Bay of Sighs (The Guardians Trilogy #2)

Bay of Sighs (The Guardians Trilogy #2)

by Nora Roberts

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Bay of Sighs (The Guardians Trilogy #2) by Nora Roberts

The new Guardians Trilogy novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Stars of Fortune. 

To celebrate the rise of their new queen, three goddesses of the moon created three stars, one of fire, one of ice, one of water. But then they fell from the sky, putting the fate of all worlds in danger. And now three women and three men join forces to pick up the pieces…
 
Mermaid Annika is from the sea, and it is there she must return after her quest to find the stars. New to this world, her purity and beauty are nothing less than breathtaking, along with her graceful athleticism, as her five new friends discovered when they retrieved the fire star.
 
Now, through space and time, traveler Sawyer King has brought the guardians to the island of Capri, where the water star is hidden. And as he watches Annika in her element, he finds himself drawn to her joyful spirit. But Sawyer knows that if he allows her into his heart, no compass could ever guide him back to solid ground...
 
And in the darkness, their enemy broods. She lost one star to the guardians, but there is still time for blood to be spilled—the mermaid’s in the water and the traveler’s on the land. For she has forged a dangerous new weapon. Something deadly and unpredictable. Something human.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425280119
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/14/2016
Series: Guardians Trilogy Series , #2
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 24,887
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Nora Roberts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels. She is also the author of the bestselling In Death series written under the pen name J. D. Robb. There are more than 500 million copies of her books in print.

Hometown:

Keedysville, Maryland

Date of Birth:

1950

Place of Birth:

Silver Spring, Maryland

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Reading Group Guide

1. Although the Guardians trilogy is set in the modern world, there is a heavy emphasis on mythology throughout. In the ancient world, gods and goddesses provided explanations for how the world worked. How do you think mythology and legend affect our world today, and why have these stories remained so prominent in our culture?

2. Annika, the heroine of Bay of Sighs, is a mermaid in a group that also includes a time traveler, a lycan, a magician, and a seer. What qualities do you think made her a valuable addition to the group? What shortcomings did she need the group’s help to overcome?

3. The first book in the trilogy was set in Cofu, Greece, but with Bay of Sighs the group moves to Capri, Italy. How do you think the new setting reflects the particular challenges, failures, and victories that the group experiences in this novel? If you could set the conclusion to the trilogy anywhere, where would it be?

4. Because Annika grew up around mermaids, with limited contact with humans, she often has trouble understanding or relating to the rest of the group. Have you had similar experiences in your life? How did you overcome or embrace the difference, and how did you learn from it? How do you think Annika’s different perspective is a challenge, and how is it an advantage?

5. Sawyer has the ability to travel through space and time at will. How do you think this has affected his personality and the choices he has made? Do you think it played a part in his acceptance of and attraction to Annika?

6. Nerezza is a truly evil villain. Did she remind you of any other villains in literature, movies, mythology, or popular culture? In what ways is she drawn from history and culture, and in what ways is she unique?

7. Annika and Sawyer eventually fall in love and commit to each other, despite the fact that she will eventually lose her legs and return to mermaid form. If you were Annika and Sawyer, would you sacrifice normality for love? Would you start a relationship knowing you could never have a normal life?

8. By the end of the book, the group has made progress on their quest, but still has a long way to go. What events did you expect from Bay of Sighs before you read it, and what was surprising to you? What do you predict will take place in the final book in the trilogy?

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Bay of Sighs (Guardians Trilogy Series #2) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've managed to read almost all Mrs. Roberts has written. I've been a fan for a very long time, but her stories never fail to draw me in. It amazes me how she can come up with different plots and new stories. I can't wait for the final book in this series. Thank you for writing such wonderful stories!
Barb-TRC More than 1 year ago
Bay of Sighs by Nora Roberts is the 2nd book in her Guardians trilogy. The first paragraph of the above description explains or reminds you of the premise of this series. In the last book, Sasha, the seer, was instrumental in finding the first star, as well as finding her love in Bran. However, it is important to note, that though each book will bring together two people as couples, the storyline in each book is a 6 person ensemble. All 6 play important roles and work together throughout. For a refresher, the 6 are Sasha, the seer; Bran, the magician; Sawyer, the traveler; Annika, the mermaid; Riley, the archaeologist and werewolf; and Doyle, the immortal swordsman. Bay of Sighs starts off immediately after Stars of Fortune left off, with Sawyer have used his magical compass to bring all 6 to the island of Capri, and safe temporarily from Nerezza, the evil goddess and villain of this series. Everyone knows they must find the next star (Water star) before Nerezza finds them, and they begin their search. Sasha continues to have some visions giving them information on Nerezza or to warn them of an oncoming attack. They learn that a former enemy for both Sawyer and Riley has joined hands with Nerezza, escalating the danger. In Bay of Sighs, Annika and Sawyer begin a romance that is destined to fail, since Anni must return to the sea and her people. Will they find a way to stay together? This was an exciting adventure, lots of action, danger and vicious attacks by creatures created by the villain. But amidst all of this, was the wonderful story of 6 people who are joined together to save the world from the threat of darkness; and along the way we watch their friendship and loyalty to each other grow. This is something I have always loved about Nora, how she brings us a group of wonderful characters, whom we fall in love with. I do not want to give any spoilers. I will say it was fun to spend time with all of the 6 characters, watch their wonderful chemistry and teamwork. It was a very exciting adventure, sweet romance, and so much action and danger throughout. I loved Sawyer and Anni together. She was a totally different and sweet heroine, who shined in her innocence. Bravo again to Nora Roberts, who always gives us fantastic trilogies, with great characters, friendships, romances, nasty villains, and exciting pulse pounding and fun storylines. I cann’t wait for the final book in this trilogy, Island of Glass. I suggest you read this series and start with Stars of Fortune.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I waited months for the 2nd book & it was very disappointing . The story took so long to get started . It just dragged for the first half of the book. Also, I wanted to love the mermaid but shes too sappy & irritating. There were some funny parts but not enough to save the book. You can take your time releasing the third book because I am not excited anymore. I'm afraid you might turn wolfgirl into a sappy girl too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Annika was my least favorite part of the first book and I'm sick of her fractured grammar, naive mermaid point of view. This story focuses way more on trivial details than the actual plot. I'm completely disappointed in where this series has gone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The last few NR books have not been to the level we have come to expect from her. Not sure if it is indeed NR writing them or a ghost writer. But whoever is way into what people are eating and not the plotlines. Do I really care that they had pancakes and not eggs . No !A better plot would impress me much more. Feel like the author is either pregnant or on a diet with all the talk about food. Very hard to finish the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I felt the climax at the could have been better. It felt abbreviated and was over before it reached the top. Malmon could have played a bigger role.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At first I wasn't a fan of Annika telling the story but honestly it grew on me bit by bit. I'm giving it 5 stars because the ending caught me by surprise. Can't wait to read the third!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another NR great. That said in the better old days of her books,like so many others now that she and others have written, this series should have been one book. While financially I get it she loses a lot of thrill and anticipation this way that her first books AWAYS had and hope her faiaries and other "good" side characters that would fit into the ending come around soon.More Irish now please for the good six and the area you chose for the thrd and final wrapup of this series, Nerezza has all sorts of evil cohorts how about some assist from the mystical and mischeivious land they are inhabiting now? I can't wait til Decembers' conclusion and just want MORE please!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It follows the formula but as always the book is addicting, fun to read and makes you want to believe in magic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nora Roberts has done it again! I can't wait for last book in this trilogy! December can't come fast enough
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The six guardians are in for blood, magic, and death. It takes all of their strength, faith, and trust. Great series. The mermaid makes the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful followup to Stars. Annika is my favorite character. She is light and joy and Nora Roberts captures the mermaid beautifully.
nje7o7 More than 1 year ago
Loved it! You seriously can't go wrong with Nora Roberts!! The only problem is waiting 6 months for the next one!!
Anonymous 3 months ago
Loved the storyline and the inclusion of how our desires change how we are willing to live.
BaronessBookTrove More than 1 year ago
1 Star found, on to the next star. Bay of Sighs by Nora Roberts is the second book in the Guardians Trilogy. The second book is lot dark than the first book. The whole evil seeking out evil human gives it more of a nice twist. The characters are still growing into the Guardians. Although they think that they have the situation under control, they still worry and continue working on their plans. They modify the things that they can. You can see each of the fine tuning their skills and using their personal strengths to assist with the quest. They all feel that this is the time and they are the ones who will get it done. I truly enjoy the story, however I love a good paranormal-romance-good vs evil story. The setting this time is the island of Capri, Italian this time. Capri is more populated and they don’t have the easy access to the sea and transportation, but the Guardians make it work. This is the story of Annika and Sawyer. They make a good couple. One of the things that I like about Annika is that she is so full of joy. She finds that joy in all things, she likes to do household chores, she likes taking care of her friends, and she likes helping Bran with magic supplies and such. Annika likes the exercise and cheering her friends on. She doesn’t like the fighting but will do what is necessary. Sawyer really goes in this installment. He allows himself to love Annika and to share the love with her. I saw so much growth from him. Sawyer is such a strong guy. He shoots guns accurately, hardly missing his target. He is well rounded and has such honor. So, we have seen the relationships grow between Bran and Sasha, now Sawyer and Annika have been paired off. That leaves Doyle and Riley. We get to see small glimpses of that blooming relationship in this book. I am really looking forward to the next book. Nerezza continues to show her evil self. She continues to throw things at the Guardians, and when things to don’t go her way she has a kind of hissy fit. However, now she has a soldier/companion to assist her with the execution of her plans. Nerezza isn’t going to back down. She has been waiting for the stars for so long, this is her way to rule all the worlds. I look forward to the next book in the series, to see how the heroes fair with Nerezza and to see the others romances bloom, and the group grow closer. My rating is 5 stars. This is a Guest Review for Baroness' Book Trove. Thank you for the opportunity to review this book on your site. ~Jen If you would like to see other reviews like this one, check out BaronessBookTrove.com.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nora is truly blessed to have such a beautiful mind and share her stories with us all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was easier to read then 1st. Keep my attention. Looking forward to book 3.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Especially love the modern setting with magic. Nice escape out of the modern world. Looking forward to another set of heroes and heroines. Fun, exciting, beautiful setting!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"IM MARY POPPINS YALL"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sighed. "Have you seen Starlord?"
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All the action, romance and magic that you expect from Nora Roberts. Fully developed characters that grow more real as you turn the pages. Classic, beautifully written clash between good and evil. The descriptive passages allow you to enter this fantasy world without hesitation and make it your own. A reliably excellent read from co er to cover! Enjoy the experience.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book but I do recognize that it is basically a rewrite of previous trilogies by the same author. Also, I agree with other readers that there is a definite preoccupation with food. I disagree in the I feel the mermaid comes across as innocent rather than naive and she could easily be perceived as slutty when she is really just unaccustomed to human prudishness. Stephanie Clanahan
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great read