What Am I Reading? Susan King’s Celtic Night Series

I’ve heard some writers say they no longer have time to read books by other authors. That statement always makes me sad for them. As much as I love writing, I could never give up my own fictional escapes. After all, reading wonderful books started me on my own writing journey.

I’m not a  professional reviewer but as a reader “and” a writer I think I bring a unique perspective to book reviews. This is my first review on this website and I hope you enjoy it.

My latest reads include Susan King’s Celtic Nights series. They are historical romances set in medieval Scotland.

I’m usually more in tune with American-set historicals but when I came across this series they sounded so interesting I decided to give them a try. I am SO glad I did!

STONE MAIDEN This first book, The Stone Maiden hooked me and the minute I finished it, I hit the shopping cart at the top of my Kindle and ordered The Swan Maiden. Yes, the writing, the story, the wonderful journey it took me on as a reader was that good. I wasn’t disappointed and of course I read the third book, The Sword Maiden and the fourth, Laird of the Wind.

With a minor exception in the fourth book, Susan’s books do not revisit the same people, families or friends as in some series. Each book stands alone using Scotland’s struggle against the English as a historical backdrop. The 1st three books center heavily on Scottish lore. Only the fourth book, Laird of the Wind veers away from this trend and in this book we read about the hero of Swan Maiden as a small secondary character. The fact that Susan does not really revisit characters in her series to any extent serves to keep these books refreshing and new.

Here, I’d like to note that “sometimes” while I’m reading a series, I realize that all the books in the series sound alike – same plot, same character problems etc. I  Swan Maiden 2become bored. That is definitely not the case with Susan King’s books.

In the first three books Susan proved herself a master at weaving lore into her stories and suspending reader disbelief. Her characters don’t always start out believing in the legends but by the time they do, the reader believes right along with them. Susan does this by keeping the lore as the theme or motivator while keeping the characters and their own journeys front and center. And while the fourth book does not rely on any lore, it’s a beautiful story that serves to link all the books.

So what about the all-important romance? There are intimate and very well done love scenes but if you’re looking for steamy sex scenes, you won’t find them here. I love steamy sex but didn’t miss it in these books. Instead, Susan concentrates on “how” and “why” the hero and heroine fall in love. But I promise the sexual tension is there and when the hero and heroine finally come together you won’t be disappointed.

SWORD MAIDENThe heroes in these books ooze charm and honor that we all dream of even in these modern, times. Don’t get me wrong; they aren’t gag-me-with-a-spoon sweet. They have flaws, problems and conflicts that made me wonder how the heck love could ever prevail. And the heroines prove themselves the strong, I-can-take-care-of-myself women we love to read about. No helpless damsels here, I promise.

You may notice I didn’t give you blurbs for these books because doing so for four books would make this blog way too long. But if you click on the links provided above you’ll find them. My main purpose with this review was to introduce you to this great author and her books. These kindle books are well written, well edited Laird of Windimagesand formatted. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy.

I highly recommend these as books as perfect winter reads – cozy, fanciful, and feel-good all through. I’m taking my Kindle to bed with me tonight to look for more books by Susan King.

Have you read Susan’s books? If not what book are you enjoying at the moment?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2 Responses to What Am I Reading? Susan King’s Celtic Night Series

  1. I read Laird of the Wind and loved it. The title is what grabbed me, but the book held me. Now I need to get the other three. At the moment, I am enjoying The Heart of the Phoenix by Barbara Bettis. I’m not far into it, but it’s really good. I’m hooked.

  2. sharla says:

    Thanks for sharing Mairi. I’ll have to look that one up. I’m always looking for great books.

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