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message 2: by AH (new)

AH These books are so much fun to read. I would recommend them to anyone waiting for Shadowfeverto come out.

message 3: by Stacia (the 2010 club) (last edited Sep 08, 2010 01:32PM) (new)

Stacia (the 2010 club) (stacia_r) I keep hearing that there are things that tie this series and the Fever series together. What can I look forward to by reading this series after Fever (even though I know this one is quite a bit older)?

I don't mind spoilers, but I'm guessing that they'd have to be marked for other people that don't want to know.

message 4: by AH (new)

AH The MacKeltar brothers Dageus and Drustan (relatives of Christian) are in books 4 and 5. Christian makes a cameo in one of those or both (can't remember).

**Not sure if this is spoilerish so cover your eyes***

Without being spoilerish, I noticed that in book 6 (Adam's story) there may be something in there that may or may not tie in with the Fever series - but I could be wrong.

Nichole ~Bookaholic~ (nicholebookaholic) | 672 comments I have the first book in this series in my TBR folder.....I will give it a shot this month

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Kelley Anne | 1619 comments Adam's story MAJORLY connects with the Fever series. If you re-read his story and then the Fever series you will recognize a main character that appears in both of them.

Stacia - The main thing for me with reading both series is that KMM seems to do more world building in the Highlander series than she did in the Fever series, but since I read the Highlander ones first I understood a lot of things in the Fever series that I don't think I would have otherwise. Like I don't think that the Fever series really discusses druids too much, but they are discussed in length in the Highlander series.

Also, there is a quote in one of the books that references basically what is happening in the Fever series. I know that I have typed up that quote and posted it somewhere, I'll have to see if I can find it!

Also, like AH said, some of the characters show up in both series.

Stacia (the 2010 club) (stacia_r) Maybe I'll read this series before doing my re-read of the Fever series in anticipation of the last book coming out. It might make reading Fever interesting for different reasons the second time around.

Nichole ~Bookaholic~ (nicholebookaholic) | 672 comments Has anyone listened to any audio's on these books? Are they any good?

message 9: by AH (new)

AH Good plan, Stacia. They are basically formulaic - tall, dark, and highlander beefy guy meets his match in tiny wee virginal woman, some fae mischief, hot steamy scenes, some time travel. Suspend belief and enjoy. Most people don't like the first 3 books as much as the later books.

message 10: by Kelley Anne (last edited Sep 08, 2010 02:55PM) (new)

Kelley Anne | 1619 comments Stacia - I think that you'd enjoy them. Just fyi, the first book is the weekest by far of the entire series, so if you don't necessarily love it, I'd still recommend continuing with the series. The last 4 are my favorites.

Nichole - LOVE the audio on them! The reader is Phil Gigante and he does a Highlander's Brogue that makes you melt!!!

So I found the quote that I was thinking of!

*Minor Spoilers Possible*

This quote is at the very end of the last Highlander book. I transcribed it off of audio book so sorry for any mispelled words! Background info, especially if you haven't read the series yet. In the last several books of the Highlander series someone seems to be tampering a bit with how events turn out. The seelie queen, Avile is watching three druids. (They were the main characters in 3 of the last 4 books). One of the main things that people speculate about this quote is she says that she has "positioned the 5 most powerful druids that had ever lived precisely where she wanted them." 3 of them (Drustan, Dageus and Cian) she mentiones by name, but she doesn't say who the other 2 are, just that she'll be seeing them soon. There has been some speculation that Christian might be one of them, and possible Barons might be the other, if he is a druid.

At the end of Spell of the Highlander, Avile is watching the MacKeltars. She's thinking about how she's changed events to bring them all to this place. Then she thinks:
They were here now, her players, her pieces on the board, more than pawns, less than Kings.....7 times now she'd prevented the extinction of the purest and most potent of the druid lines. And positioned the 5 most powerful druids that had ever lived precisely where she wanted them. Where they could ally her. Where they could save her. There was Dageus, possessing far more knowledge than any one druid should have. All the knowledge of the Dragar, the 13 ancients. The memories she'd left in him were doing things to him he wasn't admitting. Not to Drustan and not to his mate. There was Cian, possessing far more power than any 1 druid should have. The genetic fluke. The unexpected mutation born once in a blood line. The things Dageus and Cian could do together if they put their minds to it worried even her. Then there was Drustan. Compared to his dangerously endowed kin, modest of power, modest of knowledge. Yet superior in a way that they could never be. Dageus and Cian could go either way, good or evil. Drustan MacKelter was that unique kind of man who's name lived forever in legends of myth. A warrior so pure of heart that he was beyond corrupting. A man who would die for his beliefs. Not just once, but ten thousand times over if necessary. As for her other 2 chosen, she would be seeing them soon.

Below her in Castle Keltar's great hall, the humans stood talking, oblivious to her presence. Blissfully unaware that a little over 5 years in their future their world was in chaos. The walls between man and fairy were down and the unseelie ruled with an icy brutal hand. The shades were feeding again. The hunters were enforcing compliance, calling death sentences for the slightest infraction. And the exquisite unseelie princes' were indulging their insatiable appetite for mortal women. Brutally rapping, leaving mindless shells. And she...Ahh...that was the problem. Her gaze shifted inward from the tableau below. Though her race could move at will through the past, they could not penetrate a future that had not yet occurred. If one attempted to go forward beyond ones present existence, one encountered an oppressive white mist, nothing more. If one went too far back in the past, one encountered the same mist. Not even they understood time. They knew how to traverse only the simplest facet of it. She'd sifted back countless times now from five and a half years in earth's future, her present. Delicately altering events while trying not to change too much. Concealing from all, even those of her own court that she was temporally displaced while doing it. Worlds were fragile. One could destroy an entire planet inadvertently. She already carried the weight of such an error. It was a heavy burden. As did her long ago consort, though the unfathomably ancient dark King cared nothing about the blood of billions. She'd been alive for over 60,000 years. Many of her kind wearied of existence long before that. Not she. She had no wish to cease. Thought the loss of Adam Black to his mortal mate grieved her, and she'd considered undoing that as well. She'd learned that there was a human element that was highly dangerous to meddle with. Love's power was violently unpredictable. It affected even in ways her mind had failed to anticipate on more than one occasion. She could not hope to predict what she could not understand. There were times she suspected human love harbored a power more elemental and greater than any her race possessed. It infused things with strength in impossible excess of the sums of its parts. Indeed, it had been the matching of each Keltar below with his mate that had tempered them, given them cores of steel, and made her druids into allies worthy of a queen.

Then she realizes that Cian can see her, which should be impossible for ANYONE (including Mac) to see her. But he doesn't say anything and that's the end of the book!

message 11: by Stacia (the 2010 club) (last edited Sep 08, 2010 02:47PM) (new)

Stacia (the 2010 club) (stacia_r) Kelley Anne wrote: "Stacia - I think that you'd enjoy them. Just fyi, the first book is the weekest by far of the entire series, so if you don't necessarily love it, I'd still recommend continuing with the series. T..."

So many series have weak first book syndrome, and I have a hard time getting people to read ones that are otherwise good because of it.

The Fever series has a weak first book compared to the others, as does Vincent's shifter series, Wilson's Tairen Soul, etc. I really enjoyed all of those series.

Because of this, I'll be sure to keep that in mind when starting the Highlander series, if the first book doesn't do it for me right off the bat.

message 12: by AH (new)

AH It's not horrible. It's just not her best novel.

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Sarah  | 766 comments The latter 3 or 4 books are really the best. I think that is when she started developing her idea for the Fever UF series, and the world gained some depth in the form of more sinister elements. There's more at stake in them.

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Sarah (sarah_anne) | 253 comments I read the Fever series first and, naturally, moved on to this series. I am listening to the audio (makes me actually look forward to my daily commute!). I'm currently on book 4 (The Dark Highlander) and loving Phil Gigante!! His brogue is great and definitely makes it worthwhile to listen. :-)

Nichole ~Bookaholic~ (nicholebookaholic) | 672 comments I just downloaded the audio for the first book and will start it this week...

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Angela (angbens) | 106 comments Working on reading this series. I have read the first 3, but got veered off to another series. Gotta get back to them. I really like them. :)

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Kelley Anne | 1619 comments I started re-listening to the audio book of The Highlander's Touch last night. I had completely forgot about Circenn and all of his rules and oaths that he wouldn't possibly think of breaking. He makes me laugh!

Also, I had completely forgetten that the Hallows are mentioned in this book. Makes me really wonder what happened to some of them between this book and the Fever series when everyone is hunting them!

Nichole ~Bookaholic~ (nicholebookaholic) | 672 comments Just finished the audio for Beyond the Highland Mistand will be starting To Tame a Highland Warriornot sure if I will read it or get the audio for it.....

message 19: by Kelley Anne (new)

Kelley Anne | 1619 comments What did you think of it Nichole?

Nichole ~Bookaholic~ (nicholebookaholic) | 672 comments I liked it....there were a few parts where I just wanted to yell "get over yourselves" but all in all I liked it. I really like the narrator on the series he did a great job

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Darcy (sunnytat462) | 3121 comments I read the first book and thought it was ok. Everyone said to keep reading, so I am. Kelley Anne recommended getting the audio books, so I have the second one here right now and will be able to start that in the next couple of days.

Nichole ~Bookaholic~ (nicholebookaholic) | 672 comments I started the audio for the second one on my morning commute... while only about I am only about 45 minutes into it I like it so far....Grimm is one of my favorites so far...

message 23: by Kelley Anne (new)

Kelley Anne | 1619 comments I love Grim! that's a fun book. But my favorite book is The Dark Highlander. Love it!!! I finished The Highlander's Touch and today I am going to start re-listening to Kiss of the Highlander.

Nichole ~Bookaholic~ (nicholebookaholic) | 672 comments I am almost halfway through Grimm's story and have to say I am not liking it.....if I am going to skip ahead any suggestions on where to start?

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Darcy (sunnytat462) | 3121 comments Nichole I am listening to that one too, and while it is not the best, for me it is not bad.

Nichole ~Bookaholic~ (nicholebookaholic) | 672 comments I guess it's not bad....it just seems like there is more angst then there needs to be....and I find myself tuning out and not paying attention......I figure if I skip ahead to another book I can always go back to listen to this one later

message 27: by Kelley Anne (last edited Sep 15, 2010 12:18AM) (new)

Kelley Anne | 1619 comments If you are going to skip ahead, then you need to read Kiss of the Highlander. The last four books are all pretty connected with each other and with the Fever series. They are also my favorite books in the series, The Dark Highlander is my fav, then Spell of the Highlander, The Immortal Highlander and then Kiss of the Highlander.

Drustan, Dageus, Cian and believe it or not, Adam Black, are just too hot for words!

message 28: by AH (new)

AH Drustan, Dageus, Cian and believe it or not, Adam Black, are just too hot for words!

Listen to Kelley Anne - She is right. Skip on through to these guys and you won't regret it!

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Sarah  | 766 comments I third the motion. Those are the best ones.

Nichole ~Bookaholic~ (nicholebookaholic) | 672 comments Thanks ;-) I will download Kiss of the highlander tonight when I get home.

message 31: by Regina (new)

Regina (reginar) Stacia wrote: "Kelley Anne wrote: "Stacia - I think that you'd enjoy them. Just fyi, the first book is the weekest by far of the entire series, so if you don't necessarily love it, I'd still recommend continuing..."

I recommend skipping the first three and just starting with #4. If you really like Adam's book (#6), then go back and do #3 and then #1 to learn more about him. #2 completely doesn't relating to the Fever series and only briefly relates to #1. I think Karen was trying to figure out what she was doing with the HL series in the beginning. It is clear with #2 and #3 she was setting characters up for sequels that never got them. Then she got a good formula down for #4 -- and it took off. :)

It is formulaic, but oddly comforting -- I really like Daegus. And I love reading references to Daegus and Cian in the Fever books. I believe 1, 3, 4, 5,6 and 7 all relate a little bit to the Fever Fae World and 4, 5, 6, and 7 touch on the issues facing Mac.

Just so irritating that the women are all virginal. A hate that plot thread -- in most books unless it is somehow historically fitting (like in Kleypas' Wallflower and Hathaway series).

The audio for these books is over the top FANTASTIC!!! The narrator has a very sexy voice, so I recommend checking out the narration. The only narration I haven't listened to yet is #2 (not a fan of this story line at all) and #7 -- I need to track it down.

Also, there is one more short story in the HL series, it is found in the anthology Tapestry (Includes Dark-Hunter Related Book, #1; Highlander, #8) by Lynn Kurland and it contains the HL short: Into the Dreaming (Highlander, #8) by Karen Marie Moning . It is enjoyable, short -- funny. Moning did it with a different publisher than the Fever series so she has stated that even though it deals with the Fae world it does not pertain to the Fever series -- however many people (including myself) have read this short and felt like THAT is what Barrons is.

Nichole ~Bookaholic~ (nicholebookaholic) | 672 comments I started the audio of Kiss of the Highlander (Highlander, #4) by Karen Marie Moning this morning and really like it so far....

message 33: by Nichole ~Bookaholic~ (last edited Sep 22, 2010 10:06PM) (new)

Nichole ~Bookaholic~ (nicholebookaholic) | 672 comments I just finished Kiss of the Highlander and will start the audio for The Dark Highlander tomorrow....I really liked this story and laughed alot in the beginning

message 34: by Regina (new)

Regina (reginar) So glad you liked it!!

Nichole ~Bookaholic~ (nicholebookaholic) | 672 comments I just finished the audio for The Dark Highlander (Highlander, #5) by Karen Marie Moning I really liked Dagsus' story next is Adams...

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Keri | 182 comments AH,


Adam's story in the highlander series does help make more sense when V makes the comment he does bout Adam giving up his immortality.

message 37: by AH (new)

AH I am going to have to read the Fever series over the Christmas holidays just to be ready for Shadowfever.

message 38: by Sam (last edited Oct 05, 2010 05:34AM) (new)

Sam Nicole your just booking thru them now. LOL!!! I agree with everyone that the last 4 make this series. I am in the process of relistneing to them. I'm up to Cian's book right now. The Highlander's touch. Funny I can't remember this one at all but I know I have listened to it before.

message 39: by Regina (new)

Regina (reginar) Highlander's is Circenn's book. I am re-reading Cian's book - #7 highlander's spell. I love this one. There is soo much information for Fever in Spell. I like Cian alot better on the reread.

message 40: by Sam (new)

Sam opps, right got the names mixed up. Yes. I am Circenn's book. :-)

Nichole ~Bookaholic~ (nicholebookaholic) | 672 comments Sam wrote: "Nicole your just booking thru them now. LOL!!! I agree with everyone that the last 4 make this series. I am in the process of relistneing to them. I'm up to Cian's book right now. The Highlande..."

I do a lot of driving for work so I can usually get through 1-2 audio books a week...I did get delayed starting the 6th one cause I had to listed to Bayou Moon as soon as I got it...

message 42: by Sam (new)

Sam I ordered Bayou Moon last week and just waiting for it to come in. Are you enjoying it?

Nichole ~Bookaholic~ (nicholebookaholic) | 672 comments I loved it...finished it late Sunday

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