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Morrigan's Cross [Mass Market Paperback]

Nora Roberts
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Aug. 29 2006 Circle Trilogy (Book 1)

In the last days of high summer, with lightning striking blue in a black sky, the sorcerer stood on a high cliff overlooking the raging sea…        

Belting out his grief into the storm, Hoyt Mac Cionaoith rails against the evil that has torn his twin brother from their family’s embrace. Her name is Lilith. Existing for thousands of years, she has lured countless men to an immortal doom with her soul-stealing kiss. But now, this woman known as vampire will stop at nothing until she rules this world—and those beyond it…

Hoyt is no match for the dark siren. But his powers come from the goddess Morrigan, and it is through her that he will get his chance at vengeance. At Morrigan’s charge, he must gather five others to form a ring of power strong enough to overcome Lilith. A circle of six: himself, the witch, the warrior, the scholar, the one of many forms, and the one he’s lost. And it is in this circle, hundreds of years in the future, where Hoyt will learn how strong his spirit—and his heart—have become…

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From Publishers Weekly

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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good set-up for a new trilogy Sept. 4 2006
By dearth
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It seems vampyres (as NR chooses to spell it) are no longer Laurell Hamilton's exclusive territory. Or maybe she's returning the favor since the latter named 2 characters Roarke and Dallas in a recent book. Still, NR's specialty is relationships, and the bonds between Hoyt and Cian, and between Cian and King are definitely worth the read. Possible downside? That given how Book 1 ends, and how Book 2 is shaping up, the Circle of 6 may pair up within itself, which would make Book 3 interesting/predictable. Then again, as Eve once told Roarke, maybe it's not so much about the ending, but how you get there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure romance and totally satisfying June 26 2010
By Lotusland Lady TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have Morrigan's Cross and the other two in the Circle Series and have likely read them five times by now. If my copies ever are lost I will replace them. My only disappointment was the very ending of the final book because I did not want it to end quite so abruptly without a final moment with all six friends together. But that's a quibble. If you love romance and can totally suspend disbelief in fairy tales, this series is perfect for you. It's a bit like the Wizard of Oz for those of us who hoped Dorothy and the Tin Man might eventually get it on. Nora Roberts is a genius at creating likable, believable characters and just because this time they are a sorceror, a witch, a shapeshifter, a warrior, a princess and a vampire, they are still the sort you want for your best friends.
And there are dragons! It's hard to turn down a series filled with jewel toned dragons. Escapism at its best.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay but Not Great Dec 7 2008
There is an evil that hunts during the night. An evil so terrible that it would feast upon the flesh of humans. There are stories of these beasts, these demons; they are called the Vampyre. Hungry for flesh and the blood in our veins. Lilith, the darkest vampyre of them all, is preparing for war. And she's very hungry.

Having lost his brother Cian to Lilith's kiss, Hoyt Mac Cionaoith is charged by the Goddess Morrigan to gather his own forces. He must gather five others: The witch, the warrior, the scholar, the one of many forms, and the one he's lost.

Together, with Hoyt as the Sorcerer, the circle will be complete. Morrigan takes Hoyt to The Dance of the Gods, where he is to meet his fate. There, traveling through time, he is thrust from the mythical town of Eire, in the region of Chiarrai, in the year of 1128 to modern day New York, in the year 2006.

There he meets Glenna, the fiery Witch with red hair. He also meets his brother, the long dead Vampire and Larkin his sidekick and protector. They also save Moira and Larkin, royalty from Chiarrai.

Together, they form a circle that stands together against the most evil Vampire of all time. Lilith is bent on world domination and will stop at nothing until Morrigan's Circle is all dead...

If this sounds a bit far fetched, that's because it is. This is the first book in the Circle Trilogy and Robert's first stab at all out fantasy. Though she's had fantasy and paranormal elements in her novels before, this is the first time she's strayed completely into that territory.

And boy does it show. That's not to say that Morrigan's Cross is a bad novel. Far from it. Once the novel finds it's feet somewhere after the first two hundred pages, oddly enough once Roberts leaves the fantasy setting.
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By Gail Cooke TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Any new book from popular novelist Nora Roberts causes a buzz but her first in a fantasy trilogy has really had readers turning pages. Now, in audio form as read by the incredible Dick Hill, dubbed a Golden Voice by AudioFile, listeners will be intrigued, engrossed and entertained.

Vampiress Lilith is evil with a capitol E. She has spent centuries seducing men with her kiss, turning them into soldiers in her dark army. She even lured Cian, twin brother of sorcerer Hoyt Mac Cionaoith. It is Ireland in the 12th century and Hoyt rues the day Lilith ever laid her beautiful but devilish eyes on Cian. Hoyt has tried to do battle with Lilith but has found himself almost helpless against her.

However, hope appears in the form of the goddess Morrigan who gives him power. She instructs him to form a circle, selecting five others who will then fight Lilith and her army on Samhain in the land of Geall. Hoyt is told that he must do this in order to save not only his brother but also the entire known world.

In order to accomplish this Hoyt is projected through time to the future where he meets Glenna Ward, a very modern witch, who not only falls in love with Hoyt but has some ideas of her own as to how Lilith should be brought to her knees.

Morrigan's Cross is a fantasy enhanced by the Roberts touch - enjoy!

- Gail Cooke
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4.0 out of 5 stars Romancing the book Nov. 25 2007
As far as romance novels go, this one is better than most. Roberts uses the idea of a paranormal in this book, throwing in 12th century Ireland and a sorcerer. If you're thinking "Harry Potter" here, don't. The book is nothing like that, in fact, it's pretty much totally opposite from that. There's great dialogue and much "dialect" in this not so short work, and Hoyt MacCionaoith--what a name!!!!!--is as fascinating as anything in modern literature today. Yes, he could be from a "Harry Potter" book character-wise, but that's about it. There's the usual showdown and fast pace, but if you're thinking this is going to be your usual Nora Roberts, you're wrong--it's much, much better.
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