Monday, April 22, 2019

AUDIO BOOK REVIEW: MIST WARRIOR by KATHRYN LOCH #MedievalRomance #Highlands





Title: Mist Warrior
Author(s):  Kathryn Loch
Series: (Legacy of the Mist Clans #1)
Narrator(s): Brian J. Gill
Publisher: Phoenix Publishing Group
Source: Purchase
Format: ebook/Audio Book
Release Date: July 14, 2015
Length :  8 hrs 24 mins
Reading Challenges: 2019 Audio Book Challenge
Speed 1.3x

Purchase:  AudibleAmazon





Mist Warrior is the first book in the Legacy of the Mist Clans series. This is not my first time entering a world created by the author so I had high expectations. The story did not disappoint.
Mist Warrior is a story of loss, love and revenge.

Witnessing his mother’s death at the hands of the man whom he believed was his father could not have been easy for Brenan. Then to make the situation worse he learnt that the same man murdered his biological father. Filled with rage Brenan is on the run as his enemy was determined to end his life and steal his legacy. His journey took him to his father’s land in Scotland. After 10 years of being on the rum, the time came for him to return to England and reclaim his birthright. However, tragedy and mayhem greeted him on his return and he found himself thrust into what would become greatest battle of his life.

I loved this story.  Well written and engaging, which came as no surprise. I had difficulty putting it down. The descriptive details as it relates to the medieval times, the characters, the language, customs, and the battles had me turning the pages.

I enjoyed the romance, but I was disappointed with how it worked out in the end. The heroine (Catriona) was betrothed to someone else while in love with the hero (Brenan). The journey to their HEA was rife with jealousy, angst and danger. 

The characters helped to drive the story. I admired Catriona for her strength, devotion and her archery skills. She is strong willed, a trait her betrothed despised. He underestimated her ability to take care of herself and tried everything to make her feel inferior, but he failed in his attempts. She carries the guilt of her parent’s death as she felt she did not do enough to save them. She saw Branan has her means of getting justice and she willingly accepts her betrothed treatment to see this happen. There were times, however where she acted like a whiny child and It was those moments I wanted to shake her. Thank goodness, these occurrences were rare.

Branan has a temper, which was fueled by his need for revenge, which he needs to keep under control or he risks becoming like his stepfather. He despises men who abuse women and occurrences like these fuel his anger. It was a stark reminder of what his mother endured prior to her death. 

The secondary characters added provided great support to hero and heroine, whether as a friend, a loyal servant, bodyguard or enemy. 

Narration
Brian J Gill narrated the story, and I thought he did an excellent job. He voiced both genders and the Scottish accents well.  I would definitely listen to more of his work.

Conclusion/Recommendation

A good listen and I look forward to listening/reading the next book in the series.


STORY


NARRATION




When he was twelve, Branan witnessed the man he knew
as his father, Strickland, strike the blow that would kill
his mother. Knowing she is dying, his mother tells Branan
the of the secret she has kept since his birth. She tells
him the truth of his heritage. Branan is the son of a
Scottish Laird, Raulf MacTavish. Strickland murdered
Branan’s true sire and forced his mother into marriage.

With the help of a foster family, Branan flees Inglewood
and finds safety with his father’s clan in Scotland. But
Strickland’s abuse has created a black shadow in Branan’s
soul, a rage so feral he cannot control it. He must walk
a fine line, with one foot in the mists of darkness and the
other in reality with only the illusion of control.

Twelve years later, Branan returns to Inglewood, now a
skilled warrior and the day of reckoning shadows his steps.
He is determined to seize his destiny and forever banish
the black rage within him.

But upon his return he discovers his beloved foster family
murdered and the woman he loves betrothed to another
man, and without Catriona, the black demon within his soul
rages more powerfully than ever..

He faces a battle that will decide much more than
vengeance or even justice. If he falters he will lose
himself to the black rage seething within him. Branan
knows if that happens he will become as vicious as
Strickland, a man he abhors.

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