Author: Kathryn LeVeque
Genre: Historical, Romance
Rating: 3 Stars
As the bastard son of a duke, Magnus Stewart’s royal blood has been a curse. Lured by the mystique and riches of the legendary fight club, Ludus Caledonia, Magnus uses his anger and bitterness to battle his way to the status of a prized gladiator known as The Eagle.
Diantha de Mora has heard of The Eagle, and in desperation, she seeks his help to escape the men pursuing her. Magnus comes to her aid, and in one night, his fate is changed forever. Mutual attraction is instant, but with enemies at every turn, it’ll take muscle and a miracle for them to make it to the Highlands alive. There, Magnus can reclaim his destiny, as Diantha guides his heart home.
WARNING – SPOILERS MAY ENSUE BEYOND THIS POINT – REVIEW BELOW
To be honest, Highland Legend by Kathryn LeVeque was an okay read. It had some good qualities, but it had some pretty bad qualities as well.
The writing itself was great – I didn’t run into a lot of typos, or at least no glaringly obvious ones. The narrative flowed fairly smoothly, and overall, I liked the characters. The romance between the two main characters was sweet.
That was also part of the problem, though. The romance between Magnus and Diantha was cautiously sweet in almost a naïve way – which didn’t really fit the determined Diantha and experienced Magnus very well – it felt out of place in the context of the story.
On top of this, the world-building was perplexing. I guess I just don’t understand the point of a book being placed in the Scottish highlands being so heavily built around roman culture.
Don’t get me wrong, if you want a light romance read set in a historical context, this would be a good book to pick up while you’re sitting in a waiting room and want to pass the time… but it isn’t a book you’ll probably get engrossed in.