by Karen Marie Moning

October 2002
ISBN: 0-440-23755-6
Reviewer Graphic Button Dell Publishing
Mass Market Paperback

Dageus MacKeltar broke the rules. As a druid priest, entrusted with the secret of time travel, he went into the past to save his twin brother, Drustan’s life. When he did this, he set free the souls of 13 evil druids. These souls now inhabit him and are doing everything they can to take over his body.

Chloe Zanders loves all things Scottish. Her grandfather instilled in her a love of Scotland that she has parlayed into a job as an assistant curator to the medieval collections at The Cloisters and The Met in New York City. She is really upset when her boss instructs her take an ancient and valuable manuscript to a wealthy benefactor. When she gets there and Dageus is not there, she starts snooping around his penthouse apartment, staring in awe at his collection of medieval artifacts. She makes the startling discovery that he is also the “Gaulish Ghost”, an elusive thief who has stolen several ancient manuscripts similar to the one she is delivering today.

Dageus has been “borrowing” these manuscripts in an effort to find out more information about the “Tuatha De Danaan” or the Fairies who originally imprisoned the thirteen souls in order to find a way to reverse the possession and regain control of his body. When he meets Chloe, Dageus also realizes that she is “The One”, his soul mate.

What follows is a race against time to find the information needed to free Dageus. Ms. Moning takes us from modern day London and New York City to Sixteenth Century Scotland. We get to see some old friends from Kiss of the Highlander, the story of his twin brother Drustan, and their father, Silvan and their stepmother Nellie.

The Dark Highlander is a fun and sexy romp through time that I thoroughly enjoyed. I eagerly look forward to her next endeavor.

Reviewed in November 2002 by Carolyn.

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