In 18th century Scotland, where cu sith roam & witches spin lies, a smithy’s daughter who can tame fairies with a whisper & a cute vampire in a kilt must join forces to defeat the bloodthirsty fay who slew her kin.
When seventeen-year-old orphan, Boudica MacLean, is savaged by a nightmarish beast on the windswept moors of Mull, she wakes to discover three startling truths: she’s the last Cagairáin, an ancient race of enchanters who can tame the fay with a whisper; the caterans who slayed her kin were fairy folk bent on ridding the highlands of her kind; and her childhood sweetheart, Aiden MacEachan, harbors a devastating secret.
Returned to Scotland after six years abroad, Aiden’s no longer the rambunctious farm boy she remembers. He’s a vampire, a fairy-human hybrid born of blood and magic, and under strict instruction to lure Boudica back to his new home and deliver her to his kin. Why? Because whoever gains influence over Boudica acquires power to control all the fay.
But Aiden’s family are not alone in coveting Boudica. A band of bloodthirsty baobhan sith hunt her. Now, as they close in, picking off Boudica’s loved ones, one by one, the bonds of affection stretched between Aiden and Boudica are tried by obligations of blood, honor and propriety. Aiden must choose between loyalty to his family and a love time cannot quell, and Boudica must decide if she’ll turn her back on the lad duty-bound to betray her, or accept his help harnessing her erratic powers, and all while deflecting the unwanted advances of the most loathsome cad in the valley—her betrothed. Worst of all, unbeknownst to Boudica, the baobhan sith pursuing her is someone she holds dear to her heart.
In the tradition of Goldman’s The Princess Bride, Sparks’ The Notebook, and Hamsun’s Victoria, A WHISPER OF DEATH tells the tale of a love that transcends time, only with a paranormal twist.
Narrated through the alternating viewpoints of Boudica and Aiden, A WHISPER OF DEATH will appeal to lovers of Scottish romance and vampire angst – think, Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander meets LJ Smith's The Vampire Diaries – and readers who adore the lyrical prose of Maggie Stiefvater and Laini Taylor.