Monday, November 7, 2011

Morrigan's Cross (The Circle Trilogy) by Nora Roberts

Synopsis :

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 the family’s embrace. Her name is Lilith. Existing for over a thousand 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 own he’s lost. And it is in this circle, hundreds of years in the future, where Hoyt will earn how strong his spirit – and his heart – have become...

Morrigan’s Cross is the 1st book of The Circle Trilogy by Nora Roberts. Because it’s the first book of three, it sets the basis of how the trilogy would be like. It also introduces all the characters of the circle and how they all come together.

Hoyt is actually a sorcerer from the past together with his brother, Cian. After Morrigan protected his family and their descendents from Lilith with cross pendents, Morrigan, through a place called the Dance of the Gods, transported Hoyt to modern day New York where his brother Cian, now goes by another name, has a host of businesses that he built up over the thousands of years since he became a vampire. Cian was not keen to battle Lilith, his sire, but his loyalty to his brother is so strong that he agrees to join force with him in this battle.

Glenna is a modern day witch, also from New York who went to Hoyt’s rescue even in her dream when Hoyt was injured by Lilith during an initial battle. Glenna would also be part of the circle and is Hoyt’s love interest and they ended up getting married in this book even when they are preparing for battle and their union made their magic much stronger.

Blair the warrior in the circle, is actually a descendent of Hoyt and Cian. She is a direct descendent of their sister, Nola and her family has been demon hunters all these years. Hoyt recognised her through the cross that she wore, one of the very same cross that Morrigan crafted to protect his family thousand of years ago.

Moira, the scholar and Larkin, the shape shifter actually came through the dance of the gods from the land of Geall as commanded by Morrigan.  Geall is a land from beyond (from another realm or universe) and not of this world.  The land is still medieval in many ways and lack modern day convenience. Miora, who's mother was killed by Lilith's minion, is the future queen of Geall and Sir Larkin is her faithful and supportive cousin.

Morrigan’s Cross brought all of them together and focus on their training to fight against Lilith and her army and in the second book, Dance of the Gods, we will see them travel to the land of Geall where the final battle would take place.

I started on the second book the minute I finished the first! It is very captivating.

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