Sunday, July 08, 2007

Morrigan's Cross

Morrigan’s Cross by Nora Roberts is her first endeavor in paranormal romance, and is the first book in the Circle Trilogy. The other two titles in the series are Dance of the Gods and Valley of Silence. I'm reading Nora Roberts for the first time and am glad to say that I have found another new favourite author!

The story is set in the 12th-Century Ireland. Sorcerer, Hoyt Mac Cionaoith is said to be descended from Morrigan, fairie queen and goddess. Hoyt lost his twin brother Cian to Lilith, a centuries-old vampire queen who turned him into a fellow bloodsucker. Lilith is an impossible beauty.

There is no way Hoyt can defeat her by himself. He is then visited by Morrigan, the goddess of battle who charges him with the task of leading a battle against Lilith and her demons. The battle will be on the feast of Samhain. To do this, he must leave his place and go to another. He must also gather five others to form the circle to fight alongside him: "the witch, the warrior, the scholar, the one of many forms, and the one you've lost."

Hoyt time-travels (almost a thousand years later) to present-day New York and found his vampire brother, Cian, and Glenna, a beautiful red-haired witch. Two more warriors, Moira (a scholar and also sharp bow-and-arrow shooter) and Larkin (a shape shifter), join them back in the Mac Cionaoith ancestral home. The home apparently is well taken care of by the wealthy Cian who also own an enterprise of businesses. Towards later part of the story, “the one you've lost” makes her appearance. Hoyt and Glenna fall in love with each other as the preparation for the impending battle with Lilith’s army of vampires intensified.

Morrigan's Cross is an interesting and engaging read. While the story is good, I did not get the same feeling like I do in Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. Cian intrigues me but not as much as Edward (also a handsome vampire) did in Twilight. But then, I am definitely getting the other two books in the trilogy!