Title: The Highlander (Order Series #2)
Author: Kasia Bacon
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: August 31, 2017
Genre(s): Gay Fantasy Novella
Page Count: 53 Pages
Reviewed by: ColinJ
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
I, Lochan of the famed Féyes clan, know all about fighting.
As a half-breed Elf, I have struggled against prejudice and feelings of inadequacy.
A recluse by nature, I have battled my aversion to touch and interaction with others.
To become an assassin of The Order, I have learnt to overcome the limitations of my mind and body.
But denying the power Ervyn Morryés holds over me might be the one fight I lose. The truth is—damn it all—the relentless Highlander brings me to my knees.
Note: This novelette is the second in the Order Series, and not a stand-alone installment. Reading THE MUTT is crucial for its full enjoyment.
As the second in the series is written from the perspective of the more reticent of the central characters, it is not surprising that the writing is more reflective and self-absorbed. It does mean that there is little going on that affects the plot. That said, the story progresses around this character and he interacts with it somewhat in a daze. This is a longer story and it feels like it, with more development of character and back story.
The author does use a tried and tested mechanism of misunderstanding and resignation to introduce tension to the plot. It does feel a little contrived and it is clear throughout that the character is fooling himself.
Sexual tension predominates as in the first book; however, here it is largely misplaced with unwelcome acts intruding on and muddying the central relationship.
The pace seems a lot slower than the first book, as this is a story that is largely played out through introspection. If the book had been longer this technique would have frustrated.
This is clearly a sequel that acts as a stepping-stone to the anticipated novel.