One of the very few series´ I bought and read within no time. The summary intrigued me right from the start and reading this time-travel-fantasy series turned out to be one hell of a great ride. I don´t know exactly what made me pay attention, for sure not the cover of the German edition. But somehow, I ended up buying it and spending an afternoon reading and diving into this fascinating world.

Beyond The Highland Mist
by Karen Marie Moning
Highlander Series #1
Publisher Dell on May 29, 2007
Genre Paranormal-Fantasy
Pages 375
Format Paperback
Source Purchased

He would sell his warrior soul to possess her … An alluring laird … He was known throughout the kingdom as Hawk, legendary predator of the battlefield and the boudoir. No woman could refuse his touch, but no woman ever stirred his heart – until a vengeful fairy tumbled Adrienne de Simone out of modern-day Seattle and into medieval Scotland. Captive in a century not her own, entirely too bold, too outspoken, she was an irresistible challenge to the sixteenth-century rogue. Coerced into a marriage with Hawk, Adrienne vowed to keep him at arm´s length – but his sweet seduction played havoc with her resolve. A prisoner in time … She had a perfect “no” on her perfect lips for the notorious laird, but Hawk swore she would whisper his name with desire, begging for the passion he longed to ignite within her. Not even the barriers of time and space would keep him from winning her love. Despite her uncertainty about following the promptings of her own passionate heart, Adrienne´s reservations were no match for Hawk´s determination to keep her by his side …
Adrienne lands from one second to the next in the lap of the brutal lord of the castle, Red Comyn, in Scotland in the 16th century, through a vengeful whim of fairy king Finnbheara. She is forced to marry another lord of the castle, the Hawk. She shows her cold shoulder to the incredulous Hawk and resists his charms, even if her body speaks a completely different language. However, that changes abruptly when she gets unexpectedly promoted back to the 20th century.

The book is initially a somewhat ponderous novel, but then quickly gaining tension and becomes a captivating read. Cleverly describes the author with a very expressive language, the advertising of Hawk to Adrienne and how she reacts. 

In addition to many such scenes, the author also describes in her beautiful language a beautiful colorful landscape and gives the reader insights into the life of yesteryear. The beautiful combination of magic and time creates a rousing and unbelievably beautiful action in front of the reader´s eye, centered on beautifully designed figures. 

Strongly powerful characters were created by Karen Marie Moning and dominate the plot. The author gives her figures heart, soul, and three-dimensionality, which, together with the story, produce an erotic as well as interesting activities in which faith itself and love play an absolute role. 

The fairies are breathtakingly beautiful people, but they are driven by vengeance, boredom and the knowledge that their strength is superior. The moment, when the fairy king´s fool realizes that one can resist the fairies, was absolutely divine in my eyes.

Those who keep reading beyond the somewhat cumbersome start will soon be rewarded with a rousing and captivating story where you get involved in the danger and thrill of a different time and place. 

Happy reading

Karen Marie Moning
Karen Marie Moning ©Jonathan Gibson

Karen Marie Moning is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fever series, featuring MacKayla Lane, and the award-winning Highlander series. She has a bachelor´s degree in society and law from Purdue University. 



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    1. Thanks for the compliment. That entire series was a more or less great read.


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