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The Pagan Stone (Thorndike Core) Hardcover – Large Print, December 1, 2008

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Twice now, Gage Turner, Fox O’Dell, and Caleb Hawkins, with help from Quinn Black, Layla Darnell, and Cybil Kinski, delivered severe blows to the demon known as Lazarus Twisse. The team of six even managed to restore the bloodstone that could be the key to permanently defeating the demon. But Twisse is not going down without a fight. As the seventh day of the seventh month of the seventh year once again comes to the small town of Hawkins Hollow, Twisse is prepared to rain down death and destruction unless the six send the demon packing for good. After matching up Cal and Quinn in Blood Brothers (2007) and Fox and Layla in The Hollow (2008), Roberts focuses on Gage and Cybil, both of whom have a gift for precognition, as she winds up her Sign of Seven trilogy in fine fashion. Deftly blending edgy suspense and dark horror with her tried-and-true brand of sexy contemporary romance, Roberts has created an intriguing novel, rich in paranormal thrills and chills. --John Charles --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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You can't bottle wish fulfillment, but Nora Roberts certainly knows how to put it on the page New York TIMES John Grisham step aside. Stephen King eat your heart out. Nora Robert s' passion filled novels generate the book world's steamiest sales ... If you don't know who Nora Roberts is, then you haven't been paying attention More --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: Thorndike Core
  • Hardcover: 501 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Press; Lrg edition (December 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1410407284
  • ISBN-13: 978-1410407283
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (285 customer reviews)
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33 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Lou Who on December 8, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have been a long time Nora Roberts reader, but this trilogy has not been very good, and this last book in the trilogy is just plain bad. My two favorite characters in the series have been Quinn and Gage, so I was hoping NR would redeem herself by giving Gage a good story. Didn't happen. I have never had to skim a NR book, but I did this one. Thankfully I read the series from the library, so I'm only out time, and not money.
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46 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Bibliophylax on November 25, 2008
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I never thought I would say this about one of Nora Roberts's books. But I found myself skipping several pages at a time. There is just too much conversation between the 6 main characters. A lot of the talk is on the nature of the relationships between them. If you read her Circle trilogy, there is probably what amounts to a page towards the end of Book 3, where Cian muses upon the destiny of the 6 of them. I would say a good chunk of Pagan Stone is devoted to that particular exercise.

Some portions of the book also reminded me of the comedies from the B/W era, where every cliched situation the makers could possibly think of would have been employed. All three of the women turning up pregnant and that too supposedly after conceiving on the same night?! Adding Gage's blood to the water supply to innoculate the town?

I was actually looking forward to Gage's story since he reminded me of my other favorite NR characters, Cian and Roarke. I am very disappointed.
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48 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Day on December 4, 2008
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I think it might be a good idea for Ms. Roberts to stay the hell away from trilogies for a while and either take a long vacation or stick to her stand-alone novels. In my humble opinion, her best trilogy was the Sisters Island trilogy, and they've been going downhill ever since.

I didn't think much of the first book in this series, but the characters were okay. The second book was more of a stretch, and I finished it because I'd paid for it.

In this last book, however, the characters were unlikable and the romance was so forced as to be ludicrous. In my daughter's pithy phrase, it blew harder than a Force Five hurricane.

Nope. I really think that a moratorium on these trilogies is in order.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By N. Trowsse on December 7, 2008
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I have read, and loved, several of Nora's books before I found this trilogy. My first love is paranormal romance, so when I saw that one of my favorite romance authors was writing in my most favorite genre, I was ecstatic. I immediately bought all 3 books. WOW. What a shocking waste of money. To much blah, blah, blah talking about every single minute detail of the research about this thing (not alot to go on about this demon/power/thing) but very little details about the actual people and relationships and romance. The paranormal parts were so broken and disjointed that it was hard to follow at times. This book really was quite easy to put down. It was sooooo boring, and the plot was sub-standard at best. I really don't advise anyone waste their time reading this trash, but if you must, please read it for free at the library. Don't waste you money on it. You'll regret it as I do.
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26 of 34 people found the following review helpful By V. Eubanks on November 27, 2008
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Well, Nora, here we are again. I took you off of my "automatic buy" list when you wrote "Angels Fall". I just didn't like that book at all. I began checking out your books from the library. Then, you went and wrote the Circle Trilogy and, low and behold, you were back on my automatic buy list. In fact, after reading "Morrigan's Cross", I pre-ordered "Dance of the Gods" and "Valley of Silence" right away. "Valley of Silence" to me was one of the best books you had ever written.

So, of course, I was so excited when I saw that you were coming out with The Sign of Seven trilogy. But, frankly, it was awful. "Blood Brothers" felt forced and my favorite character was the dog. Seriously. "The Hollow" was just that. Hollow. Lacking in character development, just like the first. However, I was really excited for "The Pagan Stone". After all, Gage and Cybil seemed to me from the first book to have the most potential for a great love story. They both were afraid of commitment and had the most baggage.

It was obvious to me when I bought they book that Gage and Cybil would hook up. But, what I can't believe is how obvious you made it to them. There was no anticipation. Just endless conversations between the two of them of how they were not going to fall in love. Boring. That's not plot building. That's having your characters talk about the plot so that you don't have to develop it.

This book is awful. It is the first Nora Roberts book I skipped pages in. I actually had to skip the third conversation that these two characters had about how they're not going to end up together. Did she just copy and paste to write each chapter?

Sorry, Nora. You're back on the library waiting list.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Judy on February 19, 2009
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I am just now finishing the third trilogy and if this had not been written by Nora Roberts, I wouldn't have even finished the second book but did. I was hoping this third one would bring the other two together and tie it up but it fails. Too much repeated dialogue and no direction just guess work on what to do to put the demon away. It just didn't make it worth the read. I hope this is an aberration in her writing career.
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