Best-selling author Monica McCarty transports listeners to the 14th-century Scottish highlands in this dazzling novel. Warrior Tor MacLeod is picked by Robert the Bruce to lead the fight against English rule. Despite Tor’s rigid disposition and devotion to his craft, his new bride is determined to warm his heart.
©2010 Monica McCarty (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC
I love Epic Fantasy....have become a Historical Romance fan because I am a sucker for a good Happily Ever After. Good characters are a must
I read The Hawk which is the second book in the Highland Gaurd series so I couldn't wait to start the series properly with Book 1..The Chief.
I enjoyed this book a bit more than Hawk.. I think it is because it had a better romance element to the story. There is still the historical adventurous element to the book but the romance seems more prominent. There are also a lot more sensual sex scenes in this first book.
I really liked Christina and enjoyed how brave she was in the face of all the Highlander brawn!
I didn't like Tor/Chief quite as much as I enjoyed the Hawk character in book 2 (Tor is much more stoic & serious than Hawk). But he grew on me as he stopped being such a stubborn bullheaded man!
There were many of "moments" in this book that made me smile, laugh, cringe, or almost cry.
If you are a history buff and you like romance... this is the book for you. I absolutely love how the author uses true historical figures and events enter-weaved with her own touches to create a great historical romance! Credit worthy!
Again I like the narrators voice when he's telling the story, but his voice for Tor and most of the Highlanders is pretty annoying...I get used to it...but he's not my favorite.
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A very nice historical romance during the reign of Robert the Bruce and based on actual people. If you like historical romances you can not go wrong with this book. I highly recommend this book.
Never judge a book by its movie
Equal but different! Both Fantastic! Loved this book (my 24th greatgrandfather, was Robert Boyd) It's cool to read about a character that's loosely based on a real person.
Loved Erik MacSorley
Near the end, Tor's extremely educated wife Christina is kidnap by the English. She is being questioned about Robert the Bruce and his highland guard, and she behaves like the biggest airhead, so the English interrogator lets his guard down. Christina :
Can't wait for the whole series.
I loved the story of a man who dismissed a trap and turned it to his advantage.
The Chief could not be matched. He rose to meet every trial, reasonsed out every trap, and ultimately changed the circumstances to his advantage.
A complete disappointment. He made the heros sounds like cartoon book characters.
I wanted to know the ending but found the narrator's mighty mouse voice beyond annoying.
I finished the book despite the narrrator, but am hoping future books have a different narrator. The storyline is completely captivating and can't be ignored.
A Diana Gabaldon, one of the Lord John series.
Perhaps, but not if he's reading a romance.
I decided if the author used, when I was about 3/4 of the way through this thing "it was exquisite" one more time I was going to pan the book. Unfortunately, once you've listened to Gabaldon's Outlander series your expectations for description, characters, and the intelligence of female characters in particular, rises to the point where a great number of the romance writers are no longer able to meet your expectations.
And I had such high hopes for this book based on the synopsis.
Perhaps someone else will have better luck with this, I found it repetitive and predictable. And, of course, this meant I found the female lead naive to the point of absurd. Really, you're going to crawl into bed with a man, trusting your father, who you know to be manipulative and completely untrustworthy, to "rescue" you? You're going to rush off, defying logic and orders, because you're a clever girl who can read?
Disappointing, and read by a man, which was distinctly unsettling when "it was exquisite" was used repeatedly to describe any and all sexual arousal.
This was a great story which utilized real history and characters. The narrator was very poor. He was difficult to listen to and very monotone. His voice did not lend to the emotion that the charaters were feeling. If the story itself had not been so good I would not have listened to it at all.
No - The reader makes the hero sound like an automaton. The voice makes him sounds stupid.
I liked the action and surprises around every corner. And the fact that the hero is presented as a human with human flaws.
There was little difference between the character voices but the voice he created for Tor was horrible. I won't listen to the rest based on this performance.
Torquil the twin. There seemed to be room to do more with his character and he seemed jovial.
It really was a good story. Perhaps I'll read the other books.
It was mostly the narrator. The narrators voice was so monotone I couldn't get past the 30 minute mark. Don't get me wrong I tried listening twice, the narrating was just so bad that I could barely understand what he was saying.
Don't delve into the history behind the time
It was ok but just put to sleep by all the history
Couldn't get far enough into it to see
People who prefer books that are stripped of emotion by a voice that sounds computer generated.
No. Sometimes narration ruins a book. While the main female character's voice was okay, the male character, who was to have 'changed' in this novel, was just as robotic at the end as he was in the beginning.
The narrator needs to tone down the coldness of the main male character's voice. Anyone THAT cold would be criminally insane.
All scenes in which the main male character thought to himself that he is a 'hardened warrior', not a knight. Too much telling, instead of showing. There was no believable change in the male character...just as robotic at the end as in the beginning.
What is going on with narrators?! I've had a terrible run of ridiculous narration for authors that I usually like. I'm tempted to limit my purchases to Ann Flosnick and Simon Prebble...and the woman who narrated Sarah McCarty's "Caines Reckoning (?), I think it was..
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