Merry’s coach is attacked by Ran’s brother, Gilbert, who is out for some fun. Though no one is seriously hurt, the coach is ruined and Ran offers to see Merry to her betrothed. Little does she know that Sir Jasper is Ran’s enemy, who he believes responsible for the death of his much-loved wife. Ran plans to hold Merry as his captive to get to the truth, but his plans go awry with an unexpected result.
A great tale reflecting much research into the historical events of the period, McAllister has obviously taken great care to give you the feel of the Scottish culture and the characters’ accent come across as very real and add to the feeling you’re in Scotland. She also portrays the tension between the Scots and the English at the time. The characters are richly drawn and the plot intriguing. Caught in the middle between Ran’s anger and Sir Jasper’s treachery, Merry will accept her fate but she brings more to the arrangement than Ran bargained for.
Though a bit drawn out in places, it held my interest. It’s a part of a trilogy, but can be read as a stand alone. I recommend it!
The Raven trilogy:
SEA RAVEN (Irish heroine, Bryony O'Neill, Merry’s mother)
FIRE RAVEN (Morgan Trelane, a Welshman, the Devil of Falcon's Lair and Kat, Merry’s sister)
SNOW RAVEN (Ranald Lindsay, the Highland laird known as the Wolf of Badanloch and Merry