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December 8, 2011

Valley of Silence by Nora Robers

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Series: Circle Trilogy 3
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: November 8, 2006
Purchase Link: Amazon
Having traveled through the Dance of the Gods to the land of Geall, the circle finds themselves convincing then training the people of Geall to defeat Lilith’s vampire army. The Valley of Silence is a forbidding place for the battle of all battles, but the circle continues to prepare through magic and a few early stakeouts that test their strength individually and as a team.

Moira finds herself playing the roles of warrior and royal, as she follows the tradition of her people and prepares to take the crown before leading them into battle. And if that isn’t enough, she finds her thoughts turning to Cian more often than not.

So what’s a chaste and intelligent young woman to do when given less than a month with the man she loves, who’s not a man, but a vampire? And how will the people of Geall fare against an army of blood-thirsty vampires who have had centuries to prepare?
It all ends in Valley of Silence. Finally everything is in motion and The Battle between Morrigan's Circle and Lilith's army of undead looms near.

In Geall, everyone is grasping with the reality of vampires and how this will impact everyone. War is not uncommon but when you're fighting for mankind it puts a lot of pressure on each individual. Men, women and barely adults are training hard for the fight of their lives and they are painfully outnumbered. Moira with the help of the Circle, is trying to pump up morale and teach her people basic skills on how to defend themselves.

Moira is now the Queen and for her people she found herself sacrificing a lot. But one thing she have realized is that she can't die without Cian not knowing how she feels, this she will do for herself. She will not only risk her kingdom and her people but she will also risk her heart for someone who might undo her and her destiny as Geall's ruler.

Whatever shortcomings the previous two novels had will be expunged when you get to the third and final book of Nora Roberts' Circle Trilogy. She didn't disappoint one bit and if any, Valley of Silence gave the series some major fireworks ending.

As expected, Moira and Cian are the featured couple in this book and what can be more complicated than a medieval warrior Queen falling inlove with a modern but extremely ancient vampire. They belong in completely opposite sides of the world and none can give up their life for the other should they survive the war. It's a Mexican stand-off.

But before the epic ending, Ms. Roberts sure built it up. The passion between these two lovers are palpable and you can feel their urgency and the desperation. And the reality that it will not be a happily ever after for them continues to loom over their heads which makes every encounter important and taken full advantage of. Their love story is by far the most dramatic of the three. A fitting match-up to end the trilogy.

Nora Roberts also balanced it all out by giving us more time with Lilith, her past, her cohorts and how she operates. Her wickedness is highlighted which, as a reader, made me itch to kill her myself. A formidable foe for six chosen warriors.

As for the final battle, I have to say that it's one of the most intense 26 pages that I've ever read. I saw it so clearly in my head and convinced me that Nora Roberts is indeed a gifted writer. I felt the dread of fighting an enemy that is almost invincible and the possibility that they'll fail. But Evil will never triumph and everyone had closure but the toll was high. 

So if you've been curious about this series don't hesitate to pick it up next time. I was pleasantly surprised by the story and Roberts' writing.

On to my favorite quotable quotes in this:

"Moira. If I wasn't damned already, this would send me to hell."
"I'll try to take you to heaven first, if you teach me."


"I know. I know all about never. Tell me today. Between you and me let it be today. I have to fight for tomorrow, and the day after and into always. But with this, with you, it's just today. Every today we can have."

4 comments:

  1. I love Nora, but this trilogy is what got me into the whole paranormal genre! From here I moved to looking for books about the different paranormal characters!

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  2. I've not read any Nora Roberts before, but it looks like she's a pretty good writer, so I'm going to have to check her out. Thanks for the review! (I'm a new follower, so hi!)

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  3. Amanda - I know it was surprisingly good

    Stepping - me too! This series was my first and I wasn't disappointed. Welcome to our blog!

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  4. Braine hun you need a button so I can put it on my blog, that way I can click it easily to get me some David:D:D:D and of course have a lookie at your postings!

    Happy Holidays!!

    Michelle

    Team Gandy

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