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Three Fates

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  20,159 ratings  ·  595 reviews
When the Lusitania sank, one survivor became a changed man, giving up his life as a petty thief—but keeping the small silver statue he lifted, a family heirloom to future generations. Now, nearly a century later, that priceless heirloom, one of a long-separated set of three, has been stolen. And Malachi, Gideon, and Rebecca Sullivan are determined to recover their ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 467 pages
Published March 25th 2003 by Jove (first published April 1st 2002)
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This was a pleasant surprise! I've not heard much about this book and read it because it was selected for a group read. It involves a mythology surrounding three small statues, the Fates, and the search to find all of them and reunite them. It begins in Ireland with the Sullivan family and reaches across the globe, culminating in New York.

I loved everything about the story, from the characters (didn't love all of them at first), to the mythology itself, the romances and the mystery/suspense. It
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I really enjoyed reading the Three Fates. If you like a little history and a little whimsy and fantasy this book hits it on all marks. The story revolves around the descendants of the three original families that once possessed three interconnecting statues of the mythical Fates. The Sullivan siblings are the catalysts in the story and are racing to recover the Fate stolen from them by the evil Anita, a
Norah Una Sumner
''Fate isn't black or white, right or left. People aren't just plopped down and made to follow one route in life on the whims of the gods. If that were true, we'd have to say Hitler was only a victim of his own destiny, and therefore blameless ... We have decisions to make, actions to take, good ones and bad ones that make up the texture of our lives. Everything we do or don't do matters ... Everything counts at the end of the day ... we have a pattern to make. We have to see it through, try to
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
Sadly dnf... I just couldn’t get into this book. Didn’t really like the writing or the characters... I’ll try this author again with another book
Nov 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Ahhh...what to say about this utterly brilliant book? There are many, but I'll try to keep it short...The "New Age" Nora is no way even close to the her older works. It's sad to think the younger generation will brush this great author off after reading her recent novels and will miss out on her greatness. I really think it's going to be rare in a couple of years that anyone under the age of 25 will even consider picking up something like "Three Fates" to just pass the time. (Sorry...didn't ...more
Feb 26, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
yes, i can't believe I am confessing, but I have read nora roberts. If you are going to read trash, you might as well make it her:-)
Katherine P
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance-read, 2017
Review Can Be Found Here: http://iwishilivedinalibrary.blogspot...

have a small stack of books that makes up my reread shelf and every time I reread one it has to earn its place back on the shelf. I hadn't read this one in years and so I wasn't quite sure where it would fall. Pretty quickly in I knew it's place on the reread shelf was safe! Nora Roberts typically has one stand alone and one trilogy a year. Three Fates is kind of like a trilogy turned into a stand alone. There's an ensemble cast
The three fates of Greek mythology, Clotho, Lachesis, and Atropos. United, they hold the fate of the human life in their hands—one spins the thread of life, the other measures it, the third cuts it.

Yet their statues have been separated for ages. One was stolen, only to be saved by being lost forever at the bottom of the ocean, and two were passed on through generation. Yet the thread continues to spin, waiting to be measured, and cut. Waiting for the three Fates to reunite once again.

It will
Dec 30, 2019 rated it liked it

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I really love Nora Roberts' PNR trilogies. Like a lot. There's very little info about this book, and she tends to have a lot of duologies and anthologies of her own books so I sort of made an educated guess that this was 3 books in one. It mentioned The Fates a few times in the first few pages, and I was happy enough to think I was getting a ParaNora.

I was sort of right? More to the wrong side.

This is set up in 3 parts-one for each Fate I guess. But it's

Feb 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A few years after the sinking of the Titanic, the passengers aboard the Lusitania have no fear of sinking - and no knowledge that they are about to caught in the crossfire of war. On board the doomed ship, Henry Wyley is thinking about who he is going to track down once landing on the other side of the Atlantic: a man who may know about Lachesis, the second Fate. He already has the first, Clotho, secreted away in his stateroom. Or, at least, he did . . . until thief Felix Greenfield lifts the ...more
Nov 03, 2010 rated it it was ok
This novel was gifted to me by my father, who is ninety. He can’t get enough of Roberts. Indeed. The blurb on the jacket says: “Nora Roberts is indisputably the most celebrated and beloved women’s fiction writer today.” The Three Fates refers to Greek mythology, which my father used to read to me before I could read myself. I have fond memories of that. And so I began … and then I quit, after reading 417 pages. I was 7/8ths of the way through the story and had had enough. I knew how it would end ...more
Jun 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book was recommended to me by my bff (Tina). It was hard for me to get into this book because it was kinda slow in the begining but I was told by my bff (Tina), multiple times to keep going. She was right! I really enjoyed this read and will definitely recommend it.

It starts with a thief named Felix Greenfield who is aboard the Lusitania. He enters the room of Henry W. Wyley and steals a little silver statue moments before the ship goes down. While on a mission to save only himself, he ends
Riana Elizabeth
Dec 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I've read a few of her books, I usually avoid Roberts' work just because she writes more of the type of books my mother likes to read (romance, romantic mysteries, etc). My mother was the one to gift me this book, actually. However, I've hung on to this one for a while just because it was so excellently crafted. Great historical detail, interesting characters, a bit of a mystical twist...Yes, it has a predictable romance wound throughout, but it wasn't as cloying as other books of hers ...more
Jacob Proffitt
Three romances and an action/suspense story. I very nearly didn't continue this book near the beginning. I didn't much like Cleo, and Gideon wasn't that sympathetic, either. And the rest of the characters were kind of unsympathetic at first as well. Fortunately, things smoothed out, I started liking the main characters (even Cleo), and from there it was smooth sailing (except for the Lusitania, of course).

A note about Steamy: Three times the romances only came out to about twice the steam of a
Jan 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
The first and only Nora Roberts book I have ever read. A friend of mine who is a addict for this author was trying to explain what makes them all so good. I was just curious since the woman must never sleep since she seems to put out a new book like every 6-8 months.

Anyways my friend recommended this one since it revolves around (I say that extremely loosely) Greek mythology and some nautical history. All in all, as expected the facts weren't all there but it was actually pretty entertaining.

Dawn ♥ romance
Aug 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, favorites
I really enjoyed this story with lots of action that moved right along. I especially liked that it had three romances each with their own conflict and resolution all during a complex endeavor searching for treasure. Siblings Malachi, Gideon and Rebecca are trying to obtain three small statues and each person takes a different path.
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, read-in-2020
Boy did this book take me back to my reading roots! When I was in middle/high school I devoured romance novels, and Nora Roberts was one of my favorites. When I saw this title at my library, and realized it also included a tie-in with Greek Mythology, I was sold. As she does in many of her books, this story has multiple narrations, and I have to give her credit: with upwards of 8 of them in this story, it was amazing that they all sounded unique. I was particularly fond of Tia's internal voice, ...more
Sep 25, 2017 rated it did not like it
I stopped reading this book at page 288/467.

At first I was really enjoying this book. The story started out in 1915 on the RMS Lusitania. The future characters and plot were setup on the ship(wreck), before the main story jumped to then modern day 2002.

The main characters started out okay, but as the story dragged on the betrayals, backstabbing, and bickering became overwhelming and I just could not take it anymore. I thought if I took some time away from the book that I could finish it, but
Mildred Rupert
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another excellent book by Nora.
Cynthia Egbert
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audio
There, for those who have made the request, I have now read a Nora Roberts book. And I don't have to ever read another. This was trite and ridiculous and had really nothing to do with the Fates.
The Fates were a triad, each with a specific task. Clotho spun the thread of life, Lachesis measured it, & Atropos cut it. Without the spinning of the thread, there would be noting to measure and cut so it was important they remain together. They were considered the most powerful and honored of gods.
Henry Wyley had the 1st Fate and a line on the 3rd. He was on his way to Ireland on board the Lusitania in 1915 when a German U-boat torpedoed it. The boat went down after Felix Greenfield had
Cheryl Landmark
Apr 19, 2011 rated it liked it
This was another quite enjoyable book from the prolific pen of Nora Roberts. I liked the historical aspects she included of the sinking of the Lusitania and a little bit of Greek mythology. There was plenty of intrigue, adventure, danger and, of course, romance.

I do have to mention something that bugged me a bit about this book and others I've read from Ms. Roberts. One of the trademarks in many of her books seems to be--three impossibly gorgeous, sexy women and three impossibly handsome, rugged
Oct 04, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
It's generally a good bet that whenever you're heading into a Nora Roberts storyline with an ensemble cast, a good amount of the story is going to be devoted to who's going to pair off with whom. Three Fates is no exception, even though it's a single novel as opposed to a trilogy starring her interconnected characters.

This time around the story hinges on a trio of statues, the Three Fates, named after the beings from Greek mythology. The statues have been separated over the centuries, and much
Aug 08, 2011 rated it it was ok
I was pleasantly surprised by some elements of this book, less impressed by others. It was the first Nora Roberts book I've read, and pretty much my introduction to the romance genre as well. I was glad to see that the plot did not revolve around the romance, but was more of an adventure story. Six people get involved in a treasure hunt/chase for three mythical statues known as the Three Fates. Of course, a lot of the coincidences in the book are a little too convenient for some readers. Even ...more
Branwen Sedai *of the Brown Ajah*
Feb 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
"I spin the thread, but you make it what you will.
I mark the length, but you use the time.
I cut the thread, for nothing should last forever.
Don't waste what you're given..."

"We can't escape fate, but we can do a great deal to carve our own mark in it, to turn it to our advantage, or disadvantage."

In this mythological romance by Nora Roberts we follow the journey of three small priceless statues as they haphazardly pass through history and certain families lives and shows us that everything is
Nov 19, 2007 rated it really liked it
SYNOPSIS: Malachi, Gideon and Rebecca Sullivan are siblings with a mission. They are the owners of a small silver figurine, one of a trio of figurines that, apart are merely valuable, together are priceless. The Sullivans had a dream of reuniting the pieces. However a miscalculation on their part, resulted in the theft of their own figurine by an unscrupulous and greedy antiques dealer. It becomes a race against time and a battle of wits between the Sullivans and the very dangerous Anita Gaye to ...more
Ren Puspita
More like 3,5 stars for me, and I need a week to finish this, despite my busy schedule and this book really thick!

Honestly I more love Nora's other pen name book, J.D.Robb's In Death series, well at last she have a to-die-for-and-no-one-can-beat-him-in-my-heart hero, no need to tell what his name. (what, you don't know him? Alright, he is Roarke, *cough2*)

Based on her heritage from Ireland, so in this book Nora Roberts back to her patterns, to make Irish characters and live at Ireland, there are
Sabrina Khondaker
Jul 11, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Boring. Trite. Cartoon villain. Two dimensional characters. Tired of the same old plot over and over. The only thing I liked about the book is the beginning where the Lusitania is sinking and the story begins with Felix, the thief.
Leslie Morganti
Feb 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Interesting ride thru history, how one thing can bring many people together in love and friendship.
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