Debut author Mackenzie kicks off a stirring new trilogy that combines a host of thrilling paranormal elements from time travel to magic to ghosts. Although the story takes a while to kick into high gear, the characters are vibrant and appealing. Mackenzie is a talent on the rise!

Since he died in Scotland in 1746, the reputation of the Black Maclean has suffered greatly. Blamed for the slaughter of his people, Maclean is both feared and despised. But through the magical machinations of the Scottish sorceress the Fiosaiche, Maclean is being given one more chance. He suddenly awakens from his centuries of slumber and finds himself in a world he doesn't recognize, with the added problem that no one can see or hear him.

Author Arabella "Bella" Ryan has come to this remote area of Scotland to work on her new book about the life and legend of the Black Maclean. Bella first chalks up the strange drafts and occurrences to her imagination, but soon she begins to wonder if she's being haunted. Both Bella and Maclean are startled when he begins to materialize in the modern world. Can Bella help Maclean right a centuries-old wrong? Or will hatred and dark magic win out?

(Aug, 384 pp., $5.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith