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The Hollow

(Sign of Seven #2)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  29,683 ratings  ·  1,083 reviews
For Fox, Caleb, Gage, and the other residents of Hawkins Hollow, the number seven portends doom - ever since, as boys, they freed a demon trapped for centuries when their blood spilled upon the Pagan Stone.

Their innocent bonding ritual led to seven days of madness, every seven years. And now, as the dreaded seventh month looms before them, the men can feel the storm brewin
Mass Market Paperback, 318 pages
Published May 6th 2008 by Jove Books
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Aug 02, 2009 rated it liked it
As the second book in the Sign of Seven trilogy, The Hollow continues the battle against the Big Evil that started in Blood Brothers. It helps to read the 1st book before jumping into this one, but you don't really have to because NR does a good job recapping the previous events - and she does it without making it sound like info dumping.

I'm not going to write a plot summary here because, quite frankly, the basic storyline of this book is similar to Blood Brothers's and I've already written a fu
The story continues, this time focusing on Fox O'Dell and Layla Darnell.

A bit of background
If you recall from Blood Brothers, Fox and his two friends, Cal and Gage, unwittingly unleashed a demon when they were 10-years old by sharing and spilling their blood near the Pagan Stone on their shared birthday. Every seven years the demon resurfaces, wreaking havoc in the town and causing death and destruction. They've determined that Fox, Cal and Gage are all descendants of a wizard who contained th
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At the end of day, I feel as if I have been on a circular path and I keep reading the same thing spun slightly different over and over again. I think this is why I stopped reading her trilogies. The characters start blending one over the other and it starts to be hard to differentiate between them. Sometimes I would forget who was set to be paired with whom. Did it really matter?

I don't think there are three stories here. If it was only one book, it would have been so much better as all the repe
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I thought that this book was good
Apr 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommended to jenjn79 by: favorite author, continuation of a series
Second book in the Sign of Seven trilogy by Nora Roberts. While I still enjoyed this book, I didn't like it as much as the first book. I'd give it a 4, maybe 4.5, stars.

The Hollow continues the tale about six people: Cal, Fox, Gage, Quinn, Layla and Cybil, trying to find a way to beat a centuries old evil that terrorizes the town of Hawkins Hollow for seven days every seven years. The group now knows that this is the time, this is the Seven, that they can beat back the evil. But they must work t
Jennifer Wardrip
May 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I should probably feel bad that I ignored my husband and children for seven straight hours while I read THE HOLLOW, the second book in Nora Roberts' THE SIGN OF SEVEN trilogy.

I don't.

Seriously, once you start in on this story, featuring Fox O'Dell and Layla Darnell, which is even better than the first book, you won't be able to stop reading. Of course, I'll no doubt say that the third book in the series, which doesn't come out until December (the horror!!), is even better than this one, but I'll
Jan 08, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
I feel bad giving this second book in the Sign of Seven Trilogy such a low rating especially since I gave the first one 4 stars. My actual rating is 2-1/2 stars. I was pretty disappointed in this one from the start. It lacked the supernatural elements that made the first one exciting. This book mainly focused on the relationship between Fox and Layla, which was through tedious, repetitive dialogue most of the time. This repetitive dialogue continued throughout the book by way of the characters h ...more
Apr 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Yep, this re-read was so good for me.
Jul 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, ebooks
On to book two of Sign of the Seven!

I definitely liked this one better than Book 1, for a couple of reasons. One, I liked Fox as a male lead character better than I liked Caleb. He's a more thoughtful character, in more ways than one; there's the obvious thing about his being telepathic, but also, in general, he's more analytical than Caleb and that worked better for me as a character trait. Also, I was quite charmed that he could juggle. And, dude, he plays the guitar. Automatic swoon points fo
Julie (jjmachshev)
May 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2008-reads
What can I say? I waited at the bookstore today for the clerk to put out this book. Bought the book. Came home, opened the book and didn't stop till I finished. That's right...skipped was totally worth it. Nora's done it again. I loved the first book, "Blood Brothers" and "The Hollow" kept me riveted. Unfortunately, now I have to wait til December 08 for the final book "The Pagan Stone" to be released. Doubtless I'll be waiting at the bookstore for them to open then too.

The second bo
Feb 29, 2020 rated it liked it

This series has been a little meph for me. I find the magic and mystery aspect to be really interesting and it is my favourite part. I did enjoy the relationship between Layla and Fox more than the one in first one. My biggest complaint is that this book (and the first one too) are very formulaic making the book very predictable. It follows the same formula as that in the Cousin's O'Dyer trilogy so that takes a lot of the fun out of it.
Μαρία Γεωργοπούλου
This is a reread and the following review is older but I am not going to change it. Loved it the same.

The second book in this trilogy is as good as the first one! I couldn’t stop reading it! The author managed to create just the perfect spooky atmosphere that this book needed!

“The Hollow” continues the story of the six main characters and their fight against evil in a small town. This time, the main couple is Fox and Layla. I liked both of them!

Fox is a very nice man and the definition of t
May 11, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nora_roberts, 2008
I didn't love this book, but I don't hate it either. I was dissapointed in it. I was excited for this book to come out. I really enjoyed the first of the trilogy, Blood Brothers, and had high expectations for this one, but it seemed to fall flat. Maybe I was expecting to much, but this installment just didn't excite me. The ending seemed anticlimatic, like something was missing. I hope in the final book, The Pagan Stone, that we see more action. We are given descriptions of all the stuff that ha ...more
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4.8 "Psychically Linked" Stars

You can find my detailed reviews under Book 01 & 03. I made the mistake of reviewing them all at the same time. Just plain dumb of me. 1) I forgot to rate this one before book 03 and 2) Now, I'm too pooped to rate book 02! LOL.

This is Fox and Layla's story and it is awesome. They're really great together.

The team continues to plot and plan for the demise of the horrible demon.

Read my other reviews for more info. Sorry so short on this one!
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Spooky good!
Oct 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nora-roberts
Fox O'Dell:

Fox O'Dell is one of the main components of the paranormal events in - the Hollow. His best friends are Cal Hawkins - Gage Turner. They have been close since they were babies. You see, they were all born on the same day - the same year. His friend Cal runs a bowling alley with his father. It is their family business, and Gage is a gambler. That leaves Fox. He's an attorney like his siblings, and he runs a small-town law firm on Main Street. Just like Cal, he wasn't looking for love,
Nora Roberts knows how to write ‘em!!!

An excellent second book in the trilogy! I couldn’t ask for better. We’re taken back to Hawkin’s Hollow and its residents - good and bad. Some you love, some you love to hate.

This book circled mostly around Layla and Fox - their relationship blossoms in this novel, and I loved how they got the feel of each other - thoughts and feelings. Working together, being together… You get more of their backgrounds, what Fox was like as a kid and growing up. Layla gets
Marion Marchetto
Aug 19, 2011 rated it it was ok
I have read a few of Nora Roberts' trilogies and they have kept my interest. However, when I picked up The Hollow I had no idea that it was even part of a trilogy. (Guess I should have known better.)I started this book three times and put it down while I read something else. I simply got tired of looking at the darn thing so forced myself to read it.

The premise of something evil returning to a small town every seven years should mean the reader is held from page one to the very end. But this re
My review of the first book in the trilogy is here:

Sooo, my comments from the previous book, about the demon not being fully explained, still stand. The book continues being very creepy, but nothing more than that. The characters are still not very well developed and Fox and Leila were ok, but - nothing to write home about. We are told about their amazing chemistry, but - honestly - Nora Roberts just can't seem to do it. Her sex scenes are full of unicorn
Dec 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
I liked Fox, alot, and I like how Layla came from nowhere, while Cybil and Quinn were bffs, same as the boys. I got annoyed with Layla, though, about how sometimes she would get irritated by Fox just doing nice things for her, but to her they were overwhelming, but then she'd come back with a pretty apology. I'm excited to see Gage's story. And they dealt the Big Bad some series hurt at the end, but I wanna see them win. :) Other than that, I really like the way this trilogy is coming, I've alwa ...more
Jun 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
More enjoyable than the 1st. Mainly because of Fox, the main character and Layla, his love interest. Fox's character was way more developed than Caleb's, and more interesting because of the abilities that both him and Layla share. I also enjoyed his courtship with Layla; he was always honest about his attraction to her, but gave her some space to decide. Small-hometown hippie boy hooks up with stylish big-city girl, gotta love it.
In addition, this book marked the 2nd major battle of good vs evil
Jun 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
I re-read this trilogy constantly. The character relationships are so much fun! I always enjoy the detail that Ms. Roberts puts into her work, but I honestly feel as though I am there with this trilogy. Fox is just such a good guy (but a guy, haha!) and I admire Layla's spirit,even when she's unsure. Thank you, Nora Roberts!
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Average read but adequately interesting enough to read at work.

Stephanie Kline
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a great second novel in Nora’s Sign of Seven trilogy. It built on really nicely from the first book, “Blood Brothers”, and focused on two characters I really, really liked – Layla and Fox.

Layla came to Hawkins Hollow on a whim – leaving her comfortable, successful life in New York because of recurring nightmares that led her to this quaint, yet creepy, little Maryland town. Once she arrives in book one (not knowing what she’s doing there) she meets the others – Fox, Cal, Gage, Quinn, a
Connie N.
#2 in the Sign of Seven Trilogy

This book picks up right where the first book left off, but this time focusing on Fox and Layla. With July approaching, the 6 friends try to find out more about the Seven, the main characters from hundreds of years ago, and what they can do to defeat the demon. Layla seems to be the demon's focus, perhaps because she was the most recent to join the group and is perceived as the weakest. But she and Fox have gotten romantically close now, so she definitely has backu
Jessica S
Aug 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ah, volume two. I think I'm in a bit of a minority of those whom liked the second installment more than the first.

Character-wise I loved it -- I loved watching Fox and Layla fall for each other. It felt so natural and well-timed in comparison to the first. There were lots of bumps and mysteries and trauma along the way, but it all came together to bring them to the people and couple that they are now.

Creep factor was a bit more relaxed (for me). Demon child got in a few really good terrors for
Jan 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sign-of-7
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Deanie Nelder
Nora Roberts has a way with paranormal romantic suspense, and this book more proof of that. Middle books in a trilogy can sometimes fall flat, but this has a beginning and an ending and feels like a book unto itself as well as part of a trilogy. The Hollow is compelling, scary, and overall very entertaining.
Sharlene Boyd
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Want to read forever...fabulous
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nora Roberts always puts out good reads,another book that kept me flipping pages.

Blood Brothers & Hollow,completed now to read The Pagan Stone...
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Nora Roberts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels, including Hideaway, Under Currents, Come Sundown and coming in November 2020 -- The Awakening -- the first book in The Dragon Heart Legacy. She is also the author of the futuristic suspense In Death series written under the pen name J.D. Robb. There are more than 500 million copies of her books in print. ...more

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