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Dance of the Gods (Circle Trilogy #2)

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With one vampire determined to rule the earth, the Circle of Six prepares to battle for their lives—and their hearts...

Blair Murphy has always worked alone. Destined to be a demon hunter in a world that doesn't believe in such things, she lives for the kill. But now, she finds herself the warrior in a circle of six, chosen by the goddess Morrigan to defeat the vampire Lili
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Mass Market Paperback, 316 pages
Published October 3rd 2006 by Jove (first published January 1st 2006)
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Jen
I always end this book with tears in my eyes. And it drives me crazy that, no matter how many times I've reread or will reread this book, I can never remember who the "old man" is. At the same time, though, I just know it's going to end up being Hoyt, Larkin, or, somehow/someway, Cian. It's a good thing I always have book three to read when I read this trilogy. Otherwise, I'd probably be driving myself crazy (crazier? lol) trying to remember. ;-)

Anyway, moving on. . . I LOVE that Geall, where ou
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Sofia Teixeira
Aug 25, 2012 Sofia Teixeira rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Após um início de trilogia promissor em A Cruz de Morrighan, Nora Roberts traz agora até nós a sua fantástica continuação. Se o primeiro livro tinha servido mais como introdução às personagens e aos mundos em questão, O Baile dos Deuses prepara-nos para o derradeiro confronto final.

É essencial que o círculo se prepare para a grande batalha. É preciso treinar, traçar estratégias e fortalecer todo o conhecimento que adquiriram até então. O inimigo está sempre à espreita e eles não podem ser apanha
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Anita
Oct 15, 2015 Anita rated it liked it
I am just not feeling this whole trilogy. Book One was a big disappointment and Book Two isn't much better. The whole vampire vs. human war is tough for me. I am not a paranormal fan in any way. Okay, I do enjoy a good time travel tale and maybe a ghost story here and there, but witches and vampires and shape shifters, no thanks.

The goddess Morrigan has summoned 5 humans and one vampire to save the "worlds" from the evil vampire, Lilith. Last book they gathered and skirmished with Lilith's vampi
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Delora
May 04, 2014 Delora rated it really liked it
Possible Spoilers
Book 2 in the Circle Trilogy by Nora Roberts.

Still narrated by an older gentleman who is sitting around a camp fire with a bunch of kids and knowing that there are some steamy sex scenes, is wrong on so many levels!! but the story continues..
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The story is basically detailing more information and giving more insight into the life of Blair Murphy, who is the warrior in a circle of six, chosen by the goddess Morrigan to defeat the vampire Lilith and her minions.
She has a hard time
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Tati
Sep 23, 2014 Tati rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy

This book picks up where the first one ended: on the day after the night battle against the vampires. The circle decides to counter-attack in style, going to the mouth of the caves where Lilith is hiding. They succeed, albeit barely, and go back home. They settle back into their training routine until the time comes for them to go to Geall, where the final showdown will take place.

However, once there, they have trouble to convince the local populace that vampires are real and are coming for them
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Sara ♥
Jun 05, 2014 Sara ♥ rated it really liked it
September 13-17, 2012

Love love love Blair and Larkin!! :) So great together!! I can't read Book 1 without continuing to Book 2! Book 3.... I can skip to the ending. :) Blair ROCKS. She's powerful, but with serious vulnerabilities. and Larkin.... Oooooohhhh.... LOVE. He's sooooo great and SO great for HER, which, though they're fictional, is the most important thing! :)

August 9, 2009

Ah, Blair and Larkin... What fun!

This book is pretty fabulous! Blair has some serious issues (thanks to her terribl
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Thenia
The story continues and this time our focus is on Blair, the warrior, and Larkin, the shapeshifter.

While the two are likeable characters that make a nice couple, despite being from different worlds, I was once again less than invested in their romance. I did like that they get to have their happy-for-now (as the story hasn't ended yet and they'll have to wait for ever-after), but the book left me wanting more, as I was more interested in the remaining couple and the story itself is still far fro
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Holly
Gah, I do adore this book as well as the first, but I always find myself rushing through it and thinking of what's to come. Because by the time I get into this one, all I want is to be reading Valley of Silence and being with my otp again. Moira and Cian are my forever faves, and I find myself remembering little moments between them and getting too impatient to GET to those moments. But I do love this one, even though it's not my favorite. I would say it might even be the weakest of the series? ...more
Kara Jorges
Dec 19, 2012 Kara Jorges rated it really liked it
The second installment of the Circle trilogy is written as more of a traditional romance than the first, but sill contains plenty of magic and vampire dusting. The Six: Hoyt, the sorcerer; Glenna, the witch; Larkin, the shape-shifter; Blair, the demon hunter; Cian, the vampire; and Moira, the scholar, travel through the Dance of the Gods, after a heavy vampire attack, to the land of Geall, where Moira and Larkin came from. The impure were barred from the dance and Cian almost doesn’t get in, but ...more
Juana "Darkness" Duran
In Ireland the group of six; Glenna, Hoyt, Cain,Larkin, Miora, and Blair get ready to travel. But first they all have to get a plan that will make Lilith the vampire queen mad. They accomplish it when they go into her lair and release some of her prisoners and kill some of her prized fighters. Blair and her fellow fighters go back to the house, where she is confronted with a past love. Jeremy is used against Blair and for leaving her he pays dearly with his life, and that Blair is destroyed. Lar ...more
Jazzypom
Aug 06, 2008 Jazzypom rated it liked it
This book underscores the point that pretty spun sugar writings aren't enough to save a story.

Anyway, this buffy the slayer wanna be is introduced at the end of book one, when Cian's right hand gets killed. When I read that, I was like, "Hmmm, the first one to get killed from this happy band of brothers had to be a brother. Figures."

So Blair comes from a tribe of vampire hunters, her duty is holy, and descendants are trained, from father to son - but Blair breaks this rule by the fact that she
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Ronda  Tutt
Mar 23, 2010 Ronda Tutt rated it really liked it
Now this was a great book - I love stories that have dragons apart of the story.

The romance between Larkin and Blair is awsome. Now that the circle of 6 has come through the Dance of Gods, they are in Geall where the battle will be fought in the valley of silence. The group - Blair, Larkin, Moria, Cian, Hoyt, and Glenna start training the army for the battle that will come on Samhain (Holloween) in the Valley of Silence.

I think the best part of this book that I love the most is the fact the Lark
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Lizabeth Tucker
Feb 25, 2013 Lizabeth Tucker rated it really liked it
Book Two of the Circle Trilogy. The preparation for the final fight against Lilith, Queen of the Vampyres, and her army of undead continues. The story now focuses on Larkin Riddock and Blair Murphy, the shapeshifter and the demon hunter.

Used to never being truly loved by the men in her life, Blair didn't believe she could have any type of future with Larkin. But she was willing to take enjoyment in the moment as she prepared for the upcoming apocalypse.

As the time grows closer to Samhain, the ci
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Tempo de Ler
Depois de Glenna e Hoyt, bruxa e feiticeiro, terem impulsionado o início de uma batalha épica entre o Bem e o Mal, neste segundo livro da Trilogia do Círculo continuamos a acompanhar o recém-formado grupo de guerreiros nos seus esforços para derrotarem a verdadeira personificação do mal: a terrível vampira Lilith e o seu exército de sugadores de sangue.

Blair, caçadora de vampiros por herança, teve que lidar desde muito cedo com a rejeição - A mãe abandonou-a e o próprio pai não tinha nada mais a
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Carol Storm
Sep 16, 2013 Carol Storm rated it really liked it
I really loved this second book in the CIRCLE OF SIX Trilogy by Nora Roberts. The main romance is between Blair the vampire slayer from our world and Larkin the noble lord from Geall. But there's some very steamy foreshadowing of a romance between good queen Moira and the vampire Cian as well!

Since this book really belongs to Blair and Larkin, I want to comment on something no other reviewer has really discussed. That's the obvious way in which these characters are inspired by people on the lege
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Ruby
I have been a Nora Roberts fan for quite some time now, but I must say I find this series to be disappointing. I haven't read the last book in the series yet, but I feel as if these first two books are just dragging their literary feet in order to fill up 600 pages before the big battle at Samhain, or whatever. It's dull to read 600 pages in which nothing really exciting happens. Yes, there's a skirmish here and there, but there's nothing exciting to keep me going because, well, we all know Robe ...more
Kathrynn
Aug 04, 2008 Kathrynn rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Time-Travel Romance
Book #2 in the Circle Trilogy and this series should be read in order because each of the six "warriors" are the main characters in a book and their characters, relationships and events leading to the final showdown develop throughout the series.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The dialogue had me laughing out loud many times. Both Glenna (witch from book #1) and Blair--two modern women--mixed their personalities with the past. Refreshing.

Blair was the "demon hunter" and I enjoyed her feisty, ta
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Bridget
Feb 18, 2011 Bridget rated it liked it
I am not going to review every Nora Roberts book that I have read in the past because she is quite prolific and it would get redundant and I honestly cannot remember all the plots. I think someone finds someone else attractive but at least one cannot admit it so there is sexual tension, then lots of sex, and then they live happily ever after? Sometimes there is some magic , a family legacy, or a mystery. Certainly not great works of literature (however still 100% better than “the grapes of wrath ...more
Kelly
Jan 21, 2009 Kelly rated it liked it
Nora Roberts is one of the only "romance novelists" that I can read, and this book is a classic example of why she has transcended that genre for me. In the first place, she limits the heavy sex scenes to approximately one a book - keeping the story interruptions to a minimum. For another, she weaves a beautiful plot in and around the romantic aspects of the story so that you really do feel like you are reading a beautifully written fantasy novel that just happens to have a sex scene or two in i ...more
Patríciaacc
Este volume em comparação ao primeiro melhorou um pouco sendo este um 3,5 , Depois da Nora nos ter apresentando o pequeno circulo no livro anterior , neste temos a conexão entre todos os membros mais intensificada mais explorada, e descobrimos mais acerca de Lilith e dos Vampiros que estão com ela. Os Protagonistas neste livro foram a Blair e o Larkin eu gostei bastante deles , mas faltou qualquer coisa no romance deles ,para me fazer ficar encantada , o romance neste livro foi algo bem subtil e ...more
Susana
1,5 stars

I'm a huge Nora Roberts fan. I love to read her romance/thriller novels as well as her "in death" series.

But although i had some great expectations regarding this trilogy, so far things are not working out. The story and the elements involved in it, unfortunately just felt too cliché, and i ended up bored senseless with it. Even more so that on the first book. Although i do prefer Blair and Larkin as a couple, than i do Glenna and Hoyt.

The only reason i didn't give up on this, was beca
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Katrina
Jan 26, 2016 Katrina rated it it was amazing
Blair Murphy has always worked alone. Destined to be a demon hunter in a world that doesn't believe in such things, she lives for the kill. But now, she finds herself the warrior in a circle of six, chosen by the goddess Morrigan to defeat the vampire Lilith and her minions.

Learning to trust the others has been hard, for Blair has never allowed herself such a luxury. But she finds herself drawn to Larkin, a man of many shapes. As a horse, he is proud and graceful; as a dragon, beautifully fierce
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Aparna
Jan 08, 2015 Aparna added it
In Book 2 of The Circle Trilogy, the Six who form the Circle move thru the second month of their preparation of war, The Time of Learning. The Gods have charged the six to fight the army of vampires led by 2000 year old vampire queen Lilith. They have completed the first month, The Time of Gathering, in understanding each other and forming a unit. Now they should learn to face what they fight and also hone their skills in their defense, form an army and march towards the Valley in Geall where th ...more
Kimz Zahour
Nov 14, 2007 Kimz Zahour rated it really liked it
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I'll try to be vague, but... possible SPOILERS!
I enjoyed this book even better than the first and I can't wait to demolish the last book in this trilogy. It's like candy!
While reading the part where our Warrior Blair is alone in the forest with her thoughts near the gypsy’s wagon, it suddenly dawned on me who the storyteller might be. I'll email you my guess if you like. ;) But please don't confirm or deny... or tell me who it is. :P

Leigha
Jul 15, 2016 Leigha rated it really liked it
The circle of six move from Ireland to Geall as they maneuver closer to their final show down with Lilith. Let's review!

This installment focused on the love developing between Larkin and Blair. While it did improve upon the love story of the last book, it still suffered from pacing issues. Blair shows up toward the last 10% of Morrigan's Cross, meaning they have not know each other that long. Each book is roughly one month of time. So they have essentially know each other 5 or 6 weeks before the
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Dana
Nov 20, 2008 Dana rated it it was ok
It's an okay book. I'm having trouble really getting into this series. The characters just seem very one dimensional and there is no flow overall from book to book with the personal lives of the characters. I'd like to see more growth as opposed to a switch in focus from book to book.
Sandy Lender
Apr 23, 2009 Sandy Lender rated it it was ok
Nora threw everything including the kitchen sink in here. I didn't like the main character or the obnoxious guy who she was supposed to fall in love with. Now, I DID like the vampire and the growing tension between him and the princess from another dimension/reality. Very nice.
Barbara M
It's been a while since I read the first in this trilogy so it took me a bit to catch up. I'm enjoying the series but not quite as much as some of the others of hers that I've read. That said, I have ordered the third from the library so I can read it right after this one. You really have to because none of the books in this series can stand alone. It has a bit more magic, etc than I'm really into. The mix of the magic and shape-changing with the modern world puts me off just a little. Although ...more
Ben Krombholz
Mar 22, 2014 Ben Krombholz rated it it was ok
Two books into this trilogy... still not convinced this faux Scooby Gang would be able to save the world (if they weren't so obviously destined to do so). But to be fair, I'm not convinced Lilith has the resources to conquer the world(s) either. (I mean, she's being challenged by a nigh-medieval army wielding swords, bows and stakes; last I checked, "conquering the world" involves taking on those with guns, missiles and tanks.) Yeah, yeah... "suspension of disbelief" and all that... but for all ...more
Latharia
Dec 30, 2007 Latharia rated it really liked it
A fun continuation of Morrigan's Cross, this book has a fun balance of romance, fantasy, and drama. I find the characters inviting, and I'm rooting for Cian, all the way!
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“No point in wishing for what you can't have. - Blair

What's the point in wishing for what you can and do? - Larken”
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