The newest in fan favorite Mayhue’s time-travel series certainly gives readers everything they want in a medieval and a time travel. Characters of vastly different backgrounds — Nordic and Texan — emotional turmoil, magic and an ever-expanding love coupled with an unusual plot make this an extraordinary read.
Malcolm MacDowylt, laird of Clan MacGahan, has lost faith in himself due to circumstances beyond his control. Most haunting are the death of his wife and his sister’s captivity by their magically endowed half-brother. A brave warrior, he strives to protect his clan and improve their lives.
Malcolm’s mother-in-law appeals to the goddess for aid in determining her daughter’s fate. The goddess reveals her daughter is alive and well in a different time, then magically transports Danielle Dearmon to a group of standing stones near Malcolm’s keep. Dani, Texas born and bred, began to believe in faerie magic as a child. She prayed for direction in life. Malcolm is unsure why Dani has appeared, yet the attraction between them is unmistakable. As Malcolm prepares to rescue his sister he realizes he must protect Dani above all else. Motivated by her love, Malcolm is able to withstand physical and psychological torture. With Dani’s magic he is able to escape his brother’s clutches and understand his sister’s destiny. In her love he has regained his true inner character and self-respect. (Pocket Star, Jan., 372 pp., $7.99)