Title: Haunting Warrior
Author: Erin Quinn
Published: June 2010
Author's website: http://www.erinquinnbooks.com/
I love the rich feel to this cover. It's a matt finish, with gold metallic font for the title, and with a hunk of a body on ;p Just as I imagined Rory to be!
A very enjoyable read from start to finish. I adored the way the characters stepped back in time and intermingled. The woman from Rory's dreams, Saraid has a fantastic Irish accent, which comes over really well in the book. The chemistry is brilliant between both characters, and the magic is really fab.
Rory's father disappeared when he was young, and Rory has always blamed himself and rebelled...leaving his homeland for the US and trying to make ends meet in a bar where he works. His grandma visits him...fantastic character (did I mention she's dead??!) and a story begins to unfold as Rory realizes he must return home to the life he left behind.
I thoroughly enjoyed the way magic worked between the characters and the outcome before the end, even if it was a little sad. This is the first book by Erin Quinn that I've read to date, it won't be the last as I thoroughly enjoyed the mix of language, history and magic that it offered.
When his father vanished after uncovering the secrets of the ancient Book of Fennore, Rory McGrath transformed from an innocent boy into a troubled, cynical man. Leaving Ireland, he shunned his family, his heritage - and the very magic that defined his people for centuries. The he began dreaming of an ethereal beauty, who calls him to return home to a destiny that will take him beyond the realm of anything he imagined. Lured to the castle ruins where his father disappeared, Rory is plunged back in time and into the body of another man - a man betrothed to the woman of his dreams.
Many thanks to Berkley Sensation (Penguin) US for the review book in exchange for an honest review.