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This fourth book of the series takes u s through a series if major battles in 1745 Jacobite Rebellion from Edinburgh to Culloden. I was absolutely riveted by the detail and description the author lays out. Not for the light of heart, seriously. All the while we are also following the domestic relationships of the MacGregor Clan Chieftain and his English wife Beth as well as his brothers and other clan members. Some of the scenes depicted are heart wrenching; some sickening; some terrifying. We get both political sides and their varying opinions as well as those families and friends severed by ideology and/or on the fence for personal reasons. By the end if this fascinating book I feel numbed by the desolation of war and loss. Julia Brannan is an amazing author, and I highly recommend this outstanding series. I can barely wait for book five.
4.0 out of 5 starsWonderfully, emotionally beautiful
Reviewed in the United States on May 12, 2017
Being a historical fiction, we know (or can easily discover) how this story ends, but I've grown so attached to this cast of characters that a little part of me was hopeful that it wouldn't have to end that way certain ways for several of the characters (although to be believable for the event I understand). The description of the battles are done well - Brannan doesn't shy away from the honesty or gore of battle, but knows where to draw the line, so it does not detract from the story. I also like that we see many points of views, but in a way that enhances the story and helps make the turmoil of the period more apparent. There are still quite a few loose ends and I am pleased there is another book in the series (I originally thought this might be where she chose to end it and I'm glad it is not). I am curious to see how it all ends, but am also very nervous. Was not quite expecting certain events of the last few chapters and have decided to not truly process my feelings on them until I continue/finish the series; however, I've rarely emotionally reacted so frequently to a book (laughing, near tear). Only wish the very ending wasn't such a cliche to books about Highlanders, but look forward to seeing how this series concludes.
The Storm Breaks and our characters are in the middle of battle! Evil is beyond comprehension and does not limit its thrusts to the battlefield. The graphic experiences described are realistic not gratuitous. The overwhelming fight of right versus wrong is what this book is about. The victims and survivors share their stories and are so real I could only cringe and sob with them. Did I enjoy this book? I could not put it down! Surely I can find that right overcomes wrong in the next Book. However that doesn’t seem to be the way of the world - Bannan captures the despair of this battle with feeling and grit.
This is a fantastic series. Beth experiencing storms of fear about Anne's safety & that of the baby. The fear of Beth's extended family in London as to Beth & Anthony's disappearance along with the prospect of social ruination due to their connection. Beth & Alex experience a storm in their marriage because Beth failed to reveal the scope of Richard's attack on her prior to their marriage. Finally there were storms of leadership between Prince Charles & Lord George Murray. All these events interlock to reveal results and strategies in the forthcoming battles.
5.0 out of 5 starsWell Written Love Story in Jacobite Times
Reviewed in the United States on July 8, 2020
Love Books 1-3. If you love Outlander this is for you. A swoonworthy Highlander & spirited English girl. NOT the same story as Outlander. Totally different. Very well written & the characters jump off the page. You really feel immersed in their world. Not a cheesy romance (I’m not one for ‘romance’ books). This one is a well crafted love story (I love a good Outlander or The Bronze Horseman Epic love story). Highly Recommended!
I love this series. I appreciate when a writer bring history to life and be historically accurate as well. An emotional story that had me crying and laughing throughout. I can't wait for the 5th book coming this summer. Too far away!
Once again, Ms. Brennan doesn't disappoint. Her rare writing style has you as a "fly on the wall" during the Jacobite Rebellion. You'll find yourself holding your breath, crying, and praying for the characters. Although fiction, you can't help but notice her effort of research to make this historically accurate. If you have been so unfortunate as to have missed the previous books in this series I strongly recommend you buy them all.
Oh, my. This was the part I have dreaded. Brennan is creating a marve!ous work of art intertwining fiction with history. I feel the heaviness of sorrow. However there is hope. This is a riveting series. I am going to get my breath and begin number 5. Read this series. But read them in order. The author gives a synopsis before each book but there is so much more to the story.
5.0 out of 5 starsThere has to be another book - quickly please!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 8, 2017
I was reading this last book quite leisurely...enjoying the story telling, wondering if Alex manages to do some harm to Richard, if Beth will finally fall pregnant.. As the story was getting closer to Battle of Culloden it was more and more difficult to read at leisurely pace. I practically swallowed the rest of the story in couple of hours. The whole progress and struggles of Jacobite army are some greatly explained, that I feel an expert in this field of history myself. Wonderful. And when finally the Battle of Culloden arrived, I couldn't believe there was only 20% of the book left. There are some many things unresolved!!! The battle itself is described with great detail, I had a feeling I was standing there with all the Highlanders, couldn't believe who got killed (!!!!NOOO). What I loved the most about this bit of book is the fact that the author wasn't trying to make it a happy ending. No. She took the characters we loved away! Like in reality, the good people were taken...I was really shaken reading the last pages. Desolate.. Can't wait for another book.
I rarely buy an entire set of books … but this series of Jacobite stories broke all former purchasing patterns! I have a general interest in the period and places covered by this author. She has researched deeply and provided an entirely enthralling narration of events, full of compelling characters, and wonderfully described places and experiences. I am an avid ready anyway, but bought all of these for my iPad, and had finished them all in just more than a week - they were un-put-down-able! Thanks Julia Heartily recommended
Probably my favourite of the series up till now. The nature of the story and the deft plotting means that it's difficult to say much without adding spoilers, but it's probably safe to mention that this part of the series takes us to the Battle of Culloden and be warned: it is a harrowing portrayal and your heart will be in your mouth while you wonder what is going to happen to all the characters that you've grown to love or loathe in the previous episodes. I read the majority of this book in one sitting and I was grateful to have the next one ready to read, as I simply had to carry on reading to find out what happened next.
Wonderful! I won’t give any spoilers, but my need to read the next book has grown almost as fast as my love for the characters! I can’t complement the author Julia Brannan enough, her writing style is so compelling it’s hard to put her books down. Even one of my most favourite authors Diana Gabaldon, has tweeted that she’s reading this series. What a compliment! So if you are an outlander fan you couldn't go far wrong by reading these whilst you wait for the next one. Buy the whole series, you won’t be disappointed., but my need to read the next book has grown almost as fast as my love for the characters! I can’t complement the author Julia Brannan enough, her writing style is so compelling it’s hard to put her books down. Even one of my most favourite authors Diana Gabaldon, has tweeted that she’s reading this series. What a compliment! So if you are an outlander fan you couldn't go far wrong by reading these whilst you wait for the next one. Buy the whole series, you won’t be disappointed.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 27, 2017
I was not sure whether I'd continue reading the series because the third book I did not like that much, but I am glad that I've decided to read the 4th one after all. This is again very good, lots of historic details, more than in the previous books. And less mocking of the society than previously - which I missed a bit I admit. The historic background including the Jacobite army's battles and progress and Prince Charlie's acts are all engagingly presented and the story of Alex and Beth interwoven with it very well. Great read and would make a fantastic film.