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Starred Review. Romance institution Roberts dives into her first paranormal series with the first book in the Circle Trilogy. In 12th-century Ireland, sorcerer Hoyt Mac Cionaoith does battle with a centuries-old vampire named Lilith, who has turned Hoyt's twin brother, Cian, into a fellow bloodsucker. Unable to defeat her, Hoyt is visited by the goddess of battle, Morrigan, who charges him with the task of leading a battle, "the greatest ever waged," against Lilith and her demons. Hoyt must gather five others to fight alongside him: "the witch, the warrior, the scholar, the one of many forms, and the one you've lost." He travels in time to present-day New York, where he encounters his vampire brother, Cian, and Glenna, a beautiful red-haired witch. Two more warriors, Moira and Larkin, join them back in the Mac Cionaoith ancestral home. Romance ignites between Hoyt and Glenna as enemies emerge from the shadows, and the "circle of six" prepare for the big showdown with Lilith. This well-plotted, finely detailed paranormal adventure is driven by richly developed characters, making it a cut above others in this subgenre, and among Roberts's best. (Sept.)
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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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Product Details

  • Series: The Circle Trilogy, Book 1 (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Jove; 1St Edition edition (August 29, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0515141658
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515141658
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (307 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Debbie Rosselle on November 10, 2006
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I am a big fan of Nora Roberts. I love the ones that she writes with a touch of magick in them, and this time she delivers in a big way -- witches, vampires, shift-shaper, time travelers, and of course, romance.

This is the first of a triology centering around Hoyt, a wizard, and his vampire brother Cian. They are brought together by Morrigan, the pagan goddess of war. She gives them a mission -- save the world from Lilith, a 2,000 year old vampire who just happens to be Cian's sire. She tells Hoyt that he must gather four more to complete the circle of heroes who will travel to Geall, another world where they will do battle with Lilith and her army of vampires. They have a very short time to train and prepare for this war which will take place on Samhain, the pagan name for the present day Halloween.

Hoyt meets his true love, Glenna, in modern day New York City. She is a witch with tremendous power. Together they prove to be an indomitable foe of the vamps.

Usually Roberts centers her stories around the romance, but this time, it is more about the situation that they are in. The first book is mostly about how the group comes together and how they prepare for the mission given them. I grew a little bored when they were training and such, and that is the only reason I gave this book a four instead of five stars. I would have liked a little more character development for each of them. I didn't seem to connect with Hoyt as much as I usually do with the heroes of a Roberts book.

I really liked the description of Glenna's spells, and her belief system. She prefers the safety of a circle when casting her spells, and Roberts does a good job of describing her magick and the dangers of mis-using your powers.
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24 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on September 18, 2006
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First book in Roberts' new Circle Trilogy, we enter the world of ancient Celtic magic and vampires. When his twin brother is made into a vampire, powerful sorcerer Hoyt Mac Cionaoith is sent on a quest by the goddess Morrigan, to save the world from vampires - but not in his own time. He is to find Cian, his brother, and form a band of 6 warriors to start the war against Lilith, the vampire who turned Cian. Glenna is the witch in the group, and they are then joined by two cousins from Gael who were victims of vampires in their own world. They travel back to Ireland, present day, to prepare for the coming battle, in the Mac Cionaoith ancestral home which Cian has bought and maintained. The circle of six is completed there, and the magic between Hoyt and Glenna is more than just out of this world. I kind of had a hard time with Roberts' writing this type of magic - I am more accustomed to her other type of paranormal abilities, and vampires didn't quite sit with me. Other than that it is a genuinely interesting story with a lot of humor and action.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kelley Hartsell VINE VOICE on November 21, 2007
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Please Note: I had the audio version of this book and not the paperback book. Therefore, I am not promising that all of my spellings are correct.

Hoyt MacCionaoith is a 12th century sorcerer tasked by the Goddess Morrigan with forming an army to fight the vampire queen Lilith and her legions of undead, of which his twin brother unwillingly became a member. Glenna is a modern day witch who finds Hoyt when he comes forward in time to find the people destined to become part of The Circle.

Hoyt and Glenna must prepare for the arrival of the rest of the Circle of Six and help everyone train for the biggest challenge of their lives, a battle to the death against Lilith on Samhain. As they learn to work together, neither Glenna nor Hoyt expected the love that develops between them.

While the concept of this vampire/fantasy trilogy appealed to me so much I actually bought the books in audio instead of waiting for it to arrive at the library, I was not overly impressed with Morrigan's Cross. This is a decent start, but is your typical Roberts fare, right down to her formulaic character appearances and personalities. We always find the exact same kinds of heroines and for me I don't even have the challenge of guessing who fits what Nora archetype since it's always glaringly obvious the moment they are introduced.

I do like the unique story idea behind The Circle and look forward to seeing where their adventures will take them, even though it's wasn't very hard to figure out who all the couples would be. It is apparent from the first page that Morrigan's Cross is the introduction to a storyline overarching all three books and as such, much time is spent setting up the world and introducing the players.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on January 2, 2007
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Disappointing. My first hint that the writing wouldn't be great was that the entire back cover of the book was a portrait of Ms. Roberts. I opened the front cover to see the list of prior publications, and it covered two entire pages in a tiny font. The story is compelling - but it suffers by lack of attention to the craft of writing. If you aren't bothered by clumsy constructions or overused words and phrases, then you will probably find the story engaging and not even notice these. But if these little details grate on your nerves, then I recommend passing on this trilogy. I won't be reading the other two books in the trilogy.
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