Another incredible, unique romance from the ingenious Cooper. Smartly written, fast-paced and brimming over with magic and surprises, this is exactly what readers crave and what Cooper continues to deliver.—RT Book Reviews, 4 1/2 stars on Night of the Highland Dragon
Dragon shapeshifter Cathal MacAlasdair is on the brink of losing a dangerous power to his enemy when a whip-smart alchemist strikes a bargain...and lights a fire inside his heart.
When Scotland fell to English rule
The Highland dragons took a vow:
Freedom at any price.
The war may be over, but so long as English magic controls the Highlands, not even a dragon laird can keep his clan safe. What Cathal MacAlasdair needs is a warrior fierce enough to risk everything, yet gifted enough to outwit an enemy more monster than man.
What he needs is Sophia.
Alchemist Sophia Metzger traveled to Loch Arach in search of knowledge. She never dreamed she’d learn to do battle, ride through the stars on the back of a dragon, or catch the eye of a Highland laird. But as her quest turns to sizzling chemistry and inescapable danger, she’ll soon discover the thrill of being caught in a dragon’s claws...
Dawn of the Highland Dragon Series:
Highland Dragon Warrior (Book 1)
Highland Dragon Rebel (Book 2)
Highland Dragon Unleashed (Book 3)
What People Are Saying About Isabel Cooper:
“The mix of hard-headed realism and fantasy in this novel is enchanting...”—Barnes and Noble Reviews for Legend of the Highland Dragon
“An outstanding read! …fast-paced, smartly written…impossible to put down.”—RT Book Reviews, 4 _ Stars, Top Pick! for Legend of the Highland Dragon
”Smartly written, fast-paced, and brimming over with magic and surprises, this is exactly what readers crave.”—RT Book Reviews 4 _ Stars, TOP PICK! for Night of the Highland Dragon
A fair read
What I like most about the book are the characters. They are deeply thought out and no one appears two dimensional or only there to satisfy a cliched character space. Even the best girlfriend has an interesting back story that supports her character development.
What I found disinteresting and compelled me to set aside the book every now and then is the flow of writing itself. Events seemed sporadic and shifted without proper build up or explanation. The chemistry between the leading characters comes off as forced without any support or reasoning for their attraction to each other. The omnipresent/third person point of view is often confusing. One moment we are reading events from Cathal's point of view, then the next paragraph is Sophia's, then back to Cathal.
I feel more editing could have benefited the writing. The storyline itself was intriguing.
a gradual build to the final confrontations
Travel to the early 14th century, and see the world that Isabel Cooper has built: Magic, mysticism, fantastic beasts and alchemy are all alive and well, and plenty of intrigue abounds. Sophia Metzger is an alchemist, strange enough to be a woman learned in this art, but she also has other differences. Self-supporting, Jewish and a world traveler, she’s far more modern than most others of her time, and isn’t afraid of asking for what she needs or wants. When she hears of the MacAlasdairs and that they may be dragons, she heads off to their holdings to beg scales for use in her alchemy.
Cathal MacAlasdair is in a quandary: an evil wizard has captured the spirit of his best friend in the hopes that Cathal will work for him. Knowing evil when he sees it, Cathal doesn’t want to bargain with the mage, even if there seems no other choice. With Sophia’s arrival and simple request, he makes a deal. He’ll give her scales if she works a way to free his best friend. He’s not expecting a miracle, in fact he almost feels like he doesn’t believe she is capable of the task, but if she’s open and honest with him, and tries honestly, he’s happy with the bargain.
Slow burn, plenty of action, Sophia and Cathal are wonderful together – working to free his friend, Sophia earns Cathal’s admiration and esteem. And, he’s not averse to trying to make her his. But she, as a Jew, knows that she wouldn’t be an acceptable wife for the laird’s son, and despite her attraction she’s unwilling to risk his position and her heart. Slow to develop in both plot and romance, the story is a gradual build to the final confrontations that bring her face to face with the evil mage and her own heart.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.