Review: Spell of the Highlander by Karen Marie Moning

Title: Spell of the Highlander
Author: Karen Marie Moning
Series: Highlanders, #6
Publisher: Dell
Release Date: May 30, 2006
Pages: 394

Powerful. Sensual. Seductive. He is all that is shamelessly erotic in a man. In her sexiest Highlander novel yet, New York Times bestselling author Karen Moning stirs up a sizzling brew of ancient mystery and modern passion as she brings together a devilishly handsome Celtic warrior trapped in time . . . and the woman who’s about to pay the ultimate price for freeing him. Age-old secrets haunt them. Deadly danger and irresistible desire shadow their every move. It’s a relationship for the ages. And all that separates them is a mere thirteen hundred years. . . .

Jessi St. James has got to get a life. Too many hours studying ancient artifacts has given the hardworking archaeology student a bad case of sex on the brain. So she figures she must be dreaming when she spies a gorgeous half-naked man staring out at her from inside the silvery glass of an ancient mirror. But when a split-second decision saves her from a terrifying attempt on her life, Jessi suddenly finds herself confronting six and a half feet of smoldering, insatiable alpha male.

Heir to the arcane magic of his Druid ancestors, eleven centuries ago Cian MacKeltar was trapped inside the Dark Glass, one of four coveted Unseelie Hallows, objects of unspeakable power. When the Dark Glass is stolen, an ancient enemy will stop at nothing to reclaim it, destroying everything in his path–including the one woman who may just hold the key to breaking the ninth-century Highlander’s dark spell. For Jessi, the muscle-bound sex god in the mirror is not only tantalizingly real, he’s offering his protection–from exactly what, Jessi doesn’t know. And all he wants in exchange is the exquisite pleasure of sharing her bed.

Yet even as Cian’s insatiable hunger begins to work its dark magic on Jessi, his ancient enemy is about to obtain the final and most dangerous of the Unseelie Hallows–and the ninth-century Highlander must stop him from getting it. Nothing less than the very fabric of the universe and two passionately entwined lives are at stake–as Cian and Jessi fight to claim the kind of love that comes along but once in an ice age. . . .

I swear every single one of these highlanders are too hot for the pages. It should be illegal to be THAT hot! I think I will never get enough.

I adore the Mackealtars. I mean, OMFG! I need to go to Scotland and hear their accent for real. I mean in person it could sound 1000 times hotter, yes? Where I adored Drustan and Daegus' book I did not enjoy Cian as much. And I am thinking that this maybe just from the plot of the story.

Cian Mackeltar, reminds me a bit of Daegus(Dark Highlander) and Barron's(Fever) personality put into one. I find Cian dark and dangerous and very confident with himself that he can get anything he wants and seduce any woman he wants that except for Jessi St. James.

"Because I knew the moment I saw you,” he ground out savagely, her “I hate you” still ringing in his ears, “that in another life—a life where I didn’t become a dark sorcerer—you were my wife. I cherished you. I adored you. I loved you until the end of time, Jessica MacKeltar. But I doona get to have that life. So I’ll take you any fucking way I can get you. And I’ll not apologize for one moment of it"

Jessi St. James is our heroine of this story and Cian's druid skills to make her obey him do not work. So he has to convince her to help him to the very end on his own. I did not like Jessi as much as the other heroine's of the story. I don't know if it's because she's a brunette(joke: all the others were blonde.) but I just didn't connect to her that much as I did the other heroines.

SPELL OF THE HIGHLANDER was a bit slower than the last three books I had read which was disappointing. It was still a good story though. I am glad which each book we get appearances from Drustan and Daegus, because I sure do miss these Scotties.


  1. I'm not familiar with this series, but now I might just have to check at least the first book out.

  2. If you don't already has them, I have all the other Highlander books if you want to borrow. Also we should meet soon and do a book swap. I've been plowing through BEA books if there are any you want to borrow, lemme know cause I'm going to giveaway some stuff in July.