This is a book review for Child of the Mist by Kathleen Morgan, available here:
I’ve had this book on my kindle for a long time after downloading it ages ago while it was on a free promotion.
The story covers a lot of ground, from the feuding between the Campbells and MacGregors to the unlikely love story that grew through the truce, via internal clan politics and the superstitions of the 17th century.
On the surface it’s not a badly written story. I did find the main character Anne a little irritating at times. Her foolhardy stunts kept dropping everyone in it, but her innocence and sweetness mostly save her from being too irritating to care about. Niall, the soon to be Campbell chieftain, is also at times bullheaded and silly in the way he tries to handle things, but it is worth reminding yourself as you read this book that a lot of his actions and particularly his misogynist behaviour were typical of the time.
The formatting of the book was a little irritating. The font was peculiar and difficult to read on a kindle screen.
I think the big problem I had with this book and the reason I can’t be enthusiastic about it is that significant portions of the dialect, characterisations and themes seemed to have been lifted from Outlander, right down to the spellings. Strong willed, occasionally ignorant healer woman. Charges of witchcraft after hanging around with a local healer. Mad priest. Heart torn between 2 men. “Verra” everything… I’m sorry to say that Diana Gabaldon does it better, leaving this book trailing a sorry second in style and substance.
In fairness to the author, I think if I’d read this before reading Outlander, it’s possible my feelings towards it would have been less lukewarm. It’s not a badly written book; it just doesn’t stand up to comparison.
I would consider reading other work by this author but sadly, for me, this is a solid 2.5* read.