Series: Circle Trilogy #1
Published by Jove on August 29, 2006
Genres: Adult, Romance, Fantasy
Format: Kindle eBook
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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…
A twelfth century sorcerer must unite with his twenty-first century vampire brother and four strangers in order to defeat the first vampire ever created, Lilith. Let’s review!
My second reading of the Circle Trilogy is just as wonderful as the first time around. Vampires, time travel, and alternate dimensions are new elements for Roberts, and yet she seamlessly intertwines them into an interesting world. The romance between Hoyt and Gleena is the least interesting quality to the novel despite all the attention spent developing it. Honestly, their romance suffers from timing. If they had more time together building their relationship (such as Moira and Cian) then perhaps their romance would have been more interesting.
Lilith is an intriguing villain, although I would have liked a bit more development on her motivation. Why is she developing an army to take over the world and, in particular, Geall? Perhaps the future novels address this question, but it would have been nice to have some sense of her motivation in this first installment. Additionally, Morrigan shows Gleena other worlds which could be affected by the coming war. Why are none of those worlds creatures helping out? Why is it only up to Earth and Geall to solve a problem that could effect multiple alternate realities? Inquiring minds would like to know…
tl;dr Despite an instant love romance between the main characters, Roberts crafts an intriguing world full of several fantasy elements.