by Nora Roberts

October 2006
ISBN: 0-515-14166-6
Reviewer Graphic Button Jove Books
Mass Market Paperback

The wizard, the witch, the warrior, the scholar, the shapeshifter, the lost soul – these six will prepare mankind for the ultimate battle. As the Circle Trilogy continues in Dance of the Gods, the chosen ones continue to train and hone their skills. With the addition of Blair Murphy, a demon hunter and descendant of Nola MacCionaoith, their circle is complete. She has proven her value in battle, and can offer her years of experience to the other five. She was born to fight and grew up trying to prove her worth to her father, who was disappointed she was not a son to carry on the tradition.

Larkin finds her strength fascinating. He is used to a softer kind of woman, one who is content to be protected and who only seeks to nurture her family. Blair is definitely not the motherly type. She is the kick-ass first, ask questions later, kind of girl. She does not drop her guard for a moment, and is the first one out the door when trouble comes to call.

Blair admits that the handsome shapeshifter has his uses. It is pretty handy how he can turn into a horse, have a bear claw, or soar above the ground as a hawk. She knows that he still has a lot to learn about the demons they will face, and that none of them are ready – yet.

Nora Roberts infuses some of her humor into the most suspenseful plots to relieve tension. This book is no different. It is easy to see Larkin evading kitchen duty only to consume more food than three normal people. His good nature is contagious and serves to offset Blair’s intensity. The underlying story continues to build toward the last battle. We will all be clamoring for the finale as soon as this book is finished.

Reviewed in September 2006 by Paula.

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