(Review) Rebel of Ross by Mary Lancaster

Publication Date: July 31, 2016
Publisher: Mary Lancaster
Genre: Historical Fiction, Scotland
Pages: 340
Source: Free ebook copy from Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours in exchange for a review.
Rating: 5 stars for excellent

Link for the tour: Rebel of Ross @ HFVBT

To read an excerpt: Rebel of Ross


Scotland, 1156.
Malcolm MacHeth, one time Earl of Ross, languishes as a prisoner in Roxburgh Castle, while his sons raise rebellion in his name. Optimistically, the King of Scots, promises the earldom of Ross to landless Norman knight, Sir William de Lanson, if he can somehow defeat the infamous MacHeths.
It wasn’t quite how William’s disgraced wife Christian dreamed of coming home. Captured by the strange and ferocious Adam MacHeth was hardly part of her plan either, although she and William quickly become pawns in his.
Adam, warrior and seer, fights for his father’s freedom and his family’s right to claim the kingdom of the Scots. Plagued by waking dreams which threaten his sanity and life, he’s learned to use his prophecies to further his family’s goals. But when he abducts his enemy’s lady, his dreams and desires are suddenly more personal.
Surrounded by intrigue, ambition and betrayal, Christian must choose between loyalty and love, in order to keep a fragile peace for her people and for the man she loves beyond all reason.

My Thoughts: 
I love reading British history, especially English, Scottish, and Welsh. Primarily because I have a great love for this history and because this is my ancestry. 

There was a Somerled. He lived in 12th century Scotland. His DNA is primarily of Norse, but also Gaelic ancestry. 
To read further information: Somerled, Undiscovered Scotland.  
There was also a 12th century Adam macDomnaill, and counted as one of the MacHeths (reminds me a little of MacBeth.) I found only one link with a scant amount of info on him. 
To read further information on Adam MacDomnaill: Wikipedia. 

Rebel of Ross is Adam MacHeth. He is an interesting character, besides being a warrior, he has the ability to see things: past, present, and future. He is a seer. The people close to him know of his special ability, but he is uncomfortable in the attention the gift brings. He does not use this ability for evil purposes. It is an ability he does not quite understand himself. This brings a mystery element to the story. Since Adam nor the secondary characters do not fully understand his ability, then the reader does not understand. He experiences visions and I am given a veiled explanation of what he sees. I'm anxious to read more about Adam's ability in book two (to be published later in 2016.)
Adam MacHeth is a dangerous looking and acting individual. On the other hand, the people he loves and the men who fight with him, he is seen as a committed and devoted person. He is handsome, secretive, mysterious, rugged, determined, and loyal. However, through Mary Lancaster, I am shown Adam's tender and passionate side.
Christian is a damsel in distress; however, she is not a complete victim and out of control character. She has a way of showing who is in charge, but in a ladylike fashion. She is a person who has compassion and interest in people. It does not matter if the in-need person is beneath her in society, she is patient, gentle, and compassionate. I find this to be another character who showed me two sides of their personality. Further, Christian has an imperfection. All humans have imperfections, some are outward and some inward. Through Rebel of Ross, I came to understand Christian's inward beauty. and its outward reflection. She is a person who glows with strength, grace, and beauty.
Somerled is the uncle of Adam, related through Adam's mother.
The narrative pace of the story is at times quick when there is a battle, or slows down as when Adam and Christian have an encounter. I believe it is the scenes and dialogue of Adam and Christian that gave me the most pleasure. Their story enticed me and kept me reading until the last page.
The history of this period, 12th century Scotland, is the battle for power from opposing factions. The Scottish people versus Norman English. For the Scottish people, controlling and protecting their homeland against the English is a matter of life and death. It is their way of life.
I loved Rebel of Ross. I am anxious to read part two in the continuing saga of Adam and Christian!

Scottish Battle Music:

About The Author:
Mary Lancaster’s first love was historical fiction. Since then she has grown to love coffee, chocolate, red wine and black and white films – simultaneously where possible. She hates housework.
As a direct consequence of the first love, she studied history at St. Andrews University, after which she worked variously as editorial assistant, researcher and librarian. Although she has always written stories for her own entertainment, she began to make serious efforts toward publication in order to distract herself from a job she disliked. She now writes full time at her seaside home in Scotland, which she shares with her husband and three children.
Mary is the author of three historical novels:
An Endless Exile – the story of Hereward, 11th century outlaw hero
A World to Win – a Scottish governess finds love in revolutionary Hungary
A Prince to be Feared: the love story of Vlad Dracula
Mary loves to hear from readers. You can email her at Mary@MaryLancaster.com, and connect on Facebook. Find out more about Mary and her books at www.MaryLancaster.com.

Blog Tour Schedule:
Monday, August 8
Review at A Book Drunkard
Tuesday, August 9
Review and Excerpt at The Book Junkie Reads
Interview at Books and Benches
Wednesday, August 10
Excerpt at The Reading Queen
Guest Post at One Book Shy of a Full Shelf
Thursday, August 11
Review at One Book Shy of a Full Shelf
Guest Post and Excerpt at The Silver Dagger Scriptorium
Friday, August 12
Review at Let Them Read Books
Saturday, August 13
Interview at The Book Junkie Reads
Monday, August 15
Review at Impressions in Ink
Review and Excerpt at Historical Fiction Obsession


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  1. Hi! Just want to say thank you, Annette, for the lovely review, and for having Rebel of Ross and me on your blog :). So glad you enjoyed the book!


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