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Entertaining "Highlander" offshoot
on 27 April 2009
The write-up on the back page of this book states that it is a "new paranormal romance series". In actual fact it's an offshoot of the previous "Highlander" series, with a lot of the same characters in it.
The main male character in this book is Kenzie Gregor, who was the panther in the previous series. Kenzie was bespelled and turned into an animal to roam the centuries, until he realises that the power to turn back into a normal mortal man lies in his own hands, with his druid brother's help. Kenzie, the panther, appears in several of the "Highlander" books. However it is in the last book that we find out who his brother is and Kenzie turns back into a human.
In this new book, Kenzie and the ancient druid priest Father Daar, who has lost his powers, travel from Main and Kenzie buys a farm near to the sea. Also with them is William, the Irishman, who like Kenzie has been bespelled and turned into a dragon. However, no matter how hard he tries to explain, Kenzie can't get through to William that the ability to break the spell lies with him, William, alone. Now that he is back to a human being, Kenzie's mission in life is to help other "lost souls" like William.
Unfortunately, the farm that Kenzie has brought is lived in by Eve Anderson and her mother Mabel who is suffering from the onset of a form of Dementia.
Meeting Eve and Mabel in the bank, Kenzie is intrigued and attracted to Eve and shocked to later learn that in fact he is effectively putting them out of their home. Eve on the other hand is irritated by the large Scotsman. Recently divorced, she wants nothing to do with romance and men, even though her friend Maddy tries to persuade her that Kenzie is just right for her.
However, Kenzie and William have a problem. The witch who bespelled them way back in the ninth century, is annoyed that Kenzie has broken her spell and is now helping others to break the spells upon them. She keeps battering the farm with storms and sending her demons to battle with Kenzie and William.
At first Kenzie doesn't explain to Eve exactly who he is, or who the other Highlander's are, or what the strange storms are etc. Eventually he has to.
A pleasant read, in which a number of the other Highlanders and their families appear.
This "new" series may concentrate on the bewitched souls who come through time for Kenzie to help them, as at the end of this book, Kenzie could sense another soul appearing. Or, ir could could also be about the younger Highlander generation i.e. the sons/grandsons/daughters etc., who weren't dealt with in the previous series. We will have to wait to find out.