The Rebel of Clan Kincaid by Lily Blackwood
Overview by Publisher:
LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD
Since childhood, Magnus has been led to believe he is the Laird Alwyn’s bastard, and raised to hate the Clan Kincaid. But when he learns he is without a doubt the son of the murdered Laird Kincaid, his life as he has always known it is shattered. Now, hiding his knowledge and his fury, he returns to Burnbryde Castle, awaiting the chance to strike against the man whose treachery robbed him of his legacy. His first act of rebellion: to steal a kiss from the redheaded beauty who’s betrothed to the Alwyn’s eldest son and heir.
Since her arrival at Burnbryde, Tara Iverach has been confined to a tower to guard her virtue before she marries. But after a surprise embrace with a lean, bare-chested Highlander who claims to be the Alwyn’s oldest son, she can’t contain her excitement over her good fate. Unfortunately, he is thewrong eldest son, and she is set to marry his cruel and lecherous half brother, Hugh. Can Magnus conquer his rivals and claim his Kincaid destiny before the woman who’s captured his heart becomes his sworn enemy’s bride?
The feeling I had while reading this book was tension. The story starts off with revenge, fear, suspicion and politics. Magnus has come to learn that he is the lost son of the Clan Kincaid, a line that has been thought to be extinct since they were slaughtered by neighbouring clans. Magnus has unfinished business before he can reunite with his brother and take his place in the newly formed Kincaid clan. He must avenge his family against Alwyn and Buchan who wreaked the havoc on the Kincaids.
We meet Tara as she is being escorted from the abbey she has called home to her new home at castle Alwyn. She is full of trepidation as her sister has recently passed and she is to replace her as bride to the Laird’s son.
The grim beginnings lead to many challenges for Tara and Magnus. Tara is determined to get away from the horrible Alwyn’s and find the truth about her sister. She is locked into a tower and threatened by Hugh, her intended. Her only hope is Magnus.
Magnus finds that his chivalrous nature is called upon when he meets Tara. He is drawn to her and takes her cause up as his own. For such a sheltered young woman, Tara trusts her instincts with Magnus and not only relies on him to save her, she falls for him as well.
You would think with such dark and desperate times, there wouldn’t be much to smile about. Tara and Magnus find special moments that belong to just them. I could completely imagine them in Tara’s tower room discovering each other and spending frantic moments plotting their future as well as their passion.
The nefarious villains in this book are SO good. Lily Blackwood is able to make the characters evil and terrifying. While the story is not black and white, the politics are engaging and force the reader to examine the nature of humans and their propensity to support evil or fight it.
I found this book to be really interesting. At the heart of it is the bond that Magnus and Tara build to fight back against the people that would oppress them.
This is the second book in the series. Read my review here The Beast of Clan Kincaid