Nora Roberts – "Dance Of The Gods"

27 Nov


GENRE: Romance / Paranormal
PUBLISHED: Jove Books, 2006


The back blurb:
“Blair Murphy has always worked alone. Destined to be a demon hunter in a world that doesn’t believe in such things, she lives for the kill. But now, she finds herself the warrior in a circle of six, chosen by the goddess Morrigan to defeat the vampire Lilith and her minions.
Learning to trust the others has been hard , for Blair has never allowed herself such a luxury. But she finds herself drawn to Larkin, a man of many shapes. As a horse, he is proud and graceful; as a dragon, beautifully fierce; and as a man … well, Blair has seen her share of hunks, but none quite so ruggedly handsome and playfully charming as this nobleman from the past.
In two months’ time, the circle of six will face Lilith and her army in Geall. To complete preparations and round up forces to fight, the circle travels through time to Larkin’s world, where Blair must choose between battling her overwhelming attraction to him – or risking everything for a love that can never be …”


I only read a couple of Roberts’s novels (in German) and somehow was never tempted to try more (in English). So this novel was an unplanned purchase. I spotted it in a local bookshop for 6,64 Euro and I thought “why not?”.

Dance of the Gods is the second in a trilogy. I knew this but I figured that I could cope with it. It turns out I was right. I didn’t have problems trying to follow the story. It is the middle part of a trilogy and as such the overarching story line of the trilogy of the battle against Lilith feels a bit unsatisfying (no definite beginning and no definite end), but that was to be expected. It’s a sort of bridge between the first part and the third part and as such there are some “skirmishes” between the circle of six and Lilith’s minions. The story ends when all is set for the final stage in the battle: the circle of six and Lilith are now in Gaell.

The fantasy elements in this story are on the light side. It is a nice mixture and Roberts makes good use of them. Sure, some things might seem a bit too easy to be convincing (learning to fight in such a short time?) but this never bothered me overmuch. I went along with it.

It’s the love story between Blair and Larkin which has to deliver the sense of reading a complete story. And this worked quite well considering what is going on. I especially like Larkin and the way he dealt with Blair. They have a nice and touching story. But what I liked best about this novel was the way Roberts portrayed the friendship and fellowship between the six characters of the circle. There is a promising scene near the end of the story for the “last couple”.

Nice read.


Would I recommend this novel? Yes.

Would I read this novel again? Probably.

Grade: 4 / 5


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