23 March 2007

Book Banter -- Morrigan's Cross

Title: Morrigan's Cross
Author: Nora Roberts
Length: ~ 330 pages
Genre: paranormal romance
Plot Basics: Hoyt, an Irish sorcerer, is chosen by the goddess Morrigan to lead a circle of six people to fight against the vampire queen Lilith. Along the way, he's transported into modern times, where he's reunited with his now-vampire twin brother Cian and Glenna, a witch, who in addition to helping the group unify, captures Hoyt's heart.
Banter Points: Easy, fairly mindless reading with a blend between action sequences and the romance between Hoyt and Glenna.
Bummer Points: This book seemed choppy and in Word Nerd's opinion, had POV problems. There were sections of dialogue that were untagged that with six characters, Word Nerd had trouble following who was talking. Chapters jumped between limited third person POV, making the narrative feel disconnected because it was harder to follow an arc with one perspective. Also, though the characters are supposed to be involved in a battle that could save the world, Word Nerd never felt like anyone was ever in danger or that there's a risk that the group won't or can't succeed.

Word Nerd recommendation: This is the first book in a trilogy and Word Nerd's going to have to be hard up for entertainment to pick up the next two books in the series.

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