by Nora Roberts

December 2008
ISBN: 978-0-515-14466-6
Reviewer Graphic Button Jove Books
Mass Market Paperback

The big bad is back and ready for the final showdown in Nora Roberts’ The Pagan Stone. This time it is up to Cybil Kinski and Gage Turner to put their powers of foretelling the future to use for their friends and the townsfolk of Hawkins Hollow.

The evil is growing immeasurably stronger and it seems nearly impossible that this group will find the answers to destroying it permanently, but that does not stop them from looking, researching, and witnessing gruesome events. Evil is growing and ready to explode. The one weapon that the group has is the powerful bloodstone. But will it be enough?

Gage just wants to stop the evil and move on from Hawkins Hollow again. He does not want to take the same road as his two best friends and fall in love. Love has held nothing but disappointment for Gage. For her part, Cybil is not sure if Gage is a good bet. While he is fiercely loyal to those he loves, he cannot seem to let her in. Neither Gage nor Cybil wants to end up together just because Fate has decreed it so. They want the power of choice. But when the evil is upon them all, will they survive?

Once again, the storytelling is top-notch. Unfortunately, I found myself a bit bored by the romance of Gage and Cybil. They just seemed to lack chemistry overall. I was on tenterhooks waiting to see how the good versus evil storyline would play out but as soon as the action scenes were played out, I was left with two characters I just did not care all that much about. Something about the romance lacked Roberts’ usual pizzazz and originality.

Nonetheless, The Pagan Stone has a decent storyline and readers who have read the previous books are definitely going to want to discover how this group defeats the evil that was unleashed in the boys’ youth. Perhaps not Roberts’ best, but still, a pleasant book.

Reviewed in November 2008 by Sarah.

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