Thursday, October 4, 2007

Highland Guardian-Melissa Mayhue

Highland Guardian
Melissa Mayhue
Pocket, Nov 2007, $6.99
ISBN: 978146532872

Half faerie - half human Ian McCullough is a guardian who has vigilantly watched the portal to the Fountain of Souls for six hundred years to insure mortals remain safe from malevolent soulless beings. However lately he and his guardian peers fear the evil Nuadians are planning an assault on the mortal plane. He willingly would risk his life to perform his protector duty.

Popular romance author Sarah Douglas moves into the cottage next door to Ian’s abode; she hopes Scotland inspires her tocreate her next novel as she struggles with writing it. She contains faerie blood that if she allowed it would enable her to be a "sensor", a rare person who can judge people's emotions. Ian wants to keep Sarah, but to do so he must keep her in the dark re her skill; but without her ability, the Nuadians might just succeed.

The key to this excellent romantic fantasy is the belief that the various species and their innate skills seem genuine. Ian and Sarah are strong protagonists as they fall in love he must make the most difficult decision of his life to keep her out of harm’s way vs. risking danger to many. Subgenre fans will enjoy Melissa Mayhue’s marvelous magic as the hero must decide between love and duty.

Harriet Klausner

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