Author(s): Nora RobertsDownload
The battleground has been chosen for the final showdown between those selected by the gods and the minions of the vampire Lilith. But there is one vampire who dares stand against her. And his love for the scholarly queen of Geall will complete the circle of six – and change the face of eternity.Having traveled through the Dance of the Gods to the land of Geall, the circle finds themselves convincing then training the people of Geall to defeat Lilith’s vampire army. The Valley of Silence is a forbidding place for the battle of all battles, but the circle continues to prepare through magic and a few early stakeouts that test their strength individually and as a team.Moira finds herself playing the roles of warrior and royal, as she follows the tradition of her people and prepares to take the crown before leading them into battle. And if that isn’t enough, she finds her thoughts turning to Cian more often than not.So what’s a chaste and intelligent young woman to do when given less than a month with the man she loves, who’s not a man, but a vampire? And how will the people of Geall fare against an army of blood-thirsty vampires who have had centuries to prepare?
Some Reviews: 943 in Goodreads.com
September 17-18, 2012
Oh, the ending! *le sigh* I just want to read it over and over and over and over again…
August 11, 2009
Cian and Moira… You know, the first time I read this book, it was the last book in my first Nora Roberts series… and so, while I should have guessed that Cian and Moira would hook up (since the trilogy had 3 girls and 3 guys in it and 2 couples had already been formed out of those), I didn’t really expect it. They are SO SO DIFFERENT. And, honestly, I didn’t see many signs that either of them had feelings for the other until the very end of Book 2.
But they fall in love. And man, it sucks to be them… I also remember the first time I read this book, near the end, I texted my mom something like, “IS THIS GOING TO END WELL???? IF IT DOESN’T, I’M NEVER SPEAKING TO YOU EVER AGAIN!!!!!!!!!”
I don’t speak to my mom anymore. But that’s because she moved across the globe and I can’t afford the international phone calls… 😉 We Skype though. I was very very worried, but Nora came through for me. 🙂 I really should read more of her stuff…
By far the best in the series! I just love Cian, and I just loved Moria for him. Nora ended this Trilogy with the perfect mix of nail biting suspense and justice.
All six of the circle were so well blended and the characters were so real that I actually felt like I made new friends.
And for all of you who have read this don’t you just love what Nora/Goddess Morrigan did for Cian?!?! Of course you saw it coming and of course that’s not what usually “happens”, but this writer can make anything believable! She did for me, and I’m oh so happy with this Happily Ever After story…
I love this story. I don’t know how many times I had tears pooling in my eyes. I tried to keep track, but lost count. 😉
I loved that the final battle was actually involved, and took several pages (six?) and many scenes to complete. (I read a book recently, can’t remember its title, where the final battle took maybe three paragraphs and was incredibly disappointing and anticlimactic.) This battle actually seemed, to me as I was reading it, to be never-ending. (Which is sort of funny when you consider that it was only about six pages long. Obviously there was A LOT going on, lol. I LOVED it!)
Back to my opening remarks: I remember feeling rather teary when Moira was talking with her ladies and they said they were ready and willing and wanting to depart for the battleground with their men in the morning, earlier than Moira had planned to send them. Moira said she was proud to be a woman of Gaell and…cue tears. 😉 (I remember this because I commented on it in my status updates, lol. It was on page 132.)
I’m pretty sure I had more tears pooling at later scenes, though I can’t remember when or where exactly, and I’m also pretty sure I ended this book crying. It was such a beautiful ending.
Since this is the final book in this series, the Circle Trilogy, I won’t share specifics of the ending. All I’ll say is that I was right in who I thought the Old Man was who was telling the story. And it was beautiful. 😉
I avoided this trilogy for more than a year because I thought that they sounded terrible, and I was annoyed at Nora for jumping on the vampire bandwagon when that isn’t what her books are like at all. I read it because I was bored and in need of a quality sedative to fall asleep at night. Truthfully – it was excellent. All three books were epic, and brought back to me the fantasy favorites of my youth. The pairing up of couples didn’t feel as contrived as in some of her most recent magic-y trilogies, and the battles and characters were fleshed out and interesting. Bravo to Nora Roberts for tackling this popular genre and making it very much her own!
This was by far my favourite book of the trilogy and well worth the wait. Cian and Moira’s tale was wonderfully told (okay if a little predictable) and had some actually barriers to it happening. The first two relationships really didn’t have any barriers / conflict to them which made them quick fun books to read but not all that amazing. This one had some depth to the issues the pair had to overcome to be together.
Quick note – I’m glad the battle didn’t go on forever. I was afraid we were going to have chapters upon chapters of battle scenes which would have been fine in some books but I don’t think would have suited the tone of this book at all.
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