Narrator: James Gillies
Series: Guardians of the Stone #4
Published by Audible Studios on 2017-09-17
Length: 5hrs and 1min
Reviewing Audiobook from Audible
Sorcha dún Scoti has known her whole life she is different. Now, the future of her clan is in doubt, and Una, their beloved seer, is gone. The youngest dún Scoti inherits Una's keek stane - and with it, the gift of sight. Here, the truth of her birth is revealed. Betrayed by her kinsmen and seeking answers, Sorcha must journey to a remote Island in the Outer Hebrides, where she hopes to reunite with Una. But despite her gift of sight, the truth holds perils Sorcha cannot foresee....
Stricken blind by his grief, Caden MacSwein has sequestered himself like a beast in his castle by the sea. It is whispered that he slew his own brother and now is cursed by the gods. When a maiden from Inverness arrives on his shores on the eve of the summer star, he soon sees with his heart what his eyes no longer will. But to restore his sight, Caden must ken his blindness comes from within...or he cannot save the maiden from the mist from the danger that pursues her.
Rich with history and lore, Maid of the Mist continues the story that began with Highland Fire and left off with Highland Storm. This is book 4 of the Guardians of the Stone series.
I *flippin* LOVE Tanya Anne Crosby and her books. Her lead boys are so deliciously broody and so deliciously Scottish that I cannot handle it. This book is taking us to the Western Isles of Scotland, to the Isle of Rona (I looked it up and it looks completely barren, but for the sake of history, let’s say it’s a medieval source of sexiness).
This story is the fourth in a series of stories about the dún Scoti family – the last of the Pechts and the Guardians of the Stone of Scone (or Stone of Destiny) that haunts Scottish lore. Sorcha dún Scoti has abandoned her family home in the vale, after finding out some traumatizing truths, to find her mentor Una. She doesn’t believe Una died when their mountain collapsed, burying their precious Stone and her secret grotto. Una is untold years of age with magic Sorcha doesn’t understand, but one thing she somehow knows is that Una lived. Sorcha inherits a special crystal from Una, called a keek stane – and in it she sees the truth of who her father was, which sends her running from her family, who had known the truth all along. When a comet appears in the sky, she takes it as a sign and follows where she thinks it is leading. With her trusty mare Lucy she sets off, alone, following her destiny to the Isle of Rona.
Caden MacSwein is a braw warrior and chief of his clan. When the opposing clan attacks, his only living brother, young Davy is accidentally killed. Caden is blinded in his grief and stalks about his castle in a terrible temper day-in-and-out, trying his best to get his clan to declare a more fit Laird than himself. When a mysterious old woman predicts Sorcha’s arrival to his most trusted man on the eve of Beltane, he assumes she is the answer to cure his blindness. When she meets Caden and gets to know him, Sorcha can see that his blindness is out of grief and not a physical ailment. As she draws him out of his shell and bad tempers, in the back of her mind, she is afraid her true father will try to seek her out and use her to his advantage. She also wonders if her brothers will try to find her – but will she want to leave with them after falling in love with the people of Rona and their handsome brooding Laird?
There are so many things to love about this story – the banter between Sorcha and Caden, the Beltane festival, and all the mention of the ancient Scottish gods. I love all of it – so now I can add The Western Isles to my list of places I need to see when I finally get to go to Scotland. The narrator of this story was sporting a Scottish accent – so all the Scottish gaelic words were pronounced, I’m assuming, correctly so that’s a cool element. If you don’t have an ear for dialects, I’d steer clear, but I watch a LOT of UK-produced things so that accent isn’t entirely foreign. Love the story and appreciate the authentic reading – so it’s a 4 star review for Tanya Anne Crosby’s Maiden from the Mist.