Sunday, December 03, 2006

ahh, Nora

Title: Morrigan's Cross
Author: Nora Roberts

The first in a trilogy (shocker).

Sometime I really click with Nora's writing. This time...

Hoyt's a sorcerer in 12th century Ireland. His twin brother, Cian, was just turned into a vampire. The goddess Morrigan talks to Hoyt and transports him into the future to lead the battle agains Lilith the vampire queen. Next thing he knows, he's in Cian's club in present-day Manhattan (Cian didn't time-travel - vampires are immortal, so he lived through the intervening hundreds of years, and amassed quite a fortune).

Glenna is a modern-day witch, drawn to Hoyt through her dreams, so she tracks him down in the club and joins the battle. Cian takes them to his castle in Ireland (coincidentally, the family's ancestral home, which he bought again in the 1600's or so). There, they're joined by Moira, a fairy queen, and Larkin, her cousin, who can shape-shift into various animals, as additional members of the vampire-fighting team. Cian is mostly on their side - he survives by drinking animal blood, and hasn't had human in 700 years or something.

Hoyt, Moira, and Larkin have issues dealing with modernization. That doesn't stop Hoyt and Glenna from falling in love, even though he's hopelessly old-fashioned and chauvinistic. Blah, blah, they battle Lillith and her minions, it's pretty much a draw, and then the story ends. To be continued in book 2.

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posted by ket at 12:26 PM


Blogger Elizabeth said...

So, you're saying that you didn't "click" with it? A shame, because this might be the type of romance novel I could get into! Sexy Irish vampires, witches, fairies, and one blood-sucking succubus from Hebrew mythology. According to Wikipedia, the mythological Lilith actually is associated with vampires in some translations of the Hebrew Bible. Apparantly, some legendary Roman owl she's associated with was supposed to drink human blood.

Anyway, I'm rooting for Lilith!

*feeling nostalgic for the old Latin Club days*

12/03/2006 7:13 PM  
Blogger reyn said...

I can never root for a succubus. The succubi MUST be stopped.

12/04/2006 11:43 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

reyn - you sound like you have an irrational hatred of succubi, and perhaps even all monsters. Don't you think that's a little...racist?

[Only ket can appreciate the true beauty of this comment...]

12/05/2006 12:03 AM  
Blogger reyn said...

I'll have you know that I'm a card-carrying member of the Things That Go Bump In The Night Society--my hatred of succubi is both focused and intensely personal. The other monsters are fine. If you and ket go around on weekends staking vampires, that's your own business.

12/05/2006 7:34 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

ket and I don't go around "staking" vampires...we embrace our mortally-challenged friends!

12/06/2006 7:12 AM  
Blogger reyn said...

there was a vampire on our fencing team. I was almost pitted against him and two other foilists in a cage match, but then they decided it wouldn't be fair to those three.

12/06/2006 8:13 AM  

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