Warner, Jul 2002, 6.50, 383 pp.
The prophesy is specific and so far proven accurate. However, James MaCurrie wonders if the augur will remain so now that he has ascended to the clan chief as the Earl of Torridon with the death of his sire in 1689. James knows that he and his younger twin brother Neil are the current focus of the prediction of five decades of peace.
Overhearing a plot to kill her cousin John, leader of the clans supporting James Stuart, Ellen Graham journeys to Dunfallandy to alert her relative, but the enemy attacks her entourage. The MacCurrie siblings also traveling to Dunfallandy rescue Ellen. James and Ellen begin to fall in love, but her stepfather rejects James' suit. When she learns her beloved died in battle, she mournfully agrees to marry another. However, James not only survived, he is coming for the woman he believes is his soul mate in love.
On the surface, THE LEGEND is typical of the seventeenth-eighteenth century Scottish romances to include Kathleen Givens' novels (KILGANNON and THE WILD ROSE OF KILGANNON) with strong compassionate men and heroic females falling in love with war as the backdrop. However, Ms. Givens has the ability to raise the story line a notch through her vigorous lead protagonists and descriptive secondary characters that enhance the stars while forwarding the plot. Readers will care to know the outcome of the story of Ellen and James, and look forward to the DESTINY of the younger twin.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner