I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Ghost by Monica McCarty
Series: Highland Guard #12
Narrator: Antony Ferguson
Published by Tantor Audio on Oct 18, 2016
Genres: Historical Fiction, Historical Romance
Length: 12 hours, 20 minutes
Source: the Publisher
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Joan Comyn swore allegiance to Robert the Bruce the day she witnessed England's barbarous king torturing her famous mother, Scot patriot Bella MacDuff. Now the mysterious beauty slips into men's hearts like a specter and entices England's most illustrious barons to unwittingly divulge their secrets, then shares them with her king. Known only as the Ghost even among her Highland Guard brethren, Joan has become the most wanted traitor in England. The man determined to uncover her identity poses her biggest threat yet. Alex Seton once stood with Bruce but now fights for the enemy. Though Joan knows she must avoid the handsome warrior or risk discovery, his knightly chivalry touches a place in her long since buried. When his suspicions grow apparent, Joan realizes she must do everything in her power to stop Alex from revealing her mission and convince the powerful fighter to join forces with the Highland Guard once more. But as the ultimate battle in the great war approaches, will Alex choose love or honor?
When she witnessed the inhumane treatment of her mother at the hands of the English, Joan Comyn silently vowed her allegiance to the king of Scotland. As soon as she was old enough, she used her wiles to extract vital information from powerful men and delivered it to Robert Bruce and his Highland Guard. She became known only to them as the Ghost, her identity secreted. But she was infamous to all as the effect of her treachery was damaging. Alex Seaton, formerly a member of the Guard before her time, is now working on behalf of King Edward and is committed to squirreling out the spy. However, he’s beguiled by Joan and she with him.
This series is ending on the highest note as the story returned to its roots in history. There’s high intrigue, suspense and action with the developing romance as more of a backdrop. The war strategies of both sides were shared so I felt like I was part of the adventure. Alex’s internal conflict regarding his ill-advised decision to leave the Guard made the story even more interesting as it illustrated the pertinent issues of the period.
I really enjoyed Antony Ferguson’s narration as he mastered all of those Scottish names and words I have only guessed at in the past (who knew McKay was pronounced Ma-kīe). His performance was skillful even if the female voices were a little strange as he captured the emotions perfectly for each scene.
I loved this story with the poignant twist of having the final member of the featured Guard be a woman. It has every element that drew me to the series and kept me coming back. I loved the ending and am satisfied with how the series concluded. Very well done.
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