Spell of the Highlander is number seven in Karen Marie Moning's Highlander series. Because of the events at the end of number five, The Dark Highlande...moreSpell of the Highlander is number seven in Karen Marie Moning's Highlander series. Because of the events at the end of number five, The Dark Highlander, The Dark Glass has been stolen, along with other priceless antiquities, due to the intervention of Aoibheal, Queen of the Tuathe de Danaan, who was determined to destroy the dark Druid sect of the Draghar.
In the ninth century, women have always loved Celtic Druid Lord Cian MacKeltar, who as the only male in his family (his sire died just before his birth) has always been spoiled by the females. As the most powerful Keltar Druid ever to have lived, he's always enjoyed studying Druid tomes as much as bedding the lasses until he was tricked by his friend and imprisoned for eleven centuries in The Dark Glass, one of the four coveted Unseelie Hallows, objects of seemingly boundless powers. Over the centuries, Cian became a myth although he still lives in the hellish dark mirror prison.
A former pupil and best friend of Cian's, Lucan Myrddin Trevayne, is the evil sorcerer and ancient enemy who imprisoned him and who will stop at nothing to reclaim the Dark Glass, pay his tithe before it's due, and gain more power.
As a graduate student in archeology at the University of Chicago, Jessica St.James, receives a midnight phone call from her doctoral adviser. He has been involved in a car accident and needs her to go to his office on campus to accept an important delivery. She has no other choice but to comply and she soon finds out just what kind of package is delivered at night. A mysterious one. It turns out to be an ancient relic and her first thought is that she would love to authenticate its age and origins. But sleep and a hard days work beckons, especially since she has another full schedule the following day. When she returns to the office the next evening to retrieve books at the request of her professor, she finds a strange man there who attempts to kill her. Cian MacKelter calls to Jesse from inside the mirror and gives her the Celtic words which will temporarily free him from his prison to defend her. Her terror overcomes her disbelief and she recites the spell. Cian keeps his word and does save her, but there interaction sparks something far more intriguing.
On Samhain, in tweny two days, Cian's most hated enemy, Lucan, must pay a tithe to the mirror to keep the MacKelter Druid imprisoned. Jesse St. James complicates matters worse for Cian when Lucan decides there are to be no witnesses to the knowledge of The Dark Glass. Cian has to keep himself, Jesse and the mirror hidden just long enough for the time period to pass. He cannot allow Lucan to pay the tithe, because Lucan looks to obtain the Dark Book, the contents of which are so potent that continual exposure to it will change a man forever...and not for the better. He must be stopped at all cost.
Spell of the Highlander isn't very special in regards to Cian MacKelter and Jesse St. James. He's the typical mouthwatering alpha male that Moning usually creates, although, he does seem to have the 'caveman' syndrom of his time. And Jessica is the same with her bold, beautiful and intelligent self, or in other words, Cian's perfect mate. Their courtship is also similar to the previous MacKelter romance rituals. Though, what I really enjoyed was the plot line outside of the romance, which is slightly sad considering it is suppose to be a paranormal romance. However, Moning's Druid and fae stories are complex and is noticeably well thought out. All of her intricate subplots make for an incomparable read. The ending will defiantly leave you with your mouth hanging open. While Spell of the Highlander is not my favorite of Karen Marie Monings books, I still enjoyed it very much for it's uniqueness and humor. I have high hopes that she will continue with the series, for the end tales of at least two more.(less)