The Bottom Line: Ninth century man who's all brawn and tender lovin'? Yes, I'll have some of that.
The final (so far) book in Karen Marie Moning's Highlander Series, Spell of the Highlander gives you one last romp in magic, love, and a good time.
Jessica St. James is in the middle of getting her Ph.D. My sister got her Ph.D. too, so Moning certainly got the temperament right. Work, work, work. And she doesn't often say, "No" either. Which is why she agrees when her professor asks her to sign for a package while he's in the hospital. Inside the package is a huge, ancient mirror. Er, and inside the mirror is a huge, ancient dude named Cian. But for being stuck in the mirror 1,133 years, he's in fine shape. Mm. Really fine.
Who doesn't love hot guys who pop out of mirrors? There's one drawback though - the sorcerer who put Cian there wants the mirror back. Bad. Assassins and bad guys are looking for the mirror and now they're looking for Jessi. She's a loose end they'll have to tie up, and Cian isn't about to let that happen, stuck in a mirror or not...
Cian actually gets to come out of the mirror from time to time, folks. He's got a little spell people can use to summon him, which is why this works for a romance. Haha. Otherwise we'd have some problems. Likewise, the mirror is an Unseelie Hallow, and now I know where they were all creeping around before the Fever Series. But that's a different story.
Sometimes I have to admit, I hate it when people think they're dreaming or hallucinating. Are people that dense? That adamant to refuse the reality happening around them? I mean, I've had some pretty realistic dreams before, but I'm pretty sure I'd know things were real if I licked a dude. But whatever. Once Jessi gets over that, she turns out to be pretty cool. I still like Gabrielle the best from the series (from The Immortal Highlander), but Jessi has her high points. And I really like the story. I like the whole mirror thing. It's kind of weird to accept that Cian is as well-rounded as he is for a ninth century guy, what with being stuck in a mirror and all. I understand he was able to see out and summon in some reading material now and then, but...still.
But who cares? It's hot and steamy and even I had no idea how Moning was going to wrap this up until the very end. I was pretty sure she'd painted herself into a corner and the Fae would have to get involved again. I was wrong. Kudos. She also doesn't head hop as much by far, similar to her last book, using section breaks instead. I've never found the head-hopping to be a problem, but some people do, so now you're forewarned.
So if you like brawny highland guys, enjoy a good magic spell or two, and romance is your bag of chips, then go ahead and pick this one up.
While studying some ancient artifacts, Jessi St. James encounters the image of a man inside the glass of an old mirror and discovers that she could hold the key to releasing Cian MacKeltar, a ninth-century Highlander, from his prison.