Saturday, January 05, 2008

Blood Brothers

IN THE TOWN OF HAWKINS HOLLOW,
IT'S CALLED THE SEVEN.

Every seven years, on the seventh day of the seventh month, strange things happen. It began when three young boys -- Caleb, Fox, and Gage -- went on a camping trip to the Pagan Stone. And twenty-one years later, it will end in a showdown between evil and the boys who have become men -- and the women who love them...
- Synopsis from the book

First sentence: It crawled along the air that hung heavy as wet wool over the glade.

Blood Brothers by Nora Roberts is the first book of the Sign of Seven Trilogy. I've been looking forward to her latest work and finally reading it is satisfying. Having read four of her trilogies with short intervals in between, I have to say that this is not her best work but then it's too early to tell. It is still a good read but I'm not breaking out in songs over this one.

Usually, each book in NR's various trilogies (at least those of which I've read) is filled with romance that makes you beam and radiate happiness. This one though, has less of that. Instead, it focuses more on the background of evil that has befallen Hawkins Hollow where all hell breaks loose on every seven years, on the seventh day of the seventh month. All because innocently on their tenth birthday, Caleb, Fox, and Gage cut their wrist, mixed their blood and made an oath at the Pagan Stone. With that, they have unleashed something evil as well as good.

Circumstances also bring three women together: Quinn, Layla, and Cybil. Together they form an important team, with absolute determination to end the recurring problem once and for all. There are lots of brainstorming and research work trying to trace back genealogies, looking for gaps or missing links, finding patterns, etc. The first book romantically hooks Caleb and Quinn together. Their romance sounds a little harried but then again, Quinn is a go-getter, cut to the chase type of girl. I believe their relationship will be further developed in Book 2 of the trilogy. Right now, it seems NR has taken a slightly different approach.

Funny dialogues are part and parcel of NR's work so expect to see lots of that. Right now, it's still too early to tell if the story will rock my world, but I'm placing hope in Book 2 (The Hollow to be released in May 2008) and Book 3 (The Pagan Stone in December 2008). A long wait, but I'm patient.

Blood Brothers is a joint-reading with Melody and Julia. I'm already looking forward to reading the rest of trilogy with both of you. Thank you for reading with me!