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Product Details

  • Series: The Circle Trilogy, Book 2 (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Jove; English Language edition (October 3, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0515141666
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515141665
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #436,085 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Roberts's Circle Trilogy continues with this second installment (following Morrigan's Cross), in which the circle of six prepare for their battle against the powerful vampire Lilith and her undead army. The six members, culled by the goddess Morrigan from the past and the present, include the wizard Hoyt and his vampire brother Cian, the witch Glenna, ancient Geallian princess Moira and her shape-shifting cousin Larkin, and demon hunter Blair. Preparing for the showdown in modern-day Ireland, the group split their time among training, defending against Lilith's agents, bickering fitfully among themselves and, for some, doing their best to ignore mounting sexual tension. The relationship between the bigheaded, anachronistic Larkin and the hot-tempered, thoroughly modern lone-wolf Blair gives the proceedings a satisfying emotional core, especially rewarding when their anger turns—finally—to lust. Fulfilling their destiny, the six warriors enter the stone circle to travel backward in time to Geall for the fateful battle with Lilith. Roberts's latest is a testament to her skill and range, as this richly detailed fantasy—only her second attempt at the genre—hums with wit, humor and sizzling romance. Paranormal fans are assured a good time, as is anyone who enjoys captivating fiction. (Oct.)
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Another enticing paranormal trilogy from the ever-versatile, prolific, and much-loved queen of romance. Irish sorcerer Hoyt Mac Cionaoith tried but failed to destroy Demon Queen Lilith after she ruthlessly turned his twin brother, Cian, into a vampire. Lilith gradually recovered and immediately set about amassing an army of vampires with the intention of destroying all humans so that she could rule the world. The goddess Morrigan chooses Hoyt and five others to stop Lilith, sending Hoyt 1,000 years into the future. In twenty-first-century New York, he starts to build his team, enlisting Glenna Ward; his brother, Cian; and Cian's employee, King. Traveling back to Ireland, the three pick up new recruits Moira and her cousin Larkin, both of whom have traveled through space and time from the Kingdom of Geall. Demon-hunter Blair Murphy is the last to sign on to the circle of six. Now a sorcerer, a witch, a warrior, a scholar, a shape-shifter, and a lost soul must find some way of working together as a team if they are to have any hope of stopping darkness from overcoming all that is good and light in the world. Best-seller Roberts' Celtic-flavored Circle trilogy features superbly crafted characters, three passionate romances, and a bewitching blend of magic and myth. John Charles
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Customer Reviews

The characters are so great.
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Even with Blair and Larkin's story being wrapped up, the Circle Trilogy is far from over, and that has me eagerly anticipating reading the next book in the series.
Jennifer Bull
I could read Book 2 any faster than I did Book 1.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Gabriela Perez VINE VOICE on October 4, 2006
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I must admit that I bought this one because I love Ms. Roberts' writing, not because I loved the first book and couldn't wait for this one. Usually, the first books in her series get me all excited about the books to follow, but the first one didn't do that for me. It was okay, but not great. I liked the characters, generally speaking, but some of them (Blair, in particular) did not appeal to me. She felt like a slightly revamped (no pun intended, given the nature of one of the characters) version of Buffy. So when I saw this book on my local grocery store's shelf on Sunday (yes, before the scheduled release date), I picked it up, but not with any great anticipation.

I was pretty surprised to find that I came to like and respect Blair. This book in the series really develops her character, and she becomes far less stereotypical. I also liked Larkin more than I expected to.

In her usual fashion, Ms. Roberts develops part of the unique group of characters so that we're not focusing on too much character development at once, but she makes clear what's coming up in the series by how she develops the relationships between non-central characters. In this case, the upcoming book will likely be focused on the relationship between Moira and Cian. Honestly, that's the relationship I've been waiting to read about, and I knew halfway through book one that it would be the last to be explored. In one sense, I wish I already had THAT book in my hot little hands, but in another, I'm all for building the anticipation/suspense and getting people panting for the last book. It's just that. . .well. . .Cian is the only character I found truly enticing and thought-provoking all along, so I'm kind of REALLY wishing his story was being told. Heh. I lack patience.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Bull on November 17, 2006
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"Dance of the Gods" continues the excellent Circle Trilogy. Since there are already many recaps of plot, I will skip over that. Although this book would be a fine read on its own, I think that these three novels should be treated as one long book issued in three installments, instead of a trilogy. There is so much character development in the first novel, that jumping straight into this book will have you missing out on a lot of the subtle nuances that make this book not just a good read, but a great story.

I loved the character of Blair. While there are bound to Buffy comparisons, I think that Nora Roberts did a good job of creating a demon hunter in her own vision of what one should be. Just because Buffy existed, doesn't mean that demon/vampire hunters aren't an interesting concept and Roberts' twist on this is just fantastic. Vampire/demon hunter stories existed long before Buffy did, and not all of them need to be compared to each other.

Blair is a great heroine. She is strong and heroic. She doesn't shy away from the darker aspects of her job or the hard decisions her job brings. Larkin is also a great character, although he did annoy me a couple of times in his over emotional reactions to the situations they were in. However, he annoyed me as a person would annoy me, which means he was very well drawn. Roberts does a marvelous job of creating a strong female character who is genuinely strong and not the typical "feisty but weak" you see in so many other books. Blair isn't weak, she's human. Larkin isn't so insecure in his masculinity that he needs her to be something she isn't. It is a great pairing.

I am glad that these three books were released so closely together. They are difficult to put down once you start reading them.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By mom_247 on October 4, 2006
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I am definitely waiting with bated breath for the next book since Moira has a lot more than Glenna or Blair to overcome in her little romance. For some reason, I liked the first book in the trilogy better - maybe Glenna's just easier to relate to? This one's not bad, (and I did read it in the usual 24 hours), but it does move a little slower and there's not quite the same victorious feeling. In the first one, it was really fun seeing the circle of six get formed, get in shape to take on the vampyres, and kick some serious vampyre [...]. Moira especially has come such a long way from when we first see her. One other note - this is Nora's first real foray into a strictly fantasy book. She's incorporated elements of fantasy into previous books, but this is a bit of a new direction for her, and I'm looking forward to more in this vein. My die-hard Noraholic mom, however, didn't really like this strong of a fantasy element - prefers more of the romance. Depends on your sci-fi/fantasy tolerance. You will wish you knew a Larkin in real life either way :)!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. Curry on October 10, 2006
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While the first installment of this trilogy left me feeling just a little put out with Ms. Roberts, this second one more than redeems her. Everything starts to fall into place, almost from the beginning. I struggled to finish the first, but the second has been a total whirlwind from beginning to end. The characters become much more real and the storyline improves dramatically. There is just enough horror to put that little extra something into it and the romance is very sweet. My favorite character, like many other reviewers, is the dark and seductive Cian. Right behind him is Blair. I, too, am a big "Buffy" fan and Blair reminds me of the Buffy from the last season...too serious for her own good, but still with the heart of a woman. She has seen too much in her short lifetime and yet manages to fall in love at a time when love seems the last possibility. I wait impatiently for the final installment, it's sure to be page turner.
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