Author: May McGoldrick
Publisher: St Martin’s
Rating: 4 stars
Buy Links: Amazon
Type: Novel in Series
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Blurb: Miranda MacDonnell is on the run. When she inherited a mysterious relic from her mother, she had no idea the dangers it would bring. Now hunted by a relentless foe who will stop at nothing to find her, she has one choice: stow away on the ship of the notorious privateer, Black Hawk.
Rob Hawkins, the half-English privateer known as Black Hawk, has a mission from the Tudor king to find and kill the rogue commander, Sir Ralph Evers. To complete his quest, Hawk must find Miranda, a young woman Evers is pursuing. Caught in a tempest, he is shipwrecked with a “boy” who demonstrates an uncanny ability for saving him. Cast away on the mysterious Isle of the Dead, Hawk realizes that the “boy” traveling with him is actually Miranda MacDonnell and having her means that Evers will come to him. What begins as a ploy —using her as bait—soon changes, however, as he falls in love with her.
Ancient forces are at work, drawing the four possessors of the relic’s power to the Isle of the Dead in the Outer Hebrides for a final battle where good must overcome the forces of evil in this spectacular finale to the Scottish Relic Trilogy.
Review: This book, third and last in the series, had a trope that we all love. The heroine pretending to be a boy in order to actively participate in her own destiny.
Miranda was on the run from the Englishman Ralph Evers, who was using his position of power to be able to ruthlessly hunt down all the others who had pieces of the stone that gave them special powers. Escaping by boat only led to her being shipwrecked with Rob Hawkins, the notorious Black Hawk privateer. Fortunately, her disguise as a young man kept her safe for quite a while, until Rob discovered the truth.
Would he help her? Unbeknownst to her, Rob is on a mission from the English King to find and destroy Ralph Evers, so being with her ensures that they will eventually meet up. Of course, as fate would have it, they become romantically involved and so Rob’s desire to protect her from Evers gets stronger, and his desire to end Evers also gets stronger.
As the other stone-keepers and their partners gathered with Miranda and Rob, Ralph Evers grows nearer and nearer. Can they keep him from getting the last part and using the full tablet to resurrect a dark magic that would harm the entire world?
These books are very interesting and the romantic element is always enjoyable. However, by the time I got to this I was pretty much done. Maybe if I’d read them closer together? Might have helped. I had just lost the urgency to finish the series. Otherwise, it was a good read. If you enjoy Scottish tales with some spooky or magical qualities, I think you’d really like this series and this book. Thanks!