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Monday, September 11, 2006

Morrigan's Cross by Nora Roberts

Nora Robert's latest trilogy begins with "Morrigan's Cross." It is different from her usual trilogies which, for the most part I would classify as magical realism (with the except of the "Born In" series). Morrigan's Cross deals with high magic, alternate worlds, vampires, sorcerers, witches and goddesses (Morrigan). It begins in the 12th century when sorcerer Hoyt attempts to destroy Lilith, the powerful vampire who has just turned his twin brother Cian. He fails, though manages to wound Lilith and his brother before collapsing. He is visited by the goddess Morrigan who tells him he will gather a circle of six that will help him defeat Lilith. But, the first he must get to help him is his brother, 1000 years in the future.

Morrigan sends Hoyt into the present day where he reunites with his brother and begins to gather the six around him that must join forces. The characters are intriguing and do have depth (Cian, while a vampire, isn't truly evil but has a heck of a temper). But one of my favorites is Becca, the "demon-hunter" who comes from a long line of "demon-hunters" and possesses special skills and healing abilities (a definite throwback to Buffy, everyone's favorite vampire-slayer who even gets a mention). "Morrigan's Cross" is a fun read, and unlike her other novels, we won't have to wait long for the final books. Book two, "Dance of the Gods" is due out Oct. 3rd, and "Valley of Silence", Oct. 31st.

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