Reviewed by: Candace
Rating (out of 5): 5 stars
“Take my hand, Aedan. That’s all you need do.”
“You doona know what these hands have done.”
“Take my hand, Aedan.”
“Begone, lass. A woman such as you is not for the likes of me.”
“Take my hand,” she repeated. “You can take it now. Or ten years from now. Or twenty. Because I will still be standing here waiting for you to take my hand. I’m not leaving you. I’m never leaving you.”
A year or so ago, a dear friend recommended Karen Marie Moning. (Ed: Chelsea was likely fangirling at this time.) This was in the time Fever addicts waited for Shadowfever. This dear woman recommended Fever, then Highlanders. Men in kilts? Pfft. Not for me. Read them, she said. Fine. I did.
Aedan McKinnon is the hero, taken by the Unseelie King for the purpose of becoming the King’s Vengeance. His sentence was a 500-year service to the Unseelie King. His price was family and the love of a woman.
Jane Sillee is a modern-day aspiring romance novelist. Due to manipulations by the Seelie Queen, she has dreamed of a Highlander for her entire life. Her connection to her dream man felt real and Jane mourned for the man during her waking hours.
Aedan can be released from his sentence, should he love and be loved in return. No problem. Jane loves him. Wait, there is a problem. Aedan lives 500 years in the past. So Jane can’t get to the man she loves while she is awake and Aedan is caught committing acts of atrocity for Unseelie royalty. How do they meet? Can they break the curse. Can Vengeance become Aedan once again?
Fans of Karen Marie Moning’s books know that there is no easy road to love for her characters. There are trials, tribulations and more often than not, manipulations by a fae of some sort.
We live in an age of modern conveniences where anything is obtainable by a few clicks of keys. So why would modern day women want to go back hundreds of years to an age where even refrigeration was not available? All you have to do is read the world through Moning’s eyes. Hefting water uphill for miles seems like a small price to pay to experience her world through simpler times. A master at literary visualization, Moning makes 21st-century people want to exist in days of old. To travel the European countryside on horseback, even though everything required hard work and nothing came easy.
Moning molds a world like a sculptor with clay. Into the Dreaming can be read stand alone, but it is a welcome treat to fans of the Highlander and Fever series alike. You get backstory. You get fun facts, like Ms. Moning submitted a proposal for Hawk Douglas’s brother’s book. (Ms. Moning, if you are reading this, your fans would love to read this book.)
In addition, we get deleted scenes from Kiss of the Highlander. And another beauty Ms. Moning refers to as Dark Highlander Lite. There are so many treats in this book, I could easily use all the review detailing those. If none of the above reasons convinced you to get this book, there are pages of the upcoming graphic novel, Fever Moon.
Sexual content: Sex, kissing