"Immortal Highlander finds love and adventure"
William MacAlpin prefers his work as a Firefighting Smoke
Jumper rather than as the Immortal Protector destiny has
decreed. Lead by his Uncle Gavin, the Council orders
William to stop renegade Bartholomew from destroying the
present by changing the past. Because they suspect other
renegades assisting Bartholomew, William was the only one
they could trust. Bartholomew had escaped and time-
traveled to 1558 and Queen Mary's court.
Isabel de Pinze works in the Queen's kitchen and has a
secret life as an artist. On her way home from the art
studio, she sees a Highland warrior miraculously step out
of the river. While she stares in stunned amazement, he
is attacked by four ruffians. Unable to watch him be
killed, she joins in the struggle. Although they win, the
Highlander is badly wounded and Isabel takes him home to
the Manor House. This starts a string of events that
probably will lead to her death.
As soon as William saw Isabel, he started to fall in love
and must cope with unfamiliar emotions while completing
his mission. Isabel has the difficult choice to ignore
her feelings or to experience the love that she knows can
only last for the time William is there.
William's struggle with his upbringing and rules of the
Council are real and heartfelt. Isabel is an unusual
woman for her time being a human brought up by an
Immortal. Her feelings when she learns the secret about
her step-father and of her past show her strength and free
her to express the love she feels for William. There were
no slow parts in this story as the action and emotions
kept me turning the pages.
Time-travel and Paranormal readers should have this on
their 'must read' list. 'Highlander' TV/Movie fans will
enjoy the premise of this romantic adventure story. I
have been told this is a sequel to THE INSCRIPTION which I
have not yet read. I did not feel at all lost by not
having read the previous novel but I will be sure to look
Reviewed by Cy Korte
Posted June 6, 2003