Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Valley of Silence by Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts presents the electrifying conclusion to her powerful new trilogy. In the kingdom of Geall, the scholarly Moira has taken up the sword of her people. As queen, she must prepare her subjects for the greatest battle they will ever fight - against an enemy more powerful than any they have seen. For Lilith, the most powerful vampire in the world, has followed the circle of six through time to Geall. Moira also has a personal score to settle. Vampires killed her mother - and she is ready to exact her revenge. But there is one vampire to who she would trust her soul....

The final book in the Circle trilogy following on from Morrigan's Cross and Dance of the Gods, and ultimately the conclusion in the battle between the Circle of six and Lilith, the vampiress driven by greed or ambition to rule the world.

It's taken me a while, but I finally got around to read the concluding book in this trilogy a week or so ago, and I really did enjoy it. The six are now in Geall, making preparations for the final battle, where the fate of the world rests in their hands. Whilst Moira is helping to prepare her people for battle, she is also distracted by the feelings that she has for Cian, who is a vampire himself. Complicating their relationship is that Cian will live forever, or until he is staked in the chest, whilst Moira is very definitely mortal, and this is where the most conflict comes from.

I have seen written in a couple of places that these three books really read like one long 1000 page book, and I have to say that I agree with that sentiment. Within each book, including this one, there is a romance, but really the build up to the romance between Cian and Moira started in the previous books and without that build up would have felt quite rushed. The other thing that developed nicely through the whole three books was the relationships between the six - the friendships between the girls, the relationship between the wizard Hoyt and Cian....well all of the non romantic relationships really. Even with all the ominous tension in the book as the build up continued, it was great to see that there was room for humour with the story - for example when Larkin punches Cian - not the smartest thing to do to a vampire one would think!

There were some very creepy moments within this book in particular - and even the strange relationships between Lilith and her followers was explored quite fully - especially her relationship to Davey, the little boy vampire that she has adopted as her own.

In the end, the resolution was well done, and all three books were good to read - maybe not as good as some of the other Nora Roberts books I have read, but still very readable. Nora Roberts' first foray into the full world of paranormal romance was a good one, and if she writes more I will be sure to read them!

Rating 4/5

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  1. I love vampires. And yet, I still haven't read any of these books!! Actually, I'm probably the only woman in the free world who HASN'T read a book by Nora Roberts!! Not even the J.D. Robb books (but I've been really tempted by them, if that counts!)

  2. At the very least you should try the JD Robb books!

  3. LOL Stephanie!! You're NOT the only woman in the world who hasn't read Nora Roberts or JD Robb! I haven't either, though we have a ton of NR & JDR books. Because my HUSBAND reads them! LOL!!!

    I do want to read this trilogy, though. And I also want to start reading the In Death books. There are just so dang many of them!

  4. I keep seeing her books recommended and still I haven't bought any... They have some of them in WHSmiths in the buy one get one half price offer so I might pick up a couple there. The have random ones though and I want to get a full trilogy.

  5. Not about this book, but . . . I just love the way you did that index of your reviews! Was that time-consuming, gathering all the info and putting up links?

    I'd completely forgotten not only that you read Ship of Brides but that I commented on it. I think I need some memory vitamins. :)

  6. I set it up about 6 months after I started blogging so at that time it only took a couple of hours to set it up. Now it only takes a couple of minutes to maintain every time I put up a book review. I like it, although I wonder if it is a bit obsolete now that I have all the labels, and two search faciilities on the blog.

    I wouldn't worry too much about not remembering something that you did a few months ago. I commented on a blog somewhere a couple of days ago, asked a question, and now for the life of me can't remember where it was so that I can go back and check whether anyone answered me or not!