Review: Son of the Morning by Linda Howard ★★★

Son of the Morning by Linda Howard
Genre:Suspense/ Time Travel
Series: n/a
Publication Date: 1997
ISBN: 067179938X
Page Count: 384
Review Copy: Received from the publisher for an honest review
Synopsis: A scholar specializing in ancient manuscripts, Grace St. John never imagined that a cache of fragile, old documents she discovered was the missing link to a lost Celtic treasure. But as soon as she deciphers the intriguing legend of the Knights of the Templar -- long fabled to hold the key to unlimited power -- Grace becomes the target of a ruthless killer bent on abusing the coveted force. Determined to stop him, Grace needs the help of a celebrated warrior bound by duty to uphold the Templar's secret for all eternity. But to find him -- and to save herself -- she must go back in time. Summoning the magic of an arcane ritual, Grace steps back to the barren hills of 14th-century Scotland, enduring the perils of an untamed land to confront Black Niall, a fierce man of dark fury and raw, unbridled desire. Driven by a mix of fear and passion, Grace enlists this brazen knight to join her in a modern-day search for a killer. In their quest to protect a timeless secret, they uncover a love for all time -- and a deadly duel of honor that risks everything they have.

REVIEW


Hmmm...

Like most other reviewers, I'm very unsure what to make of this book. To butcher that over-used cliché- it really doesn't do what it says on the tin.

Because on the tin it says it's a romance. A highlander time travel romance to be exact. Well, technically I'm not sure you can really get away with that statement or that classification since the Hero and Heroine DO NOT EVEN MEET UNTIL THE LAST THIRD OF THE BOOK!

It became clear right from the first chapter that it was going to be slightly different from the various other Time Travel Romances I've read in that the heroine is already married at the start of the book. So I figured because of this and everything that happens in chapter one, it might take slightly longer than usual for her to jump back in time. But two thirds of the book before it happens? Really?

It's a shame because the suspenseful on-the-run-from-a-psycho-killer plot probably would have kept me entertained quite well had it not been for the fact that I was waiting all the time for the time jump to happen. So that sense of impatience really ruined by enjoyment. So then I thought, okay this last third better be EXTREMELY good to make up for it....well, they had some hot sex, but I'm looking for love and romance and you can't accomplish that with any sort of credibility squidged into the last few pages, almost as an afterthought.

Oh, and this part of the blurb "....enlists this brazen knight to join her in a modern-day search for a killer" is just an out and out lie! There is NO hunt for a killer. AT ALL! Let alone a "modern-day search" with forensics and evidence and stuff. It begs the question has the blurb writer even read the book?

So, essentially this is like two separate books made into one with some enjoyable elements and a lot of potential, that unfortunately fails miserably in the execution.

3 Stars! ★★★
Review Copy: Received from the publisher for an honest review.

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