By the circumstances of her birth, Muriella Calder is heiress to a great estate and considerable fortune. By order of the king, the child is put under the protection of the Earl of Argyll, who leaves her with her mother until it becomes clear that her mother’s family can no longer protect her from the Calder family who want the child out of the way so they can reclaim the estate. Barely ahead of the Calder forces, the earl’s son rides away with the girl while the ear
Pat aka Tygyr
I considered adding this to my paranormal shelf. This is the story of Muriella. She is born and becomes the heir to Cawdor Castle and its properties then her father dies. To try to protect her, her mother goes to the Rose's for protection. Muriella grows up along side her cousin Hugh Rose and she expects that they will marry one day. His father certainly is greedy for the properties that their marriage would bring to their family. But when Muriella was very young the king named another man to be ...more
I don't usually enjoy paranormal or fantasy genres, at least not since I was a child. I get especially irked when I pick a historical fiction novel and the heroine has the Sight or visions or there is gypsy lore or witchcraft, without any irony or humor but as if it is a valid plot device. The blurb of Child of Awe does not hint that these elements are going to be a big part of the story. This was dishonest. I probably would not have chosen this book if I knew the plot would be mainly driven by ...more
Lisa C.
This book was very heavy, lots of characters, lots of details. Muriella's visions were sometimes confusing but other times made her sound like she had a mental illness. Although I realize life was difficult during this period, especially for women, the story was really depressing. Constant fighting between clans and political maneuvering got to be boring and made it drag quite a bit. The marriage between Muriella and John lacked emotion until the very end.

I would have classified this as historic
Enjoyed the story and the bits of legend and history incorporated. Don't usually write reviews for this kind of fiction, but I felt the need to include a disclaimer, since I wouldn't recommend it without one (especially as a married Christian woman). This is the first book I've read where I had to skim through any kind of sex scene. Though not immensely graphic, I did feel like the level of description in those few scenes was unnecessary to the story and not something I felt particularly edified ...more
Really good book. Follows a young girls' life from infancy thru her marriage.
If it were possible, I'd give this book 3.5 stars. It took me a long time to read this book. I understand the brutality of the era (1500s), set in the Scottish highlands, with Clans constantly clashing, wanting to take revenge, gain more power, to name a few motivations for the constant warfare, and I found this a bit 'too much' for me. However, I'm glad I stuck it out, as the momentum built in the latter third of the book, where the main characters were shown more depth. I also came to apprecia ...more
enjoyable read, well written, the dialogue never felt clunky. Historical fiction with a touch of paranormal & romance, it could've been such a mess but instead I wanted more, I wanted this to be a series so I could spend more time with the characters, Muriella, John, Megan, and Duncan. Would've liked to get more of Isabel Calder in this book, and there seemed to be a red herring towards the end with Colin, but overall I'd recommend it to my friends.
I absolutely adored this book!!! I will be looking for more by this author. At first, it seemed that this book was going to be VERY depressing but it gradually changed and ended on a great note! Would highly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys Scottish romance with a touch of fantasy.
From 1987
On Kindle Unlimited
Part historical fiction, part romance.
Annoying misunderstandings ruined it fir me.
Liked the historical aspect, but the heroines visions of drowning every time her husband tries to have sex with her, really, really got old by the end of the book.
Debra Hancock
Child of Awe is the story of Muriella Calder whose father left her at a very young age as heiress to his large estates. The book went on and on about her. I did read on to find it interesting. The rest of the chagrin was about the Calder and Rose clans. It had a happy ending, so that was good, and it was a good book. I rate 3 and half stars. Carry on, my sweet author, I will buy another book by you, because, I believe in you.
Heather Letalien Costa
Overall it was a great story. Pretty easy read. Like other reviewers, I was impatient with Muriella to be content with her husband. I also wasn't totally entertained by her visions.
I liked the story and Scotland setting.
The story of Muriella, a young heiress, and the political drama surrounding her in the quest to control her lands and fortunes. Although there were several sequences in the book that were imaginative and held my interest, for example, the incident with Elizabeth in the water and the funeral, but for the most part I found the story bleak, depressing, and finally, boring. Try as I might, I could not find the emotional thread of the relationship between Muriella and John. I found the book rather od ...more
Kimi Court
This story is about Muriella Calder, a child born to inherit a great fortune. She is being hunted by everyone. Some want to marry her off and others want to kill her off. I liked this book. The flow was well done and kept you reading.

This book has mystery, action, love, tears and so much more. You grow up with Muriella, and feel her as she goes through everything that has happened to her. John Campbell the second son of the Earl is betrothed to the young lady and is a reluctant as she is with t
I bought this book on impulse for twenty-five cents at a discount book store. It was sitting on the counter when I checked out. I had no clue what to expect from it, but it turned out to be a fantastic historical fiction novel, with a light romantic element. The story is set in the Scottish Highlands about the 14th century. Muriella Calder is the heir to vast properties when her father dies shortly after her birth. She becomes a pawn as different factions seek to control her inheritance. There i ...more
was a interesting book but kinda lost it a lil when she kept on pushing him away everytime he tried to make love or touch her bc of her "sight" things she saw
Im glad that they got together in the end but took a long time and looked like they wouldnt .....
but wasnt one of the best historicals ive read
Read this in 1990 and I still love it.
Libby Withnall
Read this a number of times. Love the book and the story and even had to visit the castles - Kilchurn and Cawdor - from the book.
Ken Kilner
Normally not my genre, but given that I misspent three formative years of my youth in Scotland (about as far north as you can get)I was drawn to the book. Scotland is a harsh and beautiful land and the book conveys this wonderfully. More violent back then, but violent enough when I was there. The romance is over my head, but the history,the mood, and the settings are spot on.
Vicky Waters
Loved, loved, loved this book! A beautiful, haunting book, that I continue to reread. I really like this author but this book in particular is wonderful.
Liked it - not sure how accurate. As a visitor to Cawdor many times this book adds to the imagination.
I read this because it was recommended to me by a tour guide in the Scottish castle, Cawdor Castle (yes, the Shakespeare reference in Macbeth as the Thane of Cawdor is the same Cawdor). Anyway, decent book.
Y Gem
Y Gem marked it as to-read
May 23, 2015
Michele marked it as to-read
May 20, 2015
Cary Morton
Cary Morton marked it as to-read
May 14, 2015
Kendra R Turner
Kendra R Turner marked it as to-read
May 13, 2015
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 22 23 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Beneath A Highland Moon (The Highland Moon #1)
  • The Renegade and the Rose (Renegade, Rebel and Rogue, #1)
  • Knight's Caress
  • Angel of Skye (MacPherson Clan, #1)
  • Border Lord (Border, #1)
  • Heart's Ransom (Heart and Soul #1)
  • Spectre of the Sword
  • Highland Barbarian (Highlander, #1)
  • The Kindling Heart (The Highland Heather and Hearts Scottish Romance Series, #1)
  • Conquests: Hearts Rule Kingdoms
  • Highland Warrior
  • How To Handle A Highlander (The Sutherlands, #3)
  • The Warrior Laird (Highlander Brothers, #1)
  • Isle of Lies (Scottish Duo, #1)
  • Highland Stone
  • The Warrior's Wife
  • Border Lord's Bride
  • The Rogue (The Rogues of Ravensmuir Book 1)
Too Deep for Tears (Victorian Trilogy, #1) All We Hold Dear (Victorian Trilogy, #2) Sing to Me of Dreams Somewhere Lies the Moon (Victorian Trilogy, #3) At The Wind's Edge (Dakota Series, #1)

Share This Book

No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »