Morrigan's Cross (Circle Trilogy Series #1)

Morrigan's Cross (Circle Trilogy Series #1)

by Nora Roberts


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ISBN-13: 9780425280201
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/05/2016
Series: Circle Trilogy Series , #1
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 462,431
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(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.


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“Roberts is among the best popular novelists currently at work.”
The Washington Post Book World

"This well-plotted, finely detailed paranormal adventure is driven by richly developed characters, making it a cut above from others in this subgenre, and among Robert’s best."—Publishers Weekly


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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Morrigan's Cross (Circle Trilogy Series #1) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 255 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
msuzy More than 1 year ago
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.
JennyBrooks More than 1 year ago
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.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
Integrity_Consultants More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in the series and it only gets better. Love Nora Roberts!
gpi More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nora Roberts is one of my favorite authors, and I definitly recommend this and all of her books.
librachic More than 1 year ago
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 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.
greenmtngirl More than 1 year ago
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.
Heidi-Tieman More than 1 year ago
Loved all 3 books. The last one was especially my favorite with great ending.
Griphook9931 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
CJRC More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first of three books. It was a good original story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read everything that Nora Roberts writes, yet this was unexpected AND exceptional. Morigan's Cross, as a title, led me to think of England, you know, the way they name some streets and corners over there. So when I realized that the cross was something else, well!!! Then, also having read Ann Rice's vampire novels, I thought that Nora couldn't possibly beat her. Wrong again! Ann Rice, move over! Nora has taken vampyre to a new level of both intrigue and romance. I can't wait to read volume 2 and 3!
talksupe.blogspot on LibraryThing 12 hours ago
The characters' profiles are interesting but it wasn't supported that much by their back stories aside from the leads. Book one focused a lot on Hoyt and Glenna and a bit about Cian but I wanted to read more about the other circle members, Queen Moira, Larkin who is a shifter, and Blair a demon hunter who is a descendant of Hoyt and Cian's sister. And of course contrast it with Lilith and her minions.
phyllis2779 on LibraryThing 12 hours ago
The best book in this trilogy. On the whole, this genre is what I really prefer from Roberts. However, she is a very skillful writer. However, she isn't as good as the best fantasy writers so that undercuts her talent as one of the best romance writers in in mind.
bhryk0 on LibraryThing 12 hours ago
This is a re-read for me. I first read it in hard copy form and this time I listened to the story. This is one of my favourite Nora Robert's series.I absolutley fell in love with Cian the 900 year old vampire. I really enjoyed the whole concept of the story though - Hoyt, a warlock, with the help of the Goddess Morgana, travelling through a time portal from the 1100's Ireland to modern day New York to ask his vampire twin brother for help to fight a growing army of vampires, led by the Lilith, the vampire who made Cian. Hoyt was told to gather 6 people to help in the fight. First he had to convince Cian to join him and Cian's mortal friend King joined them, next Glenna, a witch, came to him, first in a dream and then in real life (they fell in love). They travelled to Ireland for their fight, to the house that Hoyt had only left a short time ago but has now been owned by Cian for a couple of hundred years. I loved that idea. When they arrived in Ireland they were joined by Moira and her cousin Larsen (a shapeshifter) who were from a created dimension that was thought to be lore. the last person to join them was Blair, a vampire killer from America who turned out to be a descendant of Nola (the youngest sister to Hoyt and Cian).I enjoyed just as much this time as I did last time, I would recommend this series to all.
Mintypink on LibraryThing 12 hours ago
A vampyre queen, Lilith (a traditional choice for a female of evil and destruction), wants to destroy the world and spread `beautiful chaos¿. Morrigan, a goddess, chooses six people to form a circle and fight her. They are chosen from across space and time to form the band and defeat Lilith and her army of vampyres. (It¿s spelled with a y in this book.)This book is a flat soda that you keep drinking only because it tastes a little like something you would like, but mostly because you paid for it. Every character is one dimensional, predictable, and so very uninspired. Roberts can tell a story, but she managed to spin such a hackneyed plot that it was beyond saving. I bought the trilogy for my boyfriend¿s mom who loves Nora Roberts, but I am almost embarrassed to send them to her now that I¿ve read the first book. I hope the second and third are better, for her sake and not mine because I¿ve already been scared off from this trilogy.
Silversi on LibraryThing 12 hours ago
This book and it's trilogy continue to be one of my absolute favorite by Nora Roberts. It was exciting and suspenseful and left me squirming everytime I had to put it down. The characters are vivid and demand attention. A must read for the fans of the darker side of Nora's love stories.
millett23 on LibraryThing 12 hours ago
I liked this book. I definately didn't know that Nora Roberts did Vampires. It was a shocker.
miyurose on LibraryThing 12 hours ago
I¿m not the greatest fan of Nora Roberts¿ romances with a supernatural twist, but I thought I¿d give this a try. It was just okay. I felt like the set-up was really weird. Everyone just falls together and shows up where they are supposed to be, and making the reason be "because the goddess said so" is just a little too convenient. Overall, I guess I was a little bored with it. No one character stands out as anything other than a stereotype. I might read the other two books, just to complete the story, but I won¿t rush to do it.
TheBooknerd on LibraryThing 12 hours ago
I just read the latest review of Nora Roberts "Morrigan's Cross", and I must say I agree with the poster. Roberts has become tired and boring for me, anyway, but her paranormal novels go so far as to be annoying. As I read The Circle Trilogy, I realized that Roberts -- a very talented writer no matter how formulaic her books have gotten -- simply doesn't know how to write paranormal. Not if you're used to reading true writers of the fantasy genre, like Anne Bishop and Patricia Briggs. Writers like these approach the paranormal as an integral part of the universe that one may or may not be in tune with; nevertheless, it is real and matter-of-fact, making you feel the most grounded and lucid when your consciousness is filled with monsters, magic, and mythology. Then there's Roberts, who approaches the paranormal like a misty, overly-Irished fairy tale. And I'm talking Disney, not Grimm. She completely overdoes it, with her poetic nightmares of spells and sanitized concepts of "vampire" and other Otherness. Don't even get me started on her attempt at writing dark, evil vampiresses. It's all so romanticized I could choke. She's just too constrained to write this kind of stuff, and it shows painfully in "Morrigan's Cross." Even her "In Death" books, which are as gritty as Roberts gets, delicately skirts the truest ugliness and sticks to implications and dropped hints. I appreciate authors who can cross boundaries, and who credit me -- the reader -- with enough sophistication to handle a little mess. Now, yes, I did finish the series because I liked Cian, but I found the last two books no more inspired than the first.
saltypepper on LibraryThing 12 hours ago
I am usually a fan of The Nora's so it was extra disappointing to read this start to a series and be instantly struck by such problems with it. Other reviews here of this book will give you a fine idea of the plot, so I'll skip that and go right to my issues with the characterizations. The main characters of this book, Hoyt and Glenna, are fairly typical romantic lead types. You may or may not like those types, but there's nothing uncommon about them. So what's my problem with this book? In a nutshell, what is up with the character of King? Let's run through the stereotypes here, shall we? Big, ugly, scary, black guy, but once you get past that he's a softy with a heart of gold? BTDT. With the exception of his loyalty, which he has in spades having been rescued from the mean streets of East LA as a child, blahblahblabbityblah, he is everything the heroes are not. Could he be more Other? Needless to say, despite the fact that in her trilogies, there will always be 3 couples in the end, since it's not a romance if there's no Happily Ever After, there is no HEA for King. And yet, if you look at what his role is in terms of the plot, there is no reason why King had to be Black, had to be big, had to be scary, had to be ugly and/or have mismatched eyes. It all just serves to make him distinct and Other and Not The Hero. At first I was ready to be surprised and delighted by an interracial romance in a future book in the series with this atypical hero. Sadly, not only does this not happen, what does happen is par for the course, for authors trying to make their books more "diverse" without thinking beyond "white is normal, therefore all else is..." It is tiresome, stale, and I had hoped for better. And what's with the evil, bisexual, pedophile vampire queen? What message are we meant to take from this? That she's extra evil because she'll have sex with anyone? Not just other women, but even children?! I know romance is a genre that clings to heteronormative standards, but this was beyond the beyond. I prefer my romances without a big heaping helping of homophobia.So, the token non-white character gets buried under heaps and piles of Not Like Us and a blow is struck on behalf of monogomous heterosexuality by this villain = pervert depiction. On behalf of all the non-white, non-heterosexual readers of romance, thanks a lot Nora. We love you, too.