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  • Mass Market Paperback: 342 pages
  • Publisher: Jove Books (29 Aug. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0515141658
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515141658
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 2.5 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,033,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nora Roberts is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 190 novels and there are 300 million copies of her books in print. Under the pen name J. D. Robb, she is author of the New York Times bestselling futuristic suspense series, which features Lieutenant Eve Dallas and Roarke.

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"Roberts is among the best popular novelists currently at work." --The Washington Post Book World"This well-plotted, finely detailed paranormal adventure is driven by richly developed characters, making it a cut above from others in this subgenre, and among Robert's best."--Publishers Weekly --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Nora Roberts - The World's Greatest Storyteller --This text refers to the Perfect Paperback edition.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Clare VINE VOICE on 1 Sept. 2006
Format: Paperback
I picked this book up because I love Nora Roberts, I've never found one of her books that I didn't like but when I read the back I wasn't sure .. a 12th century sorcerer .. I'm not much on historical fiction but since I needed something to read I bought it anyway. I read it in one day, couldn't put it down!! This is the story of Hoyt the 12th century sorcerer from Ireland and the circle of 6 he must pull together after a vision from the goddess Morrigan...the book soon switched to modern time which is more to my liking and the 6 began to arrive... a modern day witch, Hoyt's vampyre brother Cian, a future queen and her shape shifting cousin from the mythical land of Geall and a warrior. The 6 have to fight Lilith the vampire queen who wants to bring about the apocolypse. This book is the first in the trilogy and covers the first step in this battle (the forging of the circle) and is also the romance of Hoyt and Glenna the witch). The book is mainly set in modern day Ireland and was much more to my taste than I originakly thought. This book is part of a trilogy and is not one to buy if you want a stand alone story as we don't really get into the real battle by the end of the book .. the second book picks up the day after this book ends. I really enjoyed this book and will definately be buying Dance of the God and Valley of Silence as soon as they're out.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By LEP VINE VOICE on 23 Dec. 2006
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An adequate synopis has already been supplied, so I will not write another one. I've read nearly all Nora Roberts books and enjoyed them, especially the romantic suspense and the ones about magic. This book was no exception. However, personally I think that the publishers should have waited for her to finish all three and then published them as one book with three parts. Both of the first two, Morrigan's Cross and Dance of the Gods do not really stand alone. Both, particularly M.Cross, end very abruptly. In fact in M.Cross I turned over expecting another chapter. The other chaper is of course the start of the second book. I don't think you could really read the books as stand alone stories or out of order, which

you can with the Three Sisters trilogy for example (and I did, reading the second one first!).

The first book supposed to really focus on Hoyt, the sorcerer, who is responsible for bring the others together to fight the vampire queen. However, for me Hoyt remained a two dimentional, undeveloped and rather boring character. His brother Cian (KEY-an) who has been turned into a vampire, comes across as the more interesting and charismatic of the two. The character who is developed in this book is the witch.

I thought that the six characters were all introduced too soon and as a consequence not developed enough in this first book. The second book focuses on the shapeshifter and the warrior and the last book on the scholar queen and the vampire. The best book of the three is the third one. However, the first chapter is virtually a repeat of part of book two. There is a narrator of the books, but the recap of the stories is not really enough for a reader to read them out of sequence and alone. Buy all three and read them one after the other as one book.
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By Nicola F (Nic) TOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 Sept. 2011
Format: Paperback
Don't get me wrong, I'm a big fan of Nora Roberts, particularly some of her earlier novels which have been really fantastic. She's usually my `go to' author if I want easy to read romance as I know that despite the more stupid names she picks for her protagonists (seriously, I'm not joking, some of the names she sticks them with are AWFUL), her stories will be interesting and well written.

I have to say though that I don't think her strength lies in writing *paranormal* romantic fiction; I've read the `Sign of Seven' trilogy of books and to me, this first book in the `Circle' trilogy was very reminiscent of that (only a bit more magical), with two dimensional characters and a bit of a same-same plot line- dreams, visions and a bit of blood spilled before a group of people join together to ward off the impending apocalypse. Then again, I suppose there's only so much that can be written about the fight of good vs. evil, isn't there? I did actually appreciate this as a fairly decent spin on the whole vampire thing and it wasn't quite as cheesy as Twilight at least. My main issue was that I felt I'd read the whole thing before- and quite possibly I am also getting a bit fed up of vampire novels!

I won't summarise the story as that has already been done more than adequately and I did find this book a fairly entertaining way to pass a few hours. Some of the characters were portrayed as more interesting than others but I did think that Hoyt the Sorcerer (come on, who calls a sorcerer `Hoyt?!') was poorly written considering he was meant to be the main protagonist. I suppose that's my main quibble with this story- I really didn't care about the characters very much or if they got attacked by Vamps or not!
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By Clare VINE VOICE on 13 Jan. 2007
Format: Paperback
The latest trilogy from Nora Roberts, of which this is the first in the series.

This features a circle of six who are fighting a battle against vampires, the book opens in the 12th century with Hoyt MacCionaoith battling with his vampire brother, Cian in Ireland. Hoyt is called by the goddess Morrigan to form a circle of six and thu he travels one thousand years into the future to his brother, the vampire in Manhattan. Soon after Hoyt & Cian ae joined by Glenna, a witch who haled Hoyt in his dreams.

King, a black friend of Cian joins the group and is followed by both Moira and her shape-shifting cousin Larkin. As the six work together to train Hoyt ad Glenna form a bond and soon are having a loving relationship as they work together forming spells.

This is the start of a good story,whilst this is not Nora's best effort its far from her worse, the characters are well written into the story and most of them are likeable and overall this was a brilliant start to a trilogy of which I'm looking forward to the rest.

The romance element of this book was overlooked a little and almost felt that as that is what Nora is renowned for that was why it as written in, maybe maybe not all will become clear thoughout the rest of the trilogy I guess. I found the character of Glenna interesting and almsosot felt as though she wasn't developed as much as she maybe could have been but, again maybe she will over the remaining books.

Although this was a good book I don't think I will be in a huge rush to read the rest ofthe trilogy, not to say I won't.
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