Review: The Warrior of Clan Kincaid by Lily Blackwood

Reviewed by Jen

This third book in Lily Blackwood’s Highland Warrior series tells a familiar story, but one I did not mind retreading. The titular character here is Cull the Nameless, a man who was kept as a slave for many of his formative years before someone bought him his freedom and lead him to a life as a soldier of the king. As the story begins, his benefactor has tapped him to lead a mission to relieve the Kincaid clan of their land.

Wait, you may say, the book is called of The Warrior of Clan Kincaid, but our hero is fighting against that clan? Well, yes and no. You see, the Kincaid men are missing one of their brothers. Or rather, he was presumed dead when their parents were killed. And did I mention that Cull has no recollection of his life before slavery? I don’t mean to spoil anything, really, but it does not take a rocket science to connect the dots. You would have figured it out on your own pretty quickly, I promise. And even though it takes a little while to spell it out on page, the big reveal is in the book’s blurb, so I don’t feel too guilty for mentioning it here.

This is a premise I have read several times over the years, but Lily Blackwood does a pretty good job with it.

As Cull and his men march toward their quarry, they come across Derryth, the laird’s sister-in-law, but they have no idea of her true identity. When some of Cull’s mercenaries get a little too aggressive with her, he takes responsibility for her and decides to keep her with him at all times for her protection. Only there is no protecting her heart or his own from the inevitable. Of course, they can’t help but to fall in love with each other.

Cull is a pretty solid hero. He has had a very difficult past, but he has held onto his humanity. He is fair and just, and though he lives a violet life, he is gentle with those who need it the most. Derryth knows he is the enemy, but in seeing his softer side, coupled with the undeniable physical attraction, her fight against her feelings is a losing battle. Derryth is supposed to be a little bit spoiled, but I did not find her terribly off-putting. I am not sure it is 100% believable that she could fall so hard and quickly for a man that she knows is going to plunder her home, but Cull is drawn very well and I guess I can put that aside based on his swooniness.

This book, while third in the trilogy, holds up very well as a standalone. Interestingly, when I looked back to see more details on the first two books, I found that I had actually read the first one a few years ago. It seems I didn’t quite enjoy it as much as I did this one, so don’t be afraid to jump in to the series at this point. It will still work.

This book had good sexual tension, dastardly villains, and a satisfying ending that gave me everything I wanted. If you’re in the mood for a Highlander story, this one is worth checking out.

Rating: B

*ARC provided by publisher

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The Warrior of Clan Kincaid
by Lily Blackwood
Release Date: July 31, 2018
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks

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