Grant’s newest Dark Sword novel skillfully melds history and legend in a quick-moving story. It’s an adventurous, sensuous and highly moving romance that is impossible to put down.
Galen, one of the warriors created by Druid magic to help rid England of Roman invaders, is sent to a remote loch in Scotland to uncover an artifact that could eliminate Deirdre, a Druid who uses her powers for evil. Reaghan, a Druid in the village, doesn’t appear to have magical powers. She sets out to explore the world and meets Galen. They are attracted, both mentally and physically. The entire village accompanies Galen to the MacLeod castle to join the residents and protect the remaining Druids. On their trek they stave off an attack by Deirdre’s minions and realize the power of their love. Deirdre organizes a major attack attempting to capture Reaghan. Reaghan is severely wounded in the ensuing battle, and surprising revelations reaffirm the ability of the power of love to overcome evil. (ST. MARTIN’S, Sep., 368 pp., $7.99)