Of Jennifer Roberson's three historical fantasy novels, Lady of the Glen is the most irreplaceable, in my opinion. This is a shorter work - just the one book, instead of two like with the Robin Hood series. Much of Lady of the Glen is waiting and wondering and hoping, just like in real life. And in the end... In the end, it swallowed my life from beginning to end and took my heart apart piece by piece. Then it put me back together.
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.