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Friday, December 10, 2010

Swordsong by Skhye Moncrief

Swordsong by Skhye Moncrief
Time Guardians, Book 3
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemp, Historical, Time Travel (primarily present time), Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (347 pages)
Heat Level: hot
Rating: 4 books
Reviewed by Camellia

The most valiant time guardian saves his soul mate from an unorthodox time traveler wanting to steal her heart to gain control of the timeline.

Murdo McEwen's stuck in present-day Scotland with a bent time-travel key and only swordsmith, Katie Innis, can repair it. Duty requires he return to his time. His ticket home relies on a lonely woman haunted by more than the apparitions visiting her. Her track record with men keeps her distant. And ghostly events keep pushing them closer together. Earning her trust will require the kind of patience only a valiant time guardian learns during his twenty years of apprenticeship. If time-travel duty, romance, and a bit of magic don’t help them realize their destiny resonates in mysterious fairy SWORDSONG, all known history could change.

A guardian of time lines and seeker of the truth, Ring Master Murdo McEwen gets an abrupt introduction to Katie McInnis—the beginning of a beguiling love story.

The culture Murdo comes from is rather cumbersome, but all the ins and outs of it fade into the background as he lands in the twenty-first century rather than the thirty-first century. The fairies have their own agenda and timetable for him.

In 2004, Murdo ends up in Scotland with three vacationing girl friends that have been together for twenty-seven days and are thoroughly tired of each other’s company. The humorous style Skhye Moncrief uses entertains while setting up an intriguing plot that entwines Katie and Murdo’s lives.

Katie, an apprentice swordsmith, works with her Uncle John who is a master swordsmith. She came to live with Uncle John, Aunt Iona, and Sticky Fingers John, their icky son when her parents were killed. However, she feels alone, hates Sticky Fingers’ groping antics, and longs for a good man to love and to love her. Of course, she hadn’t planned to hit a hunky man in a kilt with her car, but it happened and Katie’s heart jumps with anticipation. He is the one she wants, but fears she can never have.

On the Loch Lomond Gloaming Cruise with Black Liam, Katie and Murdo , as destined, connect. Liam tells Murdo that “the High Priestess has sent word” Katie is Murdo’s soul mate. He is to protect and take care of her. He already adores his sensual, charming maiden. By being patient and trustworthy, he hopes to win her love. He would like to kill Cousin Sticky Fingers for the way he treats Katie. Since that is not acceptable in the twenty-first century, he must deal with the crude cousin in a different way.

His forbearance, pure love, and finally his and Katie’s “hand fasting” create an enchanting love story with a touch of magic.

The secondary characters like Duke Ronat and Black Liam add a bit of mystery and supernatural to Swordsong because they play important roles in Katie and Murdo’s destiny—a destiny that sends them to a time and a life far removed from the lives they have known.

Swordsong is a tale of future, present, and past with each of the time periods nurturing Katie and Murdo until the time is right for their union—their destiny.

Skhye Moncrief creates a unique culture from which Murdo comes. She weaves it in with present culture, making a compelling, sparkling love story with a unique twist near the end.