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Morrigan's Cross (Circle Trilogy #1)

4.14  ·  Rating Details ·  43,853 Ratings  ·  1,123 Reviews
Standing on the cliffs of 12th century Ireland following the disappearance of his twin, Hoyt Mac Cionaoith is visited by the goddess Morrigan and is charged with the ultimate of tasks - saving his and all future worlds.
Mass Market Paperback, 326 pages
Published September 30th 2006 by Piatkus (first published January 1st 2006)
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May 03, 2013 Amanda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Take one dead sexy vampire
+ one dead sexy sorcerer
+ one dead sexy witch
+ one dead sexy queen
+ one dead sexy shapeshifter
+ one dead sexy vampire slayer
= one hot mess

This is just . . . well, indescribable. I found this book on my bookshelf the other day and couldn't believe that I had ever purchased a Nora Roberts book. A quick look at the back cover held part of the explanation: "A battle is brewing between the forces of good and evil--a war will be fought across the planes of time--as Lili
Apr 19, 2008 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my Gosh!!! One of the best series I've ever read. Love love LOVE these books!! My husband was in Iraq when I started this book, and I told him, "honey, I read this book and I know you'll love it. It's got vampires and witches and princesses and war and sex and everything else you can imagine. The only problem is it says NORA ROBERTS really big on the front and I know you're out there with a bunch of tough soldiers, and you might not want them to know you're reading romance novels." He told me ...more
Kat  Hooper
Mar 31, 2009 Kat Hooper rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

Toss in a dozen fantasy clichés and stir for 352 pages

Nora Roberts (aka J.D. Robb), as you probably know, is a prolific award-winning (and best-selling) author of romance novels. Not being a romance novel reader, I had never before read any of her work. But, when I found that I could read her fantasy trilogy (The Circle) on audiobook, I decided to give it a try.

First, let me say that authors don't get to be award-winning best-sellers for writing poorly, s
Jun 25, 2008 Kathrynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Time Travel Fans
I thought this story was exceptionally well written. There was a lot of humor with both the character's dialogue and expressions. The book was similar to a roller coaster ride for me with extreme ups and downs. There was love, deep sadness, humor, time-travel, bloody fighting with vampires, magic, shape-shifting, suspense and few neat surprises. I like that. I thoroughly enjoyed this book!

The rest of the trilogy was set up in this book and I can't wait to read them.
Crystal~BIG book addict~
3.5 Stars

They are the sorcerer, the witch, the warrior, the scholar, the one of many forms and the one you've lost.

In this first book of the Circle Trilogy, we meet the six who have been chosen to lead the war against Lilith, the queen of vampyres, and her army. Hoyt, the sorcerer and Glenna, the witch, find love in all of the chaos of training and fighting.

This was a great start to this trilogy. The only problem I had with it was I just didn't feel the strong love connection between Hoyt and Gl
Oct 16, 2012 Talya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this trilogy!

Then again, I really like Vampire lore.
Cian was my favorite guy, he was the most complex, wonderfully drawn character of the bunch. He and Moira made a wonderful pairing, my heartstrings tugged at the moments where they knew they deeply loved each other, but knew they couldn't have a life together with him as a vampire who will live forever and her as queen of an ancient world. My favorite lady was Blair, she and Larkin made a very close second in the couples/ro
Feb 05, 2009 Jamieson rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There is an evil that hunts during the night. An evil so terrible that it would feast upon the flesh of humans. There are stories of these beasts, these demons; they are called the Vampyre. Hungry for flesh and the blood in our veins. Lilith, the darkest vampyre of them all, is preparing for war. And she’s very hungry.

Having lost his brother Cian to Lilith’s kiss, Hoyt Mac Cionaoith is charged by the Goddess Morrigan to gather his own forces. He must gather five others: The witch, the warrior, t
Jim son of Jim (formerly PhotoJim)
There was a time where I went through fantasy books like nothing. Group gathers together to tap formerly unknown powers to fight an ancient evil and save the homeland. I've read the same story hundreds of times. Different authors and different twists, but the same story none the less. After a decade or so I grew bored with that story. So what about Nora Roberts take on that story? I liked it.

Morrigan's Cross is the first book of the Circle Trilogy. Don't pick up this book and expect there to be
Sofia Teixeira
May 19, 2012 Sofia Teixeira rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 -> A Cruz de Morrigan inicia uma trilogia de estilo bastante diferente do que é habitual da autora Nora Roberts. Estamos habituados a associar esta escritora a uma registo romântico com alguma intriga e mistério, mas nesta obra descobrimos outra faceta sua. Mitologia, esoterismo e uma boa dose de coragem e fé, para não falar no amor, são os ingredientes chave nesta viagem pela Irlanda, na luta do bem contra o mal.

Os humanos estão em perigo e nem os deuses ficam indiferentes. Lilith, a vam
Jan 21, 2008 Becky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really fast paced read about Vampires! It's more of a story about a group of six beings than a romance. Although they do touch on it. This is the first book of the circle trilogy. Basic gist of the firzt book is that there is going to be a war between a newly forming circle of six and a Vampire army. The group strugglesa to prepare. Each one is brought to the group at the charge of the goddess Morrigan. They all have their own skills. There is a sorceror, a witch, a scholar, a shapeshifter, a ...more
N.T. Embe
Jun 12, 2016 N.T. Embe rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like shallow romance written decently.
Recommended to N.T. by: My aunt! She was getting rid of books and literally just handed this off to me!
This book is filled with half-and-half emotions for me.

The Writing
The writing is smooth and easy. You don't have anything to really hinge on, and nothing to catch you up. But at the same time, the author has a bad habit of giving away how much she bullshits the storyline and details of interest. Her knowledge about medieval anything is more than flawed. It's blunt and clumsy--making the first couple of chapters in the book a sore trial as you bumble through since she does such a poor job of it
May 03, 2014 Delora rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok so I have to admit to being pleasantly
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What I thought was going to end up being a boring audio book turned out to be an enlightening twist on magic that combined vampires, gods and goddesses, shapeshifters and a princess (sounds like the beginning of a bad joke) with an old world charm! I mean what more could a supernatural junkie like myself ask for?
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Ok!! Well there is that! Where was I? Oh yeah...
Even though the romance I felt was rushed between Glenna (witch) and Hoyt(sorcerer who has time
Dec 07, 2008 Lela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first time reading Nora Roberts and I have to say I love her writing. Bit smutty sometimes but I love it nonetheless. Cian may be bossy with that whole I-don't-want-you-around-so-I'm-just-doing-this-to-get-rid-of-you-again sort of attitude but I love him! Hoyt is great. But his lack of knowledge of modern life is annoying at times. But he has a good excuse for it so I can let him off. Glenna seems to be the almost motherly figure. She takes care of everything and doesn't take any ...more
Loraine Alcorn
Jul 19, 2010 Loraine Alcorn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really cant say enough about Morrigans Cross or the whole circle trilogy . I have read this trilogy 4 times , its really a great Trilogy and with the way its written you feel like you are living the story . This set has everything you could want, brooding vampires, sexy vampire hunters , werewolves,sorcerers, dragons and romance .
Morrigans Cross starts out in 1128 and continues through to present day with the help of the time traveling circle . So much goes on in these books I cant go into to
Hey Vampire fans, here's another series you might be interested in. I just finished all three books and wow, I'm still dreaming about it!

Of course, Nora Roberts is known for her romance novels so with three men and three woman and three books, I hope you can see where this is going. But Roberts is also known for her many S-E-X scenes so stay away all you PG-13 viewers, or you could just skip over them, it is a book after all.

I really enjoyed this series and I thought that each book was better th
☼♎ Carmen the Bootyshaker Temptress ☼♎
As a big fan of Nora Roberts, this was a great start to a trilogy and can't wait to see what is going to happen next in this battle to save humanity. There's also the battle between twin brothers and the evil that has separated them. So much to get through and I can't wait what these characters both ladies and gentlemen that have a battle on their hands. Will Hoyt's powers from the goddess be able to defeat Lilith, with the help of the others; his vampire twin, the witch, warrior, and others ...more
Dec 16, 2015 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
first read 10-12-10
re-read 12-14-15
Lydia Perversius
May 03, 2013 Lydia Perversius rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: circle
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
May 11, 2011 Kogiopsis rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
This book is so mind-numbingly dull that I can't even bring myself to conjure up hatred for it. It's just a very flat sort of horrible.

I didn't expect much of it, I admit. Having read, before this, three Nora Roberts books, I can't say I really like her as a writer - she's entertaining, sometimes, and not as bad as It hought, but she'll never be one of my favorites.
You would think, however, that no one could spoil a time-travelling great big war plot.
You would be very, very wrong.

Okay, the plot
I really enjoy this story. I love Hoyt, and Glenna is a good match for him. I love the others of the six, too. I was sad when (view spoiler). But that's not when I cried. Though it's wrong to say I cried; it's more that I had tears pooling in my eyes in certain scenes.

What scenes were those, you ask? Well, there was the one fairly early in the story, when Hoyt was still in his own time. I felt a little teary wh
Terri Wino
Well the description of this one was a little better than the execution. The characters were pretty cliché, but I could overlook that if more would have happened in the story. Just seemed like the bulk of the book was split between arguing with each other and training for the impending battle.
I read a fair amount of fantasy, but this was like "fantasy lite," meaning more like a romance novel with fantasy elements.
I did like it well enough to continue with the trilogy and find out what happens to
Alex is The Romance Fox

SYNOPSIS: In the last days of high summer, with lightning striking blue in a black sky, the sorcerer stood on a high cliff overlooking the raging sea…
Belting out his grief into the storm, Hoyt Mac Cionaoith rails against the evil that has torn his twin brother from their family’s embrace. Her name is Lilith. Existing for thousands of years, she has lured countless men to an immortal doom with her soul-stealing kiss. But now, this woman known as vampire will stop at nothing until she rules this
Sep 27, 2016 Kaitlin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an enjoyable read! The beginning was a little rocky, but as each member of the circle made their way into the story, I liked the book more and more. They were easy to connect with. I'm excited to find out where the story continues in the second book!
Sara Gonçalves
Já há algum tempo que um livro de Nora Roberts não me saia tão bem. E como eu já andava a suspirar por uma trilogia da escritora, foi juntar a fome com a vontade de comer.
Acabei a leitura deste livro deliciada com a história que Nora Roberts imaginou. É um excelente inicio de trilogia que me faz suspirar pelos livros seguintes.
É uma história que fala de família, mundos e tempos diferentes, muito romance, uma guerra contra o mal, um apocalipse. Adorei, adorei, adorei! Já tinha saudades dos livros
Nov 09, 2010 Fatuma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, fantasy
I really love this novel and the the rest of the novels in the trilogy.

Review ex-posted on my blog:

The Circle Trilogy which consists of Morrigan's Cross, Dance of the Gods, and Valley of Silence is one of the best love stories of all time, in my opinion ( until I read something better that it =D) Nora Roberts's genius is clearly shown as she entertwines romance with fantasy, death and loss.

There is a powerful vampire by the name of Lilith whose only goal is to end humanity by Samhain Day (Hallo
Carla D.
Opinião completa no blog Pepita Mágica:

Quem me conhece sabe que adoro Nora Roberts. É certo que ela faz uma coisa que eu não gosto muito – ela tem um esqueleto que usa como base para praticamente todos os livros que escreve –, mas funciona e eu gosto dos livros dela.

A Cruz de Morrigan apesar de ter esse tal esqueleto é um pouco diferente do costume. Primeiro é fantasia e, julgo eu, apenas tinha lido a Trilogia das Irmãs num formato “não real”, mas mesmo
May 01, 2009 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Step 1...In a small bowl mix oh so gently a tad of sorcery with a dab of shapeshifter...Step 2...Fluff lightly with a glamorous red headed witch...Step 3... After well blended and fluffed, sprinkle with a Vampire, a beautiful Queen and a dark warrior...Step 4...Dive into a dish out of this world (and this time) that's full of Alpha males of all varieties, hot headed but brilliant and beautiful women and the classic action and suspense that you've come to love and expect from one the best authors ...more
Rachel C.
Bit of a mishmash - one part Buffy, one part sappy romance, with an overpowering motif of Irish folklore and mythology.

The trilogy follows six characters as they train for battle with an Elvira-type vampire named Lilith. Unfortunately, this first book features neither of the two most interesting characters. I'll probably finish the series out, but my expectations for the next two are pretty low.

Sigh. I miss the quality of this author's earlier work.
This was OK. There was a smorgasbord of characters in this, felt a bit overdone. Witch, wizard, warrior, vampires, shifters, Goddesses; and of course, they all time-travel. Not horrible but definitely not the best of Nora Roberts. I might continue the series but I'm in no rush.
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Circle Trilogy (3 books)
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  • Valley of Silence (Circle Trilogy, #3)

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