Review: Highlander’s Prize by Mary Wine

Highlander’s Prize by Mary Wine
Series: Highlander (# 5)
Release Date: April 1, 2012
Page Count:  352 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Source: NetGalley

Acclaimed author Mary Wine captures all of the raw, rugged beauty of the Scottish Highlands, where tumultuous times bred a race of warriors who fought for country, keep, and kin, and loved as passionately as they lived.

Beautiful Clarrisa is sent to Scotland to marry the king, but is soon thwarted by the handsome Laird Broen MacNichols. For Broen, Clarrisa becomes far more than a kidnapped prize. Sparks fly as he enjoys sparring with the intelligent and independent-minded lady from York. Captive turns captor when Broen loses his heart and risks everything to keep Clarissa for himself.


Review: I have a great love and fondness for anything Scotland but especially for the Highlands. Characters seem to be made of a hardier stock than other parts of the world. The characters in Mary Wise’s latest novel in her Highlander series prove to be exactly how I envision Highlanders to be. Edme, a secondary character is one of my favourite characters in the novel because she is so spunky and like a modern day feminist. She doesn’t take any crap from anyone and is really honest with her feelings. Clarrisa, is the main character of the novel. She is sent to marry a Laird and to give him a son born of Royal blood however because she can be married off she is kidnapped and used as a pawn in a scheme to bring justice for the death of a Scottish Laird. Broen MacNichols is the Highlander that kidnaps in the middle of the night. He tries his best not to fall for her but he doesn’t succeed.

I found the novel to be hard to get into at first. I was confused to what was going on in the beginning and who all the characters were. I have not read and other of the books in the series which could be why I was lost. However, once I continued reading everything made sense and I was lost in the descriptions of the Highlands and the relationship the blossomed between Clarrisa and Broen. They seemed an unlikely match and Clarrisa fought him all the way.

I will definitely be going back to read the first 4 books in the series. I loved how strong and sassy Clarrisa and Edme were. I enjoyed being able to read a book that has characters and settings that are so much different than my own but also so much different than a lot of the novels I have been reading. Highlander’s Prize made me actually feel like I could live there and be able to survive.


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