Morrigan's Cross (Circle Trilogy Series #1)

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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 ...

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Overview

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…

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Bestselling author Nora Roberts ventures deep into the world of paranormal and fantasy with an action-packed powerhouse of a book, the first in what promises to be a terrific trilogy. The backstory is the stuff of legend: Lilith the vampire turns Cian, the brother of Hoyt (a sorcerer in 12th-century Ireland), into a bloodsucker like herself. Hoyt is charged by the goddess Morrigan to wage a battle against Lilith, using a very specific team of six -- "the witch, the warrior, the scholar, the one of many forms, and the one you've lost."

The gathering of the team is a strong story in itself, but that's just the beginning. As Hoyt puts together the team, he discovers Glenna, a modern-day witch, and their cross-centuries romance begins, thanks to the marvels of time travel. There are some wonderful moments as they fall in love, with Glenna teaching Hoyt about the role of women in the 21st century and demonstrating the use of appliances. Then there's the decision of where they should live -- and by that we mean, in which century. The evolving relationship between Hoyt and his vampire brother, who joins the team, is also moving. Book One closes with an exciting wedding/battle that sets the stage for the next books, Dance of the Gods and Valley of Silence.

As her fans already know, Nora Roberts can take any subcategory in the field and spin it to new heights. This paranormal fantasy proves the point all over again. Ginger Curwen
Publishers Weekly
This first installment in Roberts's paranormal Circle Trilogy (which continues with Dance of the Gods and Valley of Silence) starts off like a storybook, with an old Irishman gearing up to weave a fantastical tale of vampires, witches, sorcerers, shape-shifters and time travel. Hill lends the Irishman a gruff, lilting tone befitting his role, but as the story adopts a life of its own-with more characters joining the mix and the dialogue taking on a snappier edge-his narration falls short. For the handsome and commanding sorcerer Hoyt Mac Cionaith, who's charged with gathering a band of six to battle a power-hungry vampiress, Hill employs a deep, growly voice that evokes images of ogres rather than sexy men. In stark contrast, his female characterizations are muted and ultra-feminine, which suits the soft-spoken scholar who eventually joins Hoyt's troupe but not Hoyt's no-nonsense counterpart, the beautiful witch Glenna. Although these flaws-and an occasional slowness in pace-won't stop listeners mid-track, they sap a touch of magic from what is otherwise an enchanting tale. Simultaneous release with the Jove paperback (Reviews, July 17). (Sept.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780515141658
  • Publisher: Jove
  • Publication date: 8/29/2006
  • Series: Circle Trilogy Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 177,296
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

Nora Roberts
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

Interviews & Essays

Heart to Heart Interview with Nora Roberts Heart to Heart: Morrigan's Cross is the first in your Circle trilogy. It weaves together time travel and an epic fantasy battle of good vs. evil -- and an excellent romance -- into one terrific story. Can you tell us the idea behind the trilogy? Nora Roberts: I never know where the idea comes from, exactly. I know I wanted to do something a little more Fantasy-based, and my publisher wanted to do the next trilogy in sequential months. So I thought: Really Big Bad v. Really Big Good, culminating in a Really Big Battle for all the marbles in the game. Then it was all about the who, what, why, and the getting there. HtoH: Some of your other books -- the J. D. Robb books and the Key trilogy -- also use fantasy and magic and elements of science fiction. Were they useful to you here?

NR: I would say that everything any writer writes before is of use. You learn and you absorb, and if certain elements are of particular interest you explore them again. In a different way, with a different storyline, and fresh characters. I enjoy blending various elements, and Romance is such a fluid genre, it opens itself to that blending. HtoH: Trilogies are wonderful for readers -- the reading pleasure doesn't stop after the last page of the first book. What are their challenges for you, the writer? NR: Each book is its own individual challenge, every time. For me, a trilogy is like one big book in three distinct parts. It's a challenge, certainly, to craft the story so that the reader can and will be satisfied with each book, and enjoy the continuing thread woven through the three so they're interested enough to read them all. In order to expect the reader to be satisfied and interested, I have to be. HtoH: What's coming up in the next few months? NR: The Circle Trilogy, August 31st for Morrigan's Cross, early October for Dance of the Gods, and late October for Valley of Silence. In November, we have Born in Death as J. D. Robb -- and yes, Mavis finally has that baby.
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  • Posted February 16, 2009

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    Off the beaten track for this author.

    I loved it. I am a big fan of Nora Robers (and J.D.Robb). I especially like her "series" books. I like romance, suspense, and science fantasy/paranormal. This series has it all. I read all three books back to back (in 4 days) then gave it to a good friend to read. Would like to see NR write some more in this vein.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2009

    Nora Roberts Circle Trilogy series on audiobook

    The story lines for these books are fantastic, but the reader Dick Hill is so very very very bad. He has really ruined these books for me (as far as listening to them). I recomend that you read the book rather than listen to it in audiobook. I also have friends at work that would agree with me. I love audiobooks, not much of an actual reader, so when I say "read the book, don't listen" the reader must be really really horrible and Dick Hill is.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 19, 2010

    Great trilogy

    I just got done with the hollows series and this trilogy had the feel of that last series but a better story... You know 3 girls and 3 guys a pair hook up in each book..the end of the world love affairs...I gave 4 stars cause it is a good read but I am disappointed because of the similarities in each trilogy I have read so far from NR.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2012

    Great read

    This is the first book in the series and it only gets better. Love Nora Roberts!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 15, 2010

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    Great book

    Read it. The characters are great. I was hooked. If you like vamps, romance, historical drama and/or a little action you will love this!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2006

    Loved it!

    Nora Roberts is one of my favorite authors, and I definitly recommend this and all of her books.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Outstanding fantasy

    In 1128 Eire, the ancient vampiress Lilith has converted Cian Mac Cionaoith into a nightcrawler follower of hers. Cian¿s horrified twin Hoyt vows to destroy the evil, but his efforts fail as she proves too powerful.---------------- Still he refuses to give up the fight against this malevolence and her minion. He is renewed when Morrigan the Goddess of Battle demands he lead the forces of good against the abomination, but first must gather his allies, five other pure souls consisting of 'the witch, the warrior, the scholar, the one of many forms, and the one you've lost.' To do so he must go to present day New York where he confronts his vampiric sibling and Glenna the witch as the 'circle of six' begin to form in time for the ultimate war between good and evil.---------------- - Nora Roberts is at her best as she smoothly and seemingly effortlessly switches from her romantic suspense thrillers to a wonderful romantic fantasy. The story line is fast-paced and filled with a strong believable cast that leads to the audience to believe in this realm. Readers of the great Ms. Roberts' novels will marvel at the flexibility of her talent while the sub-genre fans will welcome her first entry with accolades and delight.------------- Harriet Klausner

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 17, 2013

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    The Circle Closed Way Too Soon: There just simply aren't enough

    The Circle Closed Way Too Soon:

    There just simply aren't enough words to explain how very much I enjoyed not only this book but the entire trilogy. I'd stayed far away from Nora Roberts books for many years, thinking of her as only a romance or romantic suspense novelist. This series is a true foray into fantasy, and it's exquisitely done. I tore through all three books one after the other and felt extremely disappointed that there weren't any more. I would simply ask the author to please write more of these kinds of books, possibly even revisiting these same characters and settings. There are two series by this author that I recommend to those not looking for a romance, one of course is this one, The Circle Trilogy, and the other is The Sign of Severn Trilogy, both very well done.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 10, 2010

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    Morrigan's Cross

    I really enjoyed this book as the story was well written and the characters rocked!Like th female characters had a cool kick-ass attitude and the guys were hot,The romantic tension between Glenna and Hoyt was so real and when they were together their love just made their power stronger so it was really romantic.it was a page turner and this is my first Nora Roberts book but i didn't have that feeling of reading the sequel like i usually do,i was glad i only borrowed it but hey,i recommend you have a go at this romantic action packed novel.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 14, 2010

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    Good read!!

    I thought that the book started a little slow but then picked up. Once I got into it had a hard time putting it down.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 25, 2010

    GREAT READ

    i truly loved these books. i just wish there were more.......

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 9, 2010

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    Not bad, could be better

    This is my 2nd Nora Roberts series. While the story line is not bad, I think she tends to stretch the story to make it a series. The content of this story is similar to another. several couples come together, 1st book focuses on 1 couple, the 2nd another and the 3rd the other. The first of this series is falling much into place as the 1st series. I think eliminating alot of the little stuff that has nothing to do with what is going on with the story would make it a much better read. If this series turns out similar to the other, I don't believe I will do another Roberts Series.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 14, 2009

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    loved it

    This was the first trilogy set I read from Nora Roberts, got the books from the library first to see if I would like them, and I loved the trilogy that I had to have it for my library

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 29, 2009

    GREAT READ, LOVED IT

    I LOVED THE BOOK AND WOULD RECOMMEND READING ALL THREE.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2009

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    Awesome Series

    Loved all 3 books. The last one was especially my favorite with great ending.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 27, 2009

    Not a big fan

    I have never really been a big fan of Nora Roberts' writing style, and this book did not improve my stance. This book came highly recommended by a couple of family members, but it just was not for me. Predictable characters that you can't really get attached to with a plot line that is the same as most other vampire tales. Nothing new, nothing great. Not a great read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2009

    Morrigan's cross

    Excellent read as Nora Roberts always is! The beginning slow but in the middle it picked up! Now I can't put it down! The story plot is different but that is what I like about it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 16, 2009

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    Love it!!

    I'm big a fan of Nora Roberts and of course I've read a lot of her books, and I could tell you this trilogy was so different and so charming. It keeps me captivated since the very beggining of the story. You will love all of the characters. If you believe in magic you will love this Circle Trilogy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2008

    Great Story

    The first of three books. It was a good original story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 4, 2008

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    Jennifer Wardrip - Personal Read

    I have to say that MORRIGAN'S CROSS is the very first book of Ms. Roberts' that I didn't care for; didn't, in fact, even finish. It could be my own personal dislike of historical romance, but as this was more in the time travel/paranormal vein, I don't think that's true. The problem, at least for me, was unlikeable characters I couldn't relate to, coupled with too many Irish, Gaelic, and unfamiliar terms that the book's added glossary only complicated. <BR/><BR/>I won't knock Ms. Roberts, because she is an unbelievably talented author who I admire. I'm also the world's largest Eve Dallas fan, and have loved THE KEY TRILOGY and all of her romantic suspense releases. Let's just say that, for me, MORRIGAN'S CROSS was a miss, instead of Ms. Roberts' usual hit.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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