But overall I have to give big props for their character developments in this book. If you can get past the eating small children attribute. I also found myself snort giggling a few times due to the comments from Lilith's 6 year old demon son. I'd have done put that 6 year old in time out!! Evil little beast he is! All in all, even though the first book might turn you off to this series, I strongly suggest riding it out! Aug 06, Jazzypom rated it it was ok.
Moira Riddick is a part of the six, a regent whose duty is to her people, and it's just a part of her as the claddagh that is seared on her arm as the sword of her office. All right, first off, have you seen a claddagh? It's essentially a heart being held by two hands with a crown on top. It's not really a heraldic standard that says, "Mess with the kingdom, and have your arse handed to you on a platter" is it?
England has the three lions, the Scottish knights of the thistle have a lion and a th Moira Riddick is a part of the six, a regent whose duty is to her people, and it's just a part of her as the claddagh that is seared on her arm as the sword of her office. England has the three lions, the Scottish knights of the thistle have a lion and a thistle for starters, but anyway Over the course of three books, Moira and Cian have met, learned to get on and then stay out of each other's way.
It doesn't help that Cian is a vampire and Moira's task is to fend off her kingdom from the vampires a little hair of the dog, eh? Although Moira is spunky, brave and not a little bit naive in terms of her emotions to Cian, she doesn't really come across as Queenly - yet this is a role that she's trained for all her life, parents dropping dead aside. There's a part in the novel when Blair tells Moira that she has to do her 'St Cripsin' speech - you know that speech from Shakespeare's history plays, when he tells his men about how the battle on St Crispin day will make them men, nay, not men, but ubermen?
Moira has to do that speech, but falls terribly short. I was embarrassed for her. There's a bit of action in the last chapters of the books, when people are fighting, and swords are swinging, but all the fun was in book two, this was just formality. Dec 27, Thenia rated it liked it Shelves: The conclusion of the trilogy and Moira and Cian's story.
The two were the couple I was most interested in from the beginning, as they started with animosity and the obstacles between them seemed insurmountable, which are two of my favorite tropes. The war is imminent and our heroes are trying to prepare their army and themselves, while dealing with various attacks and mind games by the vampire queen, who's becoming more unhinged as time goes by.
There are a few threads involving her that are dist The conclusion of the trilogy and Moira and Cian's story. There are a few threads involving her that are disturbing, view spoiler [mostly the ones with Davey and the sick relationship between them hide spoiler ]. Romance in time of war is never easy, but it's even harder for our heroes who know they can have no future despite the outcome of the war. Determined to make the best with the time they've got, when they succumb to each other, they give it their all and their relationship is intense.
The war takes much out of everyone, but view spoiler [our heroes together are victorious and Cain leaves when the battle is done, too emotionally involved to subject them both in a painful goodbye. They're both heartbroken and Cian doesn't see himself getting over Moira anytime soon, when Morrigan and the gods give him his much deserved reward, a choice between remaining as he is now or regaining his humanity. His choice is clear and leads to a happy ever after for all three couples hide spoiler ]. Engaging story with ups and downs and a main thread that spans the whole trilogy.
In the kingdom of Geall, 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 Geall. 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.
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But now, he stands with the circle. Without hesitation, he will kill others of his kind--and has earned the respect of sorcerer, witch, 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?
Continuing the story from Dance of the Gods http: They have been my favorite characters since meeting them in the 1st book. They have always been more complex than the other four and and the feeling for each other are so intense and so incredible and at times fell pain in my heart for them and the deep and true love they have for one another. The final battle climaxes in Valley of Silence, the dark place that has been a scene of much evil and wickedness and it is here and now where we will find out if good will triumphs over evil.
The action is more fast-paced than the other books….. The scene where Moira talks to her soldiers before the final battle is dramatic and incredibly moving. The ending, which is unexpected and totally incredible and amazing, made me so excited seeing Cian and Moira finally having their HEA….. Nora Roberts has created a magical and exceptional paranormal fantasy world of fairies, vampires, witches, time travelling, shape-shifters, time travelling and made it real, so believable to me.
I love reading this series over and over again. Jun 11, Gayla rated it liked it Shelves: This book is true to Nora Roberts trilogy formulas, which are as always, predictable, but for some reason I love her trilogies. The story of three women, sometimes she uses men, who have to conquer some quest, almost always involving magic of some sort.
This book was the third of this particular trilogy. They are easy, easy reads, but I love them for their stories and the backgrounds she brings into them, and if you're like me, you just skip past the overkill of mushy romance scenes. This one gets extra points for having a vampire and dragons in the story.
Oct 03, Tania rated it really liked it Shelves: This was by far my favourite book of the trilogy and well worth the wait. Cian and Moira's tale was wonderfully told okay if a little predictable and had some actually barriers to it happening. This one had some depth to the issues the pair had to overcome to be together. Quick note - I'm glad the battle didn't go on forever. I was afraid we were goin This was by far my favourite book of the trilogy and well worth the wait. I was afraid we were going to have chapters upon chapters of battle scenes which would have been fine in some books but I don't think would have suited the tone of this book at all.
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I agree with my friend, kimz, that this was more "mushy" than the other books Still, it had a wonderfully sappy ending just as I predicted , and I was spot-on with the identity of the storyteller Nov 10, Terri Wino rated it liked it Shelves: I thought this was a great conclusion to this trilogy with just the right amount of suspense, action, and romance.
I did think the final battle was a little anticlimactic, but I was happy with the way things wrapped up for all six of The Circle. Jan 08, Lydia rated it it was amazing Shelves: Answer me this, if you please! Stories like this, books and series like this, a great talent with words and images like this deserve more than just five, and ten would still be not enough!
The final month till Samhain has at last arrived, and Geall's forces are gathered and as trained as they can be to face the Vampire army at the Valley of Silence. And the Circle has to be there to lead them, while they still have themselves and their loves to worry about.
In all this gloom and doom, Moira and Cian have to struggle to survive as figures of authority - and find it in their hearts to understand that though they love each other, they can never have eternity together If by now you don't hold a single bit of sympathy for Cian, then something's wrong with you! A guy with depth, with angles, and so many sides to him that had even the most romantic parts spinning out of expected patterns!
Both he and Moira were the true figures of authority in the Circle - let Hoyt fool himself he was the Alpha male, we all know his twin fit that role much better than him, Gods be damned! They were both mature enough to know they couldn't be together, not only cause of their responsibilities and positions, but also due to their nature. Unlike many heroines of Vampire Romance, Moira didn't fool herself in thinking their love for each other would magically make her immortal or something.
And even when, as any female in love, she thought of shedding her humanity and her place as queen, Cian was sensible enough to refuse to turn her, to tell her right in her face that the fact she was using his feelings for her against him was hurting him, and to remind her that she was more than just a petty woman who would forget her duty to her people to go with him and live in the dark. Pssst, Edward Cullen who? Pay attention, teen vamp lovers, this is how a true man acts. It's cold, it's ruthless, and all in all makes a girl's heart break, but it was the mere truth with facts, and he loved her enough to tell it without batting an eyelash!
Yes, Nora Roberts was awesome enough to understand that no , when a human becomes something else, they don't exactly stay the same. They don't become a sweet pretty thing that just decides to feed on animal blood out of the blue. They become a vicious version of their old self, because vampires are not sweet creatures that eternally love and respect their own prey, the humans. They're killers, and Cian knows that much, and refuses to turn the one person that he saw in light, to something dark. That was how a real knight would act. He was also strong enough to fight his own nature when the Valley of Silence called to his thirst for blood.
He didn't deny it, didn't hide it, and didn't try to sugarcoat things. Instead he went there as much as he could, to learn to fight it and accept it, in order to make sure he wouldn't attack his own comrades. And he wasn't feeding on pigs' blood because of some romanticized thought that humans are his equals or whatever.
No, he knew he was above them in terms of physical and other attributes, but he had to do business with them, so again, he was just serving his own advantage in the industrial and economical world. Moira was a true queen, down to the bone, and never mixed business with pleasure. Her people came first, and it was only because she knew she might have a great chance of dying that she took her love life into her own hands.
She didn't take charge of the throne until she knew she could give her people the queen they deserved, one who could lead them to victory, and she was ready to sacrifice as much of herself as she could to make sure they would follow her because they wanted to, not because they felt obliged to. She didn't mind getting dirty to train with her own soldiers and knights, and she never backed down when it came to something she wanted. She surely was no easy little girl who could be stepped upon, and she made damn certain the others knew that.
It really comes to no surprise she was the one to pursue Cian instead of the other way around, seeing as she has seen and experienced so many things by now, that her own choice in a lover is not to be taken that lightly. And the way she flat out told Cian he loved her just proves how mature she was of mind, that she would know without him telling her, and she didn't need any kind of coaxing or sweet words to understand and feel it.
The Queen of Geall and the Vampire of Morrigan's Circle were a match truly made in heavens - and hell, too. They understood each other without words or actions, and the drama of the knowledge they can't be together only serves to pull at one's heartstrings even more. The love scenes were more than just hot.
It was unbelievably exciting to see big bad Vamp Cian be cornered by the quiet and bookish Queen who was half his size, and how flustered she made him act at times. And while I thought I had seen it all when Moira - a mere virgin! I think I shed a tear or two, as well, because, damn you to all hells, Cian MacCionaoith, you can be heartbreaking even when you're just stating out plain facts! Now, for the life of me, I can't decide whether to feel sorry or happy that Moira was the one to kill Davey in front of Lilith.
Alright, I do feel happy that he was freed, and killed for what he's done to Larkin and Tynan, and blah blah blah. But I also feel sorry for him. I understand Lilith for taking him in as her son. That's sick, man, sick to the core, and for some reason, extremely realistic when you take into account what kind of woman she was. The scene where she was still human and Jarl the demon raped her didn't even serve to make me feel pity for her.
As Moira said, you could see it in her eyes that she was actually enjoying this, so, yeah, bitch was a psycho long before she got twisted due to her change in nature. I loved how the battle didn't take on forever like it does in so many stories. It focused on each of the main villains - Midir, Lora and Lilith - and it was nice to see that each of them got to fight against each of the couples. It was also kind of ironic that Lilith was destined to die either way.see
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Not only if she was to lose the battle, but also if she was to win it. Should all humankind be wiped off in all of the worlds, the vampires would lose their main source of food - and only Cian was smart enough to get used to animal blood, the others would never survive it. So, even if she had won, sooner or later her own actions would catch up with her, and her kind would die of hunger. It fit in a weird way By the way, has anyone noticed that, as Nola had predicted when she was but a child, it was the MacCionaoith blood that ended the main villains?
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And I don't know if it was actually amazing or not, but I liked Moira's war speech, though I can't tell if it was because of the words, or because of the LOTR album I had playing in the background. I was lucky enough to have it so synchronized with my reading, I was moved beyond words and shivering like crazy when it all came to an end!
My favorite scene of all the book was the one where they danced before the battle. Yes, it was fan-fucking-tastic to rub it in Lilith's face that they were having fun even when they had to face death come the next night. And it showed a side of humankind that we rarely see in such books. That we love life with such a fierce sincerity, we face doom and destiny with smiles and laughter. Nora Roberts took what has come to be a common gender in today's literature, and worn-out plot, and completely owned it!
She made a story that we hear and read all the time, and somehow turned it into something new, refreshing, and breathtaking altogether! It is known, of course, how talented she is at drawing landscapes in our minds even now, I can close my eyes and see most of Geall in front of me! But it's rare to see a writer of such a gender to get her hands on something you'd never expect her to, and yet make it even more brilliant than others before her, who have spent years on the task, have ever done!
So, my question remains: So the circle grew stronger, and formed circles out from it as ripples spread in a pool. The valley that had once been silent sang with music of summer breezes through green grass, the lowing of cattle.
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Of pipes and harps and the laughter of children. Geall flourished under the rule of Moira, the warrior queen, and her knight. For them, even in the dark of night, a light shone. And that brings the tale of the sorcerer, the witch, the warrior, the scholar, the shifter of shapes and the vampire to its own circle. Mais do que nunca ela sente isso e quando 4. Moira, com o tempo, tornou-se a sua Luz.
Tenho de confessar que a escritora Nora Roberts conseguiu surpreender-me pela positiva. This book is my favorite and the conclusion are well done.
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The ending kinda easily predicted, but if everybody happy in the end, why readers must complain? The story is about 6 people who must defeat Lilith, the Queen of The Vampire, so she can't reign over mortal and Gods world, with blessing from The Morrigan, one of Celtic goddess. They're Hoyt MacCionaith, the sorcerer from Ireland's 12th century who transfer to the present era, his long dead twin, Cian MacCionaith who now become a vampire, the lost soul.
Then there is Glenna Ward, the witch and Hoyt's lover. Blair Murphy, the demon hunter, a descendant from Hoyt and Cian's sister. And the last 2 people from Geall Kingdom, human last hope to fight against Lilith, Larkin Riddock,the shape shifter and his cousin, Moira, the future Queen of Geall.
Cian who was sired by Lilith herself decide to get rid of the vampire queen for eternity and help Moira defend Geall, then prepare for the last battle. I love this couple, and wow, Cian is hotter that his twin, Hoyt. While Hoyt kinda naive and strict, Cian has a "bad boy" vibe. But, maybe its because his past is so hard and he had lost so many people that he love. The Circle trilogy is an enjoyable read from Nora Robert and show her class. Nora Roberts again using Irish and Celt myth then add vampire on the mix.
Her writing is easily to understand rather than her J. Robb's books, but both have their unique style.
Dec 25, Ella Alden rated it it was amazing Shelves: Omg, I extremely loved this book. I literally couldn't put it down and read it in one day. I have so much to say that I don't know from were to start. Firts of all I loved the way Nora dedicates one book for each couple but how they still grow and get stronger in the next one. Some would say It was predictable, but hell with them. I' m incredibly pleased when I find out that what Ii expecting came true and that my poor heart can rest of the agony of thinking it might be otherwise.
I have to adm Omg, I extremely loved this book. I have to admit that the Lilith's parts were a little dull for me except for the one when Cian gets into her dreams. And really that bitch really drove me crazy with her changes of mood and insanity.
Valley of Silence (Circle Trilogy, #3) by Nora Roberts
The well expected battle happend as anyone would expect it to be. A little of fuss here, some blood there, death and screams everywhere. The ending of it, though, was a surprise with that final spell and with who died and who didn't. I think Cian and Moira were the best part of the book. In the begining of the book I couldn't really see how they would work as Glenna and Hoylt or Blair and Laikin had.
The way they simply were perfect for each other. It seemed like this last two were too different to be together. But as the book went on I started to understand the way they fitted together as well as the others. And I would be lying if I say I didn't envy them for that; for just being meant for another person Well, to sum up ur crazy if you don't like this book after the other two.
From my side, I can say it's one of my favorites and that I'm aeger for reading ot again. Again sorry for grammar, spanglish or misspelling, my writting skills in english are dusty. I can say only that this is my favorite book from the trilogy. It wasn't about Cian Well maybe and because of him.
But this one was filled with tension on every page. Preparing for the battle, everything My favorite part is with the dragons. Nora describe them so good and beautiful that even my breath stopped while I was reading this. This trilogy is amazing, not only because Nora is great author, simply because is so different from her style and in same time she crossed magic, love and ba I can say only that this is my favorite book from the trilogy.
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This trilogy is amazing, not only because Nora is great author, simply because is so different from her style and in same time she crossed magic, love and battles on one really strong and impressive way. She managed to show real vampire nature, craving for death and blood even with Cian, she showed his real face. My admirations for Nora Roberts for creating such a book and is shame pearl like this to be unnoticed and people to going mad after crap like Twilight.
Oh wow, what a phenomenal trilogy and a fabulous finale. It didn't matter that I'd figured some things out, guessing early in the first book, because the overall story still had my heart racing so that I had to remind myself to breathe. I need my own copies of these books, so that I may read them all over again. Originally added January This third book was a great ending for the trilogy. I really enjoyed this read and loved the happy ending. This book was full of all kinds of excitement and trails as the circle of six prepare for the battle on the Valley of Silence. This is a story about the strength found in true male friendships.
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