Review: Legend of the Highland Dragon by Isabel Cooper
Date Published: December 3, 2013
Review by Wendy Dawn
In Victorian England, gossip is often as precious as gold. But the Highlanders are a more mysterious bunch. And if anyone found out that Stephen MacAlasdair really was, he’d be hunted down, murdered, his clan wiped out. As he’s called to London on business, he’ll have to be extra vigilant—especially between sunset and the appearance of the first evening star.
Mina just wanted to find out more about the arrogant man who showed up in her employer’s office. Some might say it was part of her job. She never thought the stranger would turn into a dragon right in front of her. Or that he’d then offer her an outrageous sum of money to serve as his personal secretary.
Working together night and day to track a dangerous enemy, Mina comes to see a man in love is more powerful and determined than any dragon.
“The Reviews are in”:
An interesting and enjoyable read. If you are into the Victorian era, especially the congeniality of everyone, this is a book for you. Throw in a Dragon or two and some magic, it make for a very interesting read.
Mina is an interesting character. She is an independent woman in a time when women’s suffrage was in its infancy. Having a mind of her own and a sense of self-made her stand out as an individual. She was more than the streets she came from.
She is very accepting of her new employer. He is reveled as a dragon early in the story. She takes his differences in stride.
“She saw great leathery wings folded against the beast’s sides. She saw a long snaky neck that ended in a great wedge of a head, the same deep red as the rest of the creature. I had golden eyes, that head, and a mouthful of teeth like railroad spikes.” ~Mina describing seeing Stephen MacAlasdair’s true form the first time.
Stephen is head of the MacAlasdair clan. He is an honorable and decent man. He tries to take care of all those under his roof. Being born of a different race has not stopped him from adopting chivalry and decent moral values. His values are not just Victorian, they go farther back. Living for hundreds of years, he has been able to set his own moral compass.
As a character, his inner turmoil really makes readers feel for him and want to know what makes him tick.
“Duty: there was a set of iron bars. Honor was another good one. He would shut himself behind both quite willingly. He knew it was for the best, and yet…” ~Stephen on his life and the hard choices he has made.
As a whole this was a pretty good read, it will keep you engaged with enough action and mystery. Being set in Victorian times, do not expect tons of sexual acts described, do expect romance budding and being consummated.
The only thing you will wish for is a bit more description of the surroundings. Occurring during a different era, it would have been nice to hear a little more of what life was like. There are glimpses, just not hard-core looks.
You will find it an entertaining read. It is a nice distraction from your day-to-day struggles, seeing back when things were simpler and not so technology driven.
*The rating system is based on 1-5, 5 being the best and 1 the worst.
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