Blood Brothers (Sign of Seven Series #1)
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Blood Brothers (Sign of Seven Series #1)

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by Nora Roberts

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In the town of Hawkins Hollow, it's called The Seven. Every seven years, on the seventh day of the seventh month, strange things happen. It began when three young boys-Caleb, Fox, and Gage-went on a camping trip to The Pagan Stone. And twenty-one years later, it will end in a showdown between evil and the boys who have become men-and the women who love them.


In the town of Hawkins Hollow, it's called The Seven. Every seven years, on the seventh day of the seventh month, strange things happen. It began when three young boys-Caleb, Fox, and Gage-went on a camping trip to The Pagan Stone. And twenty-one years later, it will end in a showdown between evil and the boys who have become men-and the women who love them.

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Publishers Weekly

After three boys accidentally awaken an ancient evil near their small Maryland town, the tight-knit community finds itself lost to a Stephen King-style plague of madness and destruction for a week every seven years. Twenty-one years later, those three boys, now grown, are hoping to find a way to stop the evil before its third return, which may mean the end of the town; they don't know much about the "anomalies," but they do know that "[e]very time it gets stronger." This time, the town is graced by author Quinn Black, eager to document the paranormal mystery. When two more women arrive-one an associate of Quinn's, the other led to town by strange visions-the circle of six decide to face the oncoming apocalypse together. Hyperprolific bestseller Roberts frontloads her story with drama and endearing characters (especially in Quinn and bowling alley owner Caleb Hawkins), but an abundance of exposition and domestic concerns (protagonists decorate a house, trade banter and pair off predictably) slow the plot significantly. Though future volumes are sure to pick up, this trilogy kickoff suffers from a dearth of twists and little payoff; fans of the brisk, colorful Roberts style will enjoy the ride, though probably not as much as they'd expect. (Dec.)

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Twenty-one years ago, ten-year-old boys Cal, Fox, and Gage spilled a few drops of blood onto an ancient altar during a childhood ritual. Suddenly the world exploded, and nightmares came to life. Now, every seven years, that evil returns to wreak havoc on the town of Hawkins Hollow. Author Quinn Black loves researching spooky legends, but this one is beyond her and calls for reinforcements, including the three boys, who are now grown men, and two other women. As they delve deeper into history, they discover unexpected connections to one another. Narrator Phil Gigante exudes the rhythms of the small town, the slower drawls, the hesitancy with strangers, but he also understands the main characters. For Cal and Fox, this place is their lives, their home; not so with Gage. His smoke-roughened voice and unresolved anger toward his abusive father colors his every word. Gigante manages the women well, with higher pitched voices and New York accents. He also keeps pace with the building tension and leaves us wanting more. Highly recommended.
—Jodi L. Israel

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Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
Sign of Seven Series, #1
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Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Meet the Author

Nora Roberts is the first member to be inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame, and is the author of more than 150 novels. There are more than 280 million copies of her books in print. She is also a member of several writing groups, and has won countless awards from her colleagues and the publishing industry.

Brief Biography

Keedysville, Maryland
Date of Birth:
Place of Birth:
Silver Spring, Maryland

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Blood Brothers (Sign of Seven Series #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 324 reviews.
Purpleglo More than 1 year ago
If you like mystery and science fiction, this book is for you. This is the first book of the series and will keep you up waiting for what happens next. I love Nora Roberts; but this is not your typical romance. This one has lots of action and suspense. Enjoy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i loved this book. my mom actually got me to read it. she is a total nora roberts fan. and now i am too. congrats nora!! i cant wait til the third one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
First, I picked up this book because the overview snagged me with the promise of a mystery. Instead, I was greeted with an insane mix of Stephen King meets Harlequin Romance..only written by a confused 12yr old girl. I found the path of the story ..once it did grab my attention..was constantly interrupted by silly daydreams of someone sitting in the corner playing barbie dolls. Now sit over here with Barbie, and GI Joe, you are dating my Bratz doll Cloe and ..well, you get my point I hope. While Nora gave us a glimpse of the imagination she's capable of expanding on, she also showed us..when all else fails, give everyone a boyfriend..after all, a story just isn't worth reading unless you cram your personal sexual fantasies into it,or is it? I'd like to see what she could do with a single character line, someone undatable that possibly doesn't resemble the 'tall dark and handsome' outline that she seems so stuck on. Maybe then she could concentrate on the story line and not seem so confused in her delivery.
ljmheart More than 1 year ago
Great series if you like super natural events with demons and angles.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Her books always leave you wanting more. I love Ms. Roberts books and hope she takes no offense that I wish she would not use the name of God or Jesus Christ the way that she does. Her books are so great and I feel that she can still get her story over without using Gods name so commonly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Usually like NR. Fail on this trilogy. I can typically see the scene she describes in my head but this time all three books were poorly written, in my opinion. She could have saved herself the trouble and me some money by writing one book and been done with it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book and all the characters. I've finished the series and now I miss them :(
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In writing Blood Brothers, Nora Roberts has joined an elite club of authors who combine Romance and Horror to create page-turning thrill rides. I love this book!
Fanasty_Lover More than 1 year ago
Let me start out by saying that Nora Roberts is a all around great writer who can write in just about every genre and be successful.   "Blood Brothers" is the first of the Sign of Seven Trilogy which includes such characters as Cal, Fox, Gage, Quinn, Layla, and Cybil.  These characters are well developed, each one having a certain ability and quirk about them that makes each one so likable. The characters are a wonderful mesh of personalities that make the book not only a great thriller but fun to read.  Though this book mostly focus on the chemistry between Quinn and Cal the reader still learns little odds and ends about the others through flashbacks and specifics of each of their abilities.  The way that the author ties all these characters to each other as well as the town is a true talent not many conquer.  The paranormal aspect of this book is a pleasant twist, surprising the reader more and more with every page turned.  I have to say that though i have read quite a few works by Nora Roberts (mostly paranormal) after book one of the "Sign of Seven" trilogy this has the possibility of being one of my favorite series written by her.  There are so many twist, turns, and surprises, page after page, that it becomes hard to put down, making me extremely excited about what adventures await within the other books in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't pit these books down. The great thing about discovering a trilogy after they have all been wrtten... no waiting! You just go from the 1sr through the 3rd and then regret when you've read them all. I just wanted the story to go on and on...
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I loved this book right from the start.Loved,courage and loyality.Who could asked for more.Book 1.
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Kruisin1 More than 1 year ago
This book grabs your attention right off the get go. You won't want to put it down. Once done, you are on to the next
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I finished this book last night and started the 2nd. This book kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time, I usually dont like demon stories, but this was amazing
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e-reader_in_NoVa More than 1 year ago
It started out just fine. I thought it would be an entertaining read. About halfway through it just started to make me angry. By the last quarter I didn't want to finish it. The author has no idea how men think and behave in real life. The male characters were only male in name. They didn't speak the way actual men do, they didn't behave nor think the way actual men do. The author failed at the task of keeping her own feminine voice out of her male characters personas. This was suppose to be horror story but the horror plot was thin and devolved into a vehicle for progressively schmaltzy, PG rated, heaving bosom romance. For instance, there was a scene in which the male lead was sleeping next to the heroine. She was wearing flannel pajamas and slept with his arm pinned down. He thought to himself that her, in flannel pajamas and his arm asleep with pins and needles, "just felt right" to him. Good lord. Most men have experienced this same situation and I would venture to say many have at least a fleeting thought, wondering even if only for a moment, if it would better to just live alone than to endure more similar nights. At best they might accept this situation for the sake of someone they think is worth it, but I'd be willing to bet big money few have thought it felt "just right." Most of the book was more of the same—men behaving how the author apparently wishes they behaved, which is basically subservient and gushingly adoring with no spine of their own. The supposed horror aspect of the novel seemed like an after thought. This would have made a better short story. As a novel, it grew frustratingly boring and way too corny. If you're a guy, pass on this one. If you're female and looking for a good scare, you'll probably wanna pass as well.
knitter888 More than 1 year ago
A good read. Plenty of action.