Review: Spell of the Highlander by Karen Marie Moning

Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Series: Highlander #7
 Pages: 394
 Publication Date: August 30th, 2005
Publisher: Dell
Reviewed by: Amber I

Powerful. Sensual. Seductive. He is all that is shamelessly erotic in a man. In her sexiest Highlander novel yet, New York Times bestselling author Karen Moning stirs up a sizzling brew of ancient mystery and modern passion as she brings together a devilishly handsome Celtic warrior trapped in time . . . and the woman who’s about to pay the ultimate price for freeing him. Age-old secrets haunt them. Deadly danger and irresistible desire shadow their every move. It’s a relationship for the ages. And all that separates them is a mere thirteen hundred years. . . .

Jessi St. James has got to get a life. Too many hours studying ancient artifacts has given the hardworking archaeology student a bad case of sex on the brain. So she figures she must be dreaming when she spies a gorgeous half-naked man staring out at her from inside the silvery glass of an ancient mirror. But when a split-second decision saves her from a terrifying attempt on her life, Jessi suddenly finds herself confronting six and a half feet of smoldering, insatiable alpha male.

Heir to the arcane magic of his Druid ancestors, eleven centuries ago Cian MacKeltar was trapped inside the Dark Glass, one of four coveted Unseelie Hallows, objects of unspeakable power. When the Dark Glass is stolen, an ancient enemy will stop at nothing to reclaim it, destroying everything in his path–including the one woman who may just hold the key to breaking the ninth-century Highlander’s dark spell. For Jessi, the muscle-bound sex god in the mirror is not only tantalizingly real, he’s offering his protection–from exactly what, Jessi doesn’t know. And all he wants in exchange is the exquisite pleasure of sharing her bed.

Yet even as Cian’s insatiable hunger begins to work its dark magic on Jessi, his ancient enemy is about to obtain the final and most dangerous of the Unseelie Hallows–and the ninth-century Highlander must stop him from getting it. Nothing less than the very fabric of the universe and two passionately entwined lives are at stake–as Cian and Jessi fight to claim the kind of love that comes along but once in an ice age. . . .

My Thoughts

Honestly I think Dageus book has ruined me forever. I just fell so in love with it that it was really hard for me to like this book. It took a little while to get into it. There was really no good reason why, it was all me. But by the end I did get into and it was a great book. 

Cian really does live in a mirror. Its crazy to see this bad ass highlander suffering from this spell that traps in there. He can get out when Jessica says the spell but you never know for how long it will last and she can only release him once every 24 hrs. When they first meet he is a big brute but obviously over time he softens up a bit to Jessica. 

Cian just has keep the mirror out of his enemies hand and try to protect Jessica (because his enemy will kill anyone who has seen the mirror) for 3 weeks. Seems simple. But when the dark sorcerer shows he is pretty skilled at tracking. Cian takes him the mirror and Jessica to the Highlands! This is my favorite part because we get to go to Castle MacKeltar and see some of my favorite characters including none other then Dageus!! 

Like all Highlander books expect a pretty virgin and a sexy Highlander, who against all odds fall in love. Luckily these virgins don't expect nice tender loving their first Because they just don't get it like that.  This is one of the few Highlander books we did not time travel in but we got to go to Scottland so I am okay with that. I did love this series and am really going to miss them. The end of this book said she would write more so I am going to hope for that! 


  1. Great review Amber :) I really have to get to reading Karen Marie's books..haven't started one as of yet.

  2. I love this series! And does this mean you have not read her Fever series either?

  3. OMG you're up to book #7 already? I really need to get with the program. Thanks for the review, well done as usual. :)

    1. awww thanks! I really liked this series. I think there was only 1 book that I wasn't to impressed with. And then there was book 5 that I totally fell in love with. If you read them make sure I

  4. Oh I love this series! My fave is Drustan's story. I love the scene where he tries on the jeans. lol .
    This book had it's moments and I did enjoy it as well. But ... well you know there are a few others that were better in the series. ;o)


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