Highland Legend (Scots and Swords, 3)
The ghosts of Roman gladiators loom over this medieval Scottish series, of which Highland Legend is the third. Elite warrior Magnus Stewart, known as the Eagle for his head-kicking finishing move, has more up his nonexistent sleeves than anyone knows. The bastard son of a Scottish duke, he was held captive for much of his childhood. His need for adulation and female companionship is fueled by his abandonment. Diantha de Mora was another captive, an heiress to the Spanish lands of Navarre, who is betrothed to the son of her captor. When she recognizes Magnus on the streets of Edinburgh, she runs away, hoping for his protection.
Set largely in the clandestine gladiatorial world Magnus lives in, the reader is immersed in a Latin-Scottish mashup. Strong man, compassionate woman themes run throughout. Nothing unexpected here, except the extraordinary kindness of strangers and the deus ex machina finale.