Lady of the Mountain by Lyn Armstrong

Celtic Series, Book 4

Resplendence Publishing

Paranormal Historical

Reviewed by Chris

 

   

 

Trapped in a palace hidden inside Mount Suilven, Drucilla spends her days in the company of Silas, the unicorn (who is not what he seems), and Merlinís staff, the source of the palaceís power. Though she yearns for a glimpse of the outside world and, more simply, someone to be with other than her mother, she has been told if she tries to leave the palace, she will die. Since her mother is the devilís mistress, itís hard to argue with that sort of logic. Really, who knows? 

And Drucillaís father? Sheís never met him, at least until the day that Torella, her mother, conjures up her father (who happens to have a forgotten family in the real world). Under Torellaís spell, Lord Phillip Roberts believes his rightful place is with Drucilla and her mother. Since Torella gains powers from sexual liaisons, this works perfectly into her plans. Unfortunately, that means Phillip is tired a lot and that Drucilla needs to retreat to someplace else in the palace while her motherís wearing him out. 

Braen Ambrosius is the only remaining male ancestor of Merlin. Some years ago, Merlinís staff was stolen from his family and without it, he canít perform much more than parlor tricks. On a quest to find it, heís told he needs to enlist the aid of the Robertsí brothers, sons of Lord Phillip Roberts. And so begins the journey to lay siege to the mountain. 

Afraid that Braen and the boys are going to steal away her father and Merlinís staff, Drucilla prepares to keep them out of the mountain palace. Of course, along the way, Braen and Drucilla fall in love. It wouldnít be a romance without at least someone falling in love, would it? 

Despite being the fourth book in the Celtic Series, Lady of the Mountain stands on its own merits. I havenít read the other three novels yet I didnít feel lost or inundated with back story. Drucilla is a sympathetic, mischievous and yet powerful character whose charm does not diminish just because she initially bows to her motherís wishes. Every character, from Silas to Torella, has some small redeeming quality. This lends an air of authenticity to the characters. After all, thereís few truly 100% evil creatures in real life. The tale takes place in the Scottish Highlands and though thereís some brogue and mention of kilts, without those small details, it really could take place anywhere in history. Like a talented pastry chef, Ms. Armstrong takes well known ingredients and whips them into a unique creation.  Reminiscent of other fairy tales, but standing strongly on its words, fans of Merlin and that era will not be disappointed or bored with Lady of the Mountain.

     

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