Review: Forged in Dreams and Magick by Kat Bastion

Forged in Dreams and Magick by Kat Bastion
Series: Highland Legends (# 1)
Release Date: September 23, 2013
Publisher: self-published
Pages: 338
Source: book provided by the author for review



The award-winning debut in the Highland Legend Series:

Isobel MacInnes wakes up in present-day California, lunches in medieval Scotland, and by ten days’ end, falls in love with a man and his country, only to lose them in a heart-wrenching twist of fate . . .

Found in the arms of her second soul mate . . .

Forced to balance the delicate strands of time between two millennia . . .

Shocked by revelations rewriting the very foundations of history . . . of everything.

Isobel, a rising-star archaeology student, is dropped into two ancient worlds without warning . . . or her permission. Her fiery spirit resists the dependency thrust upon her. Amid frustration at her lack of control, she helplessly falls in love. Twice.

She struggles to adjust to the unimaginable demands of two leaders of men—a laird in the thirteenth-century Highlands and a Pict chieftain in a more ancient Scotland. Isobel transforms from an academic, hell-bent on obtaining archaeological recognition, to a woman striving to care for those she loves, and ultimately . . . into a fearless warrior risking everything to protect them.


Review: A fascination with an old unique box…time travel… along with one girl and two soul mates…
Isobel/Iain…Isobel/Valloc. It is nice to find out you have found one soul mate in your life let alone finding that you have two.

Ms. Bastion spent a lot of time researching, spending attention to all the detail that goes into telling a good story. As a reader it was easy to see the landscapes, the people and the culture of the people as we spent time traveling with Isobel and Iain.

Isobel and Iain first meet during present time where Isobel comes across a unique box. Iain has seen this box before because it brought him from the 13th Century into the present day. Then transporting them back into Iain’s time, where they find that they are soul mates. While there Isobel gets transported further back in time where she again meets her soul mate in Vallac. Is that a possibility? Why not?

The story covers a lot of territory where Ms. Bastion has done her research and was able to bring the people to life for us. In all three of the times there was much attention to the details so that you could tell where you were at any given time.

The characters were well written so that you could relate to them. Both men were strong, handsome and caring in their own ways. Ms. Bastion put plenty of heat into her story. Sex scenes were very smoldering (you could say swoon worthy at times) but very tastefully done so that they fit into the time that each one took place making it seem almost as if sex had its own purpose within the story. I felt that it helped in bonding and strengthening the characters to each other.

The story flowed easily so that when you came across a small hiccup it was easy to overlook and move on. Maybe the hiccups were the surprising twists and turns that Ms. Bastion added to all the romance and magic within the story adding to make a very unique story that was very enjoyable.

If you enjoy a good highland story with strong Scottish men, hot sex and a strong woman; this is something you will enjoy and be captivated by.

A nice summer read that just may surprise you.