Title: Dragon Knight’s Axe, Order of the Dragon Knights, Book 3
Author: Mary Morgan
Genre: Paranormal Scottish Romance
Published by: The Wild Rose press, Inc.
Published Date: June 11, 2015
Official Story Summary: Alastair MacKay, a battled-scarred Dragon Knight flees to the sea to separate himself from his fae-given power connecting him to the land.
But it is on land that he rescues a woman from a slave trader in Ireland. It is through Fiona he steps back inadvertently into a world filled with magic—taking on the role of protector and at the same time leading him on a journey to confront his greatest regret and fears. Research assistant, Fiona O’Quinlan loves translating ancient artifacts at Trinity College. When she falls asleep on an archeological dig, she awakens in another time.
She soon discovers a Dragon Knight’s relic has been entrusted into her care. Determined to return the artifact to the Great Glen, Fiona is unprepared for the danger ahead—losing her heart and soul to Alastair “Beast” MacKay. Will their love be strong enough to soothe the beast and heal the man? Or will Death swing its axe, leaving them lost for all eternity?
My Thoughts: I was revved up for this one, because I’ve already fallen in love with the series and the author’s writing.
And true to form I was pulled into a fantastic story within the first paragraph in 1206. I was fighting a vicious sea, spewing water from my mouth, slashing rain and wind so strong I was brought to my knees. Was I headed overboard? Whoa! What an opening.
This series has time travel. Why do I love it so? It’s because traveling to the past is NOT something each heroine in the series wants. Each have their own story on how they arrived to the highlands. In my fantasy of fantasies, I’d really love to be one of these women who get pulled back. But since it is HIGHLY unlikely, I must satisfy myself traveling through the imagination and inspiration of a clever author. Mary Morgan has captured my fantasies with fae, a dragon living in Loch Ness who can speak through mind touch, brawny, brave, honorable men and a wild land of magic.
Alastair is one of the Clan MacKay brothers, also known as Dragon Knights, who were the protectors and guardian of the last remaining dragon. They also held Holy Relics to protect. These brothers were special because they were half fae, half human with mystical powers. Alastair’s was the most powerful, for he had control of the land and he was responsible for the holy relic axe.
When blood of their sister, Meggie, was spilled on holy ground, the Fae removed the relics from them and their names were stricken from the Order. In essence, they were banished. But because the Fae stilled loved them, they gave them a path to redemption. A quest.
An added tidbit I felt very compelling were the one sentence sayings beginning each chapter. For example here are two.
To control one’s destiny ‘tis foolish, for it will bind the person in chains upon a path of uncertainty.
A thorn will cause ye to bleed. However, the truth will tear your heart to shreds.
Fiona lived in present day, Dublin, Ireland. An intelligent researcher working at Trinity College was busy working on a translation of a slab found in Navan during an archeological dig. It was written in Latin and Ogham with two words in Gaelic Dragon Knight. Fiona was like one obsessed when she worked. She always had to find out the meaning behind words. And she did, but not in the way she expected.
Fiona was much the loner. She rather be with animals for she communicated with them better than people. One fateful day not far in the future she met destiny, and was sent back to the past.
This is Alastair’s story as well as Fiona’s. Alastair had to face his past, and learn from it. He had been staying off land, at sea, for the sea wasn’t his element. He could not manipulate it. He chose this as punishment for his part in the death of his sister. There was a point where he decided to face the future. It was time for him to redeem himself and begin his quest. Destiny placed Fiona in his path. It’s a good thing he came when he did for Fiona was being sold as a slave! Yes, this is a delicious story!
This story was full of adventure, excitement, mystery, suspense, Fae, Fenian warriors and a dragon. Is it a combination that intrigues you? Do indulge. What a world, what a series and what a great story! Lassies, meet your brawny highlanders who will NOT disappoint.
Just a note here. There is just a wee bit of ‘real’ in this story. Arbroath Abbey did exist among other places. Make sure to peruse the author’s notes at the back of the book. Hopefully, it will wet your appetite to stay a bit longer in the past, this time, the real past.
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I am a constant daydreamer and have been told quite often to remove my head from the clouds. Yet, this is where I find the magic to write my stories. Not only do I love to weave a good tale, but I have a voracious appetite for reading. I worked for Borders Books for almost fourteen years. Imagine my delight to be surrounded by so many books, talking to others about them, and getting paid.
I have traveled to England, Scotland, Ireland, and France. There are those who know me well when I say, “My heart is in the Highlands.” I believe I have left it there or maybe in Ireland.
When not writing, I enjoy playing in my garden–another place where magic grows. Of course, there is time spent with my family. They are the ones that keep me grounded.