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Dragon Knight's Medallion Paperback – November 14, 2014
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In a time almost forgotten when the church was just coming to Scotland, when it was considered the "New" religion there were Druids. Individuals determined to serve the land first.. to obey their gods and goddesses, to accept the magic that flows through the world and to live at peace with others. Too bad the rest of the world doesn't quite agree.
In Mary Morgan's exciting Order of the Dragon Knight's Series we find a family caught in the middle. Raised to serve the old ways with an ancient druid family line, the MacKay's were the chosen of the fae. Until a single vile act, on holy land no less had their relics taken from them and a curse put upon their family. Devestated they stumbled and went their own ways, running from who they truly were. But they are slowly finding redemption.
First it was Duncan in Book Dragon Knight's Sword and now it's Stephen. In another exciting story with the magic of love lighting it's way.
Aileen Kerrigan was a pretty normal woman, yes she and her family & friends followed the old ways but they held jobs, had relationships, watched their families die and dealt with life in general. But when her estranged father called her to Scotland Aileen discovered an entire new part of her life. Seems Daddy actually owned a Scottish castle and if that wasn't weird enough. The minute Aileen landed in Scotland she began experiencing extreme measures of deja vu. And still there was more. After overhearing her father and best friend discussing some weird information, Aileen literally fell through the rabbit hole and landed in 13th century Scotland. Almost on top of an ailing Stephen MacKay.
Stephen MacKay was a member of a cursed family. When his sister was killed and his artifact taken away, his visions turned from useful tools to painful experiences that told him bits and pieces. He should be looking for his lost heritage, he should be trying to redeem himself to his goddess, instead he is holed up in a monastery learning about the 1 true God. When Bishops descended upon the abby, trying to unearth pagans, Stephen learned that his past had just found him. He knew he needed to help the Druids escape torture and "cleansing". What he didn't need was this chatty fae trying to heal him.
Aileen and Stephen are miles apart in philosophy and not because they come from different centuries. Aileen has found the path of love and joy while Stephen has locked that away. But everything isn't coming up roses for Aileen, she has a lot to learn. Especially about just who her father is...
While they are trying to lead the Druids to safety they learn that they are also running from an ultimate evil. A powerful Druid who has given his life over to evil. Who wants power above all and knows that the MacKay artifacts will give that to him. And he doesn't mind doing a little torture along the way.
Another beautifully done story by Ms. Morgan it totally lives up to book 1. An adventure filled with passion and power. Two souls destined to be together if they can conquer their fears and look towards a future, instead of letting the past define them. The must forgive themselves first then those around them.
Truly a wonderful book.
This review is based on the ARC of Dragon Knight's Medallion, provided by netgalley
This story follows the journey of quest redemption of Stephen MacKay, A member of the MacKay clan from the 11th century, Stephen was one of four brothers who deeply grieves the death of his sister Meggie upon holy ground. The night of her death, all four brothers were chastised by the Guardian who removed their sacred relics. Stephen's relic was the medallion. He also has the gift of seeing into the future. Although when seeing a vision, Stephen experiences head pain and seizures. Stephen exiles himself from his home of Urquhart Castle in Scotland. He finds a small bit of solace in Arboath Abbey, learning and accepting the 'new' religion of Christianity.
In present day, Aileen Kerrigan lives in Boston, MA. After the death of her beloved mother a few years back, Aileen's father left for an archeology dig in Scotland never to return. Aileen ended up living in her family home with her Aunt Lily and other members of the Society of the Thistle. The society deals with history and preservation of historical herb and plants. Each member of the society has a unique gift, being psychic or healing. Aileen's gift is being a psychic. Naturally, there is a bit of friction between Aileen and her father. After the death of her mother, Aileen felts her father abandoned her when she needed him the most. Because of her own grief, she was unable to understand her father's own grief of is loss.
Just as in the first book of the series, Aileen is brought to Scotland to fulfill her destiny.
Being that the setting and many characters were set up in the first story, the pace of this story is much smoother. Dragon Knight's Medallion was an interesting story which made it an good read. Mary Morgan has excellent writing skills and must have terrific editors as there are few (if any) spelling, grammatical or sentence structure errors in her books. I would encourage a reader to start with book one of the series before reading this book. Dragon Knight's Medallion (Order of the Dragon Knights Book 2)