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#BookReview – “Dragon Knight’s Axe” by Mary Morgan

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Blurb

Alastair MacKay, a battled-scarred Dragon Knight flees to the sea to separate himself from his fae-given power connecting him to the land. But it is on land that he rescues a woman from a slave trader in Ireland. It is through Fiona he steps back inadvertently into a world filled with magic–taking on the role of protector and at the same time leading him on a journey to confront his greatest regret and fears.

Research assistant, Fiona O’Quinlan loves translating ancient artifacts at Trinity College. When she falls asleep on an archeological dig, she awakens in another time. She soon discovers a Dragon Knight’s relic has been entrusted into her care. Determined to return the artifact to the Great Glen, Fiona is unprepared for the danger ahead–losing her heart and soul to Alastair “Beast” MacKay.

Will their love be strong enough to soothe the beast and heal the man? Or will Death swing its axe, leaving them lost for all eternity?

Review

In book three of the Order of the Dragon Knights, Fiona O’Quinlan is obsessed with translating an old Irish stone tablet. She doesn’t have any friends and feels disconnected with her world. Then she passes out in a grove of trees only to awaken a captive in the 13th century.

Alastair MacKay is drawn to the unusual woman he sees at a slave market. Though he abhors slavery, he buys the woman to free her. Once he learns Fiona’s surname, he takes her to her kinfolk only to realize she isn’t what she seems. She’s from the future, but she was born in his time and has a Fenian warrior as a guardian. Alastair has shunned his fae heritage after the death of his beloved sister, but now he has no choice but to take a quest in order to fulfill his and Fiona’s destiny.

I love these characters! Fiona was levelheaded despite her predicament, and Alastair…wow. I adored him! He was so cold and angry at first, but Fiona chipped away at his defenses bit by bit, bringing him back from the darkness within his own soul. He was a completely different man by the end of the story, and I think he experienced the most character development of all the series heroes thus far. I especially liked that the H/h’s meeting with the Great Dragon was different from how the meetings were played out in the previous books.

Duncan, Stephen, and their wives returned, and I enjoyed all their scenes. I wish there would’ve been more scenes with Patrick and Alex MacFhearguis, though. Rory MacGregor was Fiona’s yummy protector, and I hope to see more of him and his fellow Fenian warriors in the later books.

Though I enjoyed this story, I felt that the climax (the battle with Michael) happened too fast, especially since it took place in the middle of the book. The pacing slowed a bit after that, but Alastair’s anger and pain over what had happened, and later Fiona’s sense of betrayal, kept my attention on the page.

Dragon Knight’s Axe is another wonderful addition to Ms. Morgan’s fascinating fantasy romance series.

Angus’s story is next, so stay tuned for the review.

4 Stars

— If you’ve read this book, I’d love to know what you think of it. Please comment below.