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.
After being hooked by the first short story, "The Mutt," I was dying to see where the story would go next and let me tell you, this second short in the series did not disappoint!
In "The Mutt," we only got Ervyn's point of view, with Lochan being totally aloof and mysterious; however, this book was told from Lochan's perspective and there was a lot more going on in his head than he'd like anyone to know.
For example, I loved how, even if Lochan didn't want to admit it, Ervyn was the cure to his insomnia. Physical exertion or alcohol had long been Lochan's crutch for sleeping, but put Ervyn in bed next to him and, *boom*, out like a light. A happy, peaceful light.
This, of course, scared the stoic, unapproachable Lochan to death, so we got some drama with him coming to terms with his feelings, his desire to have the upbeat and charming archer by his side.
But this short story did end on a happy note, with definite hope for their futures, so I'm dying to read "The Scouts," as we see where the assassin and his archer go from here.
Like with the first short, I was impressed with how impactful Bacon's words were, especially for there to have been so few pages.
The writing wasn't flowery, yet the words had a definite flow to them. An elegance, where without an overabundance of words, the reader was gifted with lots of genuine feelings.
I'd rate "The Highlander" at around 4.5 stars and definitely recommend this series to anyone who enjoys a good fantasy read.
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