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July 28, 2015
Dragon Knight's Axe by Mary Morgan #Review (by Karilyn Bentley) #amreading
I was on a blog tour recently for my newest release and landed on the blog of fellow The Wild Rose Press author Mary Morgan. She was more than happy to have me on talking about my dragons b/c she writes about dragons too. Awesome! Of course I was curious about her dragons, so I bought her most recent release, Dragon Knight's Axe and LOVED it!
This is the third book in the Order of the Dragon Knights but it's not hard at all to pick up and understand what happened in the previous books.
Usually when I jump into a series in the middle, I often don't care to go backward and pick up the first several books (yes, I'm weird!), but this book was so good, I've bought the first two books in the series. The book opens in the 1200s where a prologue tells the reader why the Dragon Knights are scattered and need redemption. Dragon Knight Alastair MacKay is punishing himself for a past event by going to sea instead of living on the land, where he can use his Fae-given powers. On a trading stop, he rescues Fiona O'Quinlan from slave traders, not realizing she is the key to freeing himself from his past.
Fiona lives in the future, in our time, but is sent back in time by a Fenian time traveler to save Alastair from his inner beast. Along the way she discovers some interesting things about herself. Alastair is a difficult to love, but he holds a soft spot for Fiona. I enjoyed watching their story unfold along with the other plot points surrounding them. The writing pulled me in immediately and held my attention throughout the book. I had trouble putting it down to sleep (darn sleep! <g>). The dragon in this series is not what/who I thought it would be, but I loved seeing how the author weaved myths and tales to come up with her dragon. This is more a historical novel than a fantasy one and will appeal to a wide range of readers.
If you like Scottish historicals mixed with a touch of magic, mystery, and fantasy you'll love this story!
Here's the official blurb:
Alastair MacKay, a battled-scarred Dragon Knight flees to the sea to separate himself from his fae-given power connecting him to the land. But it is on land that he rescues a woman from a slave trader in Ireland. It is through Fiona he steps back inadvertently into a world filled with magic—taking on the role of protector and at the same time leading him on a journey to confront his greatest regret and fears.
Research assistant, Fiona O’Quinlan loves translating ancient artifacts at Trinity College. When she falls asleep on an archeological dig, she awakens in another time. She soon discovers a Dragon Knight’s relic has been entrusted into her care. Determined to return the artifact to the Great Glen, Fiona is unprepared for the danger ahead—losing her heart and soul to Alastair “Beast” MacKay.
Will their love be strong enough to soothe the beast and heal the man? Or will Death swing its axe, leaving them lost for all eternity?
MARY MORGAN'S WEBSITE
Karilyn Bentley's website