Series: Circle Trilogy #2
Published by Jove on October 3, 2006
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Format: Kindle eBook
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Blair Murphy has always worked alone. Destined to be a demon hunter in a world that doesn’t believe in such things, she lives for the kill. But now, she finds herself the warrior in a circle of six, chosen by the goddess Morrigan to defeat the vampire Lilith and her minions.
Learning to trust the others has been hard, for Blair has never allowed herself such a luxury. But she finds herself drawn to Larkin, a man of many shapes. As a horse, he is proud and graceful; as a dragon, beautifully fierce; and as a man…well, Blair has never seen one quite so ruggedly handsome and playfully charming as this nobleman from the past.
In two months’ time, the circle of six will face Lilith and her army in Geall. To complete preparations and round up forces to fight, the circle travels through time to Larkin’s world, where Blair must choose between battling her overwhelming attraction to him—or risking everything for a love that can never be…
The circle of six move from Ireland to Geall as they maneuver closer to their final show down with Lilith. Let’s review!
This installment focused on the love developing between Larkin and Blair. While it did improve upon the love story of the last book, it still suffered from pacing issues. Blair shows up toward the last 10% of Morrigan’s Cross, meaning they have not know each other that long. Each book is roughly one month of time. So they have essentially know each other 5 or 6 weeks before they reach an HEA. The best thing about their story is the ability to go directly to the romance without having to sketch out the initial plot, unlike Hoyt and Gleena’s story.
If you can look past the timing of it all, Larkin and Blair work as a couple and as friends. Larkin has a playful, fun loving side that Blair obviously needs in her life, while she adds a bit of seriousness to an otherwise playboy. The two were given more time to be fleshed out from the plot and each other. We also get a tiny glimpse of the awesomeness of Cian and Moira, which is obviously the couple of the last book. We still have no idea of Lilith’s motivation, but we do get to know more about her inner circle (Lorna and Davey).
Honestly, I think I like this series so much because Roberts’ plays with so many fantasy elements. Witches, warlocks, and ghosts are staples of her writing; adding vampires, time travel, dragons, and alternate dimensions really livens up the plot.
tl;dr While the love story suffers a bit from pacing, the overall series is shaping up to be a home run.