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Dylan Metheson is sent back to the 20th Century after being severely wounded in battle. Back home, he feels alienated from 20th Century America, and longs for his love, Cait. Dylan, after setting his life in order, goes to Scotland, and works a spell to see if Sinann can send him back...and returns to find he has a child, a son by Cait--and she is married to a deadly, abusive man. On top of that, the Scots are languishing under British rule, and he has to protect the clan from the worst of it.
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Ace, July 2002, 14.00, 320 pp.
ISBN 0441009352

Once upon a time twentieth century American Dylan Matheson was transported through time by a fairy Sinnan Eire to the Scottish highlands to act as a protector for the country against the hated English. While there, Dylan met and fell in love with beautiful Highland lass Cait. He was going to marry her until the English declared him an outlaw and she was given in marriage to a Scottish lowlander.

After the Jacobite defeat at Sheffmuir, Dylan briefly returns to his own time to heal before being transported back to early eighteenth century Scotland, determined to find his Cait and their son. He goes to work for Cait's husband and through an unusual set of circumstances, finds a way to legally marry Cait. Dylan knows happiness for a brief time but when danger threatens them, he hopes that somebody from his time of birth will travel back in time to save the one he holds closest to his heart.

One of the most charming characters in this book is Sinnan, an adorable bumbling member of the fey, who tries, heart and soul, to make Dylan happy. The hero is an honorable, likable man who strives to do what he believes is right, no matter the personal cost. Based on actual historical events, OUTLAW SWORD will appeal to lovers of historical fiction, romance and fantasy. The author brings alive the Scottish Highlands just decades before Culloden.

Harriet Klausner
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 15%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 25% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy world/fantasy past    -   part earth & part fantasy world Time Travel:    -   largely backwards/past Romance    -   Yes Romance plotlets:    -   two lovers coping with tough mission Political power play    -   Yes Political plotlets    -   preventing/managing clash/war between govts/kingdoms Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Time Travel story?    -   Yes Story largely takes place in    -   Middle Ages-1899

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   champion of justice    -   teacher Age:    -   a teen    -   20's-30's If magical mental powers:    -   can cast many different spells    -   healing

Setting

Terrain    -   Mountains    -   Forests Earth setting:    -   18th century Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment    -   moderately detailed references to deaths How much dialogue?    -   significantly more dialog than descript    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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