‘The Chieftain’ by Margaret Mallory

TC MMSTORY: Connor, chieftain of the MacDonalds of Sleat, holds the fate of his people in his hands. Rival clans are plotting to take over his lands, and duty determines whom he will fight, trust . . . even marry. Seeking guidance, Connor turns to Ilysa, a young lass with the gift of foresight, who reveals an approaching danger-and a passion that burns only for him. But the warrior must make a powerful marriage alliance, and Ilysa’s bloodline is far too humble.

With her powers to heal and see evil where others cannot, beautiful Ilysa dresses plainly, speaks softly, and loves her chieftain from afar. Yet when Connor finally stokes the embers of desire that have so long burned within her, Ilysa feels bliss unlike any she’s ever known. Now as he is forced to place duty before happiness, Ilysa senses Connor is in grave peril. Can she find a way to prove she is the woman he needs by his side?

REVIEW: This is a new author for me, and starting with book four was a disadvantage to be sure. However, by the time I was done reading this story, I realized that the author actually did an outstanding job making sure the story stood on its own. She made sure that I wasn’t lost and even though the past characters kept popping in and out of this story, I felt she made sure her focus stayed on Connor and Ilysa.

As always, with each new author, comes new voice and it took me about half way through to get the hang of Ms. Mallory’s voice. Once I did, I relaxed and enjoyed the ride.

There are a few things to recommend this story and here are just a few from my observations.

I found the story solidly written, fast paced and the plot, albeit predictable, compelling and believable.

Ms. Mallory gave us a great Alpha hero who I found likable and heroic, while his heroine was sweet and innocent. Just a perfect counterpart to him.

What I also found much to my liking were the secondary characters that quickly grew on me [read, need to buy the other three books, like… now!].

I have no doubt that the fans of Margaret Mallory will love the end to this series, and the ones that never read her work, such as myself, will be making sure to visit their nearest book store to pick up the earlier books in this series. If you are in a mood for a light and entertaining story with men in kilts, this one will definitely fill the bill!

Book provided by the publisher through NetGalley.

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5 comments on “‘The Chieftain’ by Margaret Mallory

  1. Mel, like you, I started at the end too with Mallory. I fell in love with her writing style and gave The Chieftain 5 stars. I received the book from Connie, who visits here, through Lisa at Rogues Under The Covers for a review. I have had The Warrior on my TBR pile since last year and wanted SO badly to pick it up and start reading as soon as I finished with Chieftain but am making myself wait until I get the first two in the series so I can read them back to back. I agree that this one could be read as a stand alone and felt that she did a good job of bringing the others in without making you feel lost. Loved you review! :)

  2. Margaret is a new author for me too, I have never picked up one of her books..yet. Good to know about the order though, time to start from the beginning!! Hellooooo book store.

  3. Thanks for reading my book, & I’m so glad you enjoyed it!!

    I write my books so that they can stand alone, but I do think readers enjoy them a bit more when they read them in order. :) The four heroes are all in each others’ books, which has been fun for me.

    Nice to see you here, Leah, & thanks for your wonderful comments about THE CHIEFTAIN.

    Good luck to the commenters!

    Margaret

  4. I can’t wait to read this series. I have a little catching up to do and I’ll get started with THE GUARDIAN. I love to read a series from start to finish, one book after the next so I can catch all the detail and richness. This review lets me know I will definitely love it with all the previous heros becoming part on the next book :-)

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