Hello, Sunshines, I hope you are all well? I have the huge pleasure to be sharing my review of the stunning new book from Regan Walker; Summer Warrior, which is the first book in the new series, The Clan Donald Saga. I am super excited to be sharing this book with you all, firstly I want to say thank you to Regan for the advance reader copy. Now, let’s have a look at this book.
Summer Warrior by Regan Walker
Genre: Historical Fiction
Series: The Clan Donald Saga #1
Format: Ebook, Paperback
Release Date: 7th October 2020
Somerled’s parentage was noble, of the Kings of Dublin, the royal house of Argyll and the great Ard Ri, the High Kings of Ireland. But when the Norse invaded Argyll and the Isles, his family’s fortunes fell with those of his people. When all hope seemed lost, he rose from the mists of Morvern to rally the Gaels, the Scots and the Irish.
Sweeping across Argyll and the Isles like a fast-moving storm, brilliant in strategy and fearless in battle, Somerled began retaking his ancestral lands, driving away the invaders and freeing the people from the Norse stranglehold. In doing so, he would win the title Somerle Mor, Somerled the Mighty, Lord of Argyll, Kintyre and Lorne and, eventually, Lord of the Isles.
This is the unforgettable saga of his path to victory that forged the Kingdom of the Isles and won him the heart of a Norse king’s daughter.
Before I start my review, I have to take a moment to mention the cover. Isn’t it glorious? I love the image, it’s so striking and the way the colour’s melt into one another really make it stand out. It’s beautiful, I would happily have that frame on my wall.
Summer Warrior is a drastic change from what we are used to from Regan Walker, this is definitely more in the historical fiction category then romance (even though there is a beautiful romance within) and personally speaking this is her very best to date. It’s no secret that I am a big fan of her work, I fell hook line and sinker for her medieval warrior series and have been avidly reading my way through her catalogue since.
It’s a step away from the usual romances for Regan Walker, and we are stepping into a whole new era. I love that there is far more emphasis on Somerled’s story and history of Scotland, it’s a lot grittier than what we are used to from her but that only makes it more engaging and captivating. With history, adventure, romance and drama, this is a riveting and captivating tale.
Set during the 12th Century; Somerled I really loved between Somerled and Ragnhild, a bittersweet love that develops beautifully and naturally. I love that it’s meticulously entwined within the bigger picture, in some ways their blossoming romance takes a back seat and I really liked it, your whole focus is on the intricate and compelling tale before you.
I absolutely loved Somerled (then again those who read my reviews, that will comes as no surprise) he is everything you would want in a hero; brave, clever, valiant, gallant, cunning, charming, extremely handsome and determined. He isn’t the kind of man who will just sit back on his laurels and allow injustice to happen, and he wants to unite the Scottish and the Irish to become a powerful force and in doing so he created the ‘Kingdom of the Isles’. I love his focus, he courageous spirit and deep down that yearning passion which comes to a head when he first sets eyes on a beautiful woman riding through the mist.
What particularly appealed to me about this was the vivid imagery that erupts in your mind as you read, because of the rich and stunning descriptions on each page, it’s beautifully written. The depictions of the setting in each scene is mesmerising – but then I wouldn’t expect anything less from Ms Walker, she has outdone herself and I know that this is one of those books which will be pulled off the shelf again and again.
Summer Warrior is the first book in the brand new; Clan of Donald Saga and what a brilliant introduction, I can tell you for a fact that this is going to be an emotional, gripping and addictive series, one of which I am so looking forward to following. Regan Walker once again enthrals the reader with her compelling and mesmerizing writing, she is a true shining star of the genre.
I love that Summer Warrior of inspired by historical events, I hadn’t heard of the tale of Somerled MacGillebride, the leader of the Gaels and was instantly intrigued and, eager to learn more which is what Regan Walker does to perfection, she has this incredible ability to really pull the reader into her fictionalised world and at the same time you are gaining all the history and knowledge without even realising it, you become fully absorbed into Somerled’s intriguing and intricately woven world.
Summer Warrior is a meticulously researched, beautifully written saga of truth, love and history. A masterclass of historical fiction writing.