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Blood Brothers

(Sign of Seven #1)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  50,780 ratings  ·  1,818 reviews
In the town of Hawkins Hollow, it’s called The Seven. Every seven years, on the seventh day of the seventh month, strange things happen. It began when three young boys—Caleb, Fox, and Gage—went on a camping trip to The Pagan Stone...

It is only February, but Caleb Hawkins—descendant of the town founders—has already seen and felt the stirrings of evil. Though he can never f
Mass Market Paperback, 314 pages
Published November 27th 2007 by Jove Books
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Shannon The Show Stopper
Jan 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
So I used to be a book snob. I was an English major so I would only read books considered 'literature'. Even though I mostly read modern lit or southern had to be 'literature' and certainly not romance novels...OMG...NO! Well, I ended up visiting with some friends out of state and had left the book I was reading at home. I asked where the closed bookstore was so I could go and pick something up. Well, my friend was a reader too....of romance and smut. She couldn't believe as much as I ...more
Jul 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
I'm a Noraholic but I was a bit disappointed with the last NR books I read, the Key trilogy, so I didn't know what to expect from this book. As I've learned the hard way, high expectations can be deadly, so my wariness towards this new trilogy ended up working in its favor as I really enjoyed this first book in the series and I'm definitely going to read the next ones.

Caleb Hawkins, Fox O'Dell and Gage Turner shared the same birthday (July 7th, 1977) and had been best friends their whole lives.
Originally posted at The Book Nympho

Quick Summary
Almost 21 years ago, Caleb Hawkins and his two best friends hiked into the woods to celebrate their 10th birthday (they share the same day). What they experienced forever changed them and released a phenomena that affects their town and its residents every seven years. As the the 3rd seven-year anniversary approaches, Cal has agreed to work with paranormal researcher Quinn Black to chronicle the town and its strange history. She gets more than she
Dominique Hutches
Dec 15, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: suspense lovers
Stephen King recently stated in his Entertainment Weekly column that Nora Roberts is cool. I agree. The woman always surprises me with the directions she takes her stories, and yet she remains consistant - men with good hearts, women who fall in love, and challenges they must face together if they are to win.
In this case there is an evil that was contained under a stone alter several hundred years ago by a wizard. Three ten-year old boys unknowingly do the one thing that releases the evil unto
Read this series when it first came out. And I recall my Amazon review did not go well. Just because I pointed out the many many flaws this first book had. Believe me this series should just be a hard pass. It takes all of Roberts tics in writing and somehow made it worse. And the big evil was just pathetic in the end. I really can't say more than that. Reading about a group of special men and women (per usual) who came together to fight evil in the town of Hawkins Hollow was a big raspberry. Th ...more
CD {Boulder Blvd}
Even though I know I haven't read this trilogy before, but because I have read a number of Nora Roberts books it "felt" like I had already read this one.

This is the first book in the trilogy and it spent a lot of time setting the scene for all three books. All six characters (3 couples) have been set up with couple number one being set up with their potential HEA. The other couples/characters are present but not fleshed out and from a couple standpoint they been given their "wait until your book
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More)
Yay! I finished it!

Thoughts on the Story:

I loved the brotherhood bond between Cal, Gage and Fox. They had been friends for a very long time, and you could see that that bond was titanium and strengthened by their horrific mutual experience and legacy. I liked how they were three very different men, and I could see a distinction in their personalities throughout this book. I loved how the book started in the past, where we see how horrors begin in Hawkins Hollow, but also the three main character
Re-read (5/01/16) English edition
Kind of meh. Basically what I remember it being...
This light-headed characterization of the characters "Nora Roberts" style is starting to get on my nerves. Their dialogues!
Their very confident dialogues. This isn't people who have any doubts. About anything.
I am starting to think they're all aliens in their absolute perfection.

Original Review:
(English review with some ramblings in Portuguese..)

Not my favourite, but it turned out better that i was hoping, conside
Apr 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to jenjn79 by: favorite author
For me, it was pretty much a given that I'd like this book because with maybe one exception, I've enjoyed every Nora Roberts book I read (and I've read almost every single one). And I did like this book. Actually, I loved it. There were maybe one or two things that could have been done a little better, but it didn't ruin the book. I still loved it.

Blood Brothers is the first book in NR's Sign of Seven trilogy. The series focuses on the quaint town of Hawkins Hollow where twenty one years earlier
May 11, 2010 rated it liked it
'3.5 Stars'

Though a romantic suspense, it was not captivating. Characters were kinda dull at the beginning, and I liked Fox (The Hollow, second book from Sign of Seven's hero.) more than Cal, who's only a small part of the book. Therefore, I look forward to reading the sequel, and hopefully, it’ll have better love scenes than this one had. I’m not disappointed, but I had expected more from a well-known, best-selling author like Nora Roberts.

However, I think one of the reasons why this book didn’
Kim Porter
Apr 17, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Kim by: Sue
Well, I'm going to be completely honest and just say that this book was pretty boring. It dragged on, and she kept repeating the same concept of the story, over and over! "yes, I get it, now move on with the story!" I know a lot of people like her books, and for me it's a toss up, some I like, and some I don't. Unfortunatly, this is one I did not. I found my mind wandering to other things, and the characters really bothered me. Once again, she's very repeditive when it comes to the story line, s ...more
Apr 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Re-reading this book felt great again.
Ronda  Tutt
Feb 20, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very interesting read and I think I picked a great time to read this book. It was raining and very cold outside and what better to do than lay on the couch covered up while thrown into a good book and drinking hot tea.

The story captured me right away, the characters were awsome and I actually laughed out loud in some parts.

Caleb, Fox, and Gage are 3 young boys who decide to venture out on the eve of their 10th birthday and camp out in the woods by the well known Pagan Stone that every
Oct 27, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The prolific Nora Roberts is an author I normally read on recommendation only. This is purely because she written so MANY books it's too hard for me to navigate through her normal books and her fantastic books without a second opinion.

This one, however, was one I found all by myself :-) Okay, I plucked it from Mum's audiobook collection but she had no idea if it was good or not.

Lucky for me, it was great. A paranormal/romantic suspense that centers around a demon terrorising a small American tow
Feb 16, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one.
Shelves: fantasy
I don't know why I bother with Nora Roberts anymore, but she is as formulaic and predictable as Roberts and in her guise as J.D. Robb. I think I used to like her, when I was 16. Maybe that's because she actually came up with new ideas back then.

Total yawner, and if you changed the names, you could see any of her other recent trilogies shaping up in this short novel. Six characters, three relationships warming up. It is as if she just changed the setting and the action bits rather than any of th
Not bad, I liked it. I've liked most of what I've read of Nora Roberts but I'm not a big fan of plotlines that carry through several books. I prefer closure at the end of the book I'm reading. I may continue the series if I can find the books at the library.

Basically, the plot is - three 10 year old boys go camping in the woods to celebrate their birthday. They were all born on the same day. They do something that unleases some kind of evil upon their community of Hawkins Hollow. Now, 21 year la
Nov 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014
Doubling up on the brain candy for the holiday weekend.

12.2.14: This book is terrible. I can't stop reading it.

12.5.14: For the love of God, stop having sex and go fight the demon.

12.8.14: Finished this a couple of days ago. It is the worst. THE WORST. It reads like a Lifetime supernatural movie. I thought I'd be able to slog through the rest of the trilogy, but I don't think I'm going to. I will, however, try another Nora Roberts, because you don't get to be as beloved as she is just by writing
Nov 02, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nora-roberts
Being a N.R.'s fan, I'm a bit disappointed by this one. I like the idea of the story and I like the 3 male characters and their relation to their respective families, which feels real and genuine.
The character I can't relate to is Quinn. I realize this is a very personal opinion but I don't like the way she speaks, acts, I don't like her attitude, her tone, her bossiness. I usually love strong women in the books I read, but I couldn't see it in this one.
Beth (moonivy)
Dec 23, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: romance readers.
Read 12/17/07

Blood Brothers is the first book in the Sign of Seven Trilogy. Caleb,
Fox and Gage have been friends all of their lives, sworn blood brothers in
small town of Hawkins Hollow. Every seven years an ancient horror that
was set loose on their ten birthday breaks free and ravages the town. Now
approaching their 31st birthday, they fear this may be the last battle for
their little town. Sparks fly when intrepid reporter Quinn Black arrives to
research the story and Caleb's reluctant attract
Andy Wilkerson
Nov 14, 2011 rated it it was ok
This was my first Nora Roberts book, and I picked it up after a friend gave it her highest recommendation. However, I wasn't that enthralled by it. The storyline had potential, but I feel like the characters drug it down. The most interesting part of this book was when the boys were 10, everything after that was a steady line of boring for me.

I don’t know if it is just me, but I couldn’t stand Quinn. Roberts was going for this likeable, pushy, strong character but it was way overdone and after
Feb 06, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008, first-book
I enjoyed this book as I have most of Nora Roberts' books. However, I felt the ending was sort or rushed, I got to the last page and it felt like I had finished the book 3/4 of the way through. Also, a pet peeve, was what was up with all the mention of diet?? I thought at first it was going to be relevant to the story because it was mentioned so often, but it never was. Didn't enjoy that aspect of it. Once again, though there was great heroes/heroines. I look forward to the next in the series ...more
Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
I had a review all saved up, and now it's deleted.

I will re-write this later.
Sep 23, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm stuck between 3 - 3.5 stars.
The beginning was a strong start, and reminded me of Stranger Things. 3 young boys (Cal, Gage, and Fox) in the early 1980's, out in the woods overnight to celebrate thier 10th birthday. They cut their wrists and make a vow to each other. Doing so somehow awoke an ancient evil being. Now every 7 years during their b-day week, their town Hawkins Hollow goes crazy. People hurt each other, kill each other or themselves, and basically all hell breaks loose. At the end
Feb 21, 2020 rated it liked it

I enjoyed this book, I just didn't love it as much as I thought it would.

Beside setting up the characters and the storyline, not a lot happened in this novel and I think that is why it took me so long to finish.

I still did find the plot of the book to be interesting and for the most part, I enjoyed the characters so I am hoping that I will enjoy the second one a little bit more.
Mar 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
First book of the Sign of the Seven Trilogy

In the 1600s in the small town of Hawkins Hollow a band of townspeople, led by a fanatical Puritan leader named Lazarus Twisse, entered a wooded clearing where stood a small cabin. They were there to accuse and burn the inhabitants of Witchcraft. What followed caused the deaths of all in the vicinity, left a perfect ring of fire and a smooth stone altar.

350 years later, three young boys, best friends who share the same birthday, camp out in the clearing
Jul 29, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal, romance
Although this book kind of moved along and had an interesting premise, for some reason I just wasn't bowled over by it. Because I know Nora Roberts as a Romance/Chick Lit writer, I was curious to see how she handled the paranormal genre and it wasn't terrible. But I found it a bit repetitive and drawn out - the story in this book could easily have been told in about 100 pages less. I can see why - the author probably knew that she was writing a trilogy but still wanted each book to be substantia ...more
Nov 30, 2007 rated it it was amazing
I stumbled upon this one on amazon so preordered it and it arrived in the mail today and I finished it tonighta quick read and filled with the magical stuff her recent works have been filled with. I am not usually one to love books about demons and gods and netherworlds yet somehow I can quickly devour most anything roberts writes (perhaps it is the romantic in me-mix a little romance into these books and I'm hooked). Escapism for a few hours perhaps. Now, i have to wait until may for the second ...more
Fernanda Soares
didn't like the writing style but loved the cozy vibes ...more
Under the Covers Book Blog

“…it didn’t feel too paranormal-y.”
~ Under the Covers

I’ve recently started reading Nora Roberts (I just started with her JD Robb books last year) so I’m really behind on her backlist. I knew she has written in many genres and, well, I couldn’t pass up a paranormal romance! The thing about BLOOD BROTHERS is that it didn’t feel too paranormal-y.

This book setups up the trilogy and resolves the HEA of one of three friends. They formed a friendship when they were kids and they also experienced so
Feb 19, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Blood Brothers, book one of Nora Roberts, the Sign of Seven trilogy, pulls you in and doesn’t let go. While the battle of good vs evil is expected, it’s more the messaging behind it that struck me in this story. It’s the choices we make everyday on how we choose to live, what we open ourselves up to, and how we choose to protect ourselves mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, or not, that define us. It is not major choices or big, epic situations that define if we are good people or not, it’s ...more
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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, The Awakening, Legacy, and coming in November 2021 -- The Becoming -- the second 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 book ...more

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