Series: Circle Trilogy #3
Published by Jove on October 31, 2006
Genres: Adult, Romance, Fantasy
Format: Kindle eBook
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In the kingdom of Geall, the scholarly Moira has taken up the sword of her people. Now, as queen, she must prepare her subjects for the greatest battle they will ever fight—against an enemy more vicious than any they have seen. For Lilith, the most powerful vampire in the world, has followed the circle of six through time to Geall.
Moira also has a personal score to settle. Vampires killed her mother—and now, she is ready to exact her revenge. But there is one vampire to whom she would trust her soul…
Cian was changed by Lilith centuries ago. But now, he stands with the circle. Without hesitation, he will kill others of his kind—and has earned the respect of sorcerer, witch, warrior, and shape-shifter. But he wants more than respect from Moira—even though his desire for her makes him vulnerable. For how can a man with an eternity to live love a woman whose life is sure to end—if not by Lilith’s hand, then by the curse of time?
Geall marches off to war against the vampire horde in the epic conclusion to the Circle Trilogy. Let’s review, shall we?
Out of all the romances, Moira and Cian story is my favorite. The readers have watched them develop from strangers to lovers over a span of time. I really find the amount of time spent on the “falling in love” portion of the story is as important as character and plot development. I’m never interested in an instant love relationship – give me the depth that time plays into the story. While these two are heavily featured in the novel, the other couples also have their time to shine.
I love Nora Roberts’ stories, but I can willingly admit creating thoughtful antagonists is her greatest weakness. Too many times we come to find the antagonists are evil for evil’s sake. I think this is my favorite trilogy due in large part to the main antagonist, Lilith. While some of Lilith’s decisions are poorly explained, she is mostly a well-fleshed out character. She’s not just “evil” evil, but ambitious and cunning. Roberts’ spends some time delving into her psyche as well as her close relationships. Her relationships are twisted and deformed compared to our hero’s relationships, and I think that is the point.
tl;dr An action packed story filled with strong character development makes this a great conclusion to the series.