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Wednesday, 28 March 2012

The Highlander Series

Time travel, Highland Warriors, Druids and even Fairies.
Yup, sounds like the recipe for a cheesy novel, but I have news for you.... Karen Marie Moning knows how to write and it is anything but cheese!

I am writing about this series as a whole, as her books are my latest obsession. I promise, there are no spoilers. Just what the novels are about and my take!

I first came across this series while perusing Kobo for something interesting. 'Beyond The Highland Mist' was put into my recommended reads. It looked interesting, but I had a hard time wrapping my head around a 'time traveling' love story. How do you beat 'The Time Travelers Wife'?
I ignored it, and than purchased another book. Later on, when I went onto Kobo for my next read, the suggestion again popped up. I decided to give it a try.
And so, an addiction was born.

I couldn't put 'Beyond The Highland Mist Down'. I read it every moment I could. Stayed up very late after the kids bedtime,and finished the book over my breakfast. Only to read it again right away! I love how most of the story is set in Scotland. One of my favorite countries and place of my father's birth!

Each of the novels have the same general theme, just a different story. All the books weave together, so we get to revisit our characters, and see things continue as the books go on.
Modern Woman being thrown back in time due to some sort of magic, whether it be a Fairy, Curse, or Spell.

It's very very entertaining and sometimes I had to laugh because the woman said or did things that I would probably do if I were tossed back a few centuries. A man tell me what to do? HA! Please.

The characters are very witty. The women depicted in each novel is almost 'the' perfect woman. Smart, sexy and tough as nails. They have to be when dealing with the challenges (and Men!) that come their way!
 The men are all brute, gorgeous...(massively stubborn, pigheaded, arrogant....) but they are very likable 'Manly Men' who have soft spots for their lady loves.

I think my only complaint would be that the male characters are in a sense, the 'same'  man, right down to hair colors, attitude and brawn. I know some of them are related, which okay, they should have similar characteristics, but I just wish at least there was a bit more variety. Throw a handsome blonde hair male hero in, you know... mix it up.... I am sure she did this on purpose, but's my only complaint.

The Fae are the really interesting part of the whole series, and if it wasn't for them, this series wouldn't work at all. We learn about their world, and their story and how they aren't what one may think. Hint: They aren't tiny little creatures with wings and fairy dust.
One Fairy especially named Adam Black has to be one of my favorite characters. He's a very mischievous fairy who is fascinated with humans. You find him poking his nose around and you get to know a lot about him.

 In total there are 7 novels.
 "Beyond The Highland Mist" 
"To Tame A Highland Warrior"
"The Highlanders Touch"
"Kiss of the Highlander"
"The Dark Highlander"
"The Immortal Highlander"
"Spell of the Highlander"

and one novella called "Into The Dreaming" (which I still have yet to get a copy of!)

If you like Historical Romances, Romance, or even 'Fantasy' (Romantic although)  read's, than you have to check these out. Even if you don't, go to your local library and 'try' it out. I was skeptical too. and look how it turned out!

The good news is, Karen Marie Moning has another series that ties into this one. Less romance, more fantasy, more action, but the story keeps going....... There is a reason she is a best selling author!

 I would love to hear from you if you have read the Highlander series, or will be!!


  1. Irene, have you read the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon? No fairies but it's got time traveling and Highland warriors!!

  2. I'll add it to my list of 'must reads'! Thanks for the suggestion Brenna! Sounds like something I may like!