Valley of Silence

Review by Tracy Elledge
June 26, 2007

The conclusion to Nora Roberts' Circle Trilogy is the most engaging novel of the three. The storylines of the first two are continued so the reader gets to catch up with the first two couples -- Hoyt and Glenna (the sorcerer and the witch), and Blair and Larkin (the warrior and the shape-shifter). It is fitting that the most politically powerful and the most able fighting instructor come together in the last episode. Moira fits in as the scholar of the circle of six, while Cian (though he fought the notion from day one) finds himself in the position of "the one who is lost." Lilith, the vampire queen and general of the vampire army, turned Cian into one of her kind more than 800 years in the past. For some reason, as Cian "aged," he didn't continue with the vampire modus operandi of killing, maiming and feeding.

Moira has joined the battle because vampires murdered her mother in front of her. As the only heir Moira has to prove herself worthy of rule by pulling a sword out of a stone. The sword only moves for the person who is rightfully meant to wield it, and that isn't always the heir to the throne. She succeeds, however, and charges her people with training and fortifying in order to fight off the vampire threat. Cian has been annoyed by Moira's distant tendencies (toward him) ever since the day he discovered her delight at his vast library in Ireland. Although she was warm and open with the other members of the circle, she had always treated him like less than a man (which, he supposed he was, in her eyes). He doesn't know that she is afraid of her feelings for him, not the fact that he's a vampire.

In an obvious twist the couple comes together, knowing that as soon as the war is won or lost Cian has to return to New York as a vampire, and Moira has to stay and rule as a mortal. The reader will root for this "unlikely" duo and won't be surprised (but will still enjoy) the happy ever after.

Possibly the strongest of the three-certainly the most thrilling, most steamy.

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From the Library

As the 20th century evolved, rational man turned to science to explain mythology that had pervaded for thousands of years. How could a man be mistaken for a vampire? How could someone appear to have been the victim of a vampire attack? Science, in time, came back with answers that may surprise you.Anemia
A million fancies strike you when you hear the name: Nosferatu!N O S F E R A T Udoes not die!What do you expect of the first showing of this great work?Aren't you afraid? - Men must die. But legend has it that a vampire, Nosferatu, 'der Untote' (the Undead), lives on men's blood! You want to see a symphony of horror? You may expect more. Be careful. Nosferatu is not just fun, not something to be taken lightly. Once more: beware.- Publicity for Nosferatu in the German magazine Buhne und Film, 1922  

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