Thursday, July 10, 2008

"With Every Breath" by Lynn Kurland

When medieval laird Robert Cameron pounds on Sunny Phillips's door, he isn't paying a social call. He's braved a trip onto enemy soil to fetch the MacLeod witch, a crone renowned for her healing powers. But the woman who opens her door to him is enchanting and young... and not from his century.
Not having read anything by Lynn Kurland previously, I chanced upon a few positive reviews giving it the nod and decided to give it a shot. I was not aware that it was part of a larger series “The Books of Macleod” but it doesn’t require you to have read other volumes and stands on its own. However appreciation for the back story and other characters would probably be improved with greater familiarity of the other volumes.

I would classify this novel as part of subgenre sometimes referred to as Highlander Time Travel Historical Fantasy. OK that’s a mouthful. Diana Gabaldon with her sophisticated and historically rich Outlander series (all of which are excellent by the way) almost single-handedly created the genre and is it’s best example. I consider Lynn Kurland’s story an example of what I would call Gabaldon lite. Don’t take that as a criticism. It is not near as rich in historical detail and spends more time with characters in the present then the past by comparison. For a quick enjoyable read this can be a plus. A small caveat is that at times the plot twists are telegraphed a little early and are sometimes too predictable. Nevertheless a good beach read or guilty pleasure.

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