Top critical review
Okay but Not Great
on December 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. But rest assured, once the story gets going you're going to be hooked.
Morrigan's Cross has all the trademarks of a Nora Roberts novel that you've come to expect: Great characters, snappy dialogue, wonderful sub plots and well written sex scenes hot enough to make the pages damp. And the plus is that, once the story has found it's feet in Morrigan's Cross, there's no turning back. The next two books in the trilogy, Dance of the Gods and Valley of Silence, are incredible books that make you wish they went on forever.
But every trilogy has to start somewhere. And, for the Circle Trilogy, its starting point is Morrigan's Cross. If you don't like it at first, keep reading. It gets better, I promise.