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The Dark Highlander: The Highlander Series, Book 5 | [Karen Marie Moning]

The Dark Highlander: The Highlander Series, Book 5

From his penthouse lair high above Manhattan, Dageus looks out over a glittering city that calls to the darkness within him. A 16th-century Scot trapped between worlds, he is fighting a losing battle with the 13 Druids who possess his soul, dooming him to an eternity of sexual pursuit. When Chloe Zanders, student of antiquities, is drawn into his world, she finds the insatiable alpha male an irresistible lure.
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Publisher's Summary

"I am Dageus MacKeltar, a man with one good conscience and 13 bad ones, driven to sate my darkest desires...."

From his penthouse lair high above Manhattan, Dageus looks out over a glittering city that calls to the darkness within him. A 16th-century Scot trapped between worlds, he is fighting a losing battle with the 13 Druids who possess his soul, dooming him to an eternity of sexual pursuit.

When Chloe Zanders, student of antiquities, is drawn into his world, she finds the insatiable alpha male an irresistible lure. Before long, she is caught up in an ancient prophecy that will sweep her back in time to medieval Scotland. Plunged into a world of timeless magic and dark seduction, she will soon face the challenge of a lifetime: fighting 13 evil spirits for the heart of one irresistible man.

Great Scot! Don't miss our other titles in the Highlander series.

©2002 Karen Marie Moning; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio

What the Critics Say

"This wild, imaginative romp takes readers on an exhilarating ride through time and space." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Patricia Pittstown, NJ 06-24-08
    Patricia Pittstown, NJ 06-24-08
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    "Took my breath away"

    This is the final book in the Highlander series by Karen Marie Moning. I am a great Diana Gabaldon fan and I must say I found this series is as wonderful as the Outlander books.

    In "The Dark Highlander" we follow the life and love of Dageus MacKeltar through time and back. Suffice to say the characters are wonderful, sassy, humorous, and heart wrenching.

    The story is complicated and intriguing. I found myself holding my breath and crying at times throughout. We pick up where the fourth book ended and learn more of the characters from "Kiss of the Highlander". This is one of the reasons I think I enjoyed this book so much. I felt bereft when "Kiss of the Highlander" ended and wanted more. I was totally delighted and never let down to this end.

    The characters are charming, at times ruthless and always deep and rich. Adam Black returns initially to my chagrin. Without giving away too much he is in fine form and I found myself liking him more and more.

    Phil Gigante narrates all of the books in the series. His accents are flawless to my untrained ear. So I can only offer that I enjoyed the narration with no problems and a great deal of joy.

    I highly recommend the entire series.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    XYZPDQ Downers Grove, IL 06-20-08
    XYZPDQ Downers Grove, IL 06-20-08 Member Since 2008

    Rootin' Tootin'

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    "Loved this book!!!"

    This is a great book to listen to! Cloe Zanders finds herself helping Daegus MacKelter, who has 13 evil spirits sharing his body and trying to take him over. Will he give up all to ravage Cloe? Will Cloe give up everything to go to Scotland with a man she doesn't even know to try to free him from these evil spirits? Does she even believe him or does she think he is a crazy, but goood looking man!?! What will they do besides fall in love? This is Ms. Moning's 5th book in the series. You don't need to read the first three but it would be helpful if you read the fourth book, KISS OF A HIGHLANDER, first. Many of the characters in KISS appear in this book, if only briefly. I found this book fun to listen to and will listen again soon. Enjoy!

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Kelley West Jordan, UT, USA 09-07-09
    Kelley West Jordan, UT, USA 09-07-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Hot!"

    Phil Gigante does the most amazing job reading this series! His voice just makes you melt, especially when he is doing one of the Scottish Brogues!

    WARNING though! Even though it's not marked as such, this book is in the middle of a series. Most of the books can be just read as stand alone, but for this one, you really do need to listen to "Kiss of the Highlander" first. But trust me, they are worth the credits!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Mary arlington, TX, United States 11-09-08
    Mary arlington, TX, United States 11-09-08
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    "couldn't get enough"

    I have actually read the entire series now and just never got tired of them. I loved all of the characters, even if some parts were somewhat predictable. It mostly still kept me on the edge of my seat. I loved them and was really sorry to see it end.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle albany, GA, USA 07-16-09
    Michelle albany, GA, USA 07-16-09
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    "dark highlander"

    I loved her highlander series, and definitely enjoyed the narrator. Can't wait for the next book. Hope it goes to audiobook soon. (w/the same narrator of course).

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ani Alameda, CA, USA 11-22-08
    Ani Alameda, CA, USA 11-22-08
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    "Good story, heroine's voice a bit off putting"

    I liked the storyline and the romantic scenes were good but the tones the narrator used for the main heroine was a bit off-putting. She didn't sound like the intelligent person she was supposed to be when the narrator was saying her "speaking" lines. I preferred her "thinking" parts because the narrator used his own voice which didn't sound so forced.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Anna El Paso, TX, United States 09-20-12
    Anna El Paso, TX, United States 09-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    "MUST READ! Love the highlander!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Dark Highlander the most enjoyable?

    Phil Gigante's voice is sooooo smooth and awesome! I loved his reading of my favorite highlander series. He brings ALL the characters to life.


    What does Phil Gigante bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice really brings the characters to life. I can see the facial expressions of the characters as he describes them. His ability to do the baritone voices reverberates through me while I'm listening the book. He snares me so well that I sometimes continue to sit in my car because I just can't "put down" the book!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes!


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    L. JACOX usa 08-20-12
    L. JACOX usa 08-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Team Dagues !"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I love a good love story, and this one has drama and passion. there are tender moments between father and son that had me crying in the street.


    What other book might you compare The Dark Highlander to and why?

    I actually have recommended all of the Highlander series to my friends and they have become addicted to the stories as well


    Have you listened to any of Phil Gigante’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I have never heard him before this, and because of him I am having a hard time finding
    another book to listen. He took such care with his characters and there voices that all of the audiobooks I have heard after him, sound like a GPS system is reading the book to me,
    I really enjoyed his performance, and hope whom ever it is that decides who narrates what uses Gigante as the standard. His reading, emotion, and even anger was awesome !


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Hell Yes...I had to force myself to go to bed


    Any additional comments?

    More Phil Gigante doing paranormal romance and regular romance.!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Edinburgh, Scotland 07-09-12
    Karen Edinburgh, Scotland 07-09-12 Member Since 2007

    Historical romance junkie. Who doesn't love romance?

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    "Dark, sensual fun"
    Where does The Dark Highlander rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    I rate this one as a personal favorite.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Daegus is a tortured soul struggling to over come. This book is so superbly written that I found myself wanting to jump into it and become the heroine.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Daegus makes love to Chloe the first time, wow! Best love scene ever!


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the rich fantasy of this book, it's like a mystical spell and I couldn't stop listen to the incredible Phil Gigante. I love how Ms.Moning makes strong female heroines and of course even stronger hero's. The great pull and tug of this story makes it heart warming. I found myself physically hungering for the next book and the next. I was sad when I had Listened to them all so I started all over again and again and again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Lumpkin, GA, United States 03-13-11
    Julie Lumpkin, GA, United States 03-13-11
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    "1 of the best male readers there is"

    This is my favorite in the Highlander series so far, and Gigante is the best male reader I have heard thus far. Moning is one of my favorite authors too.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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