Aparna (inspirethoughts) wrote,

Book Critique 2015 - The Circle Trilogy: Morrigan’s Cross (Book One)

Prologue: Go here.
For review of all books in this series: Go here.

I have read each and every book that has been written by Nora Roberts under her name except a few (as far as my memory serves, four of them). As to why hadn’t read them would be a story for another blog. For now, kicking off my 2015 Book Review blog with the first book in the series “The Circle Trilogy” and here’s my take on the book.


Morrigan, the goddess, recruits or rather summons a crew of six people from various times, worlds and skills to fight against the ancient Vampire Queen – A 12th Century Sorcerer, Hoyt Mac Cionaoith (McKenna), the first of whom the Goddess recruits and transferred to 21st century thru a portal. The Witch, Glenna Ward, from the 21st century on this world. The Scholar, Moira, Princess of Geall from the 21st century another world. The Shape-Shifter, Larkin, brother-kin to Moira from Geall, again 21st century another world. The Warrior, Blair Nola Bridgit Murphy, a demon-hunter from 21st century on this world. And finally, the Vampire, Cian (Cain) Mac Cionaoith (McKenna), Hoyt’s twin-brother who was turned to a vampire in 12th century but now resides in New York city in 21st century on this world. Yes a Vampire fights on the good to beat the Vampires on the bad.

These six first have to a form a circle within themselves, a circle of trust, hope and unity; train to fight the vampires/undead and then finally face the two thousand year old Vampire Queen, Lilith on Samhain. If they come out winning all the worlds, here and now; there and then, will be saved. If not, all hell breaks lose and Lilith reaps them very nicely.

Book 1, Morrigan’s Cross, revolves around how the six gather, learn to understand, tolerate and trust each other while training to fight as well. In the process, they find love – Hoyt and Glenna fall in love – friendship and the purpose of this whole war. As Glenna puts it aptly, “I’m here because if I didn’t fight, if I didn’t try, everything we have and are and know, every one of us, could be lost. Because what’s inside me demands that I be here. And above all, because good needs soldiers against evil.” They are needed, and that is the key they learn and strengthen themselves. The rest I will leave you all to read and know for yourself.

Nora Roberts has once again spun a fantastic trilogy with her words, her imagination and her way of bringing it to life on paper. One can feel the love flowing thru Glenna and Hoyt; the comradeship between Hoyt, Larking and Cian; the despair that Moira feels; the chill that goes thru your spine when you come across Lilith; the deep down sadness for Hoyt when he faces his past; the happiness that frely comes from Larkin and above all the courage seeping thru the six heroes. Its almost like you can see them live in your living room acting scene by scene. I have enjoyed it thoroughly both the visions as well as the words. **Laughing**

And I am looking forward to read the remaining two books from the trilogy as soon as possible. Do pick it up if you get a chance to have the same enjoyment as I did.
Tags: books, circle trilogy, critique by amateur, reviews

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