Book Review - Pagan Stone

Pagan Stone


Nora Roberts

Pagan Stone is the third and final book in the Sign of Seven Trilogy, a paranormal romance by Nora Roberts.

Book synopsis insert: "Years ago, after their blood brother ritual, Gage, Fox and Caleb emerged from the woods, each with a piece of bloodstone. Now, it will become their weapon in the final flight against the demon they awakened. Winner take all. Shared nightmares, visions of blood and fire, and random violence plague the longtime friends and Quinn, Layla, and Cybil, the women bound to them by Fate. None of them can ignore the fact that, this year, the demon has grown stronger--feeding off the terror it creates. But now the three pieces of the bloodstone have been fused back together. If only they could figure out how to use it. A gambling man like Gage has no trouble betting on his crew to find a way. And though he and Cybil share the gift of seeing the future, that's all they have in common. Were they to take their flirtation to the next level, it would be on their own terms, not because Fate decreed it. But Gage knows that a woman like Cybil--with her brains and strength and devastating beauty--can only bring him luck. Whether it's good or bad has yet to be determined--and could mean the difference between absolute destruction or an end to the nightmare in Hawkins Hollow."

Gage, Caleb and Fox are best friends and were born the same day and year and time. Gage would do anything for his two friends. They camped out on their 10th birthday at the Pagan stone in Hawkins Wood. They decided to become Blood brothers and the minute they mixed their blood, all hell broke lose. A black shadow rose out of the ground along with a blinding white light. But when the fury was over, all three of the boys discovered they no longer carried any scares from previous injuries and they each carried a piece of a bloodstone. They found that they healed spontaneously from any injury sustained after that. But every seven years for seven days after their tenth birthday, violence and madness descended on Hawkins Hollow. The men are determined to find an answer to stop the demon and stop the madness that no one in town seems to remember.

The story follows the third couple in the series - Gage Turner and Cybil Kinski. Gage is a gambler and likes to move around from game to game, returning to Hawkins Hollow only when necessary, every seven years. Cybil is Quinn's best friend and likes to travel as well. She doesn't like to stay in one place too long. She came to town to help Quinn. Both she and Gage fight any attraction they have because they both don't want to be controlled by anyone or anything. The three couples work together to discover a way to destroy the demon and free Hawkins Hollow from the curse.

'Pagan stone' was an enjoyable read for me and highly recommended.
It is every bit as good as the first two books - 'Blood Brothers' and 'The Hollows.' It isn't a stand alone book and you will have to read the other two books first in order to follow the story line.

Jove Publishing
336 pages

Available everywhere including Turn the Page Bookstore Cafe owned and run by Bruce Wilder, Nora Roberts husband. You can have every Nora Roberts book you order from them autographed by Nora.

Pagan Stone is my final book in The Fall Reading Challenge hosted by Callapidder Day's. I'll be posting a wrap up about the challenge soon. On December 22nd, Katrina will be putting up Mr. Linky so everyone who participated can link to their final challenge posts. Check out what the other participants have been reading and how they did in the challenge.

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