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Morrigan's cross
Nora Roberts
Adult Romance ROBERTS

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From 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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

In her first true paranormal romance, veteran author Roberts spins a mesmerizing tale of good and evil that pits the seductive vampire Lilith, with her ambitions of world domination, against the powerful Goddess Morrigan and her Circle of Six. Primary among the six is Hoyt, a grieving sorcerer who has lost more to Lilith than most. In a story that spans centuries and continents, Roberts weaves a tantalizing web of magic, myth, and legend that will keep readers enthralled. Although the story is a bit more fantasy than romance, the love relationship between Hoyt and Glenna is strong enough to place it within the romance camp and should satisfy readers of both genres. Humorous, violent, and passionate, this epic tale beautifully launches the Circle Trilogy, setting the stage for Dance of the Gods (Oct.) and Valley of Silence (Nov.). (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.

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main characters Hoyt Mac Cionaoith
Battles with Lilith, who turned his brother into a vampire; charged with the task of leading a great battle; from the 12th century; falls in love with Glenna.

Hoyt's brother; from the 12th century.

Centures old; made Hoyt's brother a vampire.

Goddess of battle; determined to stop Lilith's lust for destruction.

Has red hair; falls in love with Hoyt.

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