Knight Tenebrae/Chapter One
BOOK BLURB: It begins when an American fighter jet is discovered submerged in Scotland’s Firth of Clyde. Clearly it has been there for centuries. Clearly, that is impossible.
British reporter Lindsay Pawlowski is sent to cover the story. But Alex MacNeil, the arrogant American pilot she interviews, dismisses it—and her—out of hand.
Then MacNeil’s jet, with Lindsay aboard, crashes into the water after passing through a fiery vortex that appears out of nowhere. Lindsay and Alex bail and parachute to the ground as the plane goes under—and they encounter a group of mounted men, wearing armor, bearing swords.
To stay alive, Alex and Lindsay must tread carefully; the Scotland of Robert the Bruce is a dangerous place, particularly for a woman alone. So Lindsay plays squire to Alex’s knight as they slowly adjust to their fate.
But they come to realize that they have far more to worry about than their daily survival in a brutal past. They have a powerful enemy, an inhuman enemy. He caused the vortex, he hates them—and all of mankind—and he plans to use their growing love for one another to destroy them…
MINI REVIEW: I actually won these on LibraryThing.com and the only reason I wanted to read them was because of how much I loved the movie TIMELINE with Gerard Butler.
Now, that movie got only 2 1/2 Stars and that’s really bad because I really, really liked it. It’s not a masterpiece and it’s not meant to be. It’s a cute little story, well acted and filled with action. It did what aimed to do, and that’s entertain a certain audience.
This novel did exactly the same. I enjoyed the mix of contemporary, historical and fantasy aspect of it. I also thought the relationship between Alex and Lindsay was interesting, fun and well written. Alex was one of those heroes you’ll really like a lot, and Lindsay in the end turned out to be strong and courageous woman who helped Alex to adept to their new surroundings and a life neither really ever expected to share.
And let’s not forget the plot’s twists and turns as well as great action.
If you like time travel romance and you loved BRAVEHEART, Scotland and its history, I’m pretty sure you’ll like this book.
Knight’s Blood/Chapter Two
BOOK BLURB: U.S. Navy Pilot Lieutenant Alex MacNeil and his wife Lindsay have returned from their adventure in fourteenth century Scotland—and Lindsay has given birth to a son. But the magic realm is not through with them yet…
The MacNeils’ child has been kidnapped—presumably by Nemed, the elfin king and the couple’s sworn enemy—and brought back into the past. Feeling responsible, Lindsay ventures to medieval Scotland on her own, in pursuit of Nemed. Once again in the guise of Sir Lindsay Pawlowski, she joins a company of rogue knights, led by a man who calls himself “An Reubair.”
It isn’t long before her true identity is discovered, but Lindsay proves her worth among the bandits. As time passes, she finds herself drawn to their lifestyle—and to Reubair—and is torn between reuniting with her family and embracing her warrior’s life.
And soon she will confront Alex, who has also returned to Scotland and resumed his place as laird. And her son, now a fully grown man and resentful of his parents’ abandonment…
MINI REVIEW: Julianne Lee continues the adventure of Alex and Lindsey in the second book, Knight’s Blood and gives it a twist that I honestly haven’t seen coming.
This book might even have more action than the first, if that’s possible and I frankly liked it a lot.
She also adds a bit more fantasy in this one, and it made the story a bit more sinister, which is a good thing.
What made me sad was the relationship between all the main characters as they tried to come to terms with their past, especially Lindsey.
Alex, this time around, looked like he handled the situations a bit better than before.
Like the earlier book, this will appeal to all time travel and medieval romance fans.
Knight’s Lady/The Final Chapter
BOOK BLURB: U.S. Navy pilot Alex MacNeil and his wife, Lindsay, are stranded in fourteenth-century Scotland, brought there by magic and held by bonds of loyalty to Robert the Bruce. But their own bond of love is about to be tested as never before…
The MacNeils are making the best of their new life in the Highlands when a surprise attack throws them into chaos once more. Alex is badly wounded in the fighting, and Lindsay is taken to the Knight An Reubair’s hidden stronghold in the faerie lands of Ireland – for the rogue warrior has long desired to make Lindsay his wife… Lindsay knows she can use her love of Alex as a shield against the seductive powers of An Reubair. But his magical enticements slowly melt her will, forcing Lindsay to fight her own battle for the man she loves and the future that is slipping away from them both…
MINI REVIEW: In this last chapter [REALLY?! I don't want this to be the final chapter! I'd like to now more! This didn't end on a final note, so I really REALLY hope there will be more!], Alex comes into his own and the love he bares to his wife is stronger than ever; Lindsay, on the other hand continues to baffle, but in the end I cut her some slack because she really is a complex character.
We also came to know real Trefor and he grew on me [although I wished he'd grow on his mother too].
All in all, this was a fun, entertaining, well written and interesting series filled with complex characters, fast pace and action. You should give it a try with sample chapters, and get it if you like the genre.
Let me also add that I preferred the original book covers [those are the ones by my reviews]. They look more like the characters in the books.
To purchase these books, click on their new ebook covers.
AUTHOR BIO: At twelve I began to write for fun, which I think is the only real reason to write fiction. Daydreaming with a purpose, and gradually I realized I could gain approval for the very thing teachers used to criticize me for in class.
At thirty I looked for something to do besides acting and changing diapers.
Throughout this time I’d kept writing, though sporadically, and about then I began a second novel.
On January 27, 1987 I bought my first copy of Writers Digest. Another turning point in my life. For the next several years I wrote manuscripts, sent the work out, joined writers groups, and workshopped my novels with the Green River Writers in Louisville, KY. After seven years I sold my first short story, Culture Control, to the now defunct Cosmic Unicorn.
Twelve years, twelve completed novel manuscripts, and eight proposals for uncompleted novels after buying that Writer’s Digest, I sold a novel. Sold from an outline, “Son of the Sword” was my thirteenth completed manuscript. Lucky thirteen.
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And just for fun [and to get you in a mood for this series], here’s the TIMELINE trailer….