Friday, January 1, 2016

Romance Book Review: Nora Rober's Stars of Fortune

Author: Nora Roberts
Series Connection: Guardians Trilogy
ISBN: 978-1410481337
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Berkley

Purchase Link: Amazon

Sasha Riggs has always been a seer, but it has caused her nothing but misery. Lately she's been having dreams of things she doesn't understand. As an artist she tries to get rid of the images, but they won't go away. Desperate she decides to go to where her visions are taking place and see where they take her.

When she arrives in Greece it doesn't take long meet those she's been dreaming about. They find they are each on the same quest. And so this Guardian Series begins. 

Much of this book introduces the story and the characters. These six people are set to find three stars that have fallen to earth, but these aren't just ordinary stars and there's a pretty evil God who is also looking for the stars as well. 

For Sasha this is a completely different world then her life of solitude, but she has found she needs to complete this quest with these people. The group searches for the first star on a Greek island, but that isn't the only exciting thing happening for Sasha, one of those she's met is Bran Killian. Bran describes himself as a magician, but he is much more. 

It has been a while since I've picked up a Nora Roberts book and the theme of this one sounded so familiar but although similar it so far is different from "Morrigain's Cross" from the Circle Trilogy. NR likes the three couple three stories concept. 

As with many stories that follow this concept, the first book spends a lot of time setting the scene and storyline, as well as giving everyone a chance to get to know all the characters. In some ways that's a good way to go when writing books, but it makes it hard to get to know the couple involved in the first romance. It seems like a big flaw in this case. I really couldn't get into Sasha and Bran as a couple. Throughout the book we get a good impression on who Sasha is, but not really Bran and beyond bedroom scenes.

Otherwise the book has good drawn out action scenes, interesting plot line and for the most part interesting characters. 

On one personal note: In previous books where she's had Irish heroes I've always enjoyed the use of the Irish accent in her writing. I didn't really see much of that this time. I could tell she gave him a little accent and changed some of his conversation, but not as much as in the past. 

Sasha Riggs is a reclusive artist, haunted by dreams and nightmares that she turns into extraordinary paintings. Her visions lead her to the Greek island of Corfu, where five others have been lured to seek the legendary fire star, part of an ancient prophecy. Sasha recognizes them, because she has drawn them: a magician, an archaeologist, a wanderer, a fighter, a loner. All on a quest. All with secrets.

Sasha is the one who holds them together—the seer. And in the magician, Bran Killian, she sees a man of immense power and compassion. As Sasha struggles with her rare ability, Bran is there to support her, challenge her, and believe in her.

When a dark threat looms, the six must use their combined powers—including trust, unity, and love—to find the fire star and keep the world on course.

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