by Donna Grant

September 2011
ISBN: 978-0-312-53348-9
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Loch Awe, Southwestern Scotland

Summer 1603

Sent on a dangerous mission to recover an ancient artifact that could be the key to finally destroying the villainous Deirdre, Galen Shaw and his fellow warrior Logan enter the shadowy world of the last surviving Druids. Scouting ahead Galen spots a beautiful woman whose grace and magic power call to his long dormant soul.

Druid Reaghan harbors many well kept secrets, and is sheltered by her dwindling group of fellow druids. Suffering from amnesia that the elders claim was brought about by a fever, Reaghan senses more about her hidden memories then her protectors let on. Against the wishes of the druid elders, Reaghan brings Galen and Logan to her hidden village. Galen begins to realize that Reaghan is the only person he has ever encountered in his 250 years of life who is immune to the power of his god: Being able to read minds. But it isnít just that which draws Galen to Reaghan, and Reaghan has finally found comfort, safety, and passion in Galenís arms.

The secret power which Reaghan has buried inside her is not the only thing threatening to keep the newfound lovers apart, but the fears and distrust of her fellow druids and the looming evil of Deirdre. Can this Shadow Highlander be the answer to Reaghan finally finding her inner magic to battle the dark forces the warriors of MacLeod castle need to defeat Deirdre once and for all?

The Dark Sword series keeps its momentum on the upswing with the fifth installment Shadow Highlander. Donna Grant captures the readerís heart, soul and imagination with in depth complicated characterizations of both her heroes and villains. Reaghan takes the steps necessary to regain her lost memories and with the help of Galen who thought that his god would never permit him to love, they are a force to be reckoned with. Awesome!

Reviewed in December 2011 by Bonnie.

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