After the first two horrible books in this series, I was trying to be optimistic that this one would be better. In some parts it was. However, once again the book was dragged out, almost as if the author was writing a term paper and had to have a minimum number of pages. The first three chapters were interesting but once again, once our couple got on the road, boy did it drag. As filler, Ms Laurens added love scenes that just seemed awkward to me. If they weren't traveling they were in bed. At a couple points the heroine asked our fearless hero about the lay out of Edinburgh and if she could look over their route on a map. I literally groaned out loud. After the Eliza story with the endless maps and this blow by blow description of towns in Scotland, I feel like I've been there. In fact, I came up with the idea that maybe Stephanie had recently returned from a trip there and was attempting to use her new knowledge in the book!
Although we finally get filled in on the deal with the goblet, it was trite and I felt that it wasn't all that plausible. But hey at least we knew why this was happening! The villain in the story is never really fleshed out. At first you think its one person who must be a little crazy and then all of a sudden you find out something else. Had we learned more about the real villian and the past, this could have been a great story.
The parts with the Original Cynsters are great but few and far between. I miss them so!!
This had the potential to be a GREAT story but sadly, it was just one more mediocre novel but one of my formerly favorite authors. I used to buy Stephanie's books without ever reading the back cover or looking at reviews. I strongly doubt I will ever read another Stephanie Laurens book without letting some time pass and reading reviews again. Sad face =(.