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The Other Side of Dusk

(Eilan Water Trilogy #1)

4.83  ·  Rating details ·  6 ratings  ·  6 reviews
A boy sold as a slave is used by a Roman woman to get pregnant so the master may have an heir. But it all backfires when an old soldier who serves her household takes pity on the boy. He teaches him to fight and when the child is born, helps the slave escape with his son. He is home but...his people aren't sure he is fit to take his father's place when the time comes. The ...more
Kindle Edition, 303 pages
Published May 23rd 2017
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May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED THIS BOOK! I am all about anything that has to do with Scotland, and this story takes you WAY back into Scottish history. Without much actual information to go on, I thought that MacFarlane did an excellent job of surmising how things might have been during this period of unrest. She painted pictures of her characters that were so vivid, that I felt like I could see them and watch the tale unfold, as if on a movie screen. I have always wanted to visit Scotland, and the way the scenery is ...more
Tom Benson
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
’Tis a yon distant time since ah’ read such a spirited tale of brotherhood, bravery, honour and romance. Tae have aw’ that an’ more set in the natural beauty of Scotland’s west coast is a treat indeed. Okay, enough, but you’ll have caught the gist of my opinion.
A story of kinship, hard men and a constant readiness to face conflict are key ingredients in this superb story. The romantic interludes are painted with a deft hand and given the story, I would credit the sexual scenes as ‘hot’, rather t
Ju Ephraime
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
MacFarlane is a great story teller. I was transported back in time to Scotland during the time of the Roman unrest. The practice and custom of that time of selling and acquiring humans as slaves are aptly depicted. It's unfortunate for the hero, Ualan, his time as stud slave to Caecilia, the Roman, dictates his life, even after he manages to escape, taking their son with him. Now not only did he have to fight the demon that plagues him through dreams, he has the Picts to contend with if he wante ...more
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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What a great story. It has a different type of sexual abuse than you'll read in most historical novels, but one that people should be aware of. Although not the main focus of the story, it does have a great impact on the main character, Ualan. I love the reaction of the people in the village when they discover what happens. It's not at all what I would have expected, same goes for Ualan.

We all know that in romance, the Highlanders are rugged, sexy men. Ualan is that, and so much more. The reader
Elle Mott
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a big book, big in size and time and place. But, I couldn’t put the book down for long—rather I was ever back in these pages rooting for Ualan. Another time, another place—in Scotland. Plans and scheming and rumors are abounding in this tale of sought-after goals. The characters are rich with detail, personable, and each in their own way makes it clear what they must do to get what they need for their people. It’s a conflict during the time of Roman upheaval. Yet, the moments of romance ...more
T.N. Traynor
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Be transported back in time to Bonny Scotland.
The author must have done a mountain of research for this book and you get a real feel for what it must have been like to live in those days of Roman invasion.
The main characters are warm and likeable and you certainly root for them.
The Scottish lingo took a little getting used to at first but by the time I was a third of the way though the book I didn't even notice anymore.
This is well written and structured and so very interesting.
Ualan and Sorcha
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