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Lee, J. Ardian. Sword of the white rose.

LEE, J. Ardian. Sword of the white rose. Penguin, Berkley. 309p. c2004. 0-441-01171-3. $14.00. SA

Bonnie Prince Charlie is arriving on the Scottish shore and Ciaran must lead his clan to follow the prince, even though both are fated to fail. Ciaran knows more about this outcome than anyone else because his father actually came from the 20th century and read about Scottish history from that future perspective. Ciaran does not want to accept this destiny and the killing, particularly because he falls in love with the English commander's daughter Leah. The question is, how Ciaran can maintain his reputation and his life? Leah cares for both men in her life, and wants them to find a peaceful resolution--just as Ciaran's father wished. Can destiny change?

This historical fantasy gives readers an idea of daily life in those tumultuous times, although this reviewer got tired of constant references to kilts and plaids. For all of the battling, the tone of the story is quite understated. Even the romantic references are tame. As such. this could be an interesting addition for high school collections.

S--Recommended for senior high school students.

A--Recommended for advanced students and adults. This code will help librarians and teachers working in high schools where there are honors and advanced placement students. This also will help extend KLIATT's usefulness in public libraries.

Dr. Lesley Farmer, Lib. Svcs., CSULB, Long Beach, CA
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Date:Sep 1, 2004
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