Thursday, July 11, 2013

Review: Into the Dreaming by Karen Marie Moning

Into the Dreaming (Highlander #8) by Karen Marie Moning
Synopsis (Goodreads):
Free him from his ice-borne hell . . .

Stolen from his beloved home in the Highlands of Scotland, imprisoned in the Unseelie king’s dark, frosty kingdom, Aedan MacKinnon endured centuries of torture before becoming the icy, emotionless Vengeance, the dark king’s dispatcher of death and destruction in the mortal realm.

And in his century you both may dwell . . .

Aspiring romance novelist Jane Sillee has always believed that she was born in the wrong century, but she’s managed to make a decent enough life for herself—if only she could stop having those recurring dreams about a man too perfect to exist.

In the Dreaming you have loved him . . .

Haunted every night of her life by a devastatingly sexy Highlander who comes to her while she sleeps, Jane tries to write him out of her head and heart. As a child he protected her, as a woman he loves her.

Now in the Waking you must save him . . .

When an ancient tapestry bearing the likeness of her beloved Highlander arrives on her doorstep, Jane is whisked back in time to fifteenth-century Scotland, to the castle of Dun Haakon on the isle of Skye, where she is given one chance to save her dream lover . . . or lose him forever to the Unseelie king.

Caught in a deadly game between the light and dark courts of the Fae, Jane must find a way through the ice to the heart of her Highander. But will the love of one mortal woman be enough to defeat such ancient and ruthless immortal enemies?
My Thoughts: Oh, man. Highlanders. I just... Highlanders. I appear to have quite a weak spot where they're concerned. All those muscles and ... muscles. Say what you will, Highlanders make me a little swoony. And that's a good thing.

This particular Highlander had a rough time. Imprisoned by a cold, cruel king in a cold, cruel kingdom, Aedan has forgotten that he's human. He's the king's blade and he has no desire to be anything more than that. Yet, Jane stirs something in him. Something that rekindles his memories and reminds him what it is to be a man.

I *loved* that we got a look at the lengths the Fae will go to when there's something they want. The power plays and twists and turns of their existence are endlessly fascinating. The way they dabble in mortal lives is equal parts creepy and wonderfully evocative. There's nothing they won't do to achieve their goals. It's shudder worthy. Just... *shivers*

A fun, sexy romp through time that packs plenty of story into a little package. (*ahem* I'm not talking about Aedan's package here. I'm talking about the length of the book. Just so we're clear.) Completely fun and a nice addition to the series.

1. Beyond the Highland Mist
2. To Tame a Highland Warrior
3. The Highlander's Touch
4. Kiss of the Highlander
5. The Dark Highlander
6. The Immortal Highlander
7. Spell of the Highlander
8. Into the Dreaming - Hardcover | Kindle

Karen Marie Moning
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  1. I have SUCH a weakness for Highlanders. A man in a kilt literally makes me weak in the knees. Throw in a thick Scottish accent and I'm done. I think I need to read this one now. Right now. *fans self*

    1. YES TO ALL THIS! This WHOLE series will make you swoony! FOR SERIOUS!

  2. HIGHLANDERS. I don't think I've read many beyond Maya Banks though. I feel like that might be something I should fix.

    1. I... don't understand. We must fix this. FIX IT! Because there are some goooooood highlanders out there.

  3. I have read the first two and really liked them. This is on my catchup list for next year :)

    1. I think the series really finds its stride when the books shift over to the MacKeltars. I *think* that's around book 4. Maybe. So... HAVE FUN!

  4. I loveeee my some smexy highlanders and KMM does know how to write some good ones :) I need to continue this series!