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Son of the Morning

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  7,321 ratings  ·  440 reviews
All of Linda Howard's novels are wonderful but this exceptional time-travel is her first foray into paranormal romance--and it's not to be missed.

Grace St. John, a scholar, unwittingly discovers the Knights of Templar's secret treasure. Suddenly, her life is upturned when she spies her boss murdering her husband and brother. With no reason to live, except to extract vengea
Mass Market Paperback, 374 pages
Published March 1st 1997 by Pocket Books (first published 1997)
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Stacia (the 2010 club)
May 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Stacia (the 2010 club) by: SheLove2Read
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 time I see a movie in which someone is on the run and afraid for their life, I want this scene in it.

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
Dec 26, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  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, April 10, 2018: I just did a slight second edit on this review, to reflect the fact that I did add this book to my "Action Heroines" shelf after all --the kick-butt quotient isn't high, but it's there.

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
Jan 23, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...

Jul 18, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: time-travel, romance
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
Apr 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013, best-of-2013
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.
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 interesting
Jane Stewart
Wonderful. Exciting. I loved the heroine Grace.

I read the paperback several years ago and recently listened to the audiobook. I think the audiobook was even better. The narrator Natalie Ross did a wonderful job.

Grace was living a normal happily married life working as an archaeologist/translator. 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 ou
Nov 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-ebooks
3.5 stars, rounded down because Cringe-Worthy Terms in Romance Books but hey, time-travel, historical romance and an interesting heroine? With an actual plot?
I could even forgive Grace melting into a besotted puddle when the hero shows all his chauvinistic-ish manliness (let's not forget this was published in 1997).
Seriously, this is a very good romantic suspense novel, so much that I actually read the whole book in one day, keeping my suspension of disbelief in high gear, granted, but one-sitti
Alternate history, fantastical, spiritual, and quite erotic (odd mix). It's Raiders of the Lost Ark meets Da Vinci Code meets Sizzling Hot Scot.

This time-travel tale is set in USA 1996 and Scotland 1322, and told in 3rd person. Howard weaves a tall tale involving the Knights Templar, Nazi Germany, Napoleon Bonaparte, and the ominous Foundation, led by a present day fictional villain dubbed Parish.

The historical basis:
On October 13, 1307, King Philip of France — coffers nearly empty — ordered
Sep 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 02, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommended to D.G. by: Tammy
It seems to me that Son of the Morning was Linda Howard's attempt to write a book à la Outlander: modern woman with some useful knowledge time travels and find husky Scottish warrior. Like Outlander, there's also a husband in the modern times and a 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 t
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) ...more
Jul 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Geri Reads
Jan 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure how I would feel about this book. It's been awhile since I have read any 14th century romance books or as I call them Bodice Rippers :). I admit I skimmed over a few parts. Mostly the Gaelic and Scottish history. I read enough to get the jest of it. It took me a bit to grab onto the highlander language and how it is written out, but it all came back to me. I actually really enjoyed this book. The deep connection between the H&h was felt all through the book. The storyline was good ...more
Sep 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Jul 24, 2008 rated it really liked it
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-
Jun 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
3 1/2

Funny little book, plenty of problems, but powerfully gripping too.
If you are looking for a solid world building or logic or even romance, I'm not sure this is the book for you. Still, it was difficult to put it down.

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 Sco
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 really en ...more
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was kind of going out on the limb with this one. Time travel really isn't something I thought I would be into, but as a read the blurb about this book and the highly popular Outlander books I thought I would give it a try. I figured I would start with this books since I was already familiar with, and have enjoyed, Linda Howard's writing. In turn I am glad I did because I really enjoyed it.

Although slightly different, this book reminded me of the old Highlander TV series I used to watch as a k
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
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   (A Bookish Life)

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
Oct 23, 2010 rated it liked it
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
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
Aug 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: library-loan
Any issues I have with this book are due to the fact that it was nothing like I was expecting. The tone was so very different than the time travel romance I was expecting to read.

This book is more like a suspense, action story with the majority of the story finding Grace on the run from the bad guys. She buys disguises, she learns how to fight dirty, she moves from city to city changing her name. All the while she is translating documents that lead her to "the treasure".

This book reminded me of
Good reading, except Niall sounds too much like Sean Connery with a mouth full of marbles. Luckily he doesn't speak all that much. ...more
Rappaccini's  Daughter
Aug 06, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnl-x, x, reviewed
Sex scenes with others is not what I like in a romance.
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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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