Nora Roberts – “Valley Of Silence”

14 Dec

GENRE: Romance / Paranormal
PUBLISHED: Jove Books, 2006

The back blurb:
“In the kingdom of Gaell, the scholarly Moira has taken up the sword of her people. Now, as queen, she must prepare her subjects for the greatest battle they will ever fight – against an enemy more vicious than any they have seen. For Lilith, the most powerful vampire in the world, has followed the circle of six through time to Gaell.
Moira also has a personal score to settle. Vampires killed her mother – and now, she is ready to exact her revenge. But there is one vampire to whom she would trust her soul …
Cian was changed by Lilith centuries ago. But now, he stands with the circle. Without hesitation, he will kill others of his kind – and has earned the respect of the sorcerer, with, warrior and shape-shifter. But he wants more than respect from Moira – even though his desire for her makes him vulnerable. For how can a man with an eternity to live love a woman whose life is sure to end – if not by Lilith’s hand, then by the curse of time?”

As with the previous one, this novel is smoothly written and has a nice sense of friendship. There were mainly two things that kept me reading: 1) it delivers the end of the overarching story (final battle between Lilith and the Circle of Six); 2) how can the hero and the heroine be together in the end when he is a vampire and she’s a mortal? (This novel is in part a romance so there was never any question about the if, just about the how.)

The love story between Cian and Moira is nice with some touching moments between the hero and the heroine. It gets even more punch from from the tension inherent in impossible relationships. So all is good here.

In contrast, I thought the final confrontation between Lilith and the Circle of Six a bit of a let down. It was shorter than I expected and sometimes confusing. also, Lilith’s sorcerer suddenly plays an important role in the battle, leading to a showdown between him and Glenna and Hoyt. There was no real built up to this and so it had a whiff of “each pair needs a worthy opponent in the final battle”. I was left wondering how Lilith, with all the time that she had, couldn’t be more prepared = have more people to fight for this battle.

Would I recommend this novel? Yes.

Would I read this novel again? Probably not.

Grade: 4 / 5


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