Dance of the Gods (Circle Trilogy Series #2)

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With one vampire determined to rule the earth, the Circle of Six prepares to battle for their lives?and their hearts...

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With one vampire determined to rule the earth, the Circle of Six prepares to battle for their lives—and their hearts...

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Nora Roberts delivers a smashing sequel to Morrigan's Cross in Book Two of her Circle trilogy, a crackling page-turner that tells of a race across time and space to fight the ultimate evil and discover eternal love.

As we know from Book One, a strange little band has been assembled to lead the biggest battle of all, the fight for all humankind against Lilith and her vampire army. Book One ended with Hoyt and Glenna's wedding, rudely interrupted by a vampire attack. This time the focus is on Blair Murphy, a kick-ass woman warrior and demon hunter who has always worked alone. Learning to trust others has always been an issue, but now she is working in a circle of six -- the sorcerer, the witch, the warrior, the school, the one of many forms, and the one who was lost. Even more disconcerting is her attraction to shapeshifter Larkin, a nobleman from the past, who can turn dragon, bear, or wolf in an instant. His easy charm is suspicious; his unconditional love, more terrifying still. As Blair wrestles with her own inner demons, Lilith and her minions make surprise ambushes, putting the six in grave danger. Toward the end, they travel through time to Larkin's family in Geall to finish preparations for the big showdown. Ginger Curwen
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Roberts's Circle Trilogy continues with this second installment (following Morrigan's Cross), in which the circle of six prepare for their battle against the powerful vampire Lilith and her undead army. The six members, culled by the goddess Morrigan from the past and the present, include the wizard Hoyt and his vampire brother Cian, the witch Glenna, ancient Geallian princess Moira and her shape-shifting cousin Larkin, and demon hunter Blair. Preparing for the showdown in modern-day Ireland, the group split their time among training, defending against Lilith's agents, bickering fitfully among themselves and, for some, doing their best to ignore mounting sexual tension. The relationship between the bigheaded, anachronistic Larkin and the hot-tempered, thoroughly modern lone-wolf Blair gives the proceedings a satisfying emotional core, especially rewarding when their anger turns finally to lust. Fulfilling their destiny, the six warriors enter the stone circle to travel backward in time to Geall for the fateful battle with Lilith. Roberts's latest is a testament to her skill and range, as this richly detailed fantasy only her second attempt at the genre hums with wit, humor and sizzling romance. Paranormal fans are assured a good time, as is anyone who enjoys captivating fiction. (Oct.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780515141665
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/3/2006
  • Series: Circle Trilogy Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 134,408
  • Product dimensions: 4.22 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

Nora Roberts is the number-one New York Times-bestselling author of more than 190 novels, including The Search, Black Hills, Tribute, High Noon, and many more. She is also the author of the bestselling futuristic suspense series written under the pen name J.D. Robb. Roberts has more than 400 million copies of her books in print.

Biography

Not only has Nora Roberts written more bestsellers than anyone else in the world (according to Publishers Weekly), she’s also created a hybrid genre of her own: the futuristic detective romance. And that’s on top of mastering every subgenre in the romance pie: the family saga, the historical, the suspense novel. But this most prolific and versatile of authors might never have tapped into her native talent if it hadn't been for one fateful snowstorm.

As her fans well know, in 1979 a blizzard trapped Roberts at home for a week with two bored little kids and a dwindling supply of chocolate. To maintain her sanity, Roberts started scribbling a story -- a romance novel like the Harlequin paperbacks she'd recently begun reading. The resulting manuscript was rejected by Harlequin, but that didn't matter to Roberts. She was hooked on writing. Several rejected manuscripts later, her first book was accepted for publication by Silhouette.

For several years, Roberts wrote category romances for Silhouette -- short books written to the publisher's specifications for length, subject matter and style, and marketed as part of a series of similar books. Roberts has said she never found the form restrictive. "If you write in category, you write knowing there's a framework, there are reader expectations," she explained. "If this doesn't suit you, you shouldn't write it. I don't believe for one moment you can write well what you wouldn't read for pleasure."

Roberts never violated the reader's expectations, but she did show a gift for bringing something fresh to the romance formula. Her first book, Irish Thoroughbred (1981), had as its heroine a strong-willed horse groom, in contrast to the fluttering young nurses and secretaries who populated most romances at the time. But Roberts's books didn't make significant waves until 1985, when she published Playing the Odds, which introduced the MacGregor clan. It was the first bestseller of many.

Roberts soon made a name for herself as a writer of spellbinding multigenerational sagas, creating families like the Scottish MacGregors, the Irish Donovans and the Ukrainian Stanislaskis. She also began working on romantic suspense novels, in which the love story unfolds beneath a looming threat of violence or disaster. She grew so prolific that she outstripped her publishers' ability to print and market Nora Roberts books, so she created an alter ego, J.D. Robb. Under the pseudonym, she began writing romantic detective novels set in the future. By then, millions of readers had discovered what Publishers Weekly called her "immeasurable diversity and talent."

Although the style and substance of her books has grown, Roberts remains loyal to the genre that launched her career. As she says, "The romance novel at its core celebrates that rush of emotions you have when you are falling in love, and it's a lovely thing to relive those feelings through a book."

Good To Know

Roberts still lives in the same Maryland house she occupied when she first started writing -- though her carpenter husband has built on some additions. She and her husband also own Turn the Page Bookstore Café in Boonsboro, Maryland. When Roberts isn't busy writing, she likes to drop by the store, which specializes in Civil War titles as well as autographed copies of her own books.

Roberts sued fellow writer Janet Dailey in 1997, accusing her of plagiarizing numerous passages of her work over a period of years. Dailey paid a settlement and publicly apologized, blaming stress and a psychological disorder for her misconduct.

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    1. Also Known As:
      J. D. Robb; Sarah Hardesty; Jill March; Eleanor Marie Robertson (birth name)
    2. Hometown:
      Keedysville, Maryland
    1. Date of Birth:
      1950
    2. Place of Birth:
      Silver Spring, Maryland

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2009

    Dance of the Gods and Circle Trilogy

    This is by far the best trilogy series I have ever read by Nora Roberts. The characters and storyline are extremely well written. Couldn't put it down. My only complaint is that the series had to come to an end. I loved it so much I read it twice! Would love to see it made into a mini-series. A must read -- if you like fantasy/fiction you're going to love it!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2008

    Wow!!

    I loved Morrigan's Cross so much I had to buy the others in the Circle Trilogy. I was not disappointed in the least. The book was well written as usual, in addition to, the story kept you interested. Get the whole set, it's worth it.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    The Goddess Morrigan gathered the Circle of Six champions to battle against the vampire Lilith and her undead minion whose goal is world conquest. The sextet consist of Hoyt the Sorcerer, his vampiric sibling Cian, the witch Glenna, Geallian Princess Moira, shape-shifter Larkin, and demon hunter Blair. They come from different eras and even worlds as each exited the Dance of the Gods to meet in twenty-first century Ireland training for a war against a much more powerful enemy. --- Even while training, they must fight Lilith's soldiers sent to destroy them before the final engagement, They bicker fitfully among themselves and, for some, dog their best to ignore the mounting sexual tension. Their teachers worry about relationships as they prepare for instance the constant bickering and arguing between Larkin and Blair has turned to lust, but what will happen under fire when sacrifice might be needed for the better good. Still the group impatiently waits for their instructors to tell them the time is now to enter the Geall stone circle to go back to the past to rage the Armageddon war with Lilith and her forces. --- The middle tale of the Circle Trilogy (see MORRIGAN'S CROSS) is an excellent romantic fantasy with the emphasis on the paranormal magical elements. The story line is character driven as the six train and forge friendships between them while others do not get along. Nora Roberts provides the right amount of battle with the foe so that the audience receives a strong enchanting tale that moves the saga forward yet sets up what should be quite a final fantasy. --- Harriet Klausner

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 9, 2011

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    Developing the Story

    We met Blair at the end of the first book and she was all hardcore but secretly girly and I found it sort of difficult to grasp in such a short amount of time. Quite frankly, I pegged her as something else. She was pushy, unforgiving and I didn't care for the way she treated Cian. But I did like the way she helped Glenna out with the wedding at the end of the first one. To me, it's not very often you see a second-story Roberts woman relinquishing her pride and strength and substituting it for femininity. I think Roberts tried to make Grace that way in her book Rising Tides, but it didn't quite meet what she's done with Blair here. Really, this was a step up from the first one, which is not typical...To me, at least. I've never been a fan of the feminist-type who think they can get on just fine without a man and the poor guy has to work so hard to change her mind. I see that as a weakness. I think it takes more strength for a woman to let her guard down and say, "Yeah, I do need you. I can't go through this alone." Anyway, Blair and Larkin kiss pretty early on which reveals their feelings to each other. Naturally, Blair is afraid to go farther because she thinks Larkin will abandon her just like all the other men in her life, but he proves to be greatly different. Larkin is far more chivalrous and tender than Hoyt was in the first one. Glenna thought she had it good, but Larkin takes the cake between the two. He reminds me so much of Joey from Friends. Every woman thinks he's the most beautiful man and he makes every woman feel like she's the only one in the room when he looks at her. I swear I was just waiting for him to look at Blair and go, "How you doin'?" Larkin is far more chivalrous and tender than Hoyt was in the first one. Glenna thought she had it good, but Larkin takes the cake between the two. He reminds me so much of Joey from Friends. Every woman thinks he's the most beautiful man and he makes every woman feel like she's the only one in the room when he looks at her. I swear I was just waiting for him to look at Blair and go, "How you doin'?" And, like Hoyt and Glenna, when Larkin and Blair join forces to fight against the enemy, they are so much stronger than they were by themselves. And these two were pretty strong alone. But they know each other inside and out, so it makes fighting together that much more intimate and that much more complex for the enemy because they always have a sense of where the other one is. It's beautiful, really. So there was a lot more action in this book, which was nice. Like I said before, I enjoyed seeing everyone's abilities improve and it was nice to go on a journey of forgiveness and letting go with Blair. Moving on from her pain was the biggest thing for her and I thought Roberts did a very good job and showcasing her efforts to do so. With Larkin's help, of course.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2008

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    I don't know what it is about Nora's trilogies, but....when I read the first book, I thought it was great and I couldn't wait to read the second book. After reading this book, I was really disappointed. I just didn't feel any connection between Larkin and Blair and it just seemed like a filler book. Like my agent says I have to write a trilogy so here take this, even though it's horrible. The third book, was great again. This isn't the only series of hers that I've been disappointed with. I felt the same way about the In the Garden Series.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2012

    Great!

    This is a great book that keeps the momentum of the Circle Trilogy going! I highly recommend reading book one (Morrigan's Cross) first, in order to lay the groundwork for the characters!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2012

    Another one of Nora Roberts awesome trilogies!

    The history and magic are the focal points in the trilogy, and its magic is what makes it so beautiful.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 18, 2012

    Very good read. Excellent series. Page turner, did not want to p

    Very good read. Excellent series. Page turner, did not want to put down!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 4, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    I like Robert's triolgies and often have to wait until the last book is being written before I purchase any of the series, they read quickly and are very much releated to the others, so I pour through them.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2012

    Good

    Loved this book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2011

    Excellent

    This is my favorite Nora Roberts series. I have read it a few times and the characters still pull at me.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2011

    Wow

    This book has readers iching for more!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2011

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  • Posted August 24, 2011

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    Ready to dance

    The circle of six moves to the next phase of their journey through the Dance of the Gods to Geall, home of Moira and Larkin and site of the next battle with Lillith, the queen of the vampires. As they prepare for the battle, Moira steps forward in preparation for her role as Queen, Blair and Larkin's relationship deepens and Hoyt and Glenna help prepare the citizens of the kingdom for war. There is an interesting mix of battle strategizing/preparation and relationship dynamics. Larkin and Blair seem perfect for each other given her seriousness and single-focused nature and his more light-hearted approach to living. Both are very appealing and she is very definitely a warrior. There is an exciting climax at the end of this story as they prepare for the final showdown in the last story of the trilogy. I had some concern that everything would be held for the final story but this one delivered. It was much more exciting and better paced than the first.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 14, 2010

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    Predictable for a series of Roberts

    This story was predictable. The 1st of the series was very similarly laid out as another Roberts series. I was hoping it would have some originality to it, but like I assume the second couple in the book get together and toward the end the 3rd couple start. If they removed some of the idol ramblings of the characters, I think the story could be ok.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 18, 2010

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    Dance of the Gods

    Wow!!! They get better and better with each book. I could not put it down and I felt like I was part of the book. I love it when the book is so well writen that happens. That is how you know it is a good book. When I finished it I started the last one in the trilogy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2010

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    Circle Trilogy one of Nora's best

    I so enjoyed this series! I was introduced to Nora just recently and I can't say enough about what a wonderful author she is! I generally shy away from romance writers but she is in a catagory all her own and I so loved this trilogy. I hated for it to be over! I actually missed the characters! A must read for sure!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2008

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    Not bad

    Out of the three books in the trilogy this one was the weakest but still enjoyable. It doesn't stand on it's own, you have to read the other two.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2007

    The Fiery of Romance

    The second chapter of Nora Robers' Circle Trilogy is a fantastic novel. I read it within three days tops. I just couldn't put it down for nothing! This chapter mainly focuses on the demon hunter, Blair Murphy and her impossible affairs with the shapeshifter and royale lord, Larkin. Not only do they undeniably love one another but they both must fight side by side in this apocaliptic war against the vampire queen Lilith.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2007

    super wonderful

    i was skeptical at first to read a different nora roberts but when i started i was hooked!!! i was swept into the story. She's a wonderful story teller, you can tell when you tense if the scene is so chilling, you smile when it's about romance. All in all no words can describe how I felt reading the trilogy. You just have to feel it yourself. please read the circle trilogy

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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