Son of the Morning Mass Market Paperback – Mar 1 1997
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All of Linda Howard's novels are wonderful but this exceptional time-travel is her first foray into paranormal romance--and it's not to be missed. Grace St. John, a scholar, unwittingly discovers the Knights of Templar's secret treasure. Suddenly, her life is upturned when she spies her boss murdering her husband and brother. With no reason to live, except to extract vengeance, Grace becomes a fugitive of the law as she attempts to find an explanation for this horrible act. Grace simultaneously translates 14th century medieval documents written by Black Niall. This embittered knight reaches into Grace's subconscious and the two begin to share dreams 700 years apart.
"Linda Howard offers a romantic time-travel thriller with a fascinating premise . . . gripping passages and steamy sex." -- Publishers WeeklySee all Product Description
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When the shy and plump Grace St. John, a translator of ancient languages, is confronted with an earth shattering scenario that defies her imagination and rocks her world, life for her will never again be the same. Fleeing those who wish to do her harm and seeking to unravel the mystery contained in some ancient documents in her possession having to do with the Knights Templar, Grace will undergo some profound life changes. As Grace continues her translation of the documents while on the run, a portrait of an esteemed fourteenth century warrior of the Knights Templar, Niall of Scotland, emerges, and past and present begin to merge. Grace soon realizes that only through the past, can her present ever be righted.
This is a book that is chock full of adventure, as well as many intriguing twists and turns. Replete with historical detail, as well as a great plot, this is a book that will certainly capture the reader's imagination. It certainly captured mine, and I was riveted to its pages until the very end. This is a wonderfully entertaining book by a masterful storyteller.
Black Niall is a total caricature. Here is a monk who never gained any appreciation for the virtue of chastity (which even the ancient pagans recognized as virtuous); here is a Catholic during the Age of Faith who has no understanding of his religion and who cannot even answer the simplest of objections to it (concerning idolatry and the Resurrection of Jesus Christ); here is a Templar, dedicated in God's name to the protection of the Church and pilgrims to the Holy Land, who doesn't give a hoot about any of the above (including God).
This is intolerable! It's also completely predictable. Show this author evidence that the ancient Israelites worshipped the goddess Ashara and instead of concluding that yes, the ancient Israelites were at times idolatrous, she concludes that Judaism and Catholicism both have deceived their followers by covering up evidence of so-called "true worship"! She couldn't conclude that both historic Jews and Catholics were both trying to destroy what was clearly idolatry and corruption of the worship owed the one, true God. What a crock!
And because of this, none of the rest of the book has merit. Historical fiction depends on authenticity. This is a fable that has been miscategorized.
The romance in this book bloomed slowly, well over the course of the book - from 7 centuries apart.... no rush to fall in bed & fall in love based on what happened in bed. I really enjoyed that. (Rushed feelings about love after falling in lust tend to make me roll my eyes.) I really appreciated the fact that Grace didn't just forget about what her husband had meant to her... her love for him was not diminshed by her feelings for Niall.
LH also wrote about a number of secondary characters that I could really get to know & appreciate also... they all had an integral part of the story.
If you like action/adventure in your romances - this one should certainly trip-your-trigger; it kept moving, threw in lots of unexpected surprises, & really kept me enthralled. A definite recommend.
The heroine, Grace St. John, is a real woman! No, not flesh and blood, but so much like you and me that the fact she is a fictional character doesn't matter. She isn't especially beautiful or model-thin or anywhere close to perfect. What she is, however, is intellegent and gutsy and basically willing to do whatever is necessary to exact vengeance on the man who murdered her family. Grace didn't fall immediately into the hero's lap the moment things got hard. She used her wits to stay ahead of the bad guys and works to reveal the secret that those bad guys are willing to kill for.
Black Niall is my "dream man", pardon the pun. (You will understand when you read this book) He dark and sexy; a lusty fellow that's just a bit rough around the edges but as Linda spins his story around you, you begin to see beneath his tough ex-monk exterior (yes, ex-monk) to his very soul. You feel for him when he is forced to allow his brother-monks die in the service of a God whom Niall feels has deserted them. His anger at the injustice doesn't prevent him from making a vow of service to protect a secret 'treasure' even as his other monkish vows are revoked. . . including chastity.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
I liked this book because it had both romance, adventure, suspense... a kind of female Indiana Jones. Read morePublished on June 23 2004
If I could rate this book higher than 5 stars, I definately would. This was one of Howard's greater books! I could not put it down. Read morePublished on April 26 2004
This is one of Linda Howard's boks that I like but not one of the best. I would rate this book 4 and 3/4 a star but since they don't have that option I chose five. Read morePublished on March 17 2004
This is a wonderful time travel romance. The heroine, Grace, is fiesty and develops streets smarts with the help of some interesting characters. Read morePublished on March 1 2004
This is one of the top 5 books that I've read in the past 10 years - and I read a lot! I started this book at 8:00 in the evening and finished it in time to start getting ready... Read morePublished on Feb. 25 2004 by D. Sue Darnell
This is the best book Howard has written so far. I have read all of her books and none compare to this one. Some have been downright disappointing. This is a definite must read. Read morePublished on Jan. 24 2004 by donna
This book was very good. Unlike other time travel/romance novels, this one took its time getting to the time travel/hero meets heroine part. Read morePublished on Jan. 20 2004 by Romance Lover
I did not like this book at all altho I am (as a rule) a Linda Howard fan. The story was stupid and I had trouble making myself finish it. Read morePublished on Aug. 26 2003
Linda Howard tries her hand at time travel romance and does it well. A combustible romance across time between Grace and Niall of Scotland. Well worth a look. Read morePublished on July 23 2003 by phyncke