Highland Dragon Warrior (Dawn of the Highland Warrior, #1)
Legend claimsWhen Scotland fell to English ruleThe Highland dragons took a vow:Freedom at any price.The war may be over, but so long as English magic controls the Highlands, not even a dragon laird can keep his clan safe. What Cathal MacAlasdair needs is a warrior fierce enough to risk everything, yet gifted enough to outwit an enemy more monster than man.What he needs is Sophia.Alchemist Sophia Metzger traveled to Loch Arach in search of knowledge. She never dreamed she'd learn to do battle, ride through the stars on the back of a dragon, or catch the eye of a Highland laird. But as her quest turns to sizzling chemistry and inescapable danger, she'll soon discover the thrill of being caught in a dragon's claws.

Highland Dragon Warrior (Dawn of the Highland Warrior, #1) Details

TitleHighland Dragon Warrior (Dawn of the Highland Warrior, #1)
Author
ReleaseSep 5th, 2017
PublisherSourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN-139781492632030
Rating
GenreFantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Historical, Historical Fiction, Adult

Highland Dragon Warrior (Dawn of the Highland Warrior, #1) Review

  • Miranda (MrsLeif's Two Fangs About It)
    January 1, 1970
    Highland Dragon Warrior was a really interesting and unique paranormal romance. This book had dragons, magic, sorcerers, mystery, action, and romance! There was a lot of world building and I thought the author did a great job at creating this intriguing world. I also loved the Scotland setting. The author was so descriptive that I felt like I was there in Scotland with the characters!Sophia was the main female character, and she was a strong and determined woman. Sophia was a smart woman and I l Highland Dragon Warrior was a really interesting and unique paranormal romance. This book had dragons, magic, sorcerers, mystery, action, and romance! There was a lot of world building and I thought the author did a great job at creating this intriguing world. I also loved the Scotland setting. The author was so descriptive that I felt like I was there in Scotland with the characters!Sophia was the main female character, and she was a strong and determined woman. Sophia was a smart woman and I loved how she stood up for what she believed in. She was ready to take down any evil that came her way, which was really inspiring. I really liked that her Jewish faith was brought up because it is nice to see other religions brought up in novels. Cathal, the main male character, was a powerful and fierce warrior. He was fiercely protective and fought for those he cared about. Sometimes his protectiveness was a little overbearing, but I know he was coming from a good place. The paranormal elements of this book were intriguing. I loved that the author created such an immersive and unique world. I will say that the world-building sometimes took over the plot of the book, which led to the book feeling very slow at times. I also think there should have been more scenes with the dragon shifters and magic. However, when the action was introduced with the dragons, the story was addictive and hard to put down!The romance in this book was steamy and full of sexy moments. I thought the author did a great job at creating a delicious and steamy romance. I actually would have liked to see more romantic moments between the two and for it to develop with a slower burn, but it was still a good romance.Overall, this was an interesting start to a series! I am intrigued to see how it continues to develop! 3 / 5 Fangs *This ebook was given to me in exchange for an honest review. * MrsLeif's Two Fangs About ItFacebookTwitter
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  • Gaele
    January 1, 1970
    Travel to the early 14th century, and see the world that Isabel Cooper has built: Magic, mysticism, fantastic beasts and alchemy are all alive and well, and plenty of intrigue abounds. Sophia Metzger is an alchemist, strange enough to be a woman learned in this art, but she also has other differences. Self-supporting, Jewish and a world traveler, she’s far more modern than most others of her time, and isn’t afraid of asking for what she needs or wants. When she hears of the MacAlasdairs and that Travel to the early 14th century, and see the world that Isabel Cooper has built: Magic, mysticism, fantastic beasts and alchemy are all alive and well, and plenty of intrigue abounds. Sophia Metzger is an alchemist, strange enough to be a woman learned in this art, but she also has other differences. Self-supporting, Jewish and a world traveler, she’s far more modern than most others of her time, and isn’t afraid of asking for what she needs or wants. When she hears of the MacAlasdairs and that they may be dragons, she heads off to their holdings to beg scales for use in her alchemy. Cathal MacAlasdair is in a quandary: an evil wizard has captured the spirit of his best friend in the hopes that Cathal will work for him. Knowing evil when he sees it, Cathal doesn’t want to bargain with the mage, even if there seems no other choice. With Sophia’s arrival and simple request, he makes a deal. He’ll give her scales if she works a way to free his best friend. He’s not expecting a miracle, in fact he almost feels like he doesn’t believe she is capable of the task, but if she’s open and honest with him, and tries honestly, he’s happy with the bargain. Slow burn, plenty of action, Sophia and Cathal are wonderful together – working to free his friend, Sophia earns Cathal’s admiration and esteem. And, he’s not averse to trying to make her his. But she, as a Jew, knows that she wouldn’t be an acceptable wife for the laird’s son, and despite her attraction she’s unwilling to risk his position and her heart. Slow to develop in both plot and romance, the story is a gradual build to the final confrontations that bring her face to face with the evil mage and her own heart. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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  • Marlene
    January 1, 1970
    Originally published at Reading RealityI picked this up thinking that it was a followup to the author’s earlier Highland Dragons series, the one that starts wonderfully with Legend of the Highland Dragon, continues marvelously in The Highland Dragon's Lady and comes to its awesome conclusion in Night of the Highland Dragon.But Highland Dragon Warrior isn’t a followup. Instead, it’s the beginning of a prequel series. Instead of the very tail end of the 19th century, this story is set at the very Originally published at Reading RealityI picked this up thinking that it was a followup to the author’s earlier Highland Dragons series, the one that starts wonderfully with Legend of the Highland Dragon, continues marvelously in The Highland Dragon's Lady and comes to its awesome conclusion in Night of the Highland Dragon.But Highland Dragon Warrior isn’t a followup. Instead, it’s the beginning of a prequel series. Instead of the very tail end of the 19th century, this story is set at the very beginning of the 14th century. The world is a very different place. Thinking about it, this series might be the story of that “legend” that Legend of the Highland Dragon barely touches on.This feels like a bit of an alternate 14th century. Dragons aren’t the only otherworldly creatures that walk (or fly, in this case) the earth we know from history. Magic works as well, and there are both good and evil practitioners of it. And, possibly because this is the 14th century and mysticism of all sorts existed in real history, alchemy works too.Our heroine is an alchemist. She is also a world traveler in an era when travel was very difficult at the best of times and women seldom traveled at all. But Sophia Metzger is an exception in a number of ways. She’s a woman, she’s a practicing alchemist, and she’s Jewish at a time when Jews were systematically being expelled from every country in Europe.It is dangerous for her to travel, particularly through England, where the Jews were expelled only a century before. (This is real history, not fabricated for this story) Sophia hides who she is at every turn, because exposure will mean censure at best, and death at worst. But she has heard a rumor that the MacAlasdairs are dragons, and she wants to see if their scales can provide powerful catalysts for her alchemical potions.When Sophia and her friend and chaperone Alice arrive at Loch Arrach, she comes at just the right time for Cathal MacAlasdair. He’s had an unfortunate encounter with an evil wizard, who has taken the spirit of his best friend hostage. All the mage wants in return is Cathal’s service. The service of a powerful dragon. Cathal knows that he can’t give in, and doesn’t want to. He recognizes evil when he sees it. But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t want to save his best friend if he can do it without submitting to the wizard.And that’s where Sophia comes in. He’ll give her a few of his scales for her experiments, if she promises to do her best to save his friend. He’s not even half as unreasonable as he could be. Cathal knows the odds are stacked against them. He only asks that she try, and that she be honest about those trials.Sophia can’t resist the challenge. And when the wizard starts coming for her, she meets that challenge as well, with every ounce of skill and intelligence at her disposal.But when Cathal comes for her heart, she resists at every turn. She knows it’s not possible for a laird’s son to marry a Jew, and she is, above all, an honorable woman. But neither of them can resist what’s meant to be, no matter what stands in their way.Escape Rating B: Highland Dragon Warrior, in spite of its hard-charging title, is a slow-burn, slow-build kind of story on every front. The plot takes a long time to develop, and so does the romance.The pacing resembles that of Sophia’s alchemical potion-making. Everything has to happen at the right time, in the right place, under the right influences. This isn’t Harry Potter, where potions seem to brew in minutes or at most hours. All of Sophia’s potions take days and even weeks to come to fruition, and the story moves at that pace.So as much as I liked Highland Dragon Warrior, I can’t claim that it’s a page-turner, at least not until the final 15% of the story, where Sophia confronts the evil wizard.But I really did like this story. I think one of the big reasons for that is the character of Sophia. We don’t see many Jewish characters in mainstream fiction, and we particularly don’t see many Jewish heroines in romance, neither contemporary nor historical. So one of the reasons that I really liked being inside Sophia’s head was that I could see myself in her in ways that don’t happen often.As difficult as it was for a woman to be an intellectual, or to travel in her time, for Sophia there is always an added layer of danger because of her faith. And she is always aware that some people will always be prejudiced against her, for her gender, for her intellect, for her profession and for her Judaism. She tries to keep her faith hidden, as much as she can, while not betraying it. Her fears are real, and particularly real for me, in ways that may not resonate with other readers, but do for this one, especially now.Another thing that made this book so interesting for me is that it is Sophia’s journey. She’s the real warrior in this story, and not the dragon-shifter (and very male) Cathal. She’s the only person with the knowledge and skill to take the fight to the wizard, and the only one who has a chance to prevail. Cathal (and his family) provide much needed support, but Sophia is the skilled warrior on this battlefield, and there is not one moment of doubt that she is the right person to fight this foe.Cathal wants to protect her, but it always feels like it is in the sense that we all want to protect those we love, and not in the strong man protecting weaker woman sense. He doesn’t see her as weak except in the strictly physical sense, but then, this battle will not be fought by strictly physical, or even mostly physical, means. And while his attitude feels out of his time, it is not outside the way his family functions. Female dragons are every bit as powerful, if not a bit more so, than the males.And I liked that the difficulties between them were not swept under the carpet in a wave of romantic fluff. Or even obscured by a cloud of lust. There are real issues, and those have to be dealt with in order to arrive at a happy ever after. They successfully compromise, but not in a way where she gives up everything for him. They meet in a negotiated middle, and it works.I’m looking forward to the next story in this series, Highland Dragon Rebel, to see where those dragons fly next.
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  • Coral
    January 1, 1970
    ARC received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair reviewPlot: 3.5/5Characterisation: 3/5Prose: 4/5How much I enjoyed it: 3/5The premise of the book is really interesting. Set in the medieval times with dragon shapeshifters, sorcery, magicians and demons; away from the usual time-travel, druids or fae influences as is usual with a historical paranormal romance.The plot itself is very straight-forward. Sophie, an alchemist initially approached Cathal, a dragon shapeshifter for h ARC received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair reviewPlot: 3.5/5Characterisation: 3/5Prose: 4/5How much I enjoyed it: 3/5The premise of the book is really interesting. Set in the medieval times with dragon shapeshifters, sorcery, magicians and demons; away from the usual time-travel, druids or fae influences as is usual with a historical paranormal romance.The plot itself is very straight-forward. Sophie, an alchemist initially approached Cathal, a dragon shapeshifter for his dragon scale to use in her experiments. In return, she's to help cure Fergus, Cathal's friend who is fading away (literally) after an encounter with a sorcerer. And thus for the rest of the story involves searching for the cure and battling the sorcerer while the romance between Sophie and Cathal blooms.Although the plot is simple, the book is not made for a light-reading as there is a lot of world-building and various discussions which can be a tad excessive when it seems like just a story-filler.As for the main characters, I find Sophie a modern woman, ahead of her time. Eccentric to her family and community, she travels in search of knowledge. Cathal, the youngest in his family but already centuries old, struggles to find his place in a world that is changing so fast in his eyes that he barely bothers to keep up. I do wish there were more explanations or interactions to their romance.I would recommend this book for those who are looking for something different in a paranormal romance set in medieval Scotland.
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  • Sissy's Romance Book Review
    January 1, 1970
    'Highland Dragon Warrior' by Isabel Cooper is the First Book in a New Series called "Dawn of the Highland Warrior'. This is the story of Sophia Metzger and Cathal MacAlasdair. Sophia and her friends are world travelers which for that time period is a real accomplishment. In addition she is Jewish who is a alchemist which in it self is a wonder. Cathal is dealing with trying to save his best friend who is at the mercy of an evil wizard. Cathal and Sophia come to deal that she will try an help him 'Highland Dragon Warrior' by Isabel Cooper is the First Book in a New Series called "Dawn of the Highland Warrior'. This is the story of Sophia Metzger and Cathal MacAlasdair. Sophia and her friends are world travelers which for that time period is a real accomplishment. In addition she is Jewish who is a alchemist which in it self is a wonder. Cathal is dealing with trying to save his best friend who is at the mercy of an evil wizard. Cathal and Sophia come to deal that she will try an help him and he will give her some of his Dragon Scales . Sophia is finding that she cared a great deal for Cathal but he is a lairs son and her being Jewish wouldn't be able to have a respectable relationship. But they find it hard to fight their feelings.Really enjoyed Cathal and Sophia's story and can't wait for more in this series!"My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read."https://www.amazon.com/gp/profile/A2H...https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/1... https://twitter.com/soapsrus68 https://www.facebook.com/RomanceBookR...
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  • Treena
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC.I was expecting this to be a dragon shifter romance so I was disappointed that the focus was more on alchemy rather than dragons and shifting. I also found myself getting bored because I found the pacing of the story to be quite slow/dragging. This book isn't for me. Sorry.
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  • Sonja
    January 1, 1970
    I don't want to say this book was boring, but it kind of was. It definitely was not quite what I was expecting either. I did not go into this looking for lessons on alchemy or on what is and is not appropriate behavior between a man and a woman. For so much of the book little to nothing actually happens except those lessons. It wasn't until about the last 20% or so that it actually became a real story and I was kind of interested in what was going to happen. Sadly, I can't even say that the idea I don't want to say this book was boring, but it kind of was. It definitely was not quite what I was expecting either. I did not go into this looking for lessons on alchemy or on what is and is not appropriate behavior between a man and a woman. For so much of the book little to nothing actually happens except those lessons. It wasn't until about the last 20% or so that it actually became a real story and I was kind of interested in what was going to happen. Sadly, I can't even say that the idea behind this was all that intriguing to me either. When the synopsis says:"Legend claimsWhen Scotland fell to English ruleThe Highland dragons took a vow:Freedom at any price."I at least expect some sort of big war going on where these fierce dragons are going to be fighting for a purpose. Along the way finding that special someone they can't let go of. That's not what we get. They're fighting, sure, but not the way you'd think. It's the alchemy, and occasionally magic, that takes center stage.I am very ambivalent toward both of the main characters. Neither did anything that impressed me much, but they also didn't do anything that made me dislike them. They simply were there. Cathal is our dragon. Him and his family take turns as lord of their lands while the others are off fighting and it's Cathal's turn now. I'm pretty sure he would rather be anywhere else. Until Sophia shows up. She's an alchemist and has traveled from France to their keep in order to obtain some dragon scales for her potions and such. She's also Jewish, which is made into a huge deal, and I honestly don't know why for the purposes of this book. The relationship between Cathal and Sophia was a slow and believable one. It was also pretty sweet at times.Cathal was not the one she was expecting to meet, but she makes her case for her request and hopes for the best. They agree on a deal where Sophia tries her best to help heal one of his men and in exchange he will give her what she wants. And that would be the majority of this book. Sophia does all she can to try and help the man who has had his soul stolen by an evil enemy. During this time her and Cathal fight the urge they both have to get closer to the other because it wouldn't be proper. Sophia manages to do good for the man, but in order to heal him fully she must go after the one that holds his soul captive. And that's pretty much where this story picks up a bit. She goes into enemy territory, barely makes it alive, but in the end got what she was searching for. Now she just has to go back into a dangerous dream world created by this enemy, destroy him and bring back the soul of the guy she's been trying to save. Piece of cake. Or not. But it all ends well.There were some really neat things in this book (like a ritual that Cathal performs every morning to learn of impending disaster), but for a book that promises dragons it severely disappoints. We only see Cathal transform a handful of times and all he does then is fly or sit there. Perhaps things will get better going forward, but I most likely will not be finding out.ARC provided by publisher via Netgalley.
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  • Barbee
    January 1, 1970
    Book: Highland Dragon Warrior by Isabel CooperSeries: Dawn of the Highland Warrior, Book #1Reviewed by Barb Massabrook (of)1)Tartan Book Reviews - Administrator & Creator2)Purple Tulip Book Reviews - Administrator 3)Celtic Barb’s Tartan Book Review Blog - BloggerHeat Rating: 🔥Overall Rating:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐This is the story of Cathal MacAlasdair and Sophie Metzger. 1304, ScotlandLaird Cathal MacAlasdair is a dragon/human shapeshifter, the dragon laird. He is furious the Sassenach controls the highlands Book: Highland Dragon Warrior by Isabel CooperSeries: Dawn of the Highland Warrior, Book #1Reviewed by Barb Massabrook (of)1)Tartan Book Reviews - Administrator & Creator2)Purple Tulip Book Reviews - Administrator 3)Celtic Barb’s Tartan Book Review Blog - BloggerHeat Rating: 🔥Overall Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️This is the story of Cathal MacAlasdair and Sophie Metzger. 1304, ScotlandLaird Cathal MacAlasdair is a dragon/human shapeshifter, the dragon laird. He is furious the Sassenach controls the highlands ever since Scotland fell to their rule. As legend claims the highland dragon's took an oath ”Freedom at any Price!” Yet he's frustrated that not even he can keep his people safe. He needs a ferocious, relentless, savage, warrior, that won't fear anything or anyone! This would keep his clan safe from enemies. Yet also a warrior clever enough to outsmart his foes, be more beast than human. Than shortly after her meets Sophie he realizes she is exactly what he both needs and wants. He and Sophia have joined together to battle, win and conquer over evil and darkness! Will they also join in the carnal sense as well or part company. Will they Dragon lift his claws and hot breath to even allow it! Sophia Metzger is a scholar and an alchemist, but can feel the land at Loch Arach is rejecting her and wants her gone. She came here to learn, not to fight as a warrior does. Of course she never expected to be attracted to a dragon or ride in the clouds on his back!This captivating book has all the elements Scottish historical paranormal romance readers love. It is filled with murder, magic mystery, shape-shifting, fantasy, healing, faith, passion, betrayal and love. An attraction that grows from respect to love.A spellbinding enchanting story from start to finish. Absolutely delightful read, loved it. I received an advance reader copy from the publisher. I voluntarily agreed to do a fair review and blog through netgalley. All thoughts, ideas and words are my own.Highland Dragon Warrior (Dawn of the Highland ... - Amazon.comhttps://www.amazon.com/Highland-Drago...
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  • Gigi staub
    January 1, 1970
    Legend claimsWhen Scotland fell to English ruleThe Highland dragons took a vow:Freedom at any price.The war may be over, but so long as English magic controls the Highlands, not even a dragon laird can keep his clan safe. What Cathal MacAlasdair needs is a warrior fierce enough to risk everything, yet gifted enough to outwit an enemy more monster than man.What he needs is Sophia.Alchemist Sophia Metzger traveled to Loch Arach in search of knowledge. She never dreamed she'd learn to do battle, ri Legend claimsWhen Scotland fell to English ruleThe Highland dragons took a vow:Freedom at any price.The war may be over, but so long as English magic controls the Highlands, not even a dragon laird can keep his clan safe. What Cathal MacAlasdair needs is a warrior fierce enough to risk everything, yet gifted enough to outwit an enemy more monster than man.What he needs is Sophia.Alchemist Sophia Metzger traveled to Loch Arach in search of knowledge. She never dreamed she'd learn to do battle, ride through the stars on the back of a dragon, or catch the eye of a Highland laird. But as her quest turns to sizzling chemistry and inescapable danger, she'll soon discover the thrill of being caught in a dragon's claws.Review:I had not read this Author before and thought this is the first in a new series, so perfect time to start. I found out later it is an even better place, as this is a prequel series to one of her other series.I quit enjoyed the Author's work. I thought she mixed history and the supernatural into a very cohesive story. I thought making Sophia Jewish added a interesting and unique twist to the story. One I had not read before, especially for this time period. I loved that Sophia uses alchemy and no one blinks an eye about it. Sophia is also incredibly strong and perseveres through everything that she is doing and has gone through. Cathal is a what I would think of if I were picturing a Scottish Dragon, moody, alpha-male and sexy. I also liked that there was more than meets the eye to him. Cathal's and Sophia's romance is a slow brewing one that fit them perfectly. They do have an instant chemistry and once the sexy starts, it gets more interesting for them as a couple. Besides romance, there is a lot of supernatural happenings and action to keep readers interested. I will continue to read this series before diving into the other series.4Stars*I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book provided by the publisher.*
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  • Lynn
    January 1, 1970
    First in a new fantasy historical series from Isabel Cooper, Highland Dragon Warrior focuses on Sophia, an alchemist who is in hopes of making new discoveries and adding to her knowledge of the alchemical world and, Cathal MacAlasdair, one of the ruling members of his clan of Scotsmen who also happen to be warrior dragons. While Sophia comes seeking knowledge, Alasdair is in need of someone to help one of his men after an attack by an evil magically endowed enemy. He makes bargain with Sophia; i First in a new fantasy historical series from Isabel Cooper, Highland Dragon Warrior focuses on Sophia, an alchemist who is in hopes of making new discoveries and adding to her knowledge of the alchemical world and, Cathal MacAlasdair, one of the ruling members of his clan of Scotsmen who also happen to be warrior dragons. While Sophia comes seeking knowledge, Alasdair is in need of someone to help one of his men after an attack by an evil magically endowed enemy. He makes bargain with Sophia; if she will help his fellow soldier, Cathal will give her the dragon scales she seeks for her work. Sophia is an unusual woman for her time of 1304 in that she is a scientist working in a nontraditional female role. Cathal is the youngest in his dragon family who live for centuries. While working together they find despite their vastly different backgrounds and even species, love begins to slowly bloom for the two brave and courageous people who are willing to sacrifice themselves to save others.Dragons in Cathal’s family are not just fire breathing menaces, but have compassion and care for the humans who belong to their castle keep. A studious woman such as Sophia, immersed in her work, finds love and romance to have an alchemy all its own. Their world is full of magical creatures and men who would rule by using evil wizardry as well as the Scot’s wars with the English during that time period. This story is a slow burn type of romance, no pun intended dragonwise. Quite a bit of the story is spent on Sophia’s work with a lot of details of the alchemical processes. Sophia, being a rather cerebral person, spends a lot of time thinking…about everything, especially her reaction to and feelings for Cathal. From Cathal’s point of view, you learn about his family and background, how dragons function in this world, and his growing feelings for Sophia. The pacing is slower than some readers might enjoy; however, it is a well told tale especially for fantasy readers who appreciate attention to detail and interesting world building.
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  • ChocoholicReader
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Paranormal and historical are my two favorite romance sub-genres. I am always excited too find them together, so I had high expectations for this book that weren't quite matched. I expected a shape-shifter book with a historical setting. While there is shape-shifting, it is more of a minor detail than a focal point. However, it had enough redeeming qualities to keep me reading. Sophia is an Alchemist and what she need I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Paranormal and historical are my two favorite romance sub-genres. I am always excited too find them together, so I had high expectations for this book that weren't quite matched. I expected a shape-shifter book with a historical setting. While there is shape-shifting, it is more of a minor detail than a focal point. However, it had enough redeeming qualities to keep me reading. Sophia is an Alchemist and what she needs most are dragon scales. After much searching, she arrives at Loch Arach where rumors say the Lords are men who can turn into dragons at will. Cathal is intrigued by the woman and her request, but most importantly, he needs her to save his friend who has been cursed. Unfortunately, agreeing to help Cathal's friend puts Sophia in danger from a powerful wizard, and they must work together to defeat him.The blend of historical and paranormal or fantasy is fantastic. The historical timing is of Robert the Bruce with Cathal and his family fighting for Scottland. The author weaves magic into this time period seamlessly. Instead of the book revolving around Cathal's shape-shifting, it was Sophia's alchemy that took most of the focus. While I loved Sophia's passion and intelligence, there was so much detail and science in the alchemy talk that I found myself skipping sections. I would be interested to see where the author takes the series.
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  • Glittergirl
    January 1, 1970
    This was a very different book from what I thought I would find. It's romantic fantasy/magic more than shifter/highlander. I was looking forward to reading my first Isabel Cooper book when I was granted surprising access through NetGalley. Yes there's a Dragon Warrior, Cathal MacAlisdair who is the youngest son and currently holding down the castle for his family. But, this is more about the Jewish alchemist Sophia Metzger, who is seeking a dragon scale for experimentation. He agrees to give her This was a very different book from what I thought I would find. It's romantic fantasy/magic more than shifter/highlander. I was looking forward to reading my first Isabel Cooper book when I was granted surprising access through NetGalley. Yes there's a Dragon Warrior, Cathal MacAlisdair who is the youngest son and currently holding down the castle for his family. But, this is more about the Jewish alchemist Sophia Metzger, who is seeking a dragon scale for experimentation. He agrees to give her one in exchange for trying to revive his "brother"-in-arms Fergus who is wasting away to a ghost after he and Cathal tangled with the wizard Valerius, who was fighting for the English. Sophia agrees to try and so the adventure begins. Personally I found this book pretty slow going with not a lot of action until the end. It builds and builds and then they get a break gleaning vital information about who and where "Valerius" home is. I found it fascinating learning about alchemy. I've never read a story like this in romance. It felt like something my son would find in his fantasy section of the bookstore. Romance almost played a back seat to the magic. Yes, Cathal and Sophia fall in love but it's not central to the story of saving Fergus.Thank you Sourcebooks and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book. And thank you for giving me access to the next book in the series. I will be delighted to read and review it as well.
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  • Katherine Yearwood
    January 1, 1970
    Highland Dragon Warrior is the 1st book in Isabel Cooper Dawn of the Highland Dragon series. Nothing too exciting really happens in this book, since it was just setting the foundation for the series, and an introduction of the characters of sorts. The story was slow in some place but really picked up as the story unfolds. The banter between Cathal and Sophia was cute. I personally couldn’t get into the story. When Sophia talked about alchemy it was like she was talking a foreign language. If you Highland Dragon Warrior is the 1st book in Isabel Cooper Dawn of the Highland Dragon series. Nothing too exciting really happens in this book, since it was just setting the foundation for the series, and an introduction of the characters of sorts. The story was slow in some place but really picked up as the story unfolds. The banter between Cathal and Sophia was cute. I personally couldn’t get into the story. When Sophia talked about alchemy it was like she was talking a foreign language. If you're into science fiction / historical romance then this book would be right for you.
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  • Brittany
    January 1, 1970
    I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This was a very hard read for me. It took me forever to get into the story. We had Sophia an alchemist and Cathal is a shapeshifting dragon. They have joined forces in order to fight a great evil. The story plot was well done. I just couldn't get over the scientific lingo and processes that were used. It just made for a very hard read.
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  • Linda Wu
    January 1, 1970
    Sophia was great. Although there aren't a lot of interaction between the two. Quite a bit of time was spent on the other dragon siblings. The eBook i read also contained a significant chunk of the next book, probably 1/4 at least. The cover, like all other dragon books by Isabel cooper seems created for an entirely different book. I'm fairly sure Cathal was described at blond in the book...
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  • Ann (Fanni Ann)
    January 1, 1970
    Fantastic start to a series, I was hooked from page one, magic, alchemy, sexy scottish dragon warriors, what more could a girl want.I received an advanced copy and I voluntarily leave my own opinion
  • Tamra LeValley
    January 1, 1970
    Slow read
  • Heather andrews
    January 1, 1970
    I really liked Sophia, I found her to be cute, “I should… I want to touch you,” she said, and her hands were sliding down over his chest, twin flames through his shirt. Her tongue crept out of her mouth and circled her lips. “ You’re very hard ,” she said, and then laughed and blushed, not too innocent for the innuendo. “Not… I didn’t mean like that.” Sophia has no problem asking Cathal tough questions, “can you… can we, er, couple again tonight? If it wouldn’t be… I don’t want to damage you, an I really liked Sophia, I found her to be cute, “I should… I want to touch you,” she said, and her hands were sliding down over his chest, twin flames through his shirt. Her tongue crept out of her mouth and circled her lips. “ You’re very hard ,” she said, and then laughed and blushed, not too innocent for the innuendo. “Not… I didn’t mean like that.” Sophia has no problem asking Cathal tough questions, “can you… can we, er, couple again tonight? If it wouldn’t be… I don’t want to damage you, and I’ve read philosophers who say that men—” I really liked this book, Sophia was just so honest.
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  • Shari
    January 1, 1970
    DNF - very slow moving plot with very little action when I finally stopped. Didn't feel any chemistry except for whatever she was working on. World building was over complicated.
  • Bambi Unbridled
    January 1, 1970
    I gave this audiobook 2 hours of my road trip and it didn't hold my interest at all. The pace is very slow, and there has yet to be any hints of romance or focus on the dragons.
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