Saturday, August 30, 2008

Son of the Morning by Linda Howard

Book Description:
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.

Outlander meets the Da Vinci Code?  Whatever is - I really loved this book!

It was so exciting and not what I expected at all. It starts out like a thriller a la Grisham's The Pelican Brief. Grace St. John a scholar in medieval languages and archeology witnesses the murder of her brother and husband and must go on the run in order not to be murdered herself by the evil Foundation that is in search of the lost treasure of the Knights of Templar. The book has elements of The Da Vinci Code in the Templar respect. But, then at the same time, this is a Scottish highlander time travel romance! Kniall is a true alpha hero Scottish warrior that is a former Knight of the Templar in 1322 and he is also the designated Guardian of the Treasure, kept at his Scottish Castle. He and Grace have a certain kind of telepathy going in their dreams of which are sexy and erotic. She is translating documents and old manuscripts that describe him and she can't get him out of her mind. Last but not least, I found some similarities in this story to the movie, "Nurse Betty" with Grace being hunted down by two of the Foundation's henchmen who want her dead. While Grace is on the run and fighting off the henchman she makes a few friends who are interesting, a computer geek and her colorful landlady, a former call girl who becomes her confidante, Harmony. The majority of the book is following Grace and her transformation from sendentary slightly overweight scholar to tough, lithesome, street savvy commando (think the girl in "The Terminator Part II".)

In the last third of the book, Grace must travel back in time to be with Kniall in order to save the Treasure from the evil Parrish (head of the Foundation.) We learn about Kniall and his life as a warrior and the Guardian and the history of the Templars and finally the culmination of when Grace and Kniall finally meet face to face - which is not exactly the "reunion" we've been waiting for, but eventually they have a very, very, steamy sexy night together. Kniall must travel forward in time to defeat the evil Foundation as well and he comes face to face with Parrish - exciting stuff!

I thought the whole thing was very entertaining. A few loopholes, but who cares? This was a riveting thriller of a time travel novel and I ate it up - all while on my non-stop flight from California to Newark. I highly recommend it!


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