Lady Of The Glen Paperback – Nov 27 2007
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From Publishers Weekly
A romance novel without a happy ending is like an angel without wings. The challenge romance authors face is to create tension until the expected conclusion arrives; but Roberson's latest, because of numerous flash-forwards, offers only a smidgen of suspense. From the outset, we know that the MacDonalds, a clan of Highland Jacobite Scots, are going to be slaughtered by order of King William. The laird of the rival Campbell clan is a pawn of King William's royalist henchman, creating the perfect backdrop for a Romeo and Juliet romance. Disaster is inevitable, but Roberson's lovers, Alasdair "Dair" MacDonald and Catriona "Cat" Campbell, survive. Cat is feisty and virtuous, while Dair is masculine and sensitive. Roberson's world of 17th-century Scotland is atmospherically real, which comes as no surprise from an author who writes acclaimed fantasies (the Sword-Dancer saga, etc.) as well as romances. Readers who enjoyed the author's most recent novel, Lady of the Forest, will find this one a pleasure, albeit a predictable one.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Kirkus Reviews
The author of several robust historicals (Lady of the Forest, 1992, etc.) presents a stirring if ultimately doleful drama concerned with the 1692 massacre of the Highland MacDonald clan--a slaughter that took place during the campaign by King William III of England to subdue the fierce chiefs of Scotland. Roberson's latest is an under-two-flags (or under-two-plaids) romance between a MacDonald based on an actual figure and a fictional Campbell, a lad and lassie of warring clans. Catriona Campbell, daughter of the weak, hard-drinking laird of Glen Lyon, meets Alasdair ``Dair'' Og, a MacDonald and son of the mighty MacIain (described at one point as ``a massive Gael swathed in plaid and hostility''), when she is ten, during a parley between her family and the MacDonalds. Dair is kind to the fierce child, but she hates the MacDonalds: They are skilled cattle thieves (as are many of the clans) and sworn enemies of the Campbells. When grown, Cat pleads with her father for the life of Dair, caught during yet another MacDonald cattle raid. But as the forbidden love of Cat and Dair grows, tragedy looms. The proud, honorable Highlanders are tricked by the Earl of Breadalbane, a Campbell, and through the machinations of some Scots in high places and the silent acquiescence of King William, the MacDonalds--despite a last-minute submission to William by MacIain--are slaughtered. Cat and Dair, betrayed by her father (in the employ of the King), are parted and then, after the slaughter, tearfully reunited. If at first you dinna ken your MacDonalds, your Campbells, Stewarts, Camerons, etc., without a score card, struggle on; the Highlanders, striding on bare feet with their pride flapping, are a likable bunch, and the action is gey lively. With original documents and responsible research, well worth a Highland journey. -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
For all that you will never hear me drop one bad word about Jennifer's Robin Hood stories, it is *this* one that I recommend above almost any other book I have read.
The story is build on a real, historical event - the Glencoe massacre. Roberson calls it a footnote of Scott history - a bloody, tragic, significant footnote. One most people are not aware of, as I was not until this book. The massacre is where it all ends, but the story is not about that. Roberson paints an extraordinary picture of the highlands of Scotland - the people, the life, the struggles, the stupidities and the pride. The characters, especially Cat - the main character, have so much spirit and dignity, which somehow manages to coexist with an equal measure of helplessness against fate and the ways of the world.
Underlying all is a story of love. Overriding, is a story that is not of death, but of survival and hope. Knowing the book title and concept, I was very reluctant to finish the book. I spent as much time as I possibly could with every page. I re-read some chapters before going on. I loved those people and did not want to lose them or see them in pain. Pain and loss there is, in the end, but at the rink of spoiling it, you will walk away smiling, not depressed. Except, of course, you won't be walking away. Ever since I finished The Lady of the Glen, I have been rereading it in pieces over and over.
Be forewarned. This is not a romance novel. Although the romance between Dair and Cat is central to the story, this is heavy on the history. There are some love scenes, but they are not explicit nor central to the story line. If you are unfamiliar with Scottish history and Clans, you will have a headache by the first 100 pages trying to keep them all straight. But if you have read some Scottish history already, and love historical fiction, you must read this book. It is fantastic.
Most recent customer reviews
Of Jennifer Roberson's three historical fantasy novels, Lady of the Glen is the most irreplaceable, in my opinion. Read morePublished on Jan. 21 2004 by Kseniya Slavsky
I have never heard of the Glencoe Massacre until I stumbled across "Lady of the Glen" by pure chance. What a gripping read from start to finish! Read morePublished on June 10 2003 by SnowStar
It is real. It is powerful. This book strikes dead center. There really isn't anything more to say to be said.Published on March 10 2003 by Coyote
This is first of all a love story. It is also about a masscare, but the love story is built up first. The two "star crossed lovers" are fictionally based. Read morePublished on Sept. 11 2002 by Georgia Johnson
This novel really caught me, I couldn't put it down. I read it through in one night & then re-read it again & again! Read morePublished on May 29 2002
I was impressed by Roberson's writing ability at the beginnning of the book--fine descriptive style and ability to create a coherent narrative around complex historical events. Read morePublished on Jan. 2 2002 by MrsMorland
What a fantastic book!
I married into the "Campbell clan" 6 years ago and approx the same time went to a Campbell family reunion. Read more
Lady of the Glen is a book that touches all the elements of a great story. It has Romance , Family dynamics, political intregues,and a history lesson you won't even know your... Read morePublished on Nov. 5 2001 by Al Watts
_Lady of the Glen_ is a wonderful tale of 17th century Scotland, focusing on the history surrounding Clans Campbell and McDonald. Read morePublished on Dec 4 2000 by Ashareh