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Island of Glass

(The Guardians Trilogy #3)

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As the hunt for the Star of Ice leads the six guardians to Ireland, Doyle, the immortal, must face his tragic past. Three centuries ago, he closed off his heart, yet his warrior spirit is still drawn to the wild. And theres no one more familiar with the wild than Rileyand the wolf within her

An archaeologist, Riley is no stranger to the coast of Clare, but now she finds
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Kindle Edition, 350 pages
Published December 6th 2016 by Berkley
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Jo Greenhorn In one of the battles where it looked as if Doyle had died - but hadn't - it became clear he too had a special story, just like the others. That was…moreIn one of the battles where it looked as if Doyle had died - but hadn't - it became clear he too had a special story, just like the others. That was when he shared it with them about being cursed when he'd hunted down the witch who had taken his youngest brother. I think this happened when they were in Corfu so it must have been the first book.(less)
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Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
I have loved this series from the very first book and even though I have loved them and all its characters, Riley and Doyle's story, was the one I have been most looking forward to and I can say with absolute honesty, that it did not disappoint. It was worth every single moment of waiting to finally be able to get their story and inside their heads.

Like I mentioned before, I've loved all the characters so far, it is almost impossible not to but I knew that these two rough and tough, slightly
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Cyndi
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This ends the Trilogy. This book is more plot driven than character driven. The magic, the goddesses, the stars were all very cool. But the relationship between the two main characters felt a bit forced. I felt like he actually wanted the mermaid then settled on the genius archeologist.
Still an excellent book by a master storyteller.
Celeste
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: guilty-pleasures
5 incredibly subjective Its Nora Roberts and I just love her stars. (This rating is for the trilogy in its entirety.)

Ive been reading a lot of epic fantasy lately. And I love it. But fantasy tends to be the steak of my literary diet. (Vegetarian friends, please forgive me for this extended meat metaphor.) Steak provides protein and iron, and is obviously delicious, but when it your diet consists of all red meat all the time, you risk getting gout. Fantasy keeps me on the edge of my seat and
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Lakshmi C
The mythological parts feel like an info dump, this was unexpected & shocking. Usually this is where Nora Roberts draws you in deeper, its integral to her worldbuilding and plot.

"Nobody says we all live happily ever after. Nobody says were fated to kill the dark god and do a victory dance.
Going for realistic, sound cynical.
I'm convinced they will be disappointed if they make it.

Mad God with a mad monster.
Vain, obsessed but doesn't induce fear, shivers, dread, anything. Nerezza was a pale
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Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
This book, and the whole trilogy, is about hunt for the infamous Star of Ice and the six guardians who are tied so closely together. With amazing characters that are fierce and highly gifted in their own way, each of them bring not only a paranormal strength to the team, but also beautiful love and romance as they find each other.

When you sit down to read a Nora Roberts book, you dont realize how effortlessly the words seem to flow. But dont let that fool you. This book is highly detailed, with
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Jaya
A winner NR, after eons! Praise be!!!

Erin
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, books-i-own
3.5 stars
Our six-Bran, Sasha, Annika, Sawyer, Doyle, and Riley are finally in Ireland on Bran's estate seeking the Ice Star. Of course, Nerezza is quite infuriated by these meddlesome characters and swears she's going to end the shenanigans once and for all. The plot was rich and much was revealed about the mystical connections between the six characters. However, it was not so strong on the romance between Doyle and Riley. It felt as if NR needed to put them together but their chemistry was a
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Fareya
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a fantastic conclusion to another of Nora Roberts' impressive trilogies. We all love a satisfying ending and Nora never disappoints her readers. In her stories, good always triumphs over evil. It is not easy and never quick. It takes a considerable amount of time, courage, intellect; tons of hard work and persistence and of course some magic and luck, but towards the end evil is vanquished and justice is served.

This is not a standalone novel. "Island of Glass" is the final book in the
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Megzy
Jan 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Right from the start when I was reading the first book in the series, I knew Doyle and Riley's romance would be the less convincing one and I wasn't wrong. If we take all the action and sceneries out of the last book, we end up with very little.
Alayne Emmett
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well this one was slightly better than the second one but I still struggled with it as it seemed to take forever to get to the point of the story.
I think Ill leave it awhile before I read more of Nora Roberts books but, I will probably read more at a later date.
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Wanderlust_Wanz
4.5 Stars! Lovely conclusion to the whole series!! Doyle and Riley might just be my most favourite pairing of all;)
Tina
The biggest problem I had with this book is that there was no build up to the central romance. Riley and Doyle have been fighting back to back and in each other's constant company in two previous books and yet the two of them barely looked at each other in those previous two books.

Yet suddenly in this one, Riley starts noticing Doyle's shoulders and thinking she hasn't had sex in months and pow -- suddenly they are lusting after each other, having sex and then saying I love you before the book
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Anita
Feb 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Annika - a mermaid
Sawyer - time traveler with a magic compass
Riley - an archaeologist werewolf
Doyle - an immortal warrior
Bran - an Irish sorcerer
Sasha - an artist and seer

This group of gifted strangers, called together by the three moon goddesses, has seen battle and have had success. They are no longer strangers on individual quests, but guardians on the final quest. They have fought fiercely and loved passionately. Well, Sasha, Bran, Sawyer and Annika have, loved passionately - that is. This
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fleurette
This is a very good close-up for this series.

The third book is definitely better than the second one that I found boring a bit. I think it's thanks to the MC - Riley and Doyle who are much more distinct and interesting than Annika and Sawyer (don't get me wrong, I like them too, but I find Riley and Doyle more fascinating).

The plot is a bit tendentious but that's the case of the whole series which is not the best by Nora Roberts and is pretty similar to some of her other trilogies. But there
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Tim
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Better than the 2nd of the trilogy, not as good as the first. A decent ending saves this finally. 5 of 10 stars
Ira
4 stars for this book story and I add 1 star for the series epilogue!
Review later, when this awful cold go away!🤧😫
Lover of Romance
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Island of Glass, our story continues with our six guardians, who travel to Doyles and Brans home in Ireland. Doyle has some bittersweet moments that he has to face of his past, of losing his brother and losing everyone he has ever loved over the years. This is where they are on the final leg of their journey and their battle again the evil goddess.

This is Doyle and Rileys book, and I admit I wasnt sure how I would feel about it. These two arent my favorite characters of the six, and I hadnt
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Melissa
I think my 2 status updates summarize my feelings on this book pretty well:

"There is no realism to these characters. Yeah, yeah - this is a fantasy series, but seriously, reality just isn't so perfect!"

"I really need to stop reading NR because her characters are just too perfect, too sweet, too kind, too caring, too smart, too rich, too lucky, have parents that are too good to be true. The list goes on and on. Her earlier books had some grit to them. The newest ones *sigh* just don't."

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Lexy
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was very interesting after I got into it and I'm happy that I get done with this book.
♥ Joy Joy ♥
Dec 07, 2016 rated it liked it
I have a few mixed feelings on this book. I love how Nora Roberts is slowly moving out of her comfort zone in regards to her trilogies, while at the same time keeping a few things similar. I know that sounds odd that I like the similarities, but it's sort of a comfort to see those pairings of lovers and friends; and the idea of strangers creating bonds to fight a common enemy.

Although this book starts off right where it left off in the previous book, I felt a bit of a disconnect as the tone
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Faye
Read: March 2018
Rating: 4/5 stars
The couple: Riley & Doyle

There were parts of Island of Glass that were beautifully written - the descriptions of Ireland, the Island of Glass itself and the displays of friendship and love between all of the characters - but the romance between Riley and Doyle was weak. They did not have a lot of chemistry. Doyle seemed more interested in Annika (who had the best book of the trilogy; her relationship with Sawyer is the most authentic of all the couples) and
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Angela
I admit, this is the one I was waiting for the most. Riley intrigued me - being an archaeologist, my own passion, probably helped with that. And Doyle. Well, he had that gruff, kind-of-asshole-but-not-really thing going on. I like that, especially when it ends in a true romance. So I was eager to read their story.

And I was right. I enjoyed the romance the most. Probably, at least in part, because Riley and Doyle had two whole books to get to know one another, to interact with each other, and to
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Vi ~ Inkvotary

Inkvotary
It was beautiful though the end was a bit kitschy. But I enjoyed it. The author gave some great answers to many questions that had remained after reading and finishing book two of this trilogy. And it was a different tone in this novel, because Riley and Doyle are more rough and straight forward than the others. But I kind of liked that. And the fact, that the way how they were searching for the third star was different this time and not the end to the story, gave this book a nice turn
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Andrea Bolton
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm just a sucker for fantasy. Why not, if a book takes you away, it might as well be total fantasy. Love the story, the characters and everything else about this trilogy.
C.L. McCollum
1/26 of 2017 Goodreads Challenge

Disappointing, Cluttered Rehash of The Circle Trilogy

So I know I mentioned this way back in my review of THE OBSESSION, but Nora Roberts has been one of my long time comfort authors. The way she writes female friendships and the normally at least partially formulaic storylines are easy for me to fall into on a day when I might not have the brain for a new super detailed and twisty plotted book. Her books are familiar, and I go into them knowing Ill have a happy
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Lisa Mossie
Dec 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
One of Nora Roberts weaker trilogies, which I usually enjoy as a calorie laden confection after a heavier book. That being said, the final book was the best of this trilogy, simply because I liked the couple that it focused on best: Riley, the lycan and Doyle, the immortal. I am not sure if the mythology in the book is based on any actual mythology, but the quest, to me, lacked a sense of urgency. There was no consequence really offered as to what would happen if the quest was not completed (or ...more
Ashleigh
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's not often that a book series makes me cry

This one does, in as good way.

Nora Roberts wraps up the saga of the Guardians with a erll-rounded tale of love, light, betrayal and lies, resolving the loose threads and trying them off neatly. The magician, the seer, the mermaid, the time traveler, the lycan, and the immortal; brought together by blood and ancestry, legends and lore, to fulfill a purpose laid out centuries earlier. Whose hearts are broken, and whose greatest desires are granted?
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Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
A solid ending to a fantastic series.

My only complaint is that I didnt feel the connection between Doyle and Reilly as I did with the others.

When declarations of love were made neither had any or many romantic thoughts (internal or external) about the other outside of fulfilling carnal needs. So the words fell flat. I didnt feel the love and it spoiled that relationship for me.

I also felt the final battle was way too easy and almost rushed like NR was just done. But that cant take away from the
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Ciru
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.75 Island of Glass Stars

Finished, review to come.

Review day is here!!!

Review 5 of 5. Phew, end of the list. And it gets the prestigious honour of being The 200th book for my 2016 Goodreads Reading Challenge.

...Brigid only sighed. One whos lived as long as you shouldnt be so boneheaded. But thats a man, I suppose, be he twenty or two hundred and twenty. I wish you a good journey, Doyle, son of Cleary, and happiness along your way. Good night....

So, from book one, we met.
Sasha-Reclusive artist
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Ashley Critchley
This was by far and away the best book of the series. I could've finished it in a day if life didn't get in the way. Plus, I was a little reluctant to say goodbye to these characters.
There have been some reviews stating the relationship between Doyle and Riley came out of nowhere, but I don't agree. It was always simmering right under the surface through the other two. Something neither wanted to happen but finally have into. If it would've been done any other way, it would've felt forced and
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“However weary he might be of life after three centuries of it, he was more weary of witnessing death.” 1 likes
“The star waits for the boy, for the man. See the name, read the name, say the name and its ice burns through the fire. One for the seer, two for the siren, three for the soldier. Dare the storm, children of the gods, and take them home.” Sasha” 0 likes
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