May 29, 2017
Published 1793 - A gothic novel set in a powerful landscape, with complex clan feuds and mysterious romantic intrigues played out against a backdrop of ruined medieval castles and rugged Scottish coastlines. The present Earl of Athlin, Osbert, is driven by the desire to avenge his father’s murder at the hand of Malcolm, the Baron of Dunbayne. His sister, Mary, attempts to resist her passion for Alleyn, a highlander not of noble birth. Alleyn is driven to heroic deeds of rescue because of his love for Mary. The villain, Baron Malcolm, is driven by his desire to kill Osbert; and to possess Mary. Along with the characters, the castles of the title are central to this gothic tale.